On Saturday May 5th the Sherburne County 4-H Camp was struck by arson.
Affectionately know as the "white building", which dates back to FDR's" New Deal, has been the heart of camp since it was moved on to the site. For nearly 50 years, the White Building has served thousands of youth from several area counties. The White Building housed one of our 2 dormitories, as well as a main programming area, and our kitchen. The building is a total loss, there is simply nothing salvageable.
The loss is simply devastating.
The timing couldn't be worse either, with the first camp of the season scheduled to arrive on June 10th. Our hope is to get camp functional for this season's camps, which will be no small task. All of camps power was routed through the White Building, with means there is currently no lights, and no water. Then there's the kitchen. From the commercial oven, to the refrigerators, all of our stainless steel prep surfaces, right down to the trays campers used for their lunch - it's all gone.
All the tables and chairs...beds and mattresses...all the recreation equipment - so many things we've been building and adding throughout the years. It's all gone.
We are working with our insurance company, but as we all know insurance rarely covers everything that we'll need. We truly appreciate any amount that you are able to offer, and when the time comes we'll be looking to those who want to lend a helping hand. If the funds raised go beyond replacing the White Building, it will be used to continue to create an even better camp experience for all who attend!
Failure is simply not an option, we cannot and will not let one individual destroy the memories created during summer camp!