2021 was a miracle year. The fire, which happened on November 27, 2020 (DARN 2020!), could have forced us to cancel camp for the first time in our 35-year history. Thanks be to God, our faithful customer families, camp employees and owners, and contractors who worked day and night to make sure we kept Camp Hi-Ho going in 2021. Immediately after the fire, we met with architects to rebuild Camp Hi-Ho to be a better summer camp facility. Months of construction resulted in having our indoor activity center, outdoor pavilion and garage/shop ready for the first day of camp on June 7th, 2021. The horse barn and arena were completed halfway through the summer, which campers thoroughly enjoyed when the weather turned hot towards the end of July.
2021 was an unforgettable summer as we managed construction as well as Covid restrictions and precautions. Our counselors once again were an amazing group of young individuals who were galvanized through the challenges of changing procedures and the distractions from construction. At the end of the day, we were focused on one thing: working as hard as possible to give our campers the best week of their summer.
By the start of 2022, we will be completely rebuilt, which is an incredible accomplishment. We praise God for His kindness. Our administration building will be the new home of our nurse, camp kitchen, offices and small classrooms for indoor activities. Our main buildings will be connected by a beautiful covered walkway so campers can access our horse barn, activity center, and administration building under cover. This will improve the flow and functionality of camp immensely, and add to the natural beauty of our property. Campers will experience more space to participate in activities, shorter lines at the snack shack (yay!), and more shade for hot and rainy days.
We will always cherish the memories of “the old Camp Hi-Ho” and we miss the charm and antiquity of our old barn, stables and arena. We firmly believe we are taking advantage of the tragedy of a fire by building Camp Hi-Ho back as a better space for summer camp, as well as the various private events we host.