Caretaker Cabin Project

The original Caretaker Cabin was camp’s first building constructed and the only building fully occupied year-round! It provided a cozy forest home for staff for more than 5 decades. Filled with original 1960s charm, the little A-frame nestled by the road provided shelter from the rainforest’s constant drizzle and howling winds for many winters. During the warm months, the sweet sounds of summer would waft through its open windows while children’s voices lifted to the sky in song and laughter. The little cabin was even the location for the birth of a child during one spring snow….Oh, if only those walls could speak!

Over the years, the little cabin had to fight for its place in the forest, and ultimately, the elements were winning. Over the last decade, the cedar roof appeared to be held together mostly by moss as new trees sprouted on its steeply-pitched roof. Inhabitants constantly battled leaks, mold, mice and tight quarters. It was a tough decision to tear the nostalgic little house down, but once the skeleton was exposed and the rot revealed, it was crystal clear that the right choice had been made. And though it was sad to let go of that cornerstone of camp’s history, we now look forward to a new beginning…

Designed to reflect DCC’s A-frame tradition, the new building’s structure will be modified to allow for simple quality-of-life improvements such as upper kitchen cabinets and in-house laundry facilities! Having a washer and dryer in the basement will allow caretakers to do laundry without schlepping it to the lodge in the rain or squeezing in personal loads at midnight during summer’s non-stop action. Having a 2nd set available will alleviate the time crunch on summer’s busy transition days. Plus, having a back-up in case of an emergency provides peace of mind.

The new cabin has been designed to provide flex-space for staff & volunteers. There will be living quarters in the basement (a new addition to the old footprint) for directors and cooks who crave a quiet space during summer camp or while cooking for weekend groups when “sleeping among the group” can be tight. The flex¬†area will be available for housing volunteers throughout the year as well as providing a heated gathering space mid-week or when the lodge is not being used. This additional year-round space will provide much-appreciated flexibility for staff and volunteer needs. It will also add a moisture-proof area for storing valuable program materials and building Drift Creek’s institutional memory.

The cabin’s construction is in progress. The nesting cycle of the endangered marbled murrelet determined when demolition and construction could occur. The plan is to have the roof completed this spring so that the interior can dry over the coming months. We will be looking for volunteers to install drywall, paint and complete the finish carpentry this summer and fall. If you are interested in volunteering, on-site housing is available. We would love to have your helping hands. Please contact info@driftcreek.org to make arrangements.¬† DCC also needs to raise approximately $60,000 to finish the project. If you wish to contribute, please ear-mark your donation for the Caretaker Cabin and send checks to Drift Creek Camp, PO Box 1110, Lincoln City, OR 97367. Thank you for your support!

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