Staff week is finally here! This is such an eventful time for us here at Camp Daggett. There have been many preparations made for our upcoming year. What you’ll notice is some of the many upgrades that our year round staff have been at work on, including some new landscaping features. What you may not notice some of the hard work that is put in during staff week. Our area directors, counselors, support staff and directors are hard at work this week making sure all of the areas around camp are up to speed for the summer. It is amazing what our small, close knit group of young, and not so young, people are able to get together in such a short time. From getting sailboats floating and rigged, cleaning and polishing the kitchen for another great summer of amazing food, clearing the back trails, and putting the final touches on cabins to make them feel like a home away from home, there is never a dull moment during staff week.
Many of our new staff has been in awe of the beauty, natural and man made, that we are fortunate to have at camp. Its looking to be a nice summer, full of warm weather and sunshine. This is quite a change from just a few months ago- although there are some lasting effects. Quite a few of our insect friends managed to survive the “Polar Vortex” and are now at camp- so don’t forget to pack that bug spray. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends safe use of repellents containing DEET at concentrations up to 30% in children. A statement can be found here which also includes some helpful information on their correct use. And of course, the lake is on the chilly side, but it is warming up pretty nicely- a great way to refresh ones self after a long day on the rec field!
Unfortunately, not all of Northern Michigan is as prepared as we are. There are a few ongoing construction projects in the area we here at Camp Daggett would like you to be aware of.
- Downtown Petoskey is seeing some major construction of the Mitchell St. Bridge over the Bear River. Southbound traffic will be diverted onto Lake St and Ignalls avenue, while Northbound traffuc (headed toward Downtown) will remain on the bridge. A statement from MDOT can be found here.
- Boyne City is also experiencing some delays on Division/M-75 right near the high school.
You may also consult the MDOT website here for up to the minute details on construction across the state.