Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Successful Workday thanks to our faithful friends!

Another great day of fun, fellowship and work projects at camp Li Lo Li. Even though the day was a little overcast, spirits were high and an enormous amount of work was accomplished. Thanks to the many volunteers from Blasdell Gospel Chapel, Scottlea Gospel chapel, Northgate Bible Chapel,  Cornerstone Bible Chapel and Grace Chapel in Jamestown.
We had several activity area s with leaking roofs and they were repaired and re-shingled. These projects were headed up by David Later and Ted Fox with much help from others including Anthony Koole. There are now new roofs on the rifle range and canoe shed. 
The bridge and the gazebo are some of the most photographed areas at camp but were looking a little weathered and worse for wear. Ben Slomba and Cecil Milligan have worked tirelessly to get this looking almost like new, but the bridge still needs work! Perhaps another work day?

The final stage of the windmill project was to add the new hoses and underwater oxygen diffusers. The challenge was that they needed to be situated in at least 8 feet of water - water which is both cold and murky! Thanks to Jim Dahlquist, these diffusers are now in place and the windmill is working as designed!

A.J McIntee and Jason Kelly worked on the plumbing at the Directors Cabin, taking us a few steps closer to wrapping up that building. When he wasn't helping with plumbing, Jason Kelly was running the backhoe to get the driveway dug out and prepared for stone at the new house. Thank you to Jon Palmer for bringing down the stone!

Jordan and Aaron Collette from the Jamestown assembly began the servicing of the golf carts and ATVs at camp. These are truly the summer workhorses, used every day by the directors and nurses. Tom Bacon will be joining us later this week to start the annual pre-camp servicing of our maintenance vans and trucks. Thanks all!

We also had several crews cleaning buildings, raking leaves and general outdoor clean up. We have a large group in next weekend for their Memorial Day Family Camp and everything has to be in place and ready! What a great crew - Amy, Nancy, Heather, Olivia, Bonnie, Lydia, Rachel and many more!

There are many small but important carpentry jobs that need to be done. Most of our Adirondack chairs are well used in the summer and get a little wobbly! Howie Moore from Sugar Grove PA had made new armrests for each chair and Larry Palmer installed them, tighten up the loose parts and prepared them for painting by Josh Koole and Joel Bodder! Josh and Joel also swept up leaves from around the Chapel and in other places around camp. In addition to the work Larry Palmer did at camp today he also took some work home. He will be building new trash can receptacles and repairing the Lodge railing at his home workshop.

 Ellie Fox worked up in the office tidying and taking inventory as well as making photo copies for the summer. Betsy McIntee and Dorothy Milford worked on completing our health department safety plan, which is a long but necessary process. John and Becky Clode continued the ongoing task of cleaning and prepping the craft cabin for all of the summer sessions.

Jim Ferguson and Clint Fancher were involved with a number of projects including helping with the roofs, repairing picnic tables at the store and installing covers on the crawl space openings of our new cabins. Will Benson and Isaac Bodder were busy with many projects as well including bringing the canoes up to the lake from their winter storage, installing screens in the Lodge and taking the storm windows up to the barn, and cleaning the wash rooms in the Lodge and Chapel. Wes Milligan was busy with painting again - this time the window frames at the East end of the Lodge.

Bob Wheeler had come up earlier in the week and begun installing our new jumbo roll dispensers in the bathrooms. These are going to save a great deal of time for our maintenance crews during the summer.

Together with David Larter and Wes Milligan they had also finished up the south side of the new house. All the trim work is done and the painting is complete. That allowed the scaffolding to come down as well. Thanks again to everyone for their hard work!

Of course, no workday is complete without the important break and mealtimes. Thank you to Al McIntee and and Vivian Marwick for all the hard work in feeding over 50 people there for the day! Thank you also to Stacy Bodder, our Property Manager for planning, organizing and overseeing a busy and productive day.

I am sure that there may be individuals who I have missed in this blog posting. If I have, I am truly sorry. We value each person that serves with us here at camp in whatever position or role they serve. We joy in the fact that the Lord does not forget those who are faithful to Him. We are reminded what can be accomplished when we work together as we read the book of Nehemiah. Finally Nehemiah gets up to commend the workers with "So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work... Nehemiah 4:6

Monday, May 11, 2015

Phase 1 of the Windmill Replacement Project Completed!

Many of you have seen our recent blog about the damage to our windmill. The top came crashing down during a particularly heavy windstorm and was lying in pieces on the ground. This is certainly not a budgeted item and we wondered how we were going to pay for the replacement. We ran some preliminary numbers and it looked as if would be somewhere between $1500-2000 for the parts and equipment. We spoke to our insurance company who could cover it but we have a $1000 deductible. It would have affected our insurance coverage to make a claim this small, even if we were to pay the deductible.

In the meantime we received an email from the Coopers, a dear family from Buffalo, saying that they were praying about the windmill and wanted to help where they could.  They asked for a few days to pray about it.

This weekend we received the following email from them which I asked if I could share will you all. God is faithful!

It’s amazing how God just pulls everything together!! This was something that was really on my heart, and we weren't sure that it was something we could do… but God showed us again.. just to trust him! We are in the middle of remodeling our home, and installing a pool, and some school trips for the kids, so the timing was looking like maybe it wouldn't work for us to make a donation… and just yesterday.. about an hour after your email… we received news that we would be getting 1585.00 back from one of these projects!! :) In Gods Perfect Timing!!! :)

(We) would be so blessed to send in a donation for 1500.00 to cover the cost…

We ordered the parts for the windmill but weren't sure how we would get the assembly to the top of the tower, but had an unexpected meeting with Daniel Boisvert in the aisle at Home Depot who volunteered that he had a bucket truck he wanted to lend to us if we had a need! Daniel did not know about our windmill problem, but the Lord knew and orchestrated our meeting that day! What a mighty God we serve! Here are some pictures below of the day when the windmill went back up!

Another Great Workday at camp!

What a blessing to have so many join us this Saturday for our third Saturday workday. This time we had a good number of the believers from the Springbrook assembly in West Seneca come down to help. With many hands hard at work, the store porch ceiling received a second coat of paint which not only looks good but has had the desired effect of keeping the barn swallows from nesting right where so many of our campers and staff sit! They are still here at camp though and are now building houses, multi-family apartments and condos on some of our other buildings!

While we had the paint crew here, we also re-painted the front of the store and the railings which were looking a little weathered. In order to keep our buildings looking consistent and also to help reduce the number of paint colors we need to keep in stock, Sherwin-Williams have created our own paint color called Camp Li-Lo-Li Red! The final step on this project is the painting of the store porch floor. This will be painted with a non-skid paint to help keep our summer campers safer as they come straight from the pool to the store! That painting project should be completed this week.

The other major project completed was the final screwing down of all of the boards on the pool deck. This project started last week and is now finished. Thanks to all who worked so hard this past weekend. The work was hard, the day was hot but the fellowship was great and the reward eternal! Other jobs completed were cleaning of the kitchen and lodge and preparation for coming weeks! Thank you to the believers from Springbrook Bible Chapel and Vivian Marwick who came down to cook and clean for us!

The next major workday will be this Saturday, May 16. Blasdell Gospel Chapel, Northgate Bible Chapel and Cornerstone Bible Chapel will all be coming down for the day. If you would like to join us to help with the many,many projects remaining, please contact Stacy Bodder at to let him know you plan to come.

Thanks again to all who sacrifice time and energy to serve the Lord at camp. It is greatly appreciated!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Sun was Shining on our Saturday Work Day!

Thank you to Pete Snedeker and Jamie Sabourin who came to camp to help finish up some projects. It was warm and sunny and bug free! Jamie worked on the pool deck where a number of the boards had started to lift and had become a tripping hazard. His job was to take out the old screws and remove the board, clean the area under the board with a shop vac and then get them put back in with a longer, stronger screw. Thanks for committing to this, Jamie. It was a great help!

Pete Snedeker and Stacy Bodder continued work on the Directors Cabin. They put up soffit on the porch after reinforcing the structure and then continued with the trim work around the windows and doors. They accomplished a lot in that day, thanks to the great weather and some hard work!

Next weekend we will have Springbrook Bible Chapel down for the Saturday work day. If anyone else would like to join their work party, please let Stacy Bodder know at

Today John Cole is back at camp checking all the smoke and CO2 alarms at camp. The batteries need to be replaced every year and there are a lot of them! We greatly appreciate the help of all those who come down to camp.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Annual Camp Director Meeting held this past weekend!

You can tell summer is getting closer when we have our annual Director meeting! We held the meeting this past Saturday, April 25 and were able to cover a lot of important issues. Thank you to all of our directors who were able to join us.

During this time we go through the staff training manual, especially the roles of the directors if there were a camp emergency. We also brainstormed several issues regarding camper supervision that affect campers and directors each week. We considered a variety of solutions that increase the security and comfort of the young people placed in our care. Our goal is to create an environment that is as safe as possible while still allowing kids to be kids!

We also spent time sharing ideas on how to stretch our program budgets further and how to creatively share the gospel in ways that will be memorable.

Please pray for our Directors as they finalize their plans for the summer. There is still much to be done! Pray for all of our staff members - we still have a number of gaps in our staffing and are praying that the Lord will lead the right people to camp this year. Perhaps you will join us!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thanks to the many volunteers at our Saturday Work Day!

This spring we have scheduled a number of  Work Days and had a great crew this past Saturday!

Here is a report from Stacy Bodder:

We had a great day at camp. The weather was perfect. We had so many projects happening at once it was hard to keep track of everything that was happening. Many thanks to all who came and gave of their precious time to come along side and accomplish many things for the Lord here at camp.
Here is a brief overview of the day and a big thanks to you all:

Dan Lee took care of making sure everyone was fed and it was good as always.

Josh Koole and Joel Bodder raked and bagged leaves that were under the Chapel overhang, and deflated and folded the snow tubes from the winter time.

Ted Fox, Bob Wheeler, Anthony Koole, AJ McIntee worked on replacing the Directors Cabin roof. This consisted of removing the old roof shingles, repairing/replacing the facia boards on the front and back of the cabin, replacing some of the plywood on the back, and then on with the new drip edge and roofing. (Josh and Joel got to help up on the roof too!)

 Clyde Tyson, Bob and Barb Collette, Sean Kinney, and Steve March painted the first of two coats on the underside of the store porch in efforts to keep the cliff swallows away.

Jordan and Aaron Collette were servicing the standby generators around camp.

Al McIntee was working on various Electrical projects up at the Administrators house.

Betsy McIntee was organizing the attic above the Lodge Office.

Matt and Andy Bennett were removing Hemlock trees in the girl’s area which blocked the necessary sunlight to keep mold and mildew off of the cabins

Carl Widrig and his two sons were cutting and splitting wood down at the camp fire area.

Paul and Alissa Owens and Sammie were working on getting the archery range ready for the season.

It was a great day, and so much was accomplished.  Thanks to all who were here. Praise the Lord!
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Just a reminder, we have several more work days scheduled and still much to be done. If you can help on any of the following Saturdays, please contact Stacy Bodder at

The dates are May 2, May 9 and May 16. 

Several groups have indicated that they will be down on one or more of those weekends, so come and join the fun!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Camp Windmill Damaged by High Winds!

Our windmill is something of a landmark at camp but serves a very important purpose. It runs our lake aerator which is a necessary part of managing our camp lake water system. It improves water clarity, protection against fish kills, odor reduction and algae management. Windmill aeration is a responsible and economical choice because it is operated by winds blowing as little as 3 to 5 miles per hour. Windmill aeration does not require electricity so is also an environmentally friendly operation.

Sadly our windmill was damaged this week by exceptionally high and gusty winds. The first day the central portion of the windmill was blown over and parts of the windmill blade fell down to the ground. This morning we found the main part of the blades and dome lying on the ground. So it is out of commission for a while. 

We really need to get this back up and running before we get too much further into spring! 

Please pray with us!