The Ontario Girl Guides have several camps that groups can use. In the Ottawa area, it's Camp Woolsey.
The camp is an amazing place. It's on the Ottawa River and has 6 separate cabin sites as well as quite a few tenting sites. It's beautiful and peaceful, and it's a fabulous place to camp - not just because of the site itself, but because there are always multiple groups camping, which gives everyone a chance to interact with other levels of Guiding.
A few weeks ago, an e-mail went around asking for help cleaning up from storm damage and preparing for winter. There were three weekends to choose from.
I didn't want to help. I hate giving up my weekends, and I just didn't want to do it.
But ... the camp is wonderful, and the land is probably worth a fortune. If we don't care for it, we'll lose it. I said I'd go up for Saturday morning.
Once I'd committed to going, it wasn't so bad. I didn't have to pack much - I grabbed some tools and threw them in the car, and off I went.
(Usually it takes me about 10 trips to get everything to the car when I'm going to Woolsey, so that was a treat in itself.)
I got there a little before 9 and we got started. I walked down to check out the fire pits on the sites and immediately ran into my neighbour, who was there were her Guides. After I figured out what needed to be done there, I went back to the parking lot and met up with the others ... and promptly ran into someone I used to take Irish Dancing with.
We moved furniture out of one cabin, fixed rails, and moved logs cut to sit on.
Before I knew it, it was noon. I would have considered staying longer, but I had a meeting to get to, so that was it.
In the house on a hot summer afternoon
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