Dear Asto Wamah Campers of All Ages, Hope this 1st of April Blog finds you well and delighted that winter is behind us (I hope) and spring is just around the corner. That means that summer and time at Asto Wamah cannot be that far off. It has been a very long and cold winter in Columbia. There is still a trace of snow on the ground and ice on the lake, but for the most part the ground is visible and there are faint signs of spring green poking up in the woods. This is an exciting time of year at camp. Each day brings recognizable changes to the landscape and before you know it the place is looking more and more hospitable. As you may remember, Columbia Lake is drained down about 6 feet each winter to give the lake a chance to “turn over” and this also keeps the ice away from docks and walls that can be easily damaged by moving ice. Well this year, without closing the dam, the lake has risen considerably already. Snowmelt, rains and the lack of evaporation because of ice cover have contributed to what should be a full lake come summer. That is good news for all of us who depend on the lake for our summer recreation. One of our big projects this winter has been to make the floating dock stationery to improve its stability. Well that job was completed just ahead of the lake coming up. I think you will like the new look and the fact that it can’t sink or rock the way the old one did. It looks as though we will have a full camp during all 4 sessions this summer. Already the 2-week boys’ and the July girls’ sessions are full. Waiting lists are growing. There are still openings in the coed week and the August girls’ sessions. It is exciting for me to see how many old campers are returning and equally exciting to register new campers to CAW. A very talented group of people will make up the staff. They are looking forward to the opportunity of providing you with an awesome camping experience at Asto Wamah this summer. Remember, there are still openings so continue to spread the good word. I will send pictures so you can see for yourself the change from bleak to green.
All the best,