With the hope of revitalizing the camp, members of the Camp Jefferson Board broke ground on a project to construct a new pool which will offer fresh new features that will be open to everyone.
Barry Schwab, Camp Jefferson Board Member, explained that this project was made possible after the Pfaff family made a sizable donation, large enough to cover the cost of the entire project. He is grateful for the opportunity to focus on the future of the camp.
“The board has been talking about the need for a new pool for quite a number of years,” said Schwab. “We knew it was our next big project here at the camp after getting a new dining hall built a few years ago. Frankly, we didn’t know how to get started with the funding of the pool. When we had that landfall from the Pfaff family, we were overjoyed. We couldn’t have asked for anything coming at a better time than it did.”
The pool that has served the camp was constructed roughly 90 years ago. Schwab explained that as soon as construction on the new pool is complete, the old one will be decommissioned.
“It’s a round, concrete block pool, is how it was constructed,” Schwab said. “Over the years, it’s had more and more layers of sealant put on it. It’s been painted dozens and dozens of times. It still has been a problem for us ever since I can remember. We’ve made it work because we’ve had to. We knew that we weren’t going to be able to run on borrowed time forever.”
Camp Jefferson is open to the public to use, though reservations are required. People can contact any of the board members to reserve the camp, or they can also visit Camp Jefferson’s website.
Construction on the new pool is expected to finish later this summer. The old pool will be open at the camp for the first part of the season to serve campers. Schwab believes that this project will help to build momentum for other projects in the coming years.
“We’re just promoting this new pool as something that is going to breathe new life into the camp and give us more generations of vitality,” said Schwab. “We’re not going to stop with this pool. Now we can turn our attention to some smaller things that were on the back burner. We’ve got a number of cabins that need to be replaced, and we’d even like to add cabins if we can. Now we can start seriously thinking about doing things like that.”