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The first major gift of the association to Camp Ridgecrest, the flagpole and its river-rock base are now the center of camp. The base of the pole contains many artifacts from camp including a chainsaw, Little Chief feather, bullet shells from riflery, camp arrow, and much more. The flagpole was dedicated to the founders of Camp Ridgecrest Alumni & Friends, Inc.
In a request from the summer staff, the alumni association purchased a quality projector for use in Camp’s program and for recruitment purposes by the office staff.
Camp Ridgecrest needed a more professional front entrance. Over the course of the year the association raised $7000 for the new sign and entrance, a substantial feat for the fledgling organization. The sign was framed with a wooden split rail fence and dedicated at the 70th summer of Camp.
In summer 2003, upon the Little Chiefs’ request, a new chainsaw was bought by the Alumni Association.
Camp’s Administration approached Camp Ridgecrest Alumni & Friends, Inc. about the need for a new Blob and the association came through, allowing Camp to have two Blobs floating in the lake by the summer of 2003.
Over $60,000 raised for cabin renovations! Updates included: updated lighting and electrical systems, outside and inside wall coverings, new roofs and redesigned rafters, upgraded ventilation and other improvements.
CRAF raised $50,000 to revamp the canteen prior to the 2016 summer. This included creating 8 serving lines (up from 4), a new deck, and fresh paint.
The interior of the canteen was also revamped to create a more organized and covered space for campers to receive their canteen. An area to display old camp photos and memorabilia was also added.
Prior to camp's 90th summer, CRAF gave funds to renovate the ping pong room. This update gave the room better lighting, a cleaner look, the ability to properly winterize the area, and a camp timeline to show the rich tradition of camp.
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