Spring Retreat and Volunteers
This year’s Spring Retreat focused once again on Real Relationships, and this time it was all about Friendship on Purpose. We were so thankful for all of the guests who were able to attend! We were also blessed to have so many of our attendees stay as volunteers a few days after the retreat had come to an end. And did we mention the awesome volunteers we’d had in the days leading up to the retreat? Whoa!
Our Southpointe volunteers are getting some instruction from Mr. Brian. This was before the spring retreat began!
Faithful staff Natalie and Megan were a great example in service! They and the rest of our staff and volunteers all worked together to rake the fenced-in field of the Goliath challenge course! Thanks everyone!
Kicking off our Spring Retreat was our Pajama Party Game Night! There were board games, card games, and even a game of Mafia going on. Whoa!
Some of our lovely attendees proudly sporting their team colors!
Talk about a challenge! Our “Chum Challenge” amazing race game was so intense that it wasn’t even called on acount of rain!
Having your hands tied together during a pizza dinner? Now that’s REAL Friendship on Purpose! (And check out that AWESOME Goliath shirt being shown off by Miss Randi!)
Those who came to our Spring Retreat got their own opportunity to conquer Goliath!
Thanks again to all of those who came to the retreat and stayed to volunteer! We’re so thankful for each and every one of you.
Check out more Spring Retreat photos here!
New! Goliath Challenge Course
So waaaaaaay back in October we announced to everyone that we’d be putting together a brand-new super-awesome totoally Oaktastic high ropes challenge course. And we did it!
Oakridge’s Goliath Challenge Course is raised 52 feet into the beautiful blue Oklahoma sky. It has over 30 unique elements, each of them designed to challenge individuals in problem solving, teamwork, self-esteem, leadership skills, and much more!
So strap on your lobster claws (that’s a type of adventure rope gear that you’ll be using on Goliath) and get ready for our HUGEST blog post ever, all about GOLIATH!
This was back when the course was still being built. It’s so amazing that it’s finally done!
A better shot of just how high up the tower is.
Our whole crew at the base of the tower!
Check out all the different elements you can see from here.
Anderson learning how to climb using a device called a “cable-grab.”
Natalie, and a closer look at the cable-grab. The cable-grab is something just for facilitators to use when setting up the challenge course for guests!
Natalie going up the incline log.
Joshua and Natalie receiving instruction from Miss Betsie, who came out to train all of our staff.
Knots are a really big deal! The girls test Joshua’s knot.
Jesse makes sure that Mr. Brian is ready for adventure!
This knot is called a “bowline on a bite,” and is one of the most-used knots on the challenge course.
Here’s Brea at the top of the Pamper Pole, which is a whopping 48 feet in the air. The idea is that you jump off of the pole and try to grab at a handkerchief some feet away from you.
Jaime sets up some equipment for another element.
Rachel’s just hanging out!
Jaime show David the “ropes.” Get it?
Natalie flying around after being on the Haul Swing.
A view from the top of the tower.
More elements as seen from the top.
The view of camp from the top of the tower! Can you see the water slide?
David’s pretty tall; but not as tall as Goliath!
Rachel and Megan hanging out with the harnesses and lobster claws (the yellow ones!).
A better shot of the magnitude of the course, set against that beautiful blue sky!
One of the girls up on the huge cargo net.
Jesse showing off his good side on the Log Jam.
Megan flying off the Pamper Pole.
We so look forward to having people out and trying out this awesome new challenge!! Keep your eyes peeled for updates and videos.
Are you planning on coming to our Spring Retreat? Every attendee will get a FREE afternoon on the Goliath course! Check out our website for more information, or call our office at 405.247.5433.
The past year has been one of major refurbishing for us here at Oakridge Camp. We completely overhauled the Lower West Lodge, redid the Upper Boys’ Dorm, and (with the help of our wonderful SOWER friends!) worked some serious renovation magic on the central bath house.
But we’re not done yet! We’re currently working on renewing the inside of our Chapel. Here are some of the latest photos:
What comfy-looking seats we have! These chairs used to be in our church building in town (which we’re currently trying to sell; please keep it in your prayers!) and now they’ve found a home in our chapel. We think they’re just perfect for smaller groups!
The eastern and western walls of the chapel are getting a whole new look! Gone are the days of green lattice! Now we’ve got warm, pleasing earth-tones and totally awesome wallpaper that looks like an actual stone wall! Seriously, next time you’re here, check it out. It looks 3D until you put your hand right on it!
We’re experimenting with patterns on some of the light-colored panels along the walls. What do you think of them?
Here, our sweet Megan can be seen working to scrape excess paint from the stencil so she and Jenelle (our newest young lady on staff!) can continue their diligent work in the chapel.
We’re very excited that God provides for us to constantly improve the buildings around camp so that we can continually serve our guests with excellence!
What have been your favorite renovations at camp so far? What kind of changes would you like to see happen? Let us know!
We’re so very thankful for all of our friends, family, and guests who keep Oakridge in their prayers. Be sure to tell us how we can be praying for you as well. And, as always, don’t ever hesitate to ask how you can be of service to the camp! There’s still lots of painting to do!