My week at Camp Quality started on Friday, June 10th when I drove down to St. Clair, MO to Camp Woodland Hills. It is a church-owned campgrounds that Camp Quality uses each year. We unpacked our stuff and waited for our truck to come that was bringing all the food we would need for a week to fix 3 meals a day for about 80 people. After we did that, it was off to Wal-Mart to pick up the odds and ends that we didn’t need huge quantities of, like baking soda and lemon juice.
By this time, there were enough of us to make it worth the trouble to go out to eat at a Mexican place. It was good, but I’ve had better. We started off Saturday by going out for breakfast, since the campers that had reserved the campgrounds for the week of the 4th through the 11th were still there. This place was worth writing home about. It was the Lewis Cafe in historic downtown St. Clair, at 145 Main Street. It’s been the same Mom and Pop place since 1938, and it is worth a drive just to eat there. The front door leads you into the original shop with booths on one side and a low counter with stools on the other. We went around to a larger room that was originally another shop. You can see it with the curtains in the windows and at the door in the photo.
They raise their own meat and the portions are generous. I had country ham, others had bacon and pork sausage that was hand formed. It was all delicious. I rounded mine out with sunny side up eggs, toast, and hash browns. The toast is made to order in a toaster that sits on the counter. And the wait staff is very friendly. I want to go back again next year!
Okay. Enough bumming around. Time to get down to business. A brief tour around the facilities first. You feel like you are driving off the edge of the earth to get to the camp, even though it is less than 10 miles from the interstate.
Here is the main hall for camp. It has the dining hall and kitchen, as well as rooms for staff and showers.
The hall inside the main building, looking toward the kitchen.
My humble abode for my week at camp. I’m taking my air mattress next year!
Here’s the other essential piece of equipment. It’s an oldie but it’s a goodie. I can’t imagine washing all the dishes by hand that we put through this Jackson every day. It’s a low temp machine, so we can even wash plastic items in it without worrying about them melting.
One of the things all the campers look forward to is the fresh fruit tray. We fix two like this for each meal.
And here’s the crew that makes it all possible. It’s a big job, but five of us have been together for four years now, so each of us know what our job is and don’t require a lot of supervision.
This was the 20th year for Camp Quality of Central Missouri. Camp Quality is an international organization that sponsors camps for kids with cancer and their siblings. So I made a birthday cake for our dessert on the last evening of camp when we have a special meal. Would you believe there are 12 cups of powdered sugar in the icing on the cake?
One last photo to show you the cabins they go with the camp. There are two sets of cabins, a shower house, and hook-ups for campers as well as a craft cabin, a pavilion, a swimming pool, and a basketball/tennis court. Most of the grounds are very rustic. There is a smooth area that can be used for games, etc. and several schools bring there bands out here for marching band camp.
Things went well this year. I am getting my menus and orders fine tuned as that we can use up everything
we order. Well, most everything. I made lots of notes as we went along this year, and have most of my menus and orders already figured out for next year. That will be a big time saver later, because the details get cold in a hurry!