Kitchen Updates

We want to keep you — the Camp community — updated on how the kitchen project is progressing. Check back to read updates!

  • Board Breaking Ceremony

    Board Breaking Ceremony

    AUGUST 28, 2017 – By Bob Small Snap! Craaackle! POP! Was that the sound of milk splashing onto the Rice Krispies in your cereal bowl at Camp? No… those were the sounds made as the first board was pried away from the old kitchen wall at Camp during Alumni Weekend. A crowd of over 50 […]Read More
  • Spring Volunteer Work Weekend 2018

    Spring Volunteer Work Weekend 2018

    Join Us for TWO Spring Volunteer Work Weekends at Camp! Although winter at the ranch has been chilly, there is plenty to do with the new kitchen project in full swing! We sure could use a hand. This is a great opportunity to help with a project that will serve delicious meals for thousands of campers.  We’d love for you […]Read More
  • Designer Bears: An Interview with the Kitchen Architects

    Designer Bears: An Interview with the Kitchen Architects

    For at least a century or two, many bears, black and brown, young and old, have patrolled the forests and meandered along the streams of the Bar 717 Ranch. In more recent decades, plenty of cuddly little Teddy Bears, a Pooh Bear or two, and a sweet Bear dog have endeared their way onto the […]Read More
  • Ode to a Kitchen

    Ode to a Kitchen

    Don’t forget that before there was a salad bar there was peanut butter and fry bread and candy bars on Tuesday, or was it Wednesday? A cracker-wrapper can on each green table and Florence’s table chart. Don’t forget Carol McCutcheon’s tooth marks in the Jack cheese in the walk-in and remember the wooden trough behind […]Read More
  • Building the Rock Fireplace on the Eating Platform – by Paul Wills

    Building the Rock Fireplace on the Eating Platform – by Paul Wills

    Paul Wills, February 2017 At the end of the summer of 1959, the outside fireplace on the eating platform was built.  I know because I helped build it, along with Grover Gates (the boss), Mel Mandel’s family, Jean Collard and others that I fail to remember.  My job was to collect rocks and sometimes mix […]Read More
  • Pitch In For the Kitchen

    Pitch In For the Kitchen

    Dear Friend of Camp Trinity, As you know, plans are nearing completion for the new kitchen at the Bar 717 Ranch, and I’d like to update you on the latest news and to ask for your help. But, before I get to that, I’d like you to take a moment to think back to your favorite memory at […]Read More
  • Building the Eating Platform Roof – By Paul Wills

    Building the Eating Platform Roof – By Paul Wills

    Paul Wills, February 2017 In the summer of 1959, at the annual Camp Trinity Community Bar-B-Que there was a barn raising. The barn raising was not to build a new barn, but to add on to the existing camp kitchen. Two of my sisters, Fran and Rosie Wills worked in the kitchen that summer and […]Read More
  • Spring Update on the New Kitchen Project!

    Spring Update on the New Kitchen Project!

    Last fall we kicked off an ambitious campaign to raise $200,000 to help fund the new Camp kitchen. So far, with the help of 127 generous donors, we have raised $135,467 – nearly 68% of our campaign goal. We’ve received donations from campers, parents, and alumni and heard moving stories of campers choosing to donate […]Read More
  • Plans for New Kitchen Announced at the Reunion

    Plans for New Kitchen Announced at the Reunion

    The 85th+1 celebration and reunion brought together dozens of campers, counselors and alums from near and far, both in time and geography.  In addition to rekindling cherished friendships, singing favorite songs and sharing camp meals over the long Labor Day weekend, visitors heard about the plans for a new camp kitchen. Kent announced the plans […]Read More
  • Kicking off the Camp Kitchen Project!

    Kicking off the Camp Kitchen Project!

    By Kent Collard 2016 marks 86 years of Camp Trinity on the Bar 717 Ranch.  That’s a long time! During most of those eight-plus decades, we’ve been building, adding-on-to, and for some time now, remodeling the structures we use for camp.  The goal has always been to build what we need to make camp a […]Read More