This is a slightly different post than what I usually do.On October 21st,I had the privilege of attending a unique event near me. The Pembina Valley Bible Camp had organized a Split and Stack.
The idea was to get teams of seven able bodied men with log splitters and chain saws to split and stack all the wood that the camp needs for heating through the winter.
My church had enough men volunteer to make up two teams.Families came along to watch and cheer on the workers.This young girl had fun playing in the soft sand. Here she seems to be taking a break to reflect of something.Note the area in front of her. In the last picture you will see this same area filled with split and stacked wood, ready for burning in winter.
This was the group of men from church, ready to get to work.We had both our lead Pastor and the youth Pastor working hard.It was good to see younger and more mature men working side by side.
Here are their tools of the trade and in the background the long rows of wood that need to be cut into manageable sizes.
And the hard work begins.It was a competition to see which of the teams could split the most wood in a given time,so there was no idle time.
Yes,what you see in the air is saw dust.I don't know the exact number but I believe there were more than ten teams, stationed around what is normally used as a riding arena.It was noisy and dirty, but mostly a lot of fun.
Here you can see the finished product. The young man sitting on the huge stump was underage(the rules said no one under 16 years could be involved) so was not allowed to help. The camp organizers did a good job of keeping everyone safe and also providing for their needs.A variety of homemade cookies were served during a coffee break.
After the wood was cut,everyone there, including those who only watched, were served a delicious homemade meal and some prizes were handed out.
By the end of the day,I am sure there were some sore muscles, but also a good feeling in the heart, knowing that they had contributed to a good cause.
I was thankful that I had been able to witness all this activity and capture some of it with my camera.