HEARTS AND HAMMERS
Hearts and Hammers Project
The Hearts & Hammer Project is an annual ongoing project of the Rotary Club of Jupiter-Tequesta to physically build or repair any facility that would be of particular benefit to our community. Occasionally we have found a residence that needed repair or painting where the family was very needy but over the course of 10 years the primary project has been the repair and reconstruction of the Boy Scout Camp facilities. This facility known as Camp Tenah Keeta is located at the north end of Country Club Road in Tequesta.
This project has had very high impact for the community since the camp typically services up to 1100 boy and girl scouts on a weekend and has been in need of repair and reconstruction. The camp services a large number of local area scouts and other youth and community organizations and is supported by a large number of volunteer fathers and mothers.
The funds available to the camp have been restricted and the local regulatory agencies have been exceedingly cooperative to allow us freedom to repair and reconstruct the facilities. Many of our knowledgeable members have contributed to the planning and design, so that the buildings, when completed, are either substantially improved or exceed all code requirements.
The camp was originally a World War Two Training Camp. The original buildings were old and needing repair. This project is now in its 13th year and at least 13 facilities have been reconstructed at the camp. These include a new Welcome Center, a Nature Center Workshop, an Activities Center, a Camp Administration Facility, four Troop Leaders Facilities with new porches, two Bath Houses, the Clear Lake Pavilion, the Archery Range Pavilion, and this year the 22 Rifle Range Pavilion.
Our Rotary club contribution of time and money probably exceeds $150,000 but has benefited over 500,000 camp outs for youths, fathers and mothers to date.
We are always in need of new members and we would ask that every Rotarian
spend at least one Saturday morning to at least sample and join in this community project. It is a great way to really meet and work with your club members and the projects provide a real sense of accomplishment and enjoyment. Any Rotarian or outside volunteer with interest should contact Steve Steinmetz the camp ranger 307-9013.
Most all of the members increase their construction knowledge in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, roofing and concrete work. Volunteer friends, family youth and spouses participate and are much welcomed. Work is usually available every Saturday from 8:30 am until 3:00pm and runs for about 12 Saturdays from January to March.