In preparation for their 75th anniversary, Wolverine Building Group donated labor and materials to construct the rope swing. This project is Wolverine’s first official “Take Action Day,” an annual company-wide community service project. Take Action Day provides the Grand Rapids-owned and run company an opportunity to offer time, manpower, and expertise to local organizations selected by their employees. “Camp Roger has been around for a long time, has a great history, and is known for consistency and quality in their programming,” says Wolverine’s Vice President, Curt Mulder.
Camp Roger provides a rustic natural environment for young people to enjoy the outdoors. The organization offers a summer camp, an adventure course for school, team, and corporate team building, and a Discovery Nature Center with customized programming for local schools and homeschooled students. Of their 1500 summer camp attendees, approximately 65% are from West Michigan.
The rope swing is the latest unique addition to the camp, which also boasts a zip line, a yurt, a rustic cabin, a four-story tree house, and a climbing tower. “A rope swing sounds like a simple thing to build, but with (2) 60’ poles that weigh 3,000 lbs. a piece cantilevering 50’ out over water, it was a fun and exciting challenge even for a group of experienced construction company employees,” says Mulder. “It took many creative minds and lots of ingenuity to devise a plan to build it all in one day with no machinery, the old school way.” Camp Roger will be celebrating their 100th anniversary on June 8, 2013. From 1-3pm on that Saturday, the rope swing and many other activities will be open to the public.
For more information on Camp Roger or to register a camper, visit www.camproger.org. For more information on Wolverine Building Group, visit www.wolvgroup.com.