Baton Rouge volunteers help rebuild cabins at Feliciana Retreat Center _lowres

Photo by DAVE SNYDER -- Admiring Cabin 4, one of two cabins rebuilt by volunteers at Feliciana Retreat Center, are Camp Agape Explorer Boys, from left, Leo Steward, Herman Pride, Dante Breaux, Austin Nickens and Austin Sledge.

Broadmoor Presbyterians were among the 15 volunteers who spent long weekends for five months rebuilding two cabins at the Feliciana Retreat Center in Norwood.

Dave Snyder, project coordinator, described the work that ran from January through May: “We reused the materials that we could, but we had to replace both roofs entirely. The main achievement, and a very welcome one in this heat, is that we converted both cabins to air-conditioned cabins, and put in doors and windows, replacing screens.

“There is still much to be done before the cabins are complete. They need painting inside and out, and tile floors installed,” he said of the two cabins which each sleep eight. “We’re still recuperating from this round.”

The rustic cabins are used in camping season, soon to end, with Traditional Family Property Camp, which brings people from five countries besides the U.S. They’re also used for Camp Agape, held in June, sponsored by Broadmoor Presbyterian.

Ida Sharp, operations manager for the retreat center, noted that the camps are vital, and volunteers are treasured at the huge year-round operation encompassing 219 acres of pine and hardwood forest.

“We had over 2,000 go through here last year for retreats, conferences, camps and activities for all ages,” Sharp said. “We have an air-conditioned center with dormitory-style rooms, that can sleep up to 170 guests, a dining hall, cottages and log cabin. This facility is open to anyone but reservations have to be made in advance and fees required.”

She and the Rev. Ted Roeling, moderator of the Council of Presbytery of South Louisiana, thanked the volunteers who spent long weeks on the cabins.

Besides Snyder, Broadmoor members participating were Clark family members Michael, Emily, Tristen, Lilly, of Central, and Tommy and Brandon Gautreau, and Michael Wascom, of Baton Rouge. Volunteers also were Kerry and Brian Clark, of Central; John Schertzer, of Baton Rouge, and Mike and Jarad Richard and Jest and Piper Shertzer, of Denham Springs.