Wednesday night brought rain and some wet snow to the Sioux Falls area, and that extra moisture didn’t do any favors for a camp already damaged by flooding. The on-going bad weather continues to take a toll on Leif Ericson Day Camp. The March storm destroyed equipment, bridges, vehicles, and has left the grounds a muddy mess. Progress continues, but it’s crunch time because the camp opens in less than a month.
Realtor Nick Allen usually turns people into homeowners. On Thursday, he spent his time turning this muddy mess into a kid-ready camp. It wasn’t a hard sell to get him to help.
“It’s pretty rewarding deal coming out here and helping out, clean-up,” Allen said.
Allen’s task is to lay down wood chips over washed out trails.
Brady Mallory: “I see you have your boots on today.”
Nick: “I planned for the worst today. I figured they’d kind of put me in the thick of it.”
Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls employees laid wood chips on muddy paths, painted some buildings, did some carpentry work, and other tasks to clean up from this spring’s storms.
“Really says a lot about our community and what our community is willing to do to help in everybody’s time of need,” Mike Murphy, camp director, said.
This is all part of the company’s Red Day, a time when employees give back to their community. They’ve cleaned up the camp before, but this year the effort is needed more than ever.
“Actually, I’ve had an agent that was just talking about one of their kids that was worried they weren’t going to have camp this year,” Showers said.
The camp is set to open on time June 3.
“It’s definitely time. We’re ready for some nice weather and ready for those kids to come running through the gates and to have fun this year,” Murphy said.
There’s not a house in sight, but leave it to this group of realtors to make the camp feel more like home.
“Our business is based on the community and surround areas and it’s fun to give back to this community,” Allen said.