It takes a village, or at least a very determined group of high school students to build a full-size cabin over the course of one school year.
It takes a village, or at least a very determined group of high school students to build a full-size cabin over the course of one school year. Yet, that is exactly what the shop students in one class at Osage High School did over the past nine months. The idea for the project was hatched during the students' senior work day last year at Camp P82.
Under the supervision of instructor Randy Saterlee, the students said they enjoyed working with each other toward a common goal and seeing something that they had planned out become a reality.
"The kids learned a variety of skills from framing and wiring to idea sharing and teamwork," said Saterlee.
The largest problems the group encountered were dealing with logistics and gathering materials. The most complicated portion was building in the school's wood shop- only to be disassembled for shipping to its final stop at Camp P82 in Rocky Mount, Missouri.
"We built the cabin using modular construction so that it could be disassembled for transport," said Saterlee. The finished 24 x 14 foot cabin was framed in 2 x 4 wood boards, sheeted in T1-11 siding, features a metal roof and took 450 man hours to build. The cabin was transported by using the school's truck and trailer.
Overall, the class of students felt like they were a strong team who will be able to use the lessons they learned in the building process in the future.
According to Saterlee, the cabin was funded solely by Camp P82, which is a camp that supports all youth, but focuses on children who have parents that are incarcerated. The students donated their time to work on the cabin to be used for many years to come at the campground.