Before Hubbell Realty Co. could muster volunteers to work around the clock for a week next month to build two cabins at Camp Sunnyside, it need to do some demolition.
So Tuesday evening, 125 people showed up at the camp just north of Des Moines to swing sledgehammers and enjoy drinks and dinners while watching others break a sweat tearing out old cabins.
The cost for three swings of the sledge was $100, and Hubbell raised more than $4,100 for the project.
Sherri Nielsen, president and CEO of Easter Seals Iowa, which operates Camp Sunnyside, (right) shows she is a master of destruction, knocking out the stone facade of the girls' showers.
Cabins for Campers 24/7 falls under Hubbell's "extreme" projects, volunteer efforts that in the past have involved building a home for a family in need for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in September 2006 and building nine homes in nine days for Anawim Housing in September 2009.
Hubbell, its vendors, employees and other volunteers will build two 7,584-square-foot cabins the week of Sept. 16. They will replace cabins that were built by volunteers in the 1960s.
The new cabins will feature sleeping accommodations for 45 campers and 15 staff members per cabin. Each cabin will have restroom and shower facilities, a secure storm shelter and a recreation room. The new cabins are designed to provide ease of accessibility for both campers and staff members.