Building a Healthy Future, A Capital Campaign for Health, Leadership, and The Arts
Did you know that Camp Newaygo’s use has grown by an amazing 128% over the past five years since the renovation of Lang Lodge? Because of this continued growth, we are in need of more space and wanted you to be the first to know our plans. We are kicking off the “Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign” to build a new Health and Leadership Lodge, expand and renovate the Arts and Crafts Lodge, as well as purchase four acres of New Property, with 300 feet of water frontage for a new day camp site.
It’s an ambitious plan but together we can secure Camp Newaygo’s future by addressing these long-term needs for a sustainable future. Because of the great support for our Girls’ Resident Camp over the past five years, our yearly enrollment has grown from 344 campers to 575, a 67 percent increase, and Day Camp has grown by 60% to 244 day campers. We have also increased the number of children and families that experience living together in a blended community gaining “grit” and resilience, and learning from friends and cabin mates that by working together anything is possible.
The American Camp Association requires that one bed for each 50 campers be available in our health facility. We have outgrown our current health lodge; it has only one recovery room with two beds. The new health lodge will have four recovery rooms and a private treatment area. Campers today come with increased health concerns that when properly addressed allows all children to successfully participate in the camp experience. Last summer during our full sessions, we had 150 resident campers and 50 day campers vying for space in the craft shop each day. With more classroom and storage space, we can continue to offer the high quality program Camp Newaygo is known for. The new lakefront property will make it possible for local day campers to have their own site, freeing up space as resident camp continues to grow.
TOGETHER we have revitalized Camp Newaygo which provides rich growth experiences, independence and shared respect for the environment for our next generation. We have renovated Lang Lodge and saved Camp Newaygo from closing and commercial development! We have preserved 101 pristine acres of woods, ridges and valleys, lakefront, wetlands and islands for our children and grandchildren to play, swim, hike, camp and enjoy nature.
We know TOGETHER, we can raise the $2.2 million needed to complete the Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign. Over the past 12 months, we have launched a quiet campaign to kick this effort off and are very grateful to have raised $1.3 million already.
We hope that because you support our work of enriching children and families, of empowering girls and women, and of preserving the environment that you will support this campaign. No gift is too small. We celebrate every gift and are very grateful. Consider a five year pledge to make that gift grow. We know that with your support we can reach our goal. Choose to make a multi-year pledge, foundation gift, employee matching gift, donate to the #GiveSmore kids’ campaign, or be a Legacy Family for multi-generation participants and know that you are part of helping us reach our goal. Few can tell this story of success for a camp once closed, but now celebrating our 90th Anniversary; WE CAN! Please join us today!
TOGETHER, we can reach our goal!
Explore The Pillars Of Our Campaign:
- 85 year old basic nurse’s cabin no longer meets the health standards of our growing programs.
- Many campers attending camp have far more significant health related issues that require an updated treatment facility with private areas for sick children.
- Need for additional staff and intern housing to allow for enhanced year-round program
- Growing conference, retreat, and wedding use requires private guest rooms.
- Build a new LEED certified Health and Leadership facility in the location of the existing building to address growing health needs.
- Facility will operate year-round allowing for increased use to support our sustainability business plan.
- Provide year-round living quarters for the Events Director and their family, which currently does not exist on site.
- Additional contiguous camp land and building s for expanded program to meet the growing number of program participants.
- Create a designated Day Camp site to accommodate growing interest.
- Residence on camp property for Camp Director and her family. Current Director lives off-site due to lack of housing.
- Acquire the Kastlein Property and buildings, contiguous to Camp Newaygo, including 300 ft of additional Lake Pickerel frontage
- Develop a new Day Camp location on-site, providing additional program space.
- Utilize the existing dwelling as the year-round Camp Director home.
- Three existing seasonal cabins will provide housing for program staff and volunteers.
- Current building no longer supports our growing number of campers and programs operating simultaneously.
- Built in 1949 for summer use only, a year-round facility is needed to expand programming.
- Additional space needed for increased number of camper requests for arts and crafts programs.
- Expand the building to include increased program and storage space.
- Include the designated pottery and photography spaces.
- Maintain the integrity of the 1949 historic camp building.
- Winterize the building to include a restroom, insulation, heat, and new high efficiency windows.
- As a viable organization, we hope to build a sustainable future to ensure Camp Newaygo’s legacy continues for another 90 years and beyond!
With multiple ways to give, you can help us make an impact on another 90 years of excellence:
Ellen Chamberlin* & Charlie Gallmeyer Julie (Dooge) Waite* Laurie & Carol Dooge
Gene Ford Honorable John H. Logie Rosemary Tittle
Marcia (Hislop) Logie* Co-Chairperson
Pat (Heinsimer) Cohn*
Fran (Ham) Gibbs*
Sue (Greiner) Gutierrez*
Dave & Susan Hojnacki
Shannon (Carmody) Keyes*
Suzanne Schma Lepley
Kathy (Long) Menno*
Nancy (Riekse) Norden*
Sarah (Charnley) Pooler*
Deb (Osmer) Posthumus*
Rita & Ruben Rodriguez
Eileen Chamberlin Co-Chairperson
Megan (Logie)* & Nathan Roudabush
Sue (Walters) Swain*
Michelle (Johnson) Van Duinen*
Sue (McKinley) Waalkes*
Betsy (Wood) Willey*
Mary (Smith)* & Nelson Wilner
Dave & Pamela Wingard
President & CEO – TrueNorth
Executive Director – Camp Newaygo