We are about to embark on the most exciting building project at camp in years – a new Guest Group Lodge. Just as the recreation center revolutionized our winter, summer and community programs, this new lodge will open the door to increased ministry throughout the year. It represents a bold, new vision for the Orchard Hill ministry.
We will build a lodge that will become the most requested housing unit of any we have. Its open space design will be conducive to building cabin relationships. It will also create handicap-accessible space for up to 64 campers or eight families for Family Camp or other Orchard Hill programming. And, it will enable the possibility of adding an additional 2,000 campers per year to Orchard Hill programs.
Each room is 50% larger than our existing cabin rooms providing a roomy and comfortable atmosphere. With more space for campers and with privacy in mind, our new bathrooms and showers in each room are the best we have ever installed at Orchard Hill.
The new lodge also features an integrated meeting room that overlooks Lake Manjo with a stone fireplace, kitchenette and lounge. With audio and video capabilities designed into the room, groups can hold their meetings in a beautiful and comfortable setting.
When I think about our new lodge, I picture people enjoying a cup of coffee and communing with God as they sit on the deck overlooking the lake. I see groups of campers having devotions together or small group discussion times in the meeting room lounge. I see families enjoying the privacy and comfortableness of the family suites. And, I see the addition of a Mother and Daughter retreat, women’s and family events.
Our hope is to break ground this spring and have the site and foundation work completed before the start of summer camp.
We need your help! The overall cost of the project including room furnishings is $600,000. To date, $300,000 has been committed to this very important project for which we thank the Lord! If you are a licensed plumber, electrician, HVAC, drywall or flooring installer, please consider donating your time to help us reduce the cost of this project.
If you would like to make a financial contribution or donate a service, please contact Jim Payne at 570-333-4098.