Camp continues $2.2M expansion
A camp in the region is in the midst of a multi-phase, $2.2-million expansion.
Camp Newaygo, at 5333 Centerline Rd. in Newaygo, began work this fall on an expansion and renovation of the camp’s Arts and Crafts Lodge.
The lodge is the second phase of a three-phase project that will bolster the camp’s ability to offer year-round programming, as well as host corporate retreats, conferences, weddings and other events.
The architect for the $200,000 phase two is Kalamazoo-based InForm Architecture.
Phase two will enlarge the building to 1,837 square feet and create space for 50 people, with two meeting areas, a bathroom, storage areas and a kitchen equipped for catering.
“It will allow us to switch the use back and forth from camper space to business space in one seamless transition,” said Jane Vitek, executive director, Camp Newaygo.
Vitek said the camp’s girls program has increased by 16 percent this year, and more classroom space was needed, which the expanded Arts and Crafts Lodge will provide.
She added the camp’s overall attendance has increased from 2,800 in 2010 to 10,000 this year.
Due to the growth, the camp plans to increase its seasonal hiring from 30 employees to about 40. It has also increased its year-round staff from two to nine in the past six years.
Phase one, which was completed in January, was the purchase of a lakefront property, which has a “day camp barn,” a waterfront area for boating and a director’s home for camp staff.
Phase three of the project is slated to begin next September and conclude in June 2018. It will include construction of a 9,380-square-foot Health and Leadership Lodge with two conference rooms, a kitchen and 12 private rooms.
Camp Newaygo plans to fund all three phases of the project with a $2.2-million fundraising campaign. So far, the campaign has raised $1.3 million.
Major donors include the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation and Fremont Area Community Foundation.