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Camp fundraises for $2.2M project

June 2, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Camp Newaygo Health and Leadership Lodge rendering
A rendering of the 9,380-square-foot Health and Leadership Lodge planned for Camp Newaygo. Courtesy TrueNorth Community Services

A $2.2-million fundraising campaign is underway at a camp in the region for an expansion and renovation project.

Camp Newaygo, at 5333 Centerline Rd. in Newaygo, has raised more than 50 percent of the $2.2-million goal for its capital campaign, which it officially made public this week.

Camp Newaygo hopes to reach the goal by next March, but an evaluation of the campaign’s progress will occur in August.

Construction on the expansion and renovation project is expected to start this fall.

The camp’s summer usage has increased by 68 percent the past four years, necessitating that the camp grow.

The project would allow for year-round programming and the expansion of meeting space for conferences and year-round community health initiatives.

The camp finished a $2.8-million renovation in 2008, making this fundraising campaign the second in 20 years.

The project

Phase one of the project would include the expansion and renovation of the Arts and Crafts Lodge, which would be 1,837 square feet once completed by next summer.

Phase two, a new Health and Leadership Lodge, would be 9,380 square feet and include two conference rooms, a kitchen and 12 private rooms. Work on the lodge would start next fall and be completed by the summer of 2018.

The camp has also purchased four acres with 300 feet of Pickeral Lake frontage for a new day-camp site.

Camp Newaygo

Camp Newaygo opened in 1926 as a YWCA camp and is recognized by the American Camp Association as a Pioneer Camp.

The 104-acre camp was slated for closure in 1995 for logging and development, but it was saved and donated to Fremont-based TrueNorth Community Services, a nonprofit.

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