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Camp building $1.2M lodge

September 14, 2017
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Camp Newaygo Health and Leadership Lodge exterior rendering
A rendering of the Camp Newaygo Health and Leadership Lodge. Courtesy Camp Newaygo

A West Michigan camp is breaking ground on a $1.2-million lodge, the third phase in its $2.2-million expansion.

Camp Newaygo, at 5333 Centerline Rd. in Newaygo, will begin construction today on a 6,085-square-foot Health and Leadership Lodge.

The lodge is the final phase of a three-phase project intended to bolster the camp’s ability to offer year-round programming, as well as host corporate retreats, conferences, weddings and other events.

Executive Director Jane Vitek said the camp plans to add three or four jobs as part of phase three.

Gifts from private donors and The Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation, Fremont Foundation and Dooge Foundation have funded the $2.2-million campaign so far.

“We’re appreciative of the support of the West Michigan community, and the fundraising continues,” Vitek said.

Phase one

Completed in January 2016, phase one included 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 two

The camp finished expanding its Arts and Crafts Lodge in June, enlarging the building to 1,837 square feet, creating space for summer camp arts and craft projects, year-round rental for community and company outings, and meetings for up to 50 people. It includes two meeting areas, a bathroom, storage areas and a kitchen equipped for catering.

Phase three

Once completed in May 2018, the Health and Leadership Lodge will include 11 private bedroom suites with bathrooms — some of which will be recovery rooms for campers in the summer and will be available for year-round rental.

It will also have a nurses' treatment station, two meeting rooms, an outdoor adventure staging and packing area, two screened porches for campers and guests, and an exterior gathering space.

The camp will apply to have the building LEED Silver certified once it has opened.

Firm on the project

Kalamazoo-based InForm Architecture is the project’s architect and interior designer.

The camp will oversee the construction, working with several local contractors.

Camp Newaygo

Founded in 1926 as an all-girls’ summer camp, Camp Newaygo is now a year-round program and retreat facility, offering summer camps, year-round rentals, community events and family activities at its 104-acre property.

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