First Goal Accomplished!
The first goal is to fund, build and complete the Crafts portion of the building.
It is felt that the Crafts portion of DISCOVER would best serve the mission and ministry of the camp and its guests. It is also felt that once underway, it would serve as motivation to continue raising funds for the second portion. The second portion is to build and complete the Hauck or housing portion of the building.
Ground breaking for the DISCOVER Center occured on Sept. 3, 2016 with over 100 people in attendance.
Discover Center Dedication occured on May 28, 2017 Nearly 200 attended this joyous occasion.
Finishing touches are underway as Discover is prepared for summer use.
All IDW Congregations Encouraged to Participate!
At the 2015 IDW Convention held at Camp Okoboji, a resolution was passed with the following Be It Resolves:
Be It Resolved: That the delegates of the Iowa District West congregations gathered in Convention give thanks to God for the blessings of Camp Okoboji and the partnership between the Camp and the District; and be it further Resolved That the Congregations of Iowa District West be encouraged to support Camp Okoboji’s future vision during the campaign by hosting a Camp Okoboji Sunday and by prayerfully and financially supporting the campaign with special and/or budgeted gifts to the campaign over the next three years; and be it finally resolved, That each congregation of the District encourage the camp “owners”, who are individual members of IDW, to experience ‘Jesus at the Lake’ at Camp Okoboji and participate in the campaign with their individual prayers and financial support.
The District even backed their encouragement with a $75,000 lead gift from an undesignated source.
It is hoped that a vast majority of IDW congregations will heed the invitation to support Camp Okoboji in this endeavor.
Congregations Responding Well to Campaign!
In the campaigns first phase, nearly half of the congregations in the district has been involved in some way. Camp Okoboji has been humbled by this response. Congregations are taking their role as ‘Owners’ of the camp very seriously.
Several have taken proposals to their voters meetings and been met with very positive responses. Some even upped the pledged amount from the original proposal. Others have taken door offerings or planned special events in support of DISCOVER. There seems to be a strong desire among congregations to see the camp moving forward with a project that will directly benefit and serve the next generations of their membership.
Additionally, they see their role as stewards to their members to continue to offer the amazing Outdoor Ministry of Jesus at the Lake which is Camp Okoboji.
Camp Friends Stepping Up With Pledges and Donations
Another exciting aspect of Discover CAMPaign OKOBOJI has been sharing the project with camp families and friends. Much of the needed funding is going to come from those who already know the blessings of Jesus at the Lake.
This will be a difficult task as they are spread out across the country. A strong effort was made to share the Discover story each week this summer with families as they came to camp. It was mostly an initial information sharing process.
We pray the Lord continues to move in the hearts of families. That they will be moved to join us in support of our efforts.
Building Comments Very Positive To Design and Layout
A large banner with a visual concept of Discover, along with its floorplan hangs on the outside of the Crafts building. Booklets for the campaign have made their ways across the district. These items have generated much discussion and many comments as to the use of the building and its design and placement.
Building projects evolve over time and the input from these conversations will be shared as the project moves forward. Most comments have been very positive as to the need, focus and scope of the project.
Many are comforted that no other existing buildings will have to be removed. Some have questioned the roofing change from other camp buildings, but are encouraged by the new look that it will give to camp.
Heads nod approvingly when it is mentioned that a breakthrough moment in the design phase came when the architect ‘stacked’ the dorm portion into two-stories rather than one very long and costly design that threatened the Exodus and Manasseh Cabins.
Camp Guests Touring Crafts and Hauck Share Comments
An eye opening experience by several camp guests this summer has involved giving tours of the Hauck and Crafts buildings. Many had never stepped foot in them, others had not for many years.
Discover- Not the only Project
Camp Okoboji is not just focusing on Discover. Plans are also underway in several other areas.
New Picnic Shelter: The garage next to the Dining Hall was repalced with a new picnic shelter and bath house facility. It is a perfect place for families to gather, cook-out and enjoy the view of Emerson Bay. It is also a short distance from the swim area in order for families to keep an eye on swimmers as well as provide a handy nearby bath and shower facility.
The John picnic shelter overlooking the lake near the Dining Hall has also been replaced. It is used as a wonderful look-out over the lake and a great place to enjoy a picnic.
The Emmaus Outdoor Worship area has new benches with back supports. It looks great. . . and is comfy too!
Camp would like to replace the Samuel and Ezra Cabins with ones similar to other replaced cabins. They would be much needed improvements to the lake front cabins.
YOUR Participation Needed!
The main goals of this page are to first inform you on the current status of Discover CAMPaign OKOBOJI. This is an amazing journey for Camp Okoboji. It has never undertaken a project of this size and scope.
The future plans for Discover will impact current guests and set a trend for future generations of camp guests. The Camp Board of Directors is looking decades down the road as to what the needs of guests will be and how Discover will be able to adapt and meet them. It is truly and exciting time in the camps long history.
Second, we want to invite everyone to join in this amazing journey. Even if you have never been to Camp Okoboji, you can help us meet the needs and goals of this campaign. We are asking everyone for three things:
- Pray for the success of DISCOVER CAMPaign OKOBOJI
- Support this project verbally and financially
- Share this program with others and invite their involvement
Your involvement at this time sends a strong message in support of “Jesus at the Lake.”
Chapter Yet To Be Written
This campaign will go through several more chapters before its completion. We look forward to sharing the Discover CAMPaign OKOBOJI story with you as it unfolds. We also look forward to partnering with the many congregations, families and organizations that will be needed to complete Discover CAMPaign OKOBOJI.