Udates: * Phase 1 Goal of $1,400,000 has been reached!
* Follow its progress: mike13lfc.blogspot.com
DISCOVER A Soulution: After evaluating several camp buildings, Hauck and Crafts were identified as being in the greatest need of replacement. Their current limitations and deterioration have left them inadequate, obsolete and rarely requested.
The plan is to remove Hauck and Crafts and replace them with a single building called DISCOVER. Its focus will be to offer well-equipped and comfortable housing as well as a state-of-the-art activity center providing interactive program opportunities for campers and guests.
We are excited to unveil a future vision for the next generation of campers and guests at Camp Okoboji.
Goal 1: Activity Center
The DISCOVERCenter will serve to nurture faith as well as relationships as it caters to the following:
Camp Programs - Engaging campers in new and creative ways.
Family Activities – Encouraging family togetherness and exploration.
Education Programs – Targeting parochial, public and home school audiences.
Community Connections – Offering programs and space to meet local area needs DISCOVER will include several rooms, each filled with a wide range of hands-on activities.
Goal 2: Two-Story Housing Area
DISCOVER will provide two floors of bedrooms and lounge areas capable of hosting a variety of group settings. Families will enjoy private rooms, each with its own bathroom and lounge. Male and female summer staff will be housed on separate floors in order to respect privacy.Two groups could occupy different floors, with each having their own meeting and kitchen areas. An elevator will allow easier access for guests with limited mobility.
DISCOVER Your Opportunity to Give
Although little can improve upon the natural setting of God’s creation along the shores of Camp Okoboji, this campaign seeks to enhance the comforts and experiences of every guest. Since DISCOVER has two distinct functions, we plan on completing it as follows:
Goal 1: Build and complete the Discover Center activity area Need: $1,400,000 (Accomplished!)
Goal 2: Build and complete the housing area Need: $1,400,000 To begin once Goal 1 is met
We are excited for the many ways DISCOVER will impact Camp Okoboji. Accomplishing this project is going to be a challenge. Yet, as we constantly witness at camp, when we pull together, amazing things happen.
Now is the time to rally, in support of this cause, the generations of campers and guests who have been blessed by “Jesus at the Lake.”
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 with over 100 people in attendance.
As of Feb. 2017 inside work continues at a hectic pace with plumbing, drywall, mechanichal, ventilation, and paint contractors all working together (most of the time).
$250,000 Matching Gift Challenge
We are well over half way to meeting this challenge! Let's complete this in 2016!
The Camp Board of Directors decided to designate $250,000 from an estate gift to the Discover CAMPaign OKOBOJI project as an encouragement and challenge for congregations and individuals to step up and match the amount within the next several months.
Meeting the goal would raise the needed funds to begin building the first goal the campaign. The Crafts portion would make an immediate impact to camp programs.
It is hoped that congregations and individuals will step up and help us meet this challenge by the end of the year.
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.
Camp would like to replace the Samuel and Ezra Cabins with ones similar to other replaced cabins. They would be a much needed improvements to the lake front cabins.
The John picnic shelter overlooking the lake near the Dining Hall is also scheduled to get a new look. It is used as a wonderful look-out over the lake and a great place to enjoy a picnic.
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.
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