Grand Opening Unveils Health & Leadership Lodge at Camp Newaygo
NEWAYGO- Camp Newaygo has unveiled the new Health & Leadership Lodge with its Grand Opening Celebration.
The Health & Leadership Lodge’s public reveal came Thursday afternoon, and a community open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The LEED-certified, two-story, 6,300-square-foot facility has community, health, and leadership as its focal points.
“We are really glad we’ve reached the pinnacle that we have,” Bev Cassidy, TrueNorth Community Services President and CEO, said Thursday at the formal grand opening ceremonies. “This lodge helps move us to the next direction we are moving toward as an agency with health and well-being.”
The Health & Leadership Lodge’s arrival means keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of resident girls and co-ed day campers and the community, said Jane Vitek, Camp Newaygo Executive Director.
“We’re excited that the mission lives on, but is much broader,” she said. “This building will allow children with all types of needs to fully participate in the camp experience.”
In addition, the facility’s flexible floor plan allows for meeting varied needs, including for organizational gatherings, leadership meetings, team-building activities and corporate functions, Vitek said.
Replacing the now repurposed 85-year-old nurses’ cabin, the Health & Leadership Lodge is the third and final phase for Camp Newaygo’s Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign for Health, Leadership & the Arts. The campaign also includes Peggie Stone Center’s expansion and renovation and the addition of Cassidy Point, property for the camp’s co-ed Day Camp.
“This is a rich community asset,” Cassidy said.
The campaign’s impact is strengthening and expanding Camp Newaygo’s programming capabilities to further serve the community on a year-round basis.
There have been nearly 600 donors to the Building a Healthy Future campaign since it was launched in 2016, said Mark Kraus, TrueNorth Community Liaison and Development Director. The donors include the Frey Foundation, Wege Foundation, Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Gerber Foundation, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
“The campaign has raised $1.9 million,” he said. “However, additional gifts are needed to completely fund the project.”
Thursday’s grand opening was co-hosted by InForm Architecture and RTS Construction Group, the firms responsible for the lodge’s design and construction. More than 200 people attended the event.