Chow Time Campaign

Creating Space for All to Gather & Eat at
Shoshone Mountain Retreat


For almost a century before Lutherhaven began operating Shoshone Mountain Retreat in 1988, the dining hall at that historic camp was the central most essential building there, the place where friends gather at the beginning and end of each day to give thanks, share stories, and be fed in body and spirit.

That “chow time” legacy continues today, but now, Shoshone Mountain Retreat’s sleeping capacity does not match the camp’s dining capacity: we can sleep 140, but can only feed 100 indoors. We “make it work” by feeding everyone outside, an inadequate solution fraught with important concerns like safe food handling, inclement weather, bees, flies and mosquitos, and guest comfort.

The Shoshone Dining Hall renovation is a capital project with direct programmatic ties. A functional space for preparing and enjoying good food fuels “campers” of all ages from early spring to late fall—Idaho Servant Adventures volunteers, summer campers, outdoor education groups, and retreat goers.

The dining hall project is foundational for Shoshone Mountain Retreat. After two decades operating the camp and extensive relationship-building with regional building and planning departments, it’s the first building we’ve been permitted by the state of Idaho for an extensive footprint increase, needed
plumbing changes, and guest services improvements.


1. New restrooms & Storage 2. Dining hall addition w/ fireplace/meeting area 3. Seating for 130+ 4. Kitchen upgrades & more efficient service areas 5. Covered outdoor patio & stage area 6. New entry 7. Extended room over existing patio & ramp


Since we purchased the camp from the U.S. Forest Service in 2009—an undertaking
requiring two acts of Congress—another major undertaking at Shoshone Mountain Retreat has been to “flip” it from utilitarian Forest Service work center to cozy Christian youth and family camp and retreat.

The Chow House project includes:

  1. Doubling the footprint of the building so every camper, every week, can eat indoors.
  2. Adding public, accessible bathrooms where none currently exist.
  3. Modernizing and improving the size, flow and functionality of the kitchen.
  4. Turning the building into the central, signature gathering place on camp.

$270,000      Building
$22,500         Outdoor Spaces
$44,000         Kitchen Renovation + Equipment
$28,000         Furnishings
$25,000         Septic- Engineering, Installation
$389,500    SUBTOTAL
+$130,000    FMV Staff & Volunteer Labor
-$100,000     Pledged as of June 1, 2018
$289,500    Left To Raise!

Total square footage of remodel: 2,160 @ $125/sq ft
Total square footage of outdoor eating spaces/decks: 750 @ $30/sq ft
Total square footage of kitchen: 1,100 sq ft @ $40/sq ft


Donors will be recognized on a tree slice branded with your name on the Donor Wall in honor of your contribution to the project.

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 History of Shoshone Mountain Retreat

Big Creek Winton company Logging Camp

Big Creek Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (CCC)

Big Creek Blister Rust Control Camp (BRCC)

Current Dining Hall Constructed (oldest existing building on camp)

USFS Youth/Young Adult Conservation Corps Camps/Shoshone Work Center

Closed by federal government & empty for 15 years

USFS seeks outside groups to operate the camp under Special Use Permit

Lutherhaven gets the Special Use Permit to operate the facility as a youth camp

Beginning of Idaho Servant Adventures Program

Lutherhaven purchases the property in a one-of-a-kind federal land sale

Shoshone Creek Ranch Established

Completion of Cedar Grove Chapel renovation

Dining Hall campaign launches!

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