$50,000 Challenge Grant Launches Fundraising
Update: Plans ready to submit for permitting by year's end, 2013!
This just in! An incredible $50,000 gift from the Nelson Family Charitable Fund to match our original $50,000 Challenge and really ramp up fundraising! Thanks so very much, Nelsons!
It all started when the 1970's summer camp staff, back at Lutherhaven for a reunion a bit ago, said "Why'd you stick us in this dump?"
They were talking about Pine Crest Lodge Retreat Center in the center of camp, where they wanted to stay for their reunion because "It was the new building at Lutherhaven in the '70's when we were here!"
But four decades of year-round campers later—a 40-year stream of kids, teens, adults and families—and Pine Crest Lodge was just plain worn out. Furniture was shabby, carpet was patchwork, lighting and paneling and bathrooms were out-of-date, accessibility was limited. So these former camp counselors passed the hat and collected almost $2,000 to start a fund to remodel Lutherhaven's original Pine Crest Lodge.
In 2012 an awesome $50,000 was added to that ... a challenge grant from the LJC Fund of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, given to spur other donors to see the Pine Crest Lodge renovation through to completion!
Prominently located at the center of Lutherhaven, the original Pine Crest Lodge was constructed during the winter and spring of 1945-46 in time for the camp's dedication in May, 1946.
The original Administration Building during Lutherhaven's opening decades, Pine Crest Lodge served as the manager's office and "faculty and guest" lodging for volunteer pastors and teachers from the various Lutheran churches who rotated through each week of summer camp.
A quarter century later Pine Crest Lodge found itself in the center of camp in a different sort of way: Lutherhaven was broke. The camp needed a change in direction if it was going to last beyond its 25th Anniversary.
After consulting with national leaders in Lutheran camping, the Lutherhaven Board made the bold decision (they had no money) to move from summer to year-round programming. They'd winterize the camp, hire a year-round Executive Director, and turn Pine Crest Lodge into the signature four season Retreat Center at Lutherhaven.
The New Building on Camp!
In the summer of 1971—less than a year after planning began—the new Pine Crest Retreat Center was dedicated as part of Lutherhaven's 25th Silver Jubilee. The 5,800 square-foot project included a three-story addition off the back, rooms to accommodate 60 or more guests, three meeting spaces, a summer infirmary, and offices, all for $25,000!
Lutherhaven's Pine Crest Retreat Center has welcomed nearly 70 years of campers, retreat-goers and staff. Literally tens of thousands of every age have used the lodge as home base for Christ-centered spiritual discovery, growth, restoration and renewal at Camp Lutherhaven.
Pine Crest Today
It's been 40 years since the "RC" was remodeled. Much of the decor looks as it did in 1971: carpet, paneling, light fixtures, signature circular fireplace.
Critical structural elements are equally dated. There is little insulation. Many windows no longer close, letting in winter cold and summer bats and bugs. Electrical wiring is antiquated and furnishings back up to electric heaters. Indoor plumbing, a camp luxury in the 1970's, is woefully inadequate for today's guests. There is no handicapped access to the building for people with challenged mobility.
Today, especially with remodeled Good Earth Lodge and East Side Cabins, Pine Crest is the least accommodating accommodation on camp. "Why'd you stick us in this dump?" was a good question those '70's staff asked ... (even though they requested it!)
Plans for the renewal of the Retreat Center will return the building to its former place as the central gathering and accommodations place at Lutherhaven for adults, families and youth.
The goal: $200,000 for the project, complimented by another $200,000 in staff and volunteer labor.
The Pine Crest Lodge renovation fosters a beautifully enhanced Christian camp and retreat experience at Lutherhaven, helping fulfill our mission to serve as a relational, family-oriented, inter-generational outdoor ministry … a place set apart for renewal and intentional Christian growth in faith and life.