Has the Fraser Valley Regional District (Camp Luther) been approached yet?
Yes, there has been very positive meeting with the FVRD representatives who confirmed that we can renovate the existing building (and add a second floor) that houses the kitchen, dining hall and chapel.
We are gathering detailed information as the first step in developing accurate costs for the proposed project; once this is completed, detailed planning can start on the project, and the capital campaign that would enable it.
What is the financial plan and who is responsible? Is someone working on the financial numbers in creating a financial plan?
A detailed financial plan is being developed by the Board and the Campaign Exec team; as the Building Team gathers accurate details on requirements, including infrastructure [sewer, water, electrical] and FVRD requirements, the financial plan will be completed. This information is being assembled by a small team with the expertise needed to provide accurate cost and construction information.
What is the plan for operating the camp during the construction of a new Kitchen, Dining hall and Chapel building?
New facilities would be constructed so that summer camp programs and Guest Group activities are impacted as little as possible.
The initial thinking is based on using the Gym during construction to supplement dining and meeting areas that become less available. This could mean upgrading the Gym first.
Will renovations start on the gymnasium before 85% of funds are raised?
Our gym washrooms are well used and require ongoing maintenance and upgrades. However, no renovations meant to enable a temporary meeting/dining/cooking space will begin before 85% of the funds are raised.
What are the benefits of the plan to the campers?
In addition to being able to host more campers, larger facilities would allow better use of Chapel, Dining Hall and Gym spaces, and infrastructure upgrades are important for ensuring health and safety standards are met.
Would the construction of new buildings increase summer camp costs?
The idea of undertaking a capital campaign is to raise the funds needed for construction completely separate from camp operational budgets.
Increased revenues from more capacity to host campers and groups should ensure costs for camp don’t increase from the cost of upgrading facilities.
How would Camp Luther raise the funds for the new buildings?
The plan is to undertake a major capital campaign to secure donations and pledges over a three-year period, to cover the costs of design and construction of new and upgraded facilities.
Would the camp have to go into debt to construct these new buildings?
Each phase of the plan would not likely proceed until funding is in place, based on a financial plan that would be in place for each phase, to ensure there is no significant debt.
What will happen if not enough funds are raised?
The Board of Directors has conducted a feasibility study for the campaign and are excited about the next chapter that God has planned for the camp. That being said, we are prepared for the unlikely outcome in which not enough funds are raised during the projected timelines. If this occurs, the Board may propose a revised timeline. All donors will be kept closely informed during the entire process.
How can I get more information about these plans?
The ‘Project Overview’ document developed for the Feasibility Study provides a very basic concept of the plans and gives some preliminary information.
The Camp Luther website has updated information about the plans to expand and renew the kitchen, dining hall and chapel spaces.
Who is on the 2020 Camp Board?
Kevin Ratcliffe, Bob Remple, Corrine Roste, Glen Fluevog, Simon Tressel, Taura Berg, Peter Horton, Anthony Forstbauer, Andrew Learmonth, Matt Tressel, Chris Pedersen.