frequently asked questions!

How many children, youth and families attend summer camp?

The camp hosted roughly 1,000 campers in each of the last three years, with 150 summer staff.

 

How many rental groups used Camp Luther last year?

Over 100 different groups per year in each of last two years, plus another 40-50 at Mt. Seymour.

 

How many youth leaders get trained (discipled) for leadership positions each summer?

There are 100 High School volunteers and 20 university students with the camp in summer.

 

How many children/families benefit from the campership fund?

Approximately 160 campers benefited from the fund last summer.

 

Can the camp increase summer campers or rental groups?

The summer camp is basically at capacity until more beds are added; there is more capacity for group rentals, especially during the week in the off-season.

 

Why is there a need for a new Kitchen, Dining hall and Chapel building?

All of these facilities are being used to their maximum capacity for summer programs and many of the Guest Groups. The age of the buildings is making maintenance more and more difficult and costly. New facilities will allow us to meet our current needs and future growth.

 

Has a design been looked at for either the Kitchen building or the Staff Housing?

At this point the designs are conceptual, allowing us to determine how much space is required for each area based on the number of people we see it needing to serve.

 

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 first phase 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.

 

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 is Camp Luther’s present financial picture?

There is no outstanding debt and the stable financial picture includes a reserve of funds.

 

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 will soon have updated information about the plans to expand and renew the kitchen, dining hall and chapel spaces.

 

Who is on the 2019 Camp Board?

Kevin Ratcliffe, Bob Remple, Corrine Roste, Glen Fluevog, Simon Tressel, Caroline Penner, Peter Horton, Erling Lassesen, Andrew Learmonth, Luke Friesen, Matt Tressel.