The De-Construction Has Begun on Neale Lodge
What a historic day for Camp Forest Springs! After fifty-five years of amazing ministry in the original lodge, we are beginning its second major remodeling project. We have enjoyed a wonderful summer season of ministry, all the while seeing progress on the Neale Lodge addition. The drywall has been installed, rooms have been mudded and taped, and we are starting to see some of the color palette as paint is being applied to the walls.
As you can see in the video above, the original lodge is undergoing significant deconstruction to prepare for the renovation and remodeling that, Lord willing, will be completed by January of 2014.
There are many features of the project that we are excited about, but I’d like to highlight just a couple that will be available for retreat groups this coming winter season.
Lodge rooms: We are currently on schedule to have 10 of the 21 brand new lodge rooms available this winter. These rooms will each have a queen bed, bunk bed, and sofa sleeper, and will be able to accommodate up to five guests.
Lakeside meeting room: We are also excited about the availability of the new meeting room with a beautiful view of James Lake. With seating for up to 150, this room is a great fit for groups staying in the new lodge rooms. We also envision using the room to host workshops, conferences, summer training sessions, and as a classroom for various groups.
Expanded seating areas: The old Neale Lodge could seat around 75 people. With this addition, we are excited to triple that capacity, and offer seating for over 200 people in our remodeled Great Room, fireside lounge, and other seating areas.
New stores and game room: We are also excited about the new stores, and the possibility of serving our guests better with a new snack shop, gift shop, and the expanded coffee shop area. We’re also remodeling our game room, in order to give our guests more options and space to relax and connect.
We are grateful for all of the friends of camp who are helping with this project. From helping move the stores and offices to new locations, to those swinging hammers, we are thankful for the opportunity to serve our campers for years to come with this new facility. Take a look at the following video and photos to get an idea of what is happening! (Changes are happening so quickly that it's likely these photos are out-of-date by now, but they should give you a glimpse as to what is happening!)
All of the areas should be done, Lord willing, by January of 2014. We’d love to see you here this winter season. Call now (715.427.5241) to book these rooms for your next event at Camp Forest Springs!