"People will experience a love so compelling that they will spend the rest of their lives pursuing its source."
-Vision of Big Lake Youth Camp
"We build leaders that change the world"
-Mission of Big Lake Youth Camp
The Urgent Need to Rebuild the Lodge
The iconic lodge at Big Lake Youth Camp is in a state of emergency. We have been advised that we should cease using the building. To begin with, the roof has major leakage issues. In attempting to deal with repairing the roof, multiple engineering reports have informed us that we should not conduct the repair without bringing the entire building up to current building code for our heavy snow loads. Unfortunately, reinforcing the existing building has been eliminated as a feasible option. So, after three years of assessments and proposals, the final conclusion is that we are unable to repair the roof without rebuilding the entire lodge.
The Role of the Lodge
The lodge is the most essential building in the camp operations of Big Lake. In a typical summer, 1,000 meals per day are served from this building. Classes, worships, Bible studies, and activities also happen in the lodge. When we have a rainy day, the lodge houses the bulk of our campers, providing a space to play 4-way volleyball and other activities. Simply put, it would be logistically prohibitive to operate summer camp without the lodge. It would also be potentially catastrophic for Big Lake to be closed another year to accomplish this project of rebuilding the lodge.
Created with images by Sergei Akulich - "Smoky morning in Cascades" • Jesús Terrés - "Chef in Xavier Pellicer Restaurant"