It’s official, the lodge is being rebuilt! Check-in here for up-to-date photos of the rebuild process.
A special thank you to Ross von Pohle, Paul Wilson, Daniel Cates, Anthony White and Christine Betz for making this live-stream and photo gallery happen.
The Urgent Need to Rebuild the Lodge
As we contemplate the reality of an empty campus this summer, a unique and urgent opportunity presents itself. The iconic and important BLYC Lodge is in a state of emergency. To begin with, the roof has major leakage issues. In attempting to deal with repairing the roof, a recent engineering report has informed us that we are unable to 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 an 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. During a typical summer, approximately 1,000 meals a day are served from this building; and classes, worships, Bible studies, and activities all happen in the Lodge. When we have a rainy day, the Lodge houses the majority of our campers, and provides a space to play 4-way volleyball and do 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.
Cost and Logistics
The estimated cost of rebuilding the Lodge is $3 million. The Forest Service is deeply supportive of this project happening this summer, having cleared the way for us to move ahead, pending the results of one final archeological study that is underway. We have a path forward with a construction company, and the county has expressed support in helping to expedite permits as needed.
Big Lake Strong
The strength of Big Lake Youth Camp is you–our community. All of us who have sent our kids to Big Lake, or attended ourselves, or worked as a staff member, or volunteered as a medical professional, boat driver, RAD camps pro, winter host, or Maranatha volunteer, believe in and fight for this special place. Big Lake is our camp. It has been a haven to PCT hikers, lost snowmobilers, and thousands of campers who have found safety and support in the uplifting message of love lived out on these sacred grounds. A project of this magnitude, especially in this climate, will only happen because God lays a burden on the hearts of this community to preserve and protect this special place.
The Urgency of this Moment
So, this is the urgency of the moment: we have a small window of opportunity to accomplish the most urgent building project we have had at Big Lake in decades, during a summer when camp is forced to close. To wait for another year would be incredibly challenging and potentially catastrophic for camp operations and ministry.
Click here to see what the outside of the Lodge may look like, and click here to see what the inside may look like.
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If you would like to mail in a donation for the Lodge, make checks out to, “Big Lake Youth Camp”, write “Lodge project” in the memo section and send to our business office: Big Lake Youth Camp, 19800 Oatfield Rd, Gladstone, OR 97027