Gifts to Covenant Harbor are used primarily to acquire, improve and maintain capital items that are not covered by the fees charged to campers and guests. The following is a list of current projects.
Geneva Bay Centre Refurbishing
The Geneva Bay Centre (GBC) has hosted guests at Covenant Harbor for 23 years. As a prime location for family camps, senior high summer camps, retreat groups and Road Scholar programs, GBC is a critical tool for ministry.
The current phase of the refurbishing project includes replacement of carpet, furnishings and wall and window coverings, as funding permits. In addition, the fire sprinkler system needs to be replaced. Estimated cost: over $300,000.
Skate Park Expansion
We are excited to announce the expansion of our skate park, which will be ready in time for the start of summer camp. Last summer, the City of Lake Geneva built a new skate park and gave their old skate ramps to Covenant Harbor. This spring, our staff and volunteers are working feverishly to restore, resurface and re-position those ramps to create an expanded skate park for campers. Visit our Skate Park Update for more information and an opportunity for you to help with this project. Estimated cost: $25,000.
Additional project priorities for 2013 include upgrading of computer equipment, improvement of the beach for Geneva Bay Centre guests, correcting erosion problems and installing a fourth pier.
Generous gifts from Covenant Harbor friends enabled us to install snow-making equipment for our winter camp programs. This equipment enabled us to offer campers an exciting snow tubing experience, even at the beginning of the season when we didn’t have enough “natural” snow. Read our Winter Camp Update to see how God impacted the lives of students this winter.
We launched a new website in January and are already seeing great results. Within a few weeks of the launch, we gained enough new retreat business to more than pay for the cost of the site! The number of website visitors is up 70% over last year, with over 57% of visitors being first-time visitors.
After one of our units failed, we installed new furnaces in the Lodge. The new equipment includes a zone heating system that is more energy and cost efficient.
For more information or an update on any of these projects, contact:
Jon Lokhorst, Development Director
262.248.3600 ext. 330