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
Guests continue to rave about the makeover of the Geneva Bay Centre (GBC). Work continues as we refresh and update this vital tool for ministry, which has served Covenant Harbor well for 25 years!
The common areas – dining room, meeting rooms, lounges and hallways – have been updated with new paint, wall coverings, oak trim and carpeting. All 32 guest rooms have new mattresses, linens, furniture and wood blinds. Eight rooms are completed with new carpeting, paint, wall coverings and counter tops. Next up: completing more guest rooms and replacing the heating and air conditioning.
The good news: this $700,000-plus project is at the halfway point. We invite you to join other generous friends in giving to complete the makeover! For the latest project details, check out the Geneva Bay Centre Update.
Additional priorities for 2015 include improvements to the Boat House and several cabins, as well as funding a variety of equipment needs in maintenance, food service and IT. There are a number of additional projects on our Wish List in the event funding or in-kind gifts become available.
Through camper activity funds and special gifts, we have enhanced some popular activities for our campers and guests. Gaga Ball is a new activity to Covenant Harbor, and was completed by an Eagle Scout group as a volunteer project. We updated our Water Playground with a new trampoline and added a Malibu Boat and Trailer. We also received a generous donation of a Boston Whaler and Trailer, a great addition to our Waterfront!
Geneva Bay Centre Swimming Beach
Thanks to a family foundation grant, a new beach was created specifically for use by Geneva Bay Centre guests. This swimming area is located at the northern-most pier and includes a new diving raft, two lifeguard stations and ladders to the pier. A new entrance, gate, archway and sign were added to the fence around the beach, which was given a fresh coat of paint.
Skate Park Expansion
We are thrilled with the expansion of our skate park, which was completed just in time for the start of the summer camp season. In 2012, the City of Lake Geneva built a new skate park and gave their old skate park ramps to Covenant Harbor. In 2013, our staff and volunteers worked feverishly to restore, resurface and reposition those ramps to create and expanded skate park for campers.
Thanks to special gifts in memory of Glenn and Rachel Carlson, a fourth pier has been added to the south end of our lakefront. Boat storage has been moved to the new pier, which frees up the third pier to be used as a launch point for boating activities and also for fishing. The new pier also enabled us to redevelop the northern-most pier as a swimming area for guests of Geneva Bay Centre.
For more information or an update on any of these projects, contact:
Jon Lokhorst, Development Director
262.248.3600 ext. 330