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 Center Makeover
We are on the home stretch toward completing the Geneva Bay Center (GBC) Makeover! The $750,000 project is now over 70% complete, both in terms of work and funding. See the Geneva Bay Center Infographic for a creative status update.
Most recently, a new heating and air conditioning system was installed, much to the delight of our guests and staff. Furniture has been replaced or added in each of the lounges, as well as on the decks and lawn.
All 32 guest rooms have new mattresses, linens, furniture and wood blinds. Nearly half of them also have new carpeting, paint, wall coverings and counter tops. Next up: completion of additional guest rooms and a few remaining enhancements to public areas and the building exterior.
Would you like to make a gift to help complete the makeover? Please visit our online giving page.
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 Center Swimming Beach
Thanks to a family foundation grant, a new beach was created specifically for use by Geneva Bay Center 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.
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 Center.
For more information or an update on any of these projects, contact:
Jon Lokhorst, Development Director
262.248.3600 ext. 330