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
Since 1989, Covenant Harbor has uniquely served the lodging, dining and meeting needs of adults and families in the Geneva Bay Centre (GBC). After nearly 25 years of being well loved, it’s time for a makeover!
You’ll love the updated look and feel of GBC. Classy, sophisticated, natural, warm, inviting, comfortable, relaxing… these are words that have been used to describe the new design. Please join us in refreshing this vital resource for the next season of ministry. Want an update on this project? Check out our Geneva Bay Centre Makeover post!
Additional priorities for 2014 include a new sign for the main entrance along Highway 50 and expansion of the fishing pier. There are a number of additional projects on our Wish List in the event funding or in-kind gifts become available.
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. Last spring, 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.
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.
We launched a new website in January 2013 and have experienced 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 increased 54% in the first year, with over half 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