The first thing we must do is build a new Welcome Center adjacent to Skipper Hall. This will house our new "Snack & Gift" shop and provide more meeting space for our many groups. The building which houses our old Snack & Gift shop must be cleared to make way for our Phase 2 project. The mountains which provide the beauty and peace of Sacramento also leave us few places to expand, so the old must go to make way for the new. It's an essential part of Transformation.
- It will provide a central hub of activity at Skipper Hall, in addition to adding a striking visual centerpiece to our most used building, and the first thing our guests see on arrival.
- It will allow us to operate snack and gift with greater efficiency. With a location adjacent to our offices, we will be able to quickly open it as our guests need it.
- It will provide much needed common area space for our groups to use. Our current lobby in Skipper Hall is quickly overrun when even a small group is using it. With our new outdoor deck and indoor loft space, guests will have more places to spread out and fellowship anytime, day or night, whenever the need to "Refresh" arises.
One of the things we've learned in our years of camping ministry: you can never have enough beds, and you can never have enough meeting space. One of the major challenges we have faced with our record usage numbers is an inability to adapt quickly to different types of groups.
In order to operate efficiently in the modern era of camping, we must have a building that can shrink or stretch from week to week. The new Family Life Center has been designed to give us that flexibility. In addition to adding over 100 beds, we can configure the rooms in a variety of ways.
- We will have suite doors between the rooms, allowing us to double up for certain groups.
- We will have 2 apartment-style rooms with full kitchens.
We will have additional and flexible meeting spaces, providing essential adaptability for hosting multiple large groups at once.
We must begin immediately. Ground has already broken on the new Snack and Gift annex, and we plan to begin Phase 2 next year with the clearing of the old building. Phase 1 will require $630,000, while we need $5,000,000 for Phase 2. Construction in the mountains is a challenging and expensive endeavor, but we have partnered with a build/design firm that knows the process well.