We are thrilled to update you on our Building the Legacy campaign to prepare Mahoning Valley for the next 75 years of reaching and teaching young people for Christ's kingdom. We have completed the renovation of the original camp building (the old girls dorm & cafeteria) into a five-room motel-style facility, and we were able to pay off the camp's debt in January of 2018. Fundraising for Phase Three, a replacement for the swimming pool, is now underway. Please check out this video and continue reading below to learn more about the vision for Mahoning Valley's future.
What is the status of the three phases?
Phase One is a complete renovation of the old girls dorm, the original camp building that had sat vacant since 2009, into a motel-type facility. This phase has been completed, and the renovated building is called the Legacy Lodge (photo below).
Phase Two is to completely pay off all of the camp's debt. This phase has been completed, and Mahoning Valley is now debt free.
Phase Three is the construction of a new swimming pool and bath house ($300,000). We are raising funds for this phase now, and we will begin construction after the funds have been raised.
What is the problem with the current pool?
First, the pool has constant leaks. Despite making annual repairs (more than a dozen most years), shifting ground caused by the nearby natural spring makes repairs a losing battle. Second, the location of the pool makes both security and the access of emergency vehicles (should they be necessary) difficult. Finally, the buried piping system is undersized compared to modern standards, meaning that the pool filters do not work as efficiently as they should and that our usage of the pool is constrained.
How many beds does the Legacy Lodge hold?
Legacy Lodge has five rooms, each with its own separate entrance and restroom. Each room has six beds. This provides the camp 30 total additional beds, which across our eight-week summer camp season gives us the opportunity to serve 240 additional people.