During the summer of 2010, a fire destroyed our Creekside Lodge. Housed in this building were our camp office, boys bathrooms and an apartment. Much was lost in the fire including all of our office records and maintenance equipment. CLICK HERE to hear from Matthew and Susan Reichart following the Creekside Fire.
WE REBUILD SO EACH CHILD HAS A SEAT AT THE TABLE!
The dining hall is the heart of camp where much activity and connections occur year-round. It provides a warm and safe family atmosphere for our campers where their physical needs are met which then builds a bridge to deeper connections with them. This building will be a strategic gathering place for fun activities and meaningful conversations around the tables and will allow us to point kids to a loving Heavenly Father who delights to meet their deepest and most basic needs. The new Legacy Dining Hall will be 8,000 sq ft and will feature a family room entry, commercial kitchen, ample indoor dining space to seat 300, bathrooms, nurse's office, storage, large wrap-around porch for outdoor seating and 2nd floor offices.
CLICK HERE to view an architect's rendering of the proposed Dining Hall, the floor plan and construction phases. The cost estimate for the dining hall is $5M and includes a contingency and maintenance fund of $500K. If you would like to make an impact in the lives of children who matter to the Heart of God, please consider donating to the Legacy Dining Hall Campaign.
If you would like to sponsor Mr. Matt's 100-mile desert bike ride on the Kokopelli Trail in Utah starting on May 4, 2022, click on the yellow Donate button below. His goal is to raise $1,000/mile for the Legacy Dining Hall!
Please designate "UT Bike Ride" in the Purpose field when on the PayPal payment screen.
Johnny Dellape (aka Johnny D.), a former camp counselor and now Pine Valley Camp Board Member, writes about why he supports camp by donating to the Legacy Dining Hall campaign:
“Why I Give”
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my experience with Pine Valley and why I am excited to give to this capital campaign.
I worked as a counselor at Pine Valley for two summers while I was in college. My time at Pine Valley was a truly formative experience in my life. There are a lot of things I could highlight, but I will choose three things to focus on.
Firstly, while I had experienced hardships in my life leading up to college, Pine Valley gave me an understanding that there are so, so many people who have endured a level of suffering as children that I will never be able to comprehend. I have been blessed with a level of stability and Christian love in my life that I know many are not fortunate enough to have. Working at Pine Valley taught me this lesson and instilled a deep appreciation of this in my heart that endures to this day and will endure for the rest of my life.
Secondly, Pine Valley showed me that even in the midst of suffering and hardship, God is powerful enough to bring great joy through His love. Despite the hardship and pain in campers’ lives, the amount of joy they experience at camp is truly remarkable. There is a joy in the air among Pine Valley campers that you have to see to understand. I can tell you, you have never seen a level of absolute jubilation like when a whistle is blown and an unexpected “free swim” is announced. Pine Valley is committed to sharing God’s love and emphasized to me the power of God’s love to bring joy and comfort to those who are hurting deeply.
Lastly, Pine Valley showed me the importance and value of committing to serving where God has called you, year after year. I have been involved with Pine Valley long enough to know that the camp has experienced plenty of tribulations. During my second summer, a week of camp had to be cancelled when the Creekside lodge burned down. I love Pine Valley so much for the beauty that is demonstrated there by powering through difficulties and dedicating yourself to showing up and carrying out the work God has called you to do. Beautiful stuff happens when God stirs people to that level of commitment. Stuff like campers coming back year after year because they know and trust that Pine Valley is a place of safety and love. Stuff like a bus full of refugees living in Pittsburgh coming down the lane to experience camp. Stuff like me coming back to visit Pine Valley six years after college and seeing that one of my former campers is now a counselor.
I can honestly say I count it a joy to support God’s work at Pine Valley. During a time where it feels like hearing what everyone is against has become ubiquitous, I am happy to be for Pine Valley. I am glad God used Pine Valley to give me a deeper gratitude for how fortunate I am for the blessings in my life, to witness the power of God’s love to bring joy and healing in the midst of great pain and hardship, and a profound respect for what is possible when you dedicate to sharing God’s love with your community day after day, year after year. I trust and pray that God will continue to demonstrate these lessons to many more people through what He is doing at Pine Valley.