serving the next generation
THE LODGE AT CAMP TRINITY
For more than 30 years Camp Trinity has served campers, especially children and youth, at summer camp and retreats. But the camp has relied primarily on four bunkhouse cabins, each with 20 beds in one large sleeping room, to provide lodging for campers and guests. The cabins work well for youth retreats, but they are less than ideal for family camp and adult retreats. The camp has had to turn away families who want to attend family camp because of limited lodging options. And churches looking for a place to hold adult or family retreats have had to look elsewhere because of the lack of private rooms.
A retreat lodge with private rooms was part of the original vision for the camp when it was created in the 1980s. But lodge never came into being.
The Camp Trinity Board of Directors voted in 2021 to build a retreat lodge with private rooms, and the board set aside nearly one-third of the projected cost to build the lodge. The remainder is being raised through donations over the next three years.
Construction began in October 2021, with projected completion in fall 2022.
If you want to join us in this mission, we invite you to join us through your prayers and gifts.
You can donate in whatever method is most convenient for you:
1. By check, mailed to: Camp Trinity, 110 Montgomery Trace, Morrilton AR 7211
2. Through PayPal by clicking on the Donate button below (consider adding 3% to your gift to cover PayPal fees)
3. Through LCEF's Joyful Response (Your donations are automatically withdrawn from your bank account at the intervals and for the time period of your choosing. We can set it up for you. For details call the camp office: 501-652-6304)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the project? A rustic retreat lodge for family camp, women's and men's retreats, and reunions.
Where will it be built? At Camp Trinity, the Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean Mountain.
What is the capacity? The 3,200-square-foot building will accommodate up to 32 people in six private sleeping rooms, a large gathering room with a stone fireplace, galley kitchen, and partial, walk-out basement/storm shelter.
Who is the architect? HTW Architects and Engineers, Russellville.
Who is the builder? Williamson Construction, Russellville.
When is groundbreaking? The Groundbreaking/Site Dedication/First Fruits Offering was Aug. 15, 2021.
What is the projected completion date? Fall 2022.
What is the projected cost? $670,000 (builder's construction estimate, based on bids from subcontractors, plus architect's fees, survey, soil tests, loan fees, closing costs, and furnishings*).
How much was set aside prior to the capital campaign? $225,000.
How much has been raised through donations? $245,00 as of Aug 31, 2022, with additional pledges of $27,000 over the next 3 years, for a total of $272,000
How much still needs to be raised for construction and furnishings? $150,000
How long is the commitment payment period? Three years.
What about in-kind donations? The camp has received several generous in-kind donations which will be used in the lodge: stone for the front of the building and the fireplace in the central meeting room; roof shingles; framing lumber; windows; 40 chairs for the meeting room; refrigerator; dishwasher; range; 2 washers; 2 dryers; ice machine; microwave.
We are still seeking the following donations (new or new condition): lodge-style furniture (2 couches, 4 easy chairs, 2 coffee tables, 2 end tables); 4 rocking chairs for the porch; patio furniture for the back deck.
*The earlier projected cost was based on the architects' preliminary estimate in spring 2021 and did not include the basement, architect's fees, land survey and appraisal, soil tests, loan fees, closing costs, and furnishings.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1