BROOKSTON, Ind. — Developments with Camp Tecumseh's new dining hall construction, as well as with the camp's largest ever campaign goal, are well underway.
Since March of 2019, Camp Tecumseh has worked toward its $10 million campaign goal, the camp's most ambitious goal yet, according to CEO Joel Sieplinga. Just earlier this year, Camp Tecumseh was able to reach that multi-million dollar goal.
"We've done other campaigns to build other facilities," Sieplinga said, "but this is the largest campaign that we've ever done. Back in about 2010, we started looking at the strategic plan for what Camp Tecumseh is going to look like going forward.
"We had just finished up the Lake Village, another part of Camp Tecumseh, and realized we needed to come back down to River Village, where Camp Tecumseh started, so we kind of named (the campaign) 'The Revitalization of River Village.'"
The largest construction project going on at Camp Tecumseh is the building of its new Barbara F. Kampen dining hall.
"It has been going really well," Sieplinga said. "The cement slab is poured, and they just put up the first framed wall at the end pf last week. So, it's starting to take shape."
Reaching the $10 million campaign goal, which has helped fund projects such as the new dining hall, wouldn't have been possible without the over 250 donors to the camp, especially with the generous donation of $1.25 million from North Central Health Services.
"North Central Health Services is really committed to the health and well-being of the citizens of Tippecanoe County, White County and many of the surrounding counties," Sieplinga said. "Camp is about a whole lot more than what you stereotypically think of camp. It's all of that, but it's more about giving kids the experience to make friendships that will last life times, which in turn is good for people's health.
"The health benefits, especially the mental health benefits of camp are huge. The physical health as well as the mental health is really what North Central Health Services is all about."
Future projects are on Sieplinga's mind as the new dining hall looks to be completed in December of 2022.
"We're always looking to add (programs)," Sieplinga said. "We've got several program changes, structures that we hope to unveil here in the coming months."
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2
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