While Camp Manitou may be quiet right now, there is still lots of activity taking place on the site of the new lodge as the True North Youth Foundation continues to look toward a bigger and brighter future for camp.
Construction on the new lodge has continued throughout March and April and remains on track to be completed by the end of June – in time to welcome campers, as soon as Camp Manitou is able to resume programming.
With the exterior walls up, the progress is less visible from the outside but has been significant on the inside. Recent work includes the installation of metal panels on the roof and exterior walls, completion of all the interior drywall, and installation of the main electrical service. Finishing work has already taken place including painting in the office area, installation of wood panelling in the dorm rooms, and the final touches of grinding and coating of the dining hall flooring. The new commercial kitchen is framed out and ready for equipment and appliances.
The new facility is an instrumental first step as part of a larger camp expansion project that will see 11 additional acres developed. Seating for 200 people in the dining hall doubles the capacity of the previous lodge and will allow Camp Manitou to reach its long-term goal of hosting 400 summer campers per day with two lunch sittings.
Windows along the entire south wall provide a beautiful view of the lush forest and create an inviting space for campers, as well as for many types of functions, from family reunions to conferences and corporate retreats, hosted by rental groups.
With rooms that sleep four and eight, the new dorm area will accommodate 40 people in proximity to a lounge space and new washrooms and showers.
Many thanks to the construction team who have continued working while adhering to the necessary physical distancing and safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.