Repairs to our auditorium are an urgent need on our horizon for summer 2018
The auditorium is one of the focal points of Camp. The easternmost building on the property, it’s nestled among the trees and stands on a cliff overlooking the lake. Most of the indoor activities took place there in the past, including the popular drama and adapted dance programs. For many of our campers, these activities are rare opportunities to experience the performing arts they don’t otherwise have access to. With a wheelchair accessible stage, all drama performances are held in this building.
After more than 50 years since its construction, the beams and cross-bracing that support the building were deemed in poor condition due to weather and age. For the safety of the campers, the auditorium was closed in 2013. In the interim, a large gazebo-style tent was temporarily installed at the opposite end of camp, to accommodate some of the activities that cannot be held in open air. This solution served the camp well, but it is no longer viable.
The camp is determined to move ahead with the necessary reparations to render the auditorium operational again for next summer. This is also presents a propitious opportunity to widen the path leading to the auditorium for enhanced wheelchair access, and to refurbish the adapted washroom.
The majority of the wood posts and cross-bracing under the floor most be replaced. As the foundation sits on a steep rock bluff, the work will involve excavation, concrete, reinforced with steel. This will be followed by a replacement of the joists supporting the floor.
Following a professional evaluation, (the project, including materials, equipment, and carpentry) is estimated at $265,000. Additional work on the bathroom, access ramp and pathway are estimated at $35,000, bringing the grand total for the project to $300,000.
Work on the project is scheduled to begin in March 2018, in order for the auditorium to be operational by the summer.
Camp Massawippi has launched a special campaign entitled “The Show Must Go On!” to seek the financing for this important and imperative refurbishment.