Recent Success (2010-2014)
A New Road, Greenway, and Welcome Center…
Twin Rocks’ long-awaited new roadway is now reality! The cornerstone to the camp’s Master Site Plan, this “parkway” running the perimeter of camp frees the center of camp for campers. A new pedestrian-friendly Greenway is also complete.
Camp is for Campers. Previously, several roads cut through the center of Twin Rocks Friends Camp. A new road around the perimeter of camp has now enabled those roads to be removed, leaving green grass, sidewalks, patios, picnic benches, and serenity for Twin Rocks’ campers. The change is dramatic. Twin Rocks Friends Camp is taking on a whole new camper-friendly feel.
Protection from Cars and Trucks. A vehicle-free core of camp now allows campers to walk and run freely, without the danger of in-camp traffic. New parking areas have eliminated the presence of cars near cabins. And a revised food service delivery system has removed semi-trucks from pedestrian-only areas. The overall safety of camp has been significantly increased.
A Showcase of Twin Rocks’ Property. The new perimeter road meanders among the camp’s stately evergreens and lush ecosystem, introducing arriving campers to the magnificence of God’s creation that awaits them at Twin Rocks Friends Camp. And the roadway will ultimately be paved with asphalt, eliminating the ever-present clouds of dust currently emanating throughout camp.
The final big project in Twin Rocks’ Greenway & Parkway Campaign (2010-2014) was the construction of a Welcome Center which now houses the camp’s front office and Undertow Espresso coffee shop.
To make these upgrades possible, more than $1,000,000 was contributed from more than 500 generous families (including a $200,000 gift from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust). Twin Rocks is exceedingly grateful for the kindness of these thoughtful friends.
Master Plan Details
In 2006, Twin Rocks Friends Camp’s Board of Directors finalized a Master Plan that lays out a vision for the camp over the next several decades.
The Master Plan consists of two major components: Ministry Plan and Site Plan.
The mission of Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center is to use God’s creation and a Christ-centered environment to promote personal and spiritual growth. Twin Rocks accomplishes its mission through a commitment to the following core values:
- Christ-Centered Camping
- Leadership Development
- Community Building
- Fun and Safety
The mission and core values were formally adopted by Twin Rocks Friends Conference Association in September 2005. They are seen as being consistent with the historic purposes of Twin Rocks, and fully relevant for its future. Read more about our mission and values.
- Constituents: Twin Rocks’ primary constituents are the approximately 30 Friends churches in Western Oregon and Southwest Washington that collectively own the camp. Secondarily, Twin Rocks serves other Christian churches/organizations, as well as secular groups of a non-profit and/or educational nature.
- Ages Served: Twin Rocks desires to continue serving all age groups, providing programs, facilities, and amenities that successfully meet the needs of children, youth, adults, and families.
- Program: Historically, Twin Rocks has programmed camps and retreats for the Friends denomination, while providing the facility, food, and recreational infrastructure for dozens of groups each year who rent the camp for their own programs. In future years, Twin Rocks will continue this same pattern, but will gradually expand its slate of fully-programmed camps and retreats (and likely target some of these less-exclusively toward Friends). Specific emphases will be placed on programs that emphasize the camp’s core values.
- Size: Twin Rocks wants to maintain and enhance its overall sense of serenity. Any expansion will be limited to what can be added in a comfortable, aesthetic manner that ensures a sense of peaceful retreat. To effectively meet the needs of its current and future camps, some growth will be necessary. Ultimately, Twin Rocks will likely have 425 beds on its 120-acre main camp (up from the current 320 beds) and 50 beds at its beachside Harbor Villa Retreat Center (the same as now).
- Maintenance: Twin Rocks’ ministry effectiveness is contingent upon well-maintained facilities. Keeping current facilities in top working condition will take priority over new facility development.
Twin Rocks Friends Camp and Conference Center worked with architects from Fletemeyer and Lee Associates, Inc. to develop a Master Site Plan that sets the course for the camp’s long-term future. This plan provides the backbone infrastructure to future development. It will be subject to significant change and modification – especially in its later years, but it is expected that this Master Site Plan will provide Twin Rocks a basic roadmap for the years ahead.
Key Master Site Plan Components (as outlined in 2006):
Keep Camp in Top Condition. The overall condition of Twin Rocks Friends Camp is great, but there has been a tendency for the camp to defer routine maintenance tasks, allowing some facilities to dip below acceptable standards. Better attention to upkeep will be required in the days ahead. Some of the ‘Cabins of the Trees’ are currently in need of major overhauling. Timely replacements of mattresses, docks, ovens, carpets, vehicles, and other such items will be necessary if Twin Rocks is to be kept in top condition.
Create Green Spaces that Promote Connectedness, Serenity and Safety. At the core of Twin Rocks’ new Master Site Plan is a Greenway– a meandering grassy area that serves as the central connecting point of camp, creating wonderful spaces for relaxation and fellowship. The center of camp will shift further from Highway 101. The Cabins of the Trees and the Athletic Field – previously disconnected from the rest of camp – will open onto this pedestrian-friendly Greenway, as will Hadley Hall, the Cabins of the Meadow, the Dining Center, and the Shelter Recreation Center. To create the Greenway:
- Sections of shrubbery will be removed and grass planted.
- Existing roads will be re-routed outside the center of camp, around the Greenway’s perimeter.
- RV and parking spaces will be relocated to the perimeter.
- Maintenance facilities and staff homes will be moved out of the camp’s center – to a parcel of camp-owned property south of Watseco Creek.
- The “Hadley Hall courtyard” will be dramatically improved by eliminating gravel, creating a sound-reducing wall that separates the courtyard from Highway 101, and adding an outdoor amphitheater.
Expand Recreation and Nature-Focused Options. Twin Rocks will continue to enhance the camp’s emphasis on the out-of-doors:
- Construct a lookout tower atop Charlotte’s Mountain.
- Create an “activity room” at Harbor Villa Retreat Center.
- Install a large swimming pool with a sloping, beach-style entry – complete with waterslide and ‘Blob.’
- Construct a zipline and a challenge course.
- Create several outdoor education stations at key locations in camp (forest, lake, stream, etc.)
Create Top-Notch Cabins. Twin Rocks will continue to offer cabins that work multi-functionally well for youth camps, adult conferences, family camps, and couples retreats. To accomplish this:
- Several Cabins of the Trees will be retrofitted to a more couples-friendly design.
- Three deteriorating cabins (Kilchis, Quechua and Aymara) will be removed.
- A new “Quadplex”-style cabin will be introduced. Each Quadplex will accommodate two groups of 8 campers (plus counselor), or 4 couples/families.
- Upgrade and expand the Cabins of the Meadow to alleviate overcrowding at existing camps/retreats. Several Quadplex cabins will be used in this area, and porches will be added to the remaining Cabins of the Meadow.
- A new cluster of Quadplex cabins will be constructed south of the miniature golf course to reduce overcrowding in Hadley Hall.
Expand Motel-Style Accommodations. To meet the needs of adult and family groups, more motel-style housing will be offered, complete with bed linens and towels:
- Expand Pacific Woods Lodge from its existing 16 rooms to 24.
- Convert Hadley Hall into a motel-style facility – its bed and breakfast-style architecture will make this an appealing upscale facility.
Comfortably Accommodate Large Camps. Due to a lack of bed space, many campers and counselors are currently forced to sleep on the floor during large camps and retreats held at Twin Rocks. Similarly, the camp’s Dining Center and Meetinghouse (chapel) are too small for several of Twin Rocks’ current camps. Twin Rocks needs to expand its facilities to meet the needs of its current and future campers:
- An expansion of the 318-bed main camp is needed. A 456-bed “maximum build-out” plan is shown in this diagram, though a smaller capacity may eventually be settled upon.
- The Dining Center will need to be expanded to seat as many as 500 people, and be configured to more efficiently accommodate multiple groups of campers.
- Construct a new Chapel facility on the greenbelt (giving a larger alternative to the 300-seat Meetinghouse).
Create a meeting room in close proximity to each cluster of cabins.
- Enhance Harbor Villa Retreat Center by expanding Anchorage and Lighthouse meeting rooms to accommodate up to 50 people (equivalent to Harbor Villa’s current bed capacity).
The First Years (2006-2014)
The Master Site Plan provides the central framework for the future of Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Its full implementation will likely cost $10-15 million and perhaps require 30 years to accomplish. Therefore, over time the Plan’s details are sure to deviate from its original concept – but the basic Master Plan model is expected to remain constant.
Twin Rocks focused its first eight years in several key areas – most notably implementing the initial portion of the Greenway that is so central to the Master Plan.
Create Green Space
- Initial Greenbelt Established: A greenway corridor has been created stretching from the Cabins of the Trees to the Shorebird Cabins, and east to the Athletic Field. Fire pits, picnic tables, patios, and camp games have been placed in strategic locations to provide the Greenbelt.
- Roadways Re-Located: Roads that for years ran through the center of camp have recently been replaced by a road that runs along the camp’s perimeter. This “parkway” was the key component to fundraising efforts in 2010-2014.
- Parking Re-Located: A new parking lot to the east of the Cabins of the Trees now enables these cabins to be vehicle-free, with the graveled area between the cabins replaced by sidewalks, attractive landscaping, and a fire circle. Parking for Recreational Vehicles (RVs) has been moved to the camp’s perimeter.
- Welcome Center Created: An attractive, log cabin-style Welcome Center has been created near the camp’s entry to provide a friendly greeting to new guests, and coffee shop “hang out” space for existing campers.
Create and Retain Top-Notch Cabins
- Cabins of the Trees Renovations: Four of the camp’s Cabins of the Trees have received major upgrades during 2007-2012, leaving just three cabins yet to renovate. These cabins, constructed in the 1970s and 1980s, need an in depth overhaul to bring them into a more pleasant condition.
- Aymara Cabin Removed: To make room for the Greenbelt, the 1940s-era Aymara cabin has been removed.
- Osprey Cabin Constructed: The first Quadplex cabin has been constructed, replacing Aymara. This 2,200 square foot facility, named Osprey Cabin, accommodates two 8-person camper groups (plus counselor), and 2 couples upstairs in motel-style rooms. Osprey Cabin is part of the Shorebird Cabins and is located near the outdoor volleyball courts.
Keep Camp in Top Condition
- Capital Improvement Funds: Several thousand dollars have been utilized to provide timely camp upkeep, such as replacing worn-out carpet, linoleum, mattresses, ovens, and other such items.
- Dining Center Noise Reduction: Efforts have been made to enhance the peacefulness of the camp’s Dining Center by reducing the noise level in this facility. New sound-absorption panels on the ceiling have dramatically improved the overall dining experience.