The time has come for the Central Restroom facility at Twin Rocks Friends Camp to be torn down and rebuilt in a new location, replaced with an attractively-designed structure conducive to the privacy and accessibility preferences of today’s campers. The current Central Restroom stands virtually unchanged since its construction in 1975. Forty years ago, it was a state-of-the-art facility, a welcome upgrade from its predecessor. But the years have caught up with the building, which now feels dingy, in disrepair, and woefully inadequate. It lacks privacy and
has no wheelchair accessibility.
The new Central Restroom will include:
■ Privacy. Today’s campers (young and old alike) greatly appreciate privacy, strongly preferring single-person restrooms to the current building’s string of toilet stalls and communal showers. The new building will utilize stalls and showers in exclusively unisex, single-person configurations, accessed from a series of external doorways.
■ Accessibility. In recent years, Twin Rocks has had the privilege of serving increasing numbers of campers affected by disability. In fact, two weeks of camp each summer are set aside exclusively for such campers, in partnership with Joni & Friends International Disability Center. However, the current Central Restroom facility has no ADA-compliant stalls, and inadequate “family-friendly” space helpful for campers requiring assistance. The new building will be equipped with ADA-friendly restrooms complete with roll-in shower and special needs changing table.
■ Cleanliness. Despite frequent and diligent housekeeping, the existing Central Restroom facility is A Brand New Central Restroom in a New Location! Summer 2016 difficult to clean and keep well-maintained. Its aging pipes, stalls, and fixtures challenge the camp’s ability to provide campers (and parents dropping kids off at camp) with a positive impression of Twin Rocks.
■ Congruence. Twin Rocks’ master plan (adopted in 2006) calls for the camp’s central restrooms to be relocated outside of the newly-minted “greenway,” enhancing the park-like atmosphere increasingly present in camp. By removing the existing building and installing a new Central Restroom just west of the Shelter Recreation Center (where the Kiddie Korral play structure now stands), the overall ambiance of camp will improve. The play structure will be relocated within the greenway, enabling parents to easily supervise and interact with their children. Additionally, the camp’s main laundry facility (which has been housed within the Central Restroom building) will be placed outside the central hub of camp, providing a healthy separation from camper activity.
The total project cost to build a brand new Central Restroom facility is $216,000. Gifts to the Million Dollar Makeover will cover the cost of the restrooms and many other important projects, including replacing the gravel in the camp’s central courtyard with sidewalks and pavers.
An Investment in Future Camp Experiences
The Million Dollar Makeover is a $1.2 million investment to ensure future campers at Twin Rocks can have wonderful camp experiences. Take a look below and see what friends of Twin Rocks have made possible through contributions to the Million Dollar Makeover:
Completed in 2016:
■ Purchased new furniture for Harbor Villa and Hadley Hall meeting rooms.
■ Painted the interior of two Hadley Hall meeting rooms and the exterior of Arts & Crafts, several cabins, and the Meetinghouse.
■ Completed a remodel of Larch Cabin, the third and final Cabin of the Trees redone during the Million Dollar Makeover. Now Larch is fully accessible and ADA-compliant with a wheelchair ramp, roll-in shower, and other accessibility features, as well as new plumbing, mattresses, flooring, walls, fixtures, and other upgrades.
■ Installed a brand new dish machine, replacing the previous dish machine which had served the camp well over the course of 20 years and 3 million meals.
■ Placed new carpet in the meeting room of Pacific Woods Lodge and the meeting rooms of Hadley Hall.
“…I am so excited that Twin Rocks is embarking on a new campaign to bring many more ADA-compliant facility enhancements! Thank you for helping Twin Rocks as they, in turn, help many more…”
— Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center
So far, over $730,000 has been received in gifts and pledges for the Million Dollar Makeover (which includes all projects listed on these pages). Please consider a pledge to the Million Dollar Makeover, ensuring meaningful camp experiences for people of all ages and abilities for decades to come.
Completed before 2016:
■ Added a new outdoor meeting space, the 350-seat Lakeview Amphitheater.
■ Resurfaced the Shelter (gymnasium) floor.
■ Breathed new life into Hemlock and Ironwood, two Cabins of the Trees that were taken down to the studs and completely remodeled with new sheetrock, beds, bathrooms, carpet, and more.
■ Reroofed Hadley Hall.
■ Refreshed the exterior of Pacific Woods Lodge with new paint.
■ Increased recreation options by building an outdoor “Gaga Pit” (dodgeball game).
■ Rebuilt the decks of the Arts & Crafts building and Heron Cabin.
■ Purchased 190 new mattresses (over half of total camp beds).
■ Installed a durable, low maintenance “EZ Dock” at Spring Lake that will provide decades of safe waterfront enjoyment (special thanks to the Gray Family Foundation).
■ Received two brand new trucks: a Ford F-150 and a Ford F-350, which have been extremely useful for Million Dollar Makeover projects.
■ Replaced aging ovens with four new convection ovens in the kitchen.
Coming up Next (pending funding):
■ Camp accessibility improvements
■ Construct a brand new Central Restroom in a new location! (See abovefor more details).
■ Enhance Macy Chapel with the addition of an ADA-compliant restroom.
■ Place pavers and sidewalks in Central Courtyard to provide hardscape conducive to wheelchairs and walking aids.
■ Add a few additional amenities: Automatic door openers, an additional beach-friendly wheelchair, molded swings, a trail-friendly wheelchair, a paved crosswalk across a gravel road, a wheelchair ramp, and accessible parking spaces.
■ Construct a 500-foot high-adrenaline, multi-person zipline which is accessible to all, including those affected by disability
Also Coming Soon (pending funding):
■ Create a Nature Center in Lower Friendship meeting room to enhance Outdoor Education.
■ Purchase beach bicycles