There is a lot going on, so we will continue to post updates here.  Please stop back and check them out!

click to see the full thermometer. (updated Oct. 15, 2015)

VLM is working hard to complete the dining hall building at Camp Vermilion by May 2016. 

To see the pictures of our progress, visit the "Watch them Flourish" gallery page. 

You can also download a printable update dated Oct. 2015. 

Check out our Facebook page for the latest construction update videos with Andy Arola, Camp Vermilion's Site Director.

Or better yet, come and visit the site to see the progress yourself.

Download a full "Watch them flourish" project summary and learn how you can be part of the appeal. 

To make a gift to the appeal click here or contact the VLM office 218-666-5465

Mary Multiplier

Goal: $25,000     Original Gift: $250 by Mary Thydean - Littlefork, MN
Mary, a former cook at Camp Vermilion passed away in 2014.  On the day before Mary died, she made a gift to the dining hall project and told her family to triple it!  Afterwards, an initial goal of $2,500 was set to raise money for then new stove in the kitchen.  Since then, VLM has received nearly $5,000.  The goal is now $25,000 and the funds will go to help fund the kitchen as a whole.

To help multiply Mary's gift, please identify your gift as a "Mary Multiplier"

Facility Fund

Goal: $50,000      Original Gift: $25,000 dollar for dollar match from Dennis and Betty Anderson - Deer River, MN
A matching gift made available to establish a "Facility Fund" that will be endowed for future maintenance needs at both camps.  The fund will help replace furnaces, shingles, doors windows, etc. at both camps.  It will also helpfund special projects in the future.

To double your gift and support the future maintenance needs at both Camp Hiawatha and Camp vermilion, please identify your gift as a "Facility Fund"

Alumni Cabin Challenge

Goal: $100,000    A special challenge to VLM's Alumni
Do you know 10 people who could be in your "Cabin" and make a gift of $100 or more to the "Watch them Flourish" appeal? $120 is just $10 a month! Donate that for 3 years and YOU have just donated $360! Take that times the 417 members of the VLM Alumni Facebook group... $150,120! We CAN do this!! Please pray and consider a donation to the VLM Alumni Challenge and the Camp Vermilion Dining Hall.  

To sign up to be part of the alumni Cabin Challenge contact the camp office (218) 666-5465 or visit the VLM Alumni Facebook page


Original introduction...

At the Annual Meeting in February of 2014, a motion was made to break ground on Camp Vermilion's new dining hall by July 2015.  This is the final phase of the "Tend & Nourish" Campaign that began 14 years ago.  The VLM Board of Directors and Executive Director, Joel Abenth, have been working with DSGW Architects (Duluth, Virginia, Grand Rapids) to finalize the drawings, as well as working to put funds in place for this project.

We invite you to view the design of the new building and read through the information below.  Share your thoughts on the project and the campaign with us in the comments section below, and prayerfully consider joining us in this exciting building project through a donation to the Tend & Nourish campaign/Dining Hall project!

See the drawings put together by DSGW.

View the updated floor plan - May 2015

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are we breaking ground?  The plan is to break ground in early summer of next year with the hope of having the exterior completed by November of 2015.  The interior will be completed during the winter of 2015-2016.

How much will it cost? The current blueprint puts us at $2.2 million. Through the creativity and generosity of several contractors and businesses, however, we have lowered that to almost $1.5 million. The goal is to have $750,000 in gifts and pledges by November of this year.  There is currently $220,000 in savings for the project.  

What will happen to the current dining hall?  Our plan is to keep the existing dining hall in use as a gathering space for the warmer seasons. Groups of campers will use it for Bible studies, games, and even worship.  The current kitchen will be remodeled to replace the summer program space being lost when the current canteen building is removed.

What else will be in the new building, besides the kitchen and dining room?  The building will include all of the Canoe Country trail shack food and equipment operations.  In addition, the fully accessible, year-round, lower level will house 40 guests.

How can I support the project?  Send your financial gifts to the office, designated for “Tend & Nourish”, or click the donation link above to give on-line.

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