Though Lake Mac has served God well over the years, providing countless young people with the opportunity to come on camp and hear about Jesus, Lake Mac now needs your help to overcome the challenges threatening its future operation. Without urgent redevelopment, Lake Mac is at risk of closure. Why?
At risk of closure
Lake Mac currently accommodates 120, but this involves squeezing ten campers into cabins, which were only designed for six. But even 120 beds isn’t enough – the average size of a high school year group now exceeds the site’s capacity, meaning many schools choose other sites for their camps. Therefore, young people are missing out on hearing the gospel.
After years of frequent use, the existing A-frame accommodation and facilities have worn out and urgently need replacing. The boat shed is ravaged with rust and the kitchen is outdated. The site desperately needs an upgrade to replace failing facilities.
The Lake Mac site only has one hall, which is used for everything – dining, talks, games and recreation. This hampers the smooth running of camps, especially in bad weather, and means that only one group can use the site at once.
Furthermore, the campsite is not currently accessible for campers with physical limitations, which we believe is essential to address.
Government standards and the expectations of parents, schools and churches have changed over time. For example, most people now expect cabins with ensuites! Lake Mac is no longer a viable venue for most groups. We must act now to provide amenities that will attract and retain the groups of both today and tomorrow.
Given that currently Lake Mac can only accommodate one group at a time, only one stream of income is available at a time. Currently Lake Mac is in deficit. A site which enables multi-group use will generate a healthy surplus to fund ministry growth on camps and in schools.