Joining Jesus: An Update from Camp Washington

This blog post was written by Bart Geissinger, Executive Director at Camp Washington

Thanks to the generosity of participating parishes and individual donors across the regions of the ECCT, Camp Washington is moving forward with plans to enhance programming and improve our facilities as we continue providing opportunities that form disciples of all ages for this new missional age.

As outlined in the Joining Jesus: Camp Washington Case for Support, the camp’s board of directors identified a list of projects and priorities that would further establish Camp as a primary resource for Christian formation and discipleship for children and adults in Connecticut and beyond.

Work has started on several facilities projects and program enhancements:

Tree work and land clearing is underway for the spring arrival of a year-round greenhouse on upper campus that will compliment camp’s current programming around farm to table meals, local food insecurity, and sustainable living.

The old Summer Camp program office (a repurposed, dilapidated garage) has been removed to make way for a new small barn structure to safely accommodate the summer program leadership. This space serves as the central hub for counselors and staff to meet, as well as the office for parent and guest interaction. This new, functional space sets a tone of professionalism for staff and guests.

Plans are being approved and site work will soon begin on the construction of a large open outdoor pavilion and gathering space on upper campus. This building will provide Camp much needed multi- functional outdoor space for dining, gathering, worship, and more. This covered space will be a year-round blessing during inclement weather. The pavilion will be a pivotal welcoming presence as guests arrive to campus and will provide a safe outdoor space in which to gather.

The Camp Washington staff and board are excited to share these plans with you, and will continue to provide periodic updates and reports of our progress. As we begin construction in the spring we will share photographs and updates on our website and through ECCT communications. Phase Two projects include plans for the relocation of Camp’s maintenance space/building to a new two-bay garage/barn allowing for dedicated space, and upgrades to the existing Art Barn.

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