GRANTSBURG, Wis. — The Luther Point Bible Camp in Grantsburg broke ground Sept. 11 on construction of a new multi-purpose and storm shelter building expected to be finished by the start of summer camp season next spring.
Camp officials accepted bids on the project through Aug. 22. The camp board of directors met Aug. 28 and approved moving ahead with construction. The projected completion date is May 1.
The new building is designed for year-round use. During the summer, it provides protection for campers, staff and guests during inclement weather and serve as a rainy day activity space. Camper registration will take place in the facility and a summer staff meeting area will be provided. Shower and bathroom facilities for men and women will be in the building and a commercial kitchen will be completed in the next two years.
During fall, winter and spring, the building will provide large-group space for retreats and day groups meeting at the camp. The camp intends to have the building fully accessible and technology includes wireless fiber optic Internet capabilities.
The new building will compliment some of the camp’s surrounding cabins and retreat spaces. The camp plans enhancements to those buildings with winterization and remodeling of camper cabins and Luther Lodge over the next three years.
The multi-purpose building project is part of an overall site improvement plan that started with fund raising in 2007 and completion of two earlier projects in 2009 and 2012. Fund raising continues for at least the next two years to provide the needed money to complete all the intended projects.
Luther Point Bible Camp is an association of Lutheran congregations from northwest Wisconsin and east central Minnesota. The camp currently has 77 member congregations from Superior, Wis., and south to Ellsworth, Wis. The camp was incorporated in Wisconsin in 1946 and the first campers attended Luther Point in 1949.
The camp’s first year-round executive director, Gary Loktu, started in 1975. Since then the camp has had four directors. Current Executive Director, the Rev. Craig Corbin, has been with the ministry since 1992.
The camp ministry has a strong philosophy of inclusiveness and provides a variety of summer programs for all ages. The camp program is inter-generational by design, giving families and grandparents and grandchildren opportunities to enjoy camp together. The retreat ministry is open to a variety of church groups and also hosts family reunions, quilters, school groups and provides respite and renewal to individuals and families with the camp’s lake cabins.
Luther Point Bible Camp is located on the east side of Big Wood Lake between Grantsburg and Frederic, Wis.