My parents have a lake home on Spirit Lake, directly across from the Whispering Pines camp property in Burnett County, Wisconsin. The camp property has come up for sale.
My husband and I are interested in keeping Whispering Pines a Christian camp that serves the spiritual needs of families in the area. We would like to start a religious non-profit, so we would not own the camp, the non-profit would.
Our dream is to have a place for whole families struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to have a place to recuperate both physically and spiritually. We would like to offer hippotherapy (horse therapy), physical, occupational, and recreational therapy. We would also like to offer educational and counseling services, and most importantly spiritual support for the whole family through chapel services, kids programs and chaplains. Then, of course, the beauty of the lake and the enjoyment of the outdoors would add to the healing process. Our focus would be on serving military families and other families who have a loved one with a long-term developmental or physical disability. But all families experience extreme stress at times, so we would like to provide a place for all families to heal, and grow closer to God and each other.
I realize that there are several other Bible camps in the area, but they all focus on children or offering spiritual retreats for families and individuals without the added physical and psychological care that the we would seek to provide. Also, I understand that there is a new retreat center in the area for families who have lost a child or are suffering under the stress of a terminally ill child. The families we hope to serve do not fit into these categories – the families we hope to serve have a member who is temporarily or permanently disabled, but who is not terminally ill.
I realize that there are already two other offers on the property – one to make it into a housing development, another to make it into a campground. However, those offers are contingent on zoning changes.
If we can go to the zoning commission meeting on Thursday, Dec. 17 with a viable plan to keep the property a camp, we may be able to persuade the zoning commission to not approve the zoning changes required for the other two offers.
I figured out that with 20% down on a $970,000 dollar loan (that is what the current housing development offer is), we would need about $210,000 for a down payment and closing costs, and about $4500 a month to pay for the mortgage, assuming a loan at 5.25 %. My husband and I are able to finance a chunk of this project. If you, or anyone you know would be interested in supporting such a project, let me know and at what amount. If we could have some sort of viable funding by Thursday, that may help to keep the zoning change from being approved.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. I will not make any comments that disclose financial or contact information public.
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Were you able to purchase the camp? My husband and I have the same conceptual idea and are looking into camps in Colorado. I would love to chat with you some time.
No, unfortunately, I was not. But that is so cool to hear that you two have a similar idea!
family counseling is sometimes needed because you cannot solve all your problems *’~
I am curious as to what your background is – have you had experience in this area?
While reading a book written by a well-respected counselor years ago, the author stated that if people took more time to truly relate to and support each other, there would not be much need for counselors. There would still be some need, but far less than is currently used.
I have found that though some counseling that I received over the years was beneficial, I receive the most benefit from the deep friendships I have formed – the friendships where people can say to each other what they really think because they want the best for each other. I have also found that without the support of friends, the lessons learned in counseling often go by the wayside.
So both are needed, and this camp would strive to provide the support which in turn would lead to networking opportunities to find counseling where necessary.
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