Updated: Dec 2, 2018
The Camp Crestridge Chapel continues to grow with camp
The CCAF board realized in 2003 that, with record camp enrollments stretching every facility, it was impossible to seat the entire camp in the Chapel. A campaign to expand and improve the Chapel, called "$50,000 for the 50th," was undertaken as a project for the 50th Summer Homecoming in 2004. Alumnae and friends' amazing response to this need allowed construction to be completed before the 2005 summer sessions began. Best of all, the addition does not change the appearance of the Chapel in any way.
A new porch and a stone wall were added, allowing for six more pews (previously in the choir loft) to be placed in the back. The funds were also used to build a stone retaining wall on the road by the Chapel to divert water that had been coming in due to erosion. A generous gift of pine flooring from the Cox family made it possible to replace the old stage. The new stage is not only perfect for the musicals but reflects light and warms up the entire building. The old silver can lights were replaced by white track lights that illuminate the entire stage. The old fans were replaced with efficient white fans with lights.
Donations in excess of our goal allowed for the purchase of a pull-down screen, state-of-the-art mounted projector, and a laptop computer with music software and a new Yamaha keyboard that can be programmed with camp songs. The Chapel pews were refinished in 2007 to complete the project.
When camp went through its major expansion in the off-season of 2014-2015, CCAF was asked to add stonework to enhance and strengthen the beautiful stained glass in the chapel.
Three families in the CCAF organization gave the generous donation to make this happen. We greatly appreciate Norvel Lee and Ruth Burkett, Larry and Sally Driggers, and Kyle and Jan Ware for their continued support of camp. The stonework flanked on both sides of the stained glass is truly beautiful and creates a long- lasting focal point for the chapel.