Camp Greenwood: Final Report and Recommendations

The Greenwood Administrative Commission releases its final report and recommendations.

After the Commission released its preliminary report, numerous people from across the Presbytery of Lake Michigan offered feedback during four listening sessions and via written communications. The Commission enjoyed hearing from those who support the Greenwood Ministries Association. The main messages we received were that the Greenwood Ministry Association (GMA) needed more time both to create a sustainable organization and to raise funds with which to purchase the camp property at a reduced rate.

THE COMMISSION HEARS YOU . . . AND HAS ADAPTED ITS FINAL REPORT!

Upon reflection, the Commission has revised its final report with new key provisions. The following is only an executive summary of items listed in full within the report. A copy of the complete report is available here.

Extend the covenant with GMA until December 31, 2021.
This provides three more years for GMA to work with the Commission to develop a sustainable organization and to continue to implement its strategic long-term goals. The Commission also will reduce its reporting requirements from monthly to quarterly to allow GMA to focus on its work.

Extend the lease with GMA until December 31, 2021.

This provides three more years for GMA to use the main camp and additional property as outlined in the report, while also removing all subleasing restrictions previously placed on the property. The lease will continue (as it was in 2017 and 2018) to be $10.00 per year through the life of this lease. This is a significant savings over the market value of $75,000 per year as noted by the accounting firm that GMA retained for financial review in 2018. This lease provides use of roughly three-quarters of the current camp property, including the main camp and the portions GMA has noted as ecological and conservation sites.

Extend the time for GMA to purchase property until October 31, 2021.

Not only does the Commission recommend that GMA be offered the available camp property at 50% of its appraised value (full survey upcoming), this provides almost three more years for GMA to fundraise and institute a capital campaign. The Presbytery will gift the remaining value of the property to GMA should it raise the money to purchase the property.

Extend the service of the Commission until December 31, 2021.

To provide support to GMA and to mediate this new extended covenant and lease, the Commission will remain in service to the Presbytery for three more years.

Grant the GMA $10,000 from the Presbytery for transitional costs.

This gift will allow GMA to cover any transitional costs it incurs from the sale of properties recommended to be sold in the final report.

A copy of the full and detailed final Greenwood Administrative Commission Report, including the background and basis for these recommendations and additional provisions necessary to fulfill those actions listed above, can be accessed by clicking here.

A copy of the the Administrative Commission’s preliminary report, including the background, can be accessed by clicking here.

To view a copy of the Greenwood Map Addendum to have a better sense of the properties involved Click Here