Camp Aldersgate receives $1 million grant from Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS COURTESY OF CAMP ALDERSGATE

ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS COURTESY OF CAMP ALDERSGATE

Funds will provide new activity center

Camp Aldersgate, Inc., a United Methodist-related camp located on 120 acres in west Little Rock, announced in a Nov. 24 news release that it has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The grant will be used to construct a multi-purpose activity center.

Camp Aldersgate creates life-changing experiences for individuals with special needs, and is the only camp in Arkansas uniquely dedicated to this purpose. It provides an ideal setting for programs which aim to strengthen personal and social development, promote healthy lifestyles, enrich communities and foster environmental awareness.

The Reynolds Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $8.8 million to Camp Aldersgate. A Reynolds Foundation grant enabled the camp to complete its new master plan, which builds on the facilities already in place to strengthen the way children, volunteers, camp counselors, staff and physicians use the grounds, as well as improve the way the camp is able to serve the community.

The master plan identified a multipurpose activity building as the most critical need in the camp’s immediate future. The new Donald W. Reynolds Activity Center will provide an indoor play area critical for year-round programming. With approximately 6,000 square feet of space, it will include a classroom for art and an informal recreational area for campers and participants of all abilities to enjoy activities such as beanbag baseball, chair volleyball, SNAG golf, shooting hoops, parachute games, dances or simply just hanging out together as a group. The design will feature wide decks overlooking the lake and the camp’s natural beauty, as well as a shaded outdoor instructional space.

ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS COURTESY OF CAMP ALDERSGATE

ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS COURTESY OF CAMP ALDERSGATE

“There are few words to describe the impact the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has had on Camp Aldersgate, our participants and our future,” said Sarah Wacaster, Camp Aldersgate’s CEO. “Since the Foundation’s first gift to Camp in 2005, we have doubled the amount of those served and created an even more remarkable place than we ever dreamed possible.”

Along with the grant, fundraising efforts will begin immediately to raise a minimum of $250,000 to establish a new Activity Center operating fund.