Project Description

Client

Camp Tecumseh YMCA

Scott Brosman, CEO

Camp Tecumseh comprises over 500 acres of land adjacent to the Tecumseh bend of the Tippecanoe River. An extremely successful and well-established camp program had resulted in a waiting list for summer camp of over 600 children each year. The Camp Board established a long range planning goal of having the ability to serve 50% more children annually than were presently being served, and determined the facility expansion which would be required to meet that goal.

OCBA was retained to conduct a two-day, on-site design charrette in order to prepare a master plan for the camp expansion. The master plan that was developed organizes the proposed facilities, and links the existing River Village area with the proposed expansion at the Lakeside Center Village site. Design issues included establishing a similar identity at the Lakeside Center Village as that of the River Village so that campers have a comparable camping experience in either area.

Representatives from Scholer Corporation of Lafayette, Indiana assisted OCBA with the architectural components of the master plan for the Lakeside Center Village.

OCBA returned to Camp Tecumseh in the fall of 2014 to use the same charrette process to develop a master plan for the River Village. With the waiting list back up to 600, the existing River Village area was the focus of the master plan developed by the OCBA team. The plan addresses repurposing the existing dining hall into offices and meeting spaces for non-summer groups, locating and designing a new dining hall that can be expanded as camp continues to grow, and adding new cabins and program areas.

The second master plan was also developed at camp using a multiple-day, participatory charrette process. Slocum Architects and Manning Design were part of the OCBA team for the River Village Master Plan.