We are building a new dining hall! We hope you agree that a brand new dining room is exactly what Camp Pinnacle needs as we try to make camp little bit better each year! A few campers already knew this secret because they got to meet architect, Ken Gaylord during the summer and add their feedback to the plans. For everyone else, we hope this will be an exciting surprise!
While our goal is for campers to spend as little time indoors during the summer as possible, the dining room is the one indoor space where we consistently gather. Though we will miss the history and tradition of the old dining room, we all know how crowded and hot it had become. We also know that sometimes, meal time is interrupted by “spontaneous” song and dance. From a safety perspective, rather than limit our fun, we wanted to make sure the floors could safely support 200+ folks jumping up and down with raucous enthusiasm.
We have been planning the new dining room for two years as camp continues to grow. And we have definitely outgrown the dining room! We promise to keep the flags that celebrate the states and countries we come from along with the plaques that celebrate our storied history. The new dining room will still maintain a rustic, campy feel and we know our students will enjoy more elbow room at the table, a spacious feel with better air circulation, better views of the lake, and great design featuring more porch and outdoor dining space.
Our last school group, the Galloway School from Atlanta, GA, departed Pinnacle on October 28 and the construction project began on November 2. It was sad to see the historic dining room come down on Nov 7, but we are even more excited for what lies ahead. More important than a dining room, Chef Richard will still be serving the same great food next summer and has ideas to make our camp cuisine even better!
We will continue to post updates on dining hall construction so you can follow the project online. We expect the new dining room to be operational in mid-April. Of course Tom, George and the facilities team will be continuing to improve the rest of camp. Expect continued remodeling of girls cabins, new floors in boys cabins, renovation of our gaga ball pit, and several more upgrades and surprises as we prepare for summer 2017!