'Better for everyone'
Health and Leadership Lodge means booster shot
Judy Behler spent 12 summers caring for campers’ ills at Camp Newaygo.
The retired Grant Public Schools nurse has tales aplenty from her days and nights working out of the camp’s 85-year-old, 592-square-foot nurse’s cabin. Her time there meant dealing with injuries, scrapes, pains, colds, rashes and a litany of ailments and medications around the clock, including campers with more serious health concerns.
“There would almost always be kids knocking at the door,” Behler says. “I would ask to take kayaks out on the lake. … After I got called (once) on the walkie-talkie, I never did that again.”
She is excited about the new Health and Leadership Lodge,a 6,085-square-foot facility opening this summer with a grand opening set for August. The lodge is going to mean much-needed and updated space for campers’ care, new community health initiatives and Muskegon Community College nursing students’ clinical experiences.
“It’ll mean a little more privacy and … it’ll be better for everyone,” Behler says
Camp Newaygo’s Building a Healthy Future Capital Campaign for Health, Leadership & The Arts has raised $1.4 million and seeks another $850,000. Other improvements include a new location for day camp with Cassidy Point’s 2016 purchase and Peggie Stone Center’s 2017 opening for arts and crafts and community events.