The two camps of Young Life Washington Family Ranch, Creekside and Canyon, both reflect design aesthetics based on the Old West. All the buildings use exposed heavy lumber, which provides a rustic exterior and conceals modern building systems.
The smaller Creekside camp resembles an authentic old mining town built around a central town square and accommodates 350 middle school kids at a time. Traditional wood designs support the aesthetic for Creekside Camp, from smaller-scale camper cabins to the 500-person dining hall. The larger Canyon camp echoes archetypal buildings of an early 1900s ranch: a barn, a ranch house, and a doctor’s office. The showpiece Ranch House, which features the camp store, the healthcare center, and offices for the staff, uses clean, crisp exposed steel to maintain a high-end resort aesthetic with a warm and homey feel.
A camper’s day starts in their cabin and moves to the grand “Muddy Station” dining hall built with rustic heavy timber and steel trusses, corrugated galvanized walls, and wood wainscoting. At the activity center, campers play basketball, volleyball and soccer, challenge friends to miniature golf, scale the climbing wall, or strap on a harness for the adventure ropes course. In the afternoon, campers hit the towering water park where five slides drop them from the head of an active “mine” shaft.
The archetypal soda shop serves up cold drinks and ice cream alongside the classic general store. The “Bonanza” meeting hall hosts songs and skits on a full stage complete with theatrical lighting, a booming sound system, and video projection. Additional amenities include an infirmary, meeting spaces, outdoor amphitheater, spray park, sand volleyball, disk golf, and camp offices.
By using industrial materials and adding unique touches, such as pipes for railings and heavy steel fasteners, we crafted a more refined mining camp while designing with durability in mind. Each building employs color, materials, and detailing to stand out but also connect to the overall theme. One particularly nice touch: pickaxes for door handles.
Because kids need plenty of fuel for their summer stay, we designed a high-quality commercial kitchen to keep them nourished and ready for activity. The lights in the kitchen dim according to ambient light pouring in from the skylights, which adds to energy efficiency.