MOSS BLUFF – Bishop Glen John Provost will preside at the groundbreaking for “The Lodge” at Camp Karol of Saint Charles Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. Camp Karol is located at 1087 Bozo Road. Turn south onto Reeves Street, off Sam Houston Jones Parkway (La. 378), and then right onto Bozo Road.
The entrance gate for Camp Karol has been completed and “this gives visitors a sense of what is to come,” said Father Whitney Miller, director of Saint Charles Center. “Various building materials were used in the design and construction of the gate, which has the logo of Camp Karol and the affiliation with the diocese and Saint Charles Center.”
Champeaux, Evans and Hotard serve as the architect for the lodge, which will be the first and major structure of the Camp Karol campus.
According to Father Miller, “The Lodge” will feature a dining hall for 144 guests/retreatants/campers, a large conference/meeting area, a full service kitchen with large pantry, cooler, freezer and dish washing room, office, staff conference room, a small interior chapel that can be reconfigured into a large exterior chapel for outdoor gatherings, restrooms, storage space and mechanical rooms. Father Miller also noted that the “hopeful” date of completion for "The Lodge" is Winter, 2019.
“With the Lodge complete, the other buildings and facilities will be added as funds and programming dictate,” Father Miller continued. “These could include cabins for overnight lodging, snack shop, caretaker residence, infirmary/guest cabin, maintenance supply/storage building, indoor gym, archery range, ropes course, climbing wall, canoeing wharf, outdoor amphitheater, zip line, and other possibilities.”
The Camp Karol Mission Statement is "Seek Christ, Build Community, Live Catholic, Ignite the World!," while its motto will be that of Saint Pope John Paul II - "Totus Tuus" ("Totally Yours").
In mid-August a Camp Karol Fun Day was held at the site, with more than 300 people, including a large number of young people, attending. Bounce houses, barbecue by the Knights of Columbus, “S’mores, music, and a talk on the Domestic Church provided the opportunity to see the location for the future youth camp, which was one of the pillars of the “Return to the Lord” Capital Campaign.