Established in 1947, Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center is a premier Christian Camp and Retreat Center in Livingston, Texas. The name Cho-Yeh comes from the local Alabama-Coushatta Indian language and means “land of tall pines.” Consisting of over 600 acres, the camp is located a short distance from Lake Livingston and about an hour north of Houston. The camp operates several one and two week summer camp programs for campers aged 6 to 16. Their retreat center provides immersive experiences, activities and events for youth, college students, adults and families.
Cho-Yeh determined that not only was a traditional Master Plan a necessary tool for moving forward, but that a deeper look at the foundation of their organization was needed. Following that determination, they contracted with Domokur Architects to create a unique Ministry Master Plan. Camp Cho-Yeh asked us to help them answer three questions: Why are we in business? What is the purpose of this Ministry? How do we accomplish our purpose? Through conducting focus groups with parents, staff, retreat guests and the Board, we were able to more clearly delineate the ways in which Camp Cho-Yeh serves its community and to develop an overall Master Plan that would help them answer those questions.
Using this analysis as a base, we then proceeded with a complete assessment of the camp’s existing facilities and programs to determine how future development could enhance Cho-Yeh’s service to their current community, as well as expanding to new user groups. The Master Plan gives Cho-Yeh a more pronounced identity through creating a new entry and arrival experience for all users. The Master Plan also enhances outdoor programs with dedicated program areas for older and younger campers, adds two new indoor facilities for indoor rainy day activities, introduces a Gap Year program and establishes the area of the site that will house a future retreat center.