Kitchen Donations

It will cost approximately $1 million to rebuild the camp kitchen. To make sure the project happens, the camp community will raise $200,000 to purchase and install kitchen equipment and support construction.


Polkinhorne Family

For the Polkinhornes, a longtime camp family, it was an easy choiceREAD MORE

Kate Seely

Kate Seely, a former camper, loves the tradition of camp mealsREAD MORE

You can donate by check or online…

To donate by check, please mail a check to:

Bar 717 Ranch
17197 Hyampom Road
Hayfork, CA 96041

Checks should be made out to “Bar 717 Ranch” and should note “Kitchen Project” in the memo. If you would like to make a pledge over the next two years, please download and complete this pledge form and return it to the Bar 717 Ranch. Please note that donations to the kitchen project are NOT tax deductible.

To donate online, click here – or use the secure online PayPal form below.

$ (USD)

Kitchen Items & Estimated Costs

Here are just some of the items with estimated costs (subject to change)…

10-burner gas range $4,500
Gas range with griddle and ovens (2 each) $7,000
Commercial microwave $2,000
Fire suppression/ventilation hood $18,000
Walk-in refrigerator and freezer $20,000
Reach-in freezers (2 each) $11,200
Bowl style food processor $3,600
Shelving racks $2,700
Bakery 6-burner gas range with convection oven $3,500
Bakery double deck convection oven $9,500
Bakery mixer with accessories $5,200
Bakery reach-in refrigerator $3,400
Bakery under-counter dishwasher $7,000
Bakery warmers (2 each) $2,000
Heated holding cabinet $3,300
Five-well buffet cold pan tables (2 each) $4,300
Dishwashing equipment $13,500

Donor Tribute Opportunities and Ways to Make Gifts

Leave your mark on the Bar 717 Ranch by making an outright gift or pledge to the kitchen project.

Recognition: Donor names will be listed on a beautifully framed plaque displayed in Leedy Lodge.

$25,000 and above Sunday Morning Breakfast Chefs
$10,000 to 24,999 Ranch Barbecue Crew
$5,000 to $9,999 Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Cooks
$2,500 to $4,999 Salad Bar Servers
$1,000 to $2,499 Cinnamon Roll Bakers
$500 to $999 Pizza Rollers
$250 to $499 Fried Bread Masters

In Further Appreciation

Gifts of all sizes matter, and they add up. In gratitude, Camp Trinity offers appreciation at the following gift levels.

$20,000 or more Weekend at camp for a group of 15
$5,000 – $19,999 Handmade cutting board milled from a ranch apple tree
$1,000 – $4,999 Invitation to the ground breaking and last meal from the old kitchen
$500 – $999 Invitation to the dedication of the new kitchen
$300 – $499 Limited edition Bar 717 Ranch cook’s apron
$25 or more Commemorative Bar 717 gift

What Donors Are Saying…

polkinhorne family photoSo why donate to the Kitchen Project?  For us that was an easy choice.  Camp has been part of our family since the late 60s/Early 70s when Alison was a kid camper here.  Since then we reintroduced ourselves to the Bar 717 via family camp with our children, Max and Isaac.  We have been here every year since 1999, with the exception of last year when camp was cancelled due to the fires.  Both of the children have been kid campers and Max has also been a camp counselor for two years.  And Alison has been a resource staff member for multiple summer sessions over many years.

Everyone who experiences this magical place comes back with an enhanced level of leadership, self sufficiency, and a greater sense of community spirit that I have not experienced or seen taught anywhere else.

So now to the kitchen.  This facility has been feeding over a hundred campers and ranch crew three times a day for the last 86 years.  It has functioned admirably, but the time has come to upgrade this critical part of camp.  What got us through the last 86 years will not get us through the next half-century or more.  And so we are happy to donate to this critical project to ensure that camp continues to provide the exceptional experience that it has for so long, for the next several generations of campers.”

– Dave, Alison, Max and Isaac Polkinhorne

kateseelyLike many of you, I had the opportunity to grow up spending my summers at the Bar 717. When I was a camper, the kitchen was always a mysterious place, from whence the scents and the sounds of cooking came, and soul-filling meals magically appeared.

It wasn’t until I became a CILT that I had the opportunity to actually spend some time in the kitchen, and I quickly learned just how much a labor of love it is to prepare all that food — satisfying, but really hard work. As I’ve spent many days in the kitchen, since those early years, some things never seem to change. Washing dishes in that deep sink far below my reach is always really awkward. The Jackson dishwasher pretty consistently gives me a steam bath, which despite being touted as a wonderful anti-aging technique, is pretty terrible in the summer heat, compounded by hot ovens and a sweaty kitchen crew. And with the strange counter layout and supplies scattered all over the building, preparing meals for 150 people three times a day takes a lot of time!

Nonetheless, that kitchen and the meals it produced are a huge part of the majesty and traditions of camp. Eating family style, taking a moment to be silent and still at each meal, saving your fork or spoon, always wanting more grilled cheese, making your own Sunday hike lunch, gathering and singing after dances — the many fond memories arising from the kitchen and eating platform go on and on. The kitchen and eating platform are and always have been at the center of camp.

Given how meaningful and important breaking bread together is, I’m looking forward to seeing how the new kitchen will enhance the cooking, eating and community experiences at camp. Just like cooking, rebuilding the kitchen is a labor of love, but also a labor of great cost. The kitchen always has been and always will be a key component of camp for generations of campers, so I’m pleased to support its construction with a monetary contribution. I hope you’ll join me.”

Kate Seely

Ready to join us? Make a donation today.