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Grants in Action: Young Life Malibu Club

The Nootka dorm at Malibu Club is one of the original buildings constructed in the 1940s before Young Life purchased the property and converted it to a camp.

Originally a resort for the Hollywood elite in the 1940s, Young Life’s Malibu Club hosts quite a different clientele these days. Since it opened in 1954, a quarter of a million teens have camped at Malibu in the beautiful Princess Louisa Inlet, 100 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. Malibu is accessible only by boat or float plane and hosts week-long summer camps for teens where they can mountain bike, sail, zip line and ride horses in an accepting and loving environment.

The Nootka dorm is one of the original buildings constructed on the property and was in significant need of repair after nearly 60 years of continuous use. A Murdock Trust grant helped renovate the building, bringing it to code compliance and turning into a comfortable and safe environment for campers.

Child development professionals recognize that camping is a valuable experience in helping children build self-esteem, explore interests, improve social skills and learn responsibility. Young Life provides a safe space for teens to step outside of their daily routine, connect with each other and explore their faith in a beautiful outdoor setting. At the end of each camping week, campers echo the same sentiment: “This was the best week of my life!”

The Murdock Trust is proud to partner in providing opportunities for teens to flourish and grow in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, all while having fun.