Local family helps Camp Sabra continue renovation efforts

Sydney, Mike, Debbie and Jacob Lefton in front of the recently renovated and dedicated Lefton Staff Lounge at Camp Sabra.

Camp Sabra has continued its extensive renovation effort that started in 2014 with a newly renovated, state-of-the-art staff lounge. The renovation was funded by Debbie and Mike Lefton and their family.

“Happy staff makes happy campers,” said Camp Sabra Director Terri Grossman in a news release. “The counselors work from eyes open to eyes closed, so they really need a place to relax and recharge, away from the sun and the heat. We’re so grateful for this amazing gift.”

Ben Panet, assistant director at Camp Sabra, said the lounge has air conditioning, lockers with phone chargers, TVs and games, a computer room with internet access, and sleeping rooms with full baths.

The previous lounge, built in 1978, was a gift from Debbie Lefton’s parents, Sue and Mark Koritz. Lefton and her siblings, Beth Koritz and Rob Koritz, attended and worked at Camp Sabra for a combined total of 45 years. Lefton’s daughter, Sydney, is currently spending her 10th summer at Sabra.

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“Once we heard they were tearing down the old staff lounge, my husband Mike suggested that we donate the new lounge,” Debbie Lefton said. “L’dor V’dor, from generation to generation.”

The Lefton and Koritz families visited the camp this summer for a dedication event.

In addition to the new lounge, staff and campers this summer also enjoyed a new cabin, number nine of 30, a new ski dock, and new ski/swim director facility.

The camp-wide renovation will continue until all cabins have been replaced. Camp Sabra, which is located on the Staenberg Peninsula at the Lake of the Ozarks, also welcomed a record number of campers this summer.

Registration for summer 2019 opens Aug. 17. For more information, visit Campsabra.com or contact Kim Holtzman Sloan at [email protected] or 314-442-3151.