The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries is pleased to announce that the Reverend Dan Benson has been selected to become the director of the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center. On Sunday March 26, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky announced the appointment of the Reverend Dan Benson to be Director of the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center effective May 15, 2017.
The 7 Foundations of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries (nationally, UMCRM) began with a prayerful discernment centered on two specific questions:
What must we do well in order to be truly effective now and into the future?
What is absolutely vital for us to focus on in fulfilling the church’s mission within the unique camp and retreat setting?
Free Amazing Vacation…aaahhh…. breathe delicious clean air, drink ice cold spring water, eat delicious home-cooked meals, sleep in a deluxe private room, enjoy views of frolicking wildlife, nap in peace and quiet, hike mountains right out your door, read a good book, dabble in pristine Wallowa Lake, shop in adorable Joseph Oregon, serve God washing dishes & other fun ways just 4-6 hours a day!
The Nurse of the Year award is designed to recognize an American Camp Nurse Association member nurse who, by virtue of being a camp nurse at his/her camp, made a significant difference to that camp's health/wellness profile.
Camp and Retreat Ministries is honored to have been selected for the Gray Family Foundation's Camp Maintenance Grant. This year, Camp Latgawa has been awarded the grant for the first time!
The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries has named Rev. Todd Bartlett as the the full time Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries. Bartlett is currently the Director at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center. He has been serving as a half-time position while continuing to support the retreat center half-time.
Sixteen women from the OR/ID Annual Conference spent a glorious fall weekend at Camp Magruder sewing school bags and layette items for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot in Salt Lake City (UMCOR West). It was the Conference’s second annual “Kit Kamp,” so named because the items made will find their way into some of the Depot’s seven “kits” that are used in disaster relief situations worldwide.
The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministry is pleased to announce the hiring of Troy Taylor as the next director at Camp Magruder.
Every year Sawtooth Camp hosts a crew of 75-100 forest service personnel who are training to fight forest fires and being strategic about the federal response to the inevitable fire season. Sawtooth Camp staff is happy to feed, host, feed, offer challenge course leadership, feed, and be of service to this important safety net to our communities and ecosystems. Did I mention the food?
You ever wonder where we got the name for our newsletter and website? The name of this camp brochure from 1952 gives us a clue! Brochures like this were a very creative way for campers to learn about and register for camp. Furthermore, with the camp stamp books that churches received in the mail, potential campers could also earn their own way to camp by purchasing stamps, which they affixed to the book.
Visit business.landsend.com/store/gocamping/ to have the Camp and Retreat Ministries logo embroidered on any number of clothing or other items that Land’s End offers. You can order one piece at a time, in the size and color you wish. There is also an option to vary the colors of embroidery threads to be better visible on the material you choose (you could even choose pink, purple and orange!). The National Camp and Retreat logo is also available. The logo fee is typically about $6.00 in addition to the price of the clothing article, but often coupon codes can be found with an online search that may eliminate this or the shipping charge.
Are you feeling nudged to work at camp as paid or volunteer staff? Opportunities always abound to be a part of a dynamic, inspired, and hardworking team.
You can change lives!
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