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Todd Bartlett's Thoughts on Grounding Elements

11/1/2017

I have shared some reflections about important elements to our experiences at our camps and retreat center. The current list begins with the physical elements of: land, water, sky and fire.


Hargreave's Transition Continues to Teach New Lessons

Hargreave's Transition Continues to Teach New Lessons

10/18/2017

Letting go, for director Dave Hargreaves can feel like a free fall, especially if he is accustomed to “being large and in charge,” as his wife Candace says. But, there is great opportunity to stretch, grow and learn if we only can let go and trust.


Latgawa's Successful Gray Foundation Grant Plans

Latgawa's Successful Gray Foundation Grant Plans

10/18/2017

Camp Latgawa has closed the books on a successful summer, and we have completed the requirements for our highly successful Gray Family Foundation matching grant program!


Magruder Replaces Cross, Discovers Community in Christ

Magruder Replaces Cross, Discovers Community in Christ

10/18/2017

Early in August, the cross had stood at the ocean beach for a long time went missing. While it was not the original, this cross had a great deal of sentimental value to many. Needless to say the loss was disappointing.


Suttle Lake Staff Committed to Serve, Each other

Suttle Lake Staff Committed to Serve, Each other

10/18/2017

In 2017 at Suttle Lake there were six young adults who served the full season, including an international staff member from Sahagun, Mexico. Their joy in being in ministry, singing and praying together, appreciating God’s beauty in creation, as well as playing games and laughing together enriched the camp and fostered their own growth.


Transformed Toward Gratitude

Transformed Toward Gratitude

10/18/2017

Last September, I agreed to serve as the interim Executive Director for Camp and Retreat Ministries in Oregon-Idaho, until a national search could be conducted to hire the next Executive Director, which turned out to be me!


Wallowa Lake Enthusiastically Witnesses Transformation!

Wallowa Lake Enthusiastically Witnesses Transformation!

10/18/2017

Every year we are excited to hear campers’ stories about camp or to see campers’ experiencing God at this sacred place. Often, it is the little things that fill us with the most joy. There are several examples that we would like to lift up.


Warm Hospitality Transforms at Collins

Warm Hospitality Transforms at Collins

10/18/2017

Life is always about transformation. One thing that makes our camps and retreat centers special is that we are places where we are intentionally cultivating positive transformation. Sometimes we are able to direct our hearts and lives to bring about positive transformation, and sometimes the Spirit of God tosses aside our carefully crafted plans and provides us with blessings beyond our imagination.


Dave Hargreaves Teaches Us How to Say Goodbye, Retiring from Sawtooth in April 2018

9/8/2017

It is with a mix of emotions that Dave has announced he will be retiring from the role of director of Sawtooth Camp, effective April 2018.


Contribute to Gray Foundation Matching Grant!

Contribute to Gray Foundation Matching Grant!

7/10/2017

We know that it is the people who make a camp... but good structures certainly help! HAVE YOUR GIFT MATCHED by clicking here.


What are the 7 Foundations of Camp & Retreat Ministries?

What are the 7 Foundations of Camp & Retreat Ministries?

3/16/2017

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?


UMCOR Kit Camp Recap

11/10/2016

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.


Taylor Selected to Lead Magruder

10/20/2016

The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministry is pleased to announce the hiring of Troy Taylor as the next director at Camp Magruder.


Sawtooth National Forest Service/BLM Fire School

Sawtooth National Forest Service/BLM Fire School

6/8/2016

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?


Let's Go Camping!

Let's Go Camping!

5/25/2016

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.


Get the Go Camping Logo on Land’s End Merchandise

4/13/2016

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.


Volunteering, Training, and Working at Camp

Volunteering, Training, and Working at Camp

2/9/2016

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.


Inspired by Generosity

Inspired by Generosity

1/19/2016

You can change lives!


Retreating as a Church (and Family) to Huckleberry Family Camp

Retreating as a Church (and Family) to Huckleberry Family Camp

9/14/2015

In the other quarter time of my work life, I am appointed as young person's minister at Parkrose United Methodist Church. Parkrose UMC hadn’t been to camp for 5 years, which is when the church had been to Wallowa Lake for a weekend retreat. Pastor ...


Giving to Camp Just Got Easier!

7/16/2015

We are in the thick of the summer camp season, and we have been blessed to hear stories of rejuvenation and exploration. One camp mother exclaimed about her daughter’s Wallowa Lake experience:   Wallowa Lake Horse Campers “I have been a ...


Reconciliation at Wallowa Lake: by Peggy Lovegren

7/7/2015

What a magical week in summer 2015! Twelve young people arrived at camp full of anticipation and energy, to live together in community and experience God’s love.  They came with hurts and worries, joys and happinesses.  They arrived with sleeping ...


Online Registration OPEN!!

5/7/2015

Registration for 2016 events is now ONLINE!! It is our second year with our online registration program, and we have been very pleased. But it only works if YOU are pleased! If you are pleased (or not pleased!) we would love to hear about your ...


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