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Benson Named Collins Director

Benson Named Collins Director

3/27/2017

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.


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?


Volunteer in Luxury at Wallowa Lake!

Volunteer in Luxury at Wallowa Lake!

3/10/2017

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!


Camp Latgawa is Awarded Gray Family Foundation Matching Grant

2/10/2017

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!


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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