Summer 2020 Update

Thank you for your interest in an event at one of the sites in the OR-ID camp and retreat ministries program. We are so grateful that you enjoy the programs and understand the value of being a part of a community at camp.

We strive to create sacred spaces of Christian hospitality and learning through training of staff, providing wonderful food, quality programs and experiences, as well as creating a safe environment for campers of all ages.

Many of you have asked about summer camp and how our events will be impacted by this Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for your patience as you have waited for decisions to be made and clarity to be offered to you about the future.

This past week the leadership team of the site directors (Dan Benson – Collins Retreat Center, Kate Vaden – Camp Latgawa, Troy Taylor – Camp Magruder, Mike Pletcher – Sawtooth Camp, Jane and Daniel Petke – Suttle Lake Camp, David and Peggy Lovegren – Wallowa Lake Camp) the Program Director at Camp Magruder (Hope Montgomery); and the Camp and Retreat office staff (Geneva Cook – Camp and Retreat Ministries Accountant, Holly Dolan – Camp Registrar and Donor Relations, Tanner Morton – Communications Associate and Todd Bartlett, Executive Director) met several times to review the most recent materials available to us and to make a decision about how we proceed through the summer.

With the safety of all campers as well as the safety of our staff and volunteers at the heart of our decision, we have opted to cancel our program events through the end of August. We look forward to connecting with you in different ways in the weeks and months ahead and finding ways to help you continue to grow and connect with the Spirit, community, and creation.

Todd Bartlett, Executive Director of Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries, will facilitate a Town Hall Zoom Meeting Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm to share with others concerned about our camp and retreat ministry and talk about what we need to do between now and when we can safely open.  Please click here to register (under 2020 Volunteer & Training) and receive the Zoom link.

We look forward to the day when we will be able to gather again at our sites and join together to form Christian community through prayer, worship, interaction with Creation, and of course singing around the campfire.

Rev. Todd Bartlett, Executive Director, Camp and Retreat Ministries 

Dan Benson – Director, Collins Retreat Center

Kate Vaden – Director, Camp Latgawa 

Troy Taylor – Director, Camp Magruder

Hope Montgomery – Program Director, Camp Magruder

Mike Pletcher – Director, Sawtooth Camp

Jane and Daniel Petke – Directors, Suttle Lake Camp

David and Peggy Lovegren – Directors, Wallowa Lake Camp

Geneva Cook – Accountant, Camp and Retreat Ministries 

Holly Dolan –Registrar and Donor Relations, Camp and Retreat Ministries 

Tanner Morton – Communications Associate, Camp and Retreat Ministries  

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