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Camp and Retreat E-News: Acceptance: Meeting Folks where they are

Camp and Retreat E-News: Acceptance: Meeting Folks where they are

6/19/2019

My hope and dream for Camp Latgawa, and Camp and Retreat Ministries as a whole, is that we may offer acceptance to each of our guests, freeing them from the stress or anxiety of not feeling welcome. I believe that our camps and programs have been set aside as a holy place, for ALL people, regardless of where they are in life.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving and Receiving Acceptance

Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving and Receiving Acceptance

6/12/2019

Acceptance, understood as an embodiment of compassionate curiosity towards ourselves and others, makes space for others to be seen and valued as they are regardless of how in-line it is with our own understandings.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Offering Sacred Spaces of Acceptance

Camp and Retreat E-News: Offering Sacred Spaces of Acceptance

6/5/2019

United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers are a sacred place of acceptance!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Acceptance Changes Lives

Camp and Retreat E-News: Acceptance Changes Lives

5/29/2019

Creating accepting and loving communities at camp is a powerful vehicle for God's spirit to work.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Key Factors in Camper Growth

Camp and Retreat E-News: Key Factors in Camper Growth

5/22/2019

"What are the key factors of the camp experience that lead to growth in outcomes like Christian belief, faith relevance, and self-confidence? We know camp makes a difference, but why? Researcher Dr. Jake Sorenson of the Effective Camp Project breaks it down. Check out the research analysis and consider ways to emphasize these factors in your camp program."


Camp and Retreat E-News: Offering the Grace of Acceptance Through Christian Hospitality and Spaces to Grow

Camp and Retreat E-News: Offering the Grace of Acceptance Through Christian Hospitality and Spaces to Grow

5/22/2019

This grace of acceptance offered to me by the church, through camp and retreat ministry, continues to inspire me in my work and life. Through these next few weeks as we focus on Acceptance, I hope that you are encouraged to offer and/or receive this wonderful gift


Camp and Retreat E-News: Find Joy in your Mountaintop Experience

Camp and Retreat E-News: Find Joy in your Mountaintop Experience

5/15/2019

  Like "Camp & Retreat Ministries" on Facebook! Reflections on values with Camp & Retreat Ministries Find Joy in your Mountaintop Experience  Value 3: Joy By Tanner Morton, Communications Associate for Camp and Retreat Ministries The summer after...


Camp and Retreat E-News: 1,000 Hours Outside: How Spending Time Outdoors Offers the Most Developmental and Health Benefits for Our Children

Camp and Retreat E-News: 1,000 Hours Outside: How Spending Time Outdoors Offers the Most Developmental and Health Benefits for Our Children

5/8/2019

Our journey at 1000 Hours Outside is to provide insight into a different way to do family life, where nature time is often chosen before other activities.  Through highlighting the litany of benefits that accompany breathing in outdoor air we hope to encourage and motivate your family to make nature time a priority.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Joy Abounds at Camp

Camp and Retreat E-News: Joy Abounds at Camp

5/8/2019

I would like to invite you to join us this summer at the camp you call home and experience the joy that abounds at camp!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Living Christian Lives Filled with Joy

Camp and Retreat E-News: Living Christian Lives Filled with Joy

5/1/2019

We encourage you, dear reader, to look for joy in one of the simplest of things, food. To care for yourself in new and engaging ways as you prepare food for yourself and for others, remembering that how we share with others and consider their needs is one of the most holy acts, for together we can experience joy around the table so that our lives may be abundant.


Camp and Retreat E-News:  Feeling Stressed? Here’s How Spending Time in Nature Can Help

Camp and Retreat E-News: Feeling Stressed? Here’s How Spending Time in Nature Can Help

4/24/2019

One of the many ways we experience such profound happiness at camp, is through the beauty of nature and the time we are blessed to spend enjoying it. Here is an article published on April 10th, speaking of the benefits in spending time outdoors.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Living Christian Lives Filled with Joy

Camp and Retreat E-News: Living Christian Lives Filled with Joy

4/24/2019

We should seek lives filled with JOY! The JOY of knowing God is in control and will never abandon us. We are called to share that JOY with a struggling world! People need the JOY of God’s promise of eternal life; the JOY of knowing that even in our darkest times, God is always with us!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving Joy a Place in All of Our Daily Practices

Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving Joy a Place in All of Our Daily Practices

4/11/2019

  Reflections on values with Camp & Retreat Ministries Giving Joy a Place in All of Our Daily Practices  Value 3: Joy By Troy Taylor, Director at Camp Magruder If you have never poured your whole self into a game of dizzy bat, you may not know what ...


Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving Joy a Place in All of Our Daily Practices

Camp and Retreat E-News: Giving Joy a Place in All of Our Daily Practices

4/10/2019

We imagine a faith where joy has a place in all of our practices. We want to feel joy as we sing, while we pray together, when we hear a message that feels inspired by the Lord, when we are accepted as we are, when we treat each other with love that defies understanding.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Experiencing the Joy that is Available to us Every Day

Camp and Retreat E-News: Experiencing the Joy that is Available to us Every Day

4/3/2019

For me, joy is a gift that is available to us each day. I believe that, for most of us, the experience of joy is a matter of choice. While I am aware that joy can come from a spontaneous surprise in our lives, the choice remains as to whether or not we will accept these gifts, even on days that seem joyless.


Camp and Retreat E-News:  Executive Director Todd Bartlett Featured in Crossover Reflection

Camp and Retreat E-News: Executive Director Todd Bartlett Featured in Crossover Reflection

3/20/2019

Each week, in 3-4 pages, McLaren invites us to revisit biblical principles for living. You’ll receive blog posts to expand your study, with reflections and prayers and a place for comments and conversation. As we journey together, we’ll add opportunities for conversation, further study and action."

The blog post for this week, titled We Make the Road by Walking, was written by Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries, Todd Bartlett.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Growing Our Faith and Love in a Community of Hope

Camp and Retreat E-News: Growing Our Faith and Love in a Community of Hope

3/20/2019

United Methodist camps are a sanctuary of hope. Feelings of hopefulness are contagious at camp whether you are there as a guest, a leader, a volunteer or a paid staff person. In these sacred spaces, hope is abundant and visible! It gives you the feeling that there is something more, much bigger, something greater!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Larry Haley Named Sawtooth Director

3/20/2019

It is my pleasure to announce that Larry Haley has been selected as the next director at Sawtooth Camp.


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Camp and Retreat E-News: "Practicing" Hope to Shine Light Into the World

3/20/2019

Camp is one place where we practice hope: We struggle together on the challenge course and celebrate the gifts shared to allow us to overcome the task we’ve been given. We pause and look for God’s presence in the nature that surrounds us. We gather around the campfire to pray, giving thanks for the many ways we’ve experienced God’s light through the day. We begin to recognize the goodness in us and all around us. We live, work, and play together in an intentional way that embraces the integrity of being a Christian community, practicing shining light into the world. That light, along with hope, gets a little bit brighter the more we practice.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Blessings Report

Camp and Retreat E-News: Blessings Report

3/6/2019

In their weekly e-news, the National United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministry includes a blessings report. This report gives readers the opportunity to share the blessings that they experience at camp. We are happy to provide a similar report in our weekly publication!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Partnership Boosts New Church Start

Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Partnership Boosts New Church Start

3/6/2019

The 7 Foundations of Camp & Retreat Ministry include "Partner with UM Churches & Agencies" and "Extend Christian Hospitality & Community." Camp in the Community, based in the Holston Conference, has demonstrated these foundations in a beautiful way through their involvement with a "Fresh Expression" church start in their area.


Camp and Retreat E-News: We Need Hope, Even When it isn't

Camp and Retreat E-News: We Need Hope, Even When it isn't "Cool"

3/6/2019

From the first moment of camp, we are working to release our campers and guests from their “cool,” chains, because this version of cool is certainly a safe way to go, but it also results in less connection, less challenge and growth, and less hope in anything bigger than protecting yourself. The transformations you can see in just a few days are amazing. You go from seeing a timid, frankly boring version of a person to someone excited about something, trying things, accomplishing things.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Blessings report

3/1/2019

In their weekly e-news, the National United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministry includes a blessings report. This report gives readers the opportunity to share the blessings that they experience at camp. We are happy to start providing a similar report in our weekly publication!


Camp and Retreat E-News:The Link Between Awe and Wellness

Camp and Retreat E-News:The Link Between Awe and Wellness

3/1/2019

Awe is the emotion we feel in response to something vast that defies our existing frame of reference. It leads us to expand our perception and humbly reorient our understanding of ourselves. Scientists suggest that experiencing awe can help us engage and connect with others, improve our health, and increase personal and social wellness.


Camp and Retreat E-News:God's Future of Hope for Us

Camp and Retreat E-News:God's Future of Hope for Us

3/1/2019

Scripture tells us that God has prepared a future of hope for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Our youth campers are that future, and they spread Hope throughout camp, and the world.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Suttle Lake Enjoys Winter Youth Retreat II

Camp and Retreat E-News: Suttle Lake Enjoys Winter Youth Retreat II

2/20/2019

The second Winter Youth Retreat at Suttle Lake was a fun and meaningful gathering of 55 youth and leaders over President's Day Weekend.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Through Challenges and Difficulty, God Gives Us Hope

Camp and Retreat E-News: Through Challenges and Difficulty, God Gives Us Hope

2/20/2019

When it becomes natural for campers to face the difficult challenges in their lives, they are able to develop a sense of what it means live out their Christian faith. These elements are sign posts to guide them in their relationship with God and with all of humanity; and because they endured, persisted, and built character along the way, they can live with hope that this moment of difficulty is not all that there is.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Join Us for Camp Leadership and Counselor Training

2/13/2019

Camp Leadership and Counselor Training will be held at Camp Magruder April 5-7.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Slow Down, Be still, and Open Yourself to Wonder

2/13/2019

How do our camps encourage “wonder?” How do we remind people to be in awe, to marvel, and to be amazed and astonished? We offer safe spaces to slow down, focus and relax; to be in nature and contemplate.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Registrar Holly Dolan Attends National Gathering

Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Registrar Holly Dolan Attends National Gathering

2/6/2019

Whether those coming to our facilities are United Methodists, from other denominations and faiths, local schools or family groups, our mission is to bring them together, at the table, figuratively and literally, and share our stories of Jesus, the Bible, and nature, and to send them back into the world hopefully a little bit better than when they arrived. Spending a week in Florida re-affirmed that our programs have the people who can make this happen, and for that, I am grateful to them all.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Open Yourself to a Deeper Connection

Camp and Retreat E-News: Open Yourself to a Deeper Connection

2/6/2019

This sense of wonder is possible any time we step away from our everyday routine and noise, willingly opening ourselves to a greater mystery. I’ve learned that having an awe filled experience is less about  location and more about a willingness to be open and look beyond our immediate needs or desires, to something deeper.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Magruder Fosters a Sense of Wonder to Help Us Fall in Love with Camp!

Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp Magruder Fosters a Sense of Wonder to Help Us Fall in Love with Camp!

1/30/2019

We want to worship in such a way that campers are left in awe by what they see, hear, touch, taste, smell, experience. These moments worshiping under the stars, singing with our hearts, feeling a deep closeness with each other--this is turning over the log to look at worms with students of spiritual life. If we can create an environment that fosters a sense of wonder, they will fall in love. They will do all of this themselves, just like those before them did when they fell in love; and that will help us to fall in love all over again.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Suttle Lake Winter Youth Retreat

Camp and Retreat E-News: Suttle Lake Winter Youth Retreat

1/23/2019

Enjoy snow, fellowship, and fun at Suttle Lake's Winter Youth Retreats!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Magruder Choir Camp 2019

Camp and Retreat E-News: Magruder Choir Camp 2019

1/23/2019

The time is fast approaching, when music will ring through the air at Camp Magruder! This year's Choir Camp, "Sing the Sacred Rhythm," will feature music selected by Director Luanne Hardy, accompanied by Sara Pope & Sarah Shay, and we look forward to the many blessings the we will receive throughout our time in fellowship


Camp and Retreat E-News: Volunteers Experience Wonder at Latgawa

Camp and Retreat E-News: Volunteers Experience Wonder at Latgawa

1/23/2019

I have witnessed many people experience a bit of wonder in a variety of ways, here at Camp Latgawa. One of the easiest ways to identify such an occurrence is through the look of pure excitement on an individual's face, perhaps when they find a crawfish in the creek for the first time. New and thrilling experiences like this may stick with guests for a lifetime


Camp and Retreat E-News: Collins Invites Us to Experience Wonder Through Our Connections

Camp and Retreat E-News: Collins Invites Us to Experience Wonder Through Our Connections

1/16/2019

I have witnessed wonder in all of these forms, among others, here at Alton L Collins Retreat Center and at many other camp and retreat ministries. I think we have these experiences of wonder because camp and retreat ministries can help us slow down and connect more deeply.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Magruder Choir Camp 2019

Camp and Retreat E-News: Magruder Choir Camp 2019

1/9/2019

The time is fast approaching, when music will ring through the air at Camp Magruder!


Camp and Retreat E-News:Discover How Executive Director Todd Bartlett Experiences Wonder at Camp

Camp and Retreat E-News:Discover How Executive Director Todd Bartlett Experiences Wonder at Camp

1/9/2019

This week we begin our year-long journey on values by exploring Wonder. Part of what I believe the directors and I sensed is that there is so much that has been explained about our world that there is little space left to encounter wonder. Another element of wonder is to get lost in connecting with something outside of, or bigger than, ourselves while at the same time we experience a deep connection to it.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp and Retreat Ministries Share Their Thoughts On Values for 2019

Camp and Retreat E-News: Camp and Retreat Ministries Share Their Thoughts On Values for 2019

1/2/2019

For 2019 the directors and I will be writing about values. Each director looked at a list of values and were asked to select seven that guide their work.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Wallowa Lake Camp Shares Appreciation | There is Still Time to Make Your Year-End Gift to Camp and Retreat Ministries

Camp and Retreat E-News: Wallowa Lake Camp Shares Appreciation | There is Still Time to Make Your Year-End Gift to Camp and Retreat Ministries

1/2/2019

Camps strive to inspire and equip all of our guests to do love and service by providing a place of love, safety, community, joy and peace.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Christmas Letter 2018

Camp and Retreat E-News: Christmas Letter 2018

12/19/2018

Merry Christmas from Camp & Retreat Ministries!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Give the Gift of Camp

Camp and Retreat E-News: Give the Gift of Camp

12/19/2018

With 2019 right around the corner, all events are now open for registration!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Experience Christian Community at Suttle Lake Camp

Camp and Retreat E-News: Experience Christian Community at Suttle Lake Camp

12/19/2018

Camp is a powerful opportunity to step aside from daily routines for a period of time in order to experience renewal in nature and in community with others.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Discover How Camp Makes a Difference

Camp and Retreat E-News: Discover How Camp Makes a Difference

12/12/2018

Beginning in 2015, the research team at Sacred Playgrounds began work to answer the question:"What is the impact of the one-week summer camp experience on the lives of the primary participants and their supporting networks?" The research has yielded some fascinating discoveries!


Camp and Retreat E-News: Give the Gift of Camp

Camp and Retreat E-News: Give the Gift of Camp

12/12/2018

With 2019 right around the corner, the excitement and anticipation for our return to camp is building! All events are now open to you for registration.


Camp and Retreat E-News: Find Your Vocation at Magruder

Camp and Retreat E-News: Find Your Vocation at Magruder

12/6/2018

When people come to camp, whether as a summer camper, a retreat guest, a student, or a staff person, we hope they get a taste of loving community. If they do, we are thankful, and it is something to celebrate. But, above that, we want that experience to change that person for life.


Register for Magruder's 2019 Choir Camp

Register for Magruder's 2019 Choir Camp

12/3/2018

This year's Choir Camp, "Sing the Sacred Rhythm," will feature music selected by Director Luanne Hardy, accompanied by Sara Pope & Sarah Shay, and we look forward to the many blessings the we will receive throughout our time in fellowship.


Food for Thought: Experiencing Love and Justice at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Food for Thought: Experiencing Love and Justice at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

12/3/2018

Gracious hospitality is a core concept that shapes our ministry, and the meals that we serve are a critical component of that hospitality.


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