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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.


Give the Gift of Camp to Someone You Love

Give the Gift of Camp to Someone You Love

11/28/2018

Each year, because of generous donors like you, Camp and Retreat Ministries offers over $15,000 in camp scholarships. The Joy Fund enables us to respond to anyone who is in financial need and applies for assistance. We have never turned anyone away for lack of ability to pay for camp! Please help us continue to be able to state that boldly!


Camp Latgawa Achieves ACA-Accredited Status!

Camp Latgawa Achieves ACA-Accredited Status!

11/28/2018

At the beginning of 2018, Camp Latgawa began the process seeking accreditation by the American Camp Association, and we are pleased to share the we have accomplished this goal!  American Camp Association informed us early November 2018 that we have been selected as an accredited site.


Community Formation at Camp Latgawa Leads to Love and Justice... and Beyond!

Community Formation at Camp Latgawa Leads to Love and Justice... and Beyond!

11/26/2018

One of our focuses at Camp Latgawa is to provide a place where that brokenness and instability can be replaced with Love and Justice.


Our Lives Are a Testimony to Jesus and the Power of Love and Hospitality

11/21/2018

It is with thanksgiving that I celebrate ALL those who have inspired me in the doing of the work of Camp and Retreat Ministries.  Your life and energy are tremendous gifts, to me, and to all the people who are touched by this organization!


Welcome Tanner Morton!

11/14/2018

Tanner Morton is ecstatic to be joining the Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries, serving as the Communications Associate. Having been involved in Camp and Retreat Ministries from a young age, he considers it to be a cornerstone of both his faith and personal development.


Sawtooth Invites Us Out of Isolation and Into Community

Sawtooth Invites Us Out of Isolation and Into Community

11/14/2018

The beauty of the church is that we never find ourselves alone and in isolation. We are called to live and love within church communities but even churches are not in isolation. The Body of Christ extends around the world and we are united through our love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Our camps are no different; but there are temptations to lose sight of this.


Annual Appeal is LIVE!!!

11/14/2018

Annual Appeal Alert!! *Every* site has a project YOU can participate in with your Gifts, your Prayers, your Presence, your Service, and your Witness!!


Troy's Thoughts on Organizational Partners

Troy's Thoughts on Organizational Partners

11/7/2018

Many things were brought to Magruder from our churches: the bell, the Sherlock cross, and all the pianos, for instance. These items are tangible and visible. But, the larger impact comes from the intangibles that have been brought over the years.


Magruder Choir Camp!!!

Magruder Choir Camp!!!

11/2/2018

A wonderful Music/Camping experience!


Suttle Lake Branches Out

Suttle Lake Branches Out

11/1/2018

One of the joys in serving in Camp and Retreat Ministries is being a part of the connectional United Methodist Church. Our ministry is intertwined with the work of the larger church and that of local congregations, yet distinct. Together we are all striving to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Camp Hope: Old Friends Creating New Memories

Camp Hope: Old Friends Creating New Memories

10/31/2018

As Camp Hope Celebrates its 25th year, important rituals remain and friendships are forged


Latgawa Discovers its Mission in the Connection

Latgawa Discovers its Mission in the Connection

10/23/2018

Camp Latgawa is fortunate to be the southern Oregon representative of the Camp and Retreat Ministries of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Due to this connectional system of our conference and churches, Camp Latgawa is able to reap the benefits of the experiences and knowledge of a wide range of people from across our connection. And while we do receive support, and guests, from United Methodist Churches across our conference, even beyond our immediate area, we also hope that Camp Latgawa has something unique to offer all of our churches in our connection!


Sawtooth Job Announcement

10/23/2018

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries is hiring a director for Sawtooth Camp.


"Shower" Wallowa Lake Camp with Generosity!

10/11/2018

Wallowa Lake Camp has also been blessed by a matching gift, this time from a man named Ray Johnson - a $25,000.00 donation if we are able to match that amount in donations!


Wallowa Lake Grows in Its Deep Relationships

Wallowa Lake Grows in Its Deep Relationships

10/10/2018

One of our goals at Wallowa Lake Camp is to support God’s churches in fulfilling their missions.  We also aim to support all God’s ministries and the agencies that support God’s ministries in this world. Here, we do this by being actively involved in our local church, Joseph United Methodist Church.


Upcoming Events @ Collins

Upcoming Events @ Collins

10/3/2018

Check out these amazing opportunities!


Collins Shares its Mission with Church Partners

Collins Shares its Mission with Church Partners

10/3/2018

Of the Seven Foundations of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, partnering with United Methodist churches and agencies sounds both the most boring and obligatory.  I say this being fully committed to the work of The United Methodist Church and as an ordained Elder serving under appointment. But still, on the surface, this foundation might appear to be less engaging than all of the others.


Robert Poe Submits Resignation from Sawtooth

10/3/2018

From Sawtooth Camp site team chair, Ann Hawkins, who is making an important announcement:


Salas Moves On

9/27/2018

As the summer progressed, the end the season meant that Suttle Lake Camp would be losing one of its critical and vital staff members, Food Service Director, Chef Abel Salas.


Alton L. Collins/Leewood: Making the Choice to Be Wild Since 1941

9/27/2018

It is often surprising to people to find this segment of forest tucked away in Clackamas county.  

As you land at Portland International Airport amidst the noise, traffic and buildings of the city, you can see Mt. Hood looming, but it seems that wilderness is so far away.  You probably leave the city via congested interstates and will soon find yourself in sprawling suburbia.  And finally, because of planning policy that limits that sprawl, the suburban landscape eventually gives way to farms stretching over miles and miles.  But somehow, it is that last turn that is most surprising, the one from the winding country highway onto our driveway and you suddenly realize that you are leaving the the farms behind and entering a towering forest. Forty-five minutes from the blessings and curses of the modern age, you enter into a healthy and diverse forest.


Connecting to the Larger Family of Church

Connecting to the Larger Family of Church

9/26/2018

Oregon-Idaho Camp and Retreat Ministries operates as a team together where directors share and learn from one another in growing in our ability to fulfill our mission as “People dedicated to providing quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning.”


Latgawa's Story of Partnering with a Creature

Latgawa's Story of Partnering with a Creature

9/11/2018

Keeping our environment clean and helping reduce waste is something we are very passionate about at camp. Since I am an Earth Day baby, I feel more connected to preserving the land and watching what goes to the dump.  Although not everyone cares about waste management or cares about where the food waste goes, we try to make it a little more fun for the campers to really grasp where all of their waste goes. In order to help promote creation care, we sometimes get creative. This is the story of one of our creative solutions.


Creation is Calling

Creation is Calling

9/7/2018

I remember the first day that I stepped foot on Camp Magruder property.  I’m from Tennessee, so even the tall pine trees along the main drive of camp seemed spectacular to me.  One of my favorite early memories of Magruder was seeing the sunset’s colors light the sky and sprinting to the ocean from main camp because it felt like something we couldn’t miss.

One of the ways-of-being that we cultivate in people through Camp and Retreat Ministries is to observe more deeply, more contemplatively. We teach ways to become a part of, to recognize, and to listen to the voice of nature, which has its own language and way of communicating.  I hope one day I can communicate both as powerfully and as gently as nature. I hope by learning from creation I am drawing closer to the force that beckons all of us towards deeper interconnection.


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