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?
I went to my first National Camp Gathering in my second week as a full-time camp staffer back in 2001. I’ve been to just about every United Methodist National Gathering since then, but this recent one was my first as a representative of Camp Magruder and the Oregon-Idaho Conference.
Volunteers perform a variety of tasks in the Camp and Retreat program, from splitting logs (maintenance) to administering medicine for splitting headaches (registered nurses); from washing dishes (kitchen) to washing feet (chaplain); from campfire worship leader (resource) to camp counselor.
The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries has named Rev. Todd Bartlett as the the full time Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries. Bartlett is currently the Director at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center. He has been serving as a half-time position while continuing to support the retreat center half-time.
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.
The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministry is pleased to announce the hiring of Troy Taylor as the next director at Camp Magruder.
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.
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.
Allen Crooch was the founding member/attendee of Camp Hope, an event at Camp Magruder for adults who are differently-abled. Years ago, Allen approached his father, Dee, saying, "I want a church camp for people like me" (he had already attended a non-church camp). Dee then went to Margaret Golden and said "can we do this?" Margaret then figured out how to make it happen. Every year at Camp Hope's Communion service this story is shared to honor Allen, and to remind attendees that their voice matters and that their ideas are taken seriously.
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.
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