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.
Allen, the son of retired elder Rev. Karen Crooch, died peacefully on Feb. 21 - 3 1/2 months after being diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant tumor. A number of years ago, Allen was also an employee in the OR-ID Annual Conference Media Center. A memorial service at Morningside UMC, Salem, is scheduled for March 19th at 1:30 PM.
Donations have been accepted in honor of Allen toward Camp and Retreat Ministries' fund for Camp Hope. If you would like to contribute, please click here and follow the instructions for a "one time donation" to Camp Magruder, entering "Camp Home" in the special note or instruction box.