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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: 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: 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: 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: Join Us for Camp Leadership and Counselor Training

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

2/20/2019

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


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.


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!


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!


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!


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


Sawtooth Job Announcement

10/23/2018

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


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.”


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.


Why We Choose to Be ACA-accredited and What It Takes

Why We Choose to Be ACA-accredited and What It Takes

8/28/2018

Camp Latgawa just finish its application to become American Camp Association (ACA)-accredited and is waiting for the review process to be complete, joining our other sites that put on the bulk of our children and youth programming: Magruder, Suttle Lake, and Sawtooth. Wallowa Lake Camp and Alton L. Collins focus on adult programming and go through a different process.

So, why do camps go through this painstaking process? Read this article, written by Ken Atkinson director emeritus at Geneva Glen Camp in Indian Hills, Colorado.


Camp = Sabbath from Technology

Camp = Sabbath from Technology

8/15/2018

Believe me, I understand the irony of this article. most likely read on a mobile device! In the other part of my life, I also work for the Missional Wisdom Foundation, an organization that has a Rule of Life, found here: https://www.missionalwisdom.com/rule-of-life/. One of the substitutions I would like to make in my life is under the 'Prayers' heading: "We will fast from food once a week." Not only is this the one part of the Rule that most people stumble over when they first read through it, but I don't know about you, but I have a cell-phone addiction, so fasting from all mobile technology would be a more challenging and mindful practice than fasting from food. Check out this blog-post from Gregg Hunter of Christian Camp & Conference Association (CCCA). His last question seems directed toward me - what would it look like for me to leave my cellphone in the car when I am a guest at camp? - Eric Conklin


Grand Camp Recap

8/7/2018

Today's Camp Magruder is not your grandparent's church camp - NOT TRUE!


Intro to Foundation 5: Teaching Creation Care and Appreciation

Intro to Foundation 5: Teaching Creation Care and Appreciation

8/7/2018

My journey with creation care and appreciation began when I was a young child. When our family would go camping, my sister and I were paid by our parents 1 penny for every scrap of garbage that we picked up. This helped us to live out the “leave it better than you found it” mantra. There were field trips, scout trips, and of course, church camps, which all demonstrated and encouraged me to live out these values.


Are you a Cracked Pot?

Are you a Cracked Pot?

7/30/2018

You may have heard variations of this old "campfire" story before, or you may be reading it for the first time. Either way, be reminded that your flaws can create beauty in this world:


A waterbearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect, and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the mistress's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to her master's house.

Click here to read the whole story as told in AmazingWomenRock.com


Do you know your Tag games?

Do you know your Tag games?

7/27/2018

Tag is making a popular comeback, thanks to the new movie in theaters now, but do you know these variations of  the classic game of tag? With all of these in the tool box, I can't think of an easier way for kids and youth to get out their energy!


Finding Hope at Magruder

Finding Hope at Magruder

7/11/2018

In my office framed above my desk, there is a letter written in orange marker.  It’s the second page of a two-page letter. The first page was dated summer of 2006.  The letter was written to me from one of my favorite counselors at the United Methodist church camp I grew up at in Tennessee.  The letter above my desk doesn’t say anything too profound. My counselor was responding to my letter that must describe a concert I’d been excited to go to, and really, that’s about all that’s contained in the substance of the letter. But, still, I look up about once a week and read it again. There’s not much to gain from that letter anymore. It’s there now more as a token from the road that got me here, sitting at this desk, writing this blog now.


Magruder Reaches Goal!!

7/3/2018

Camp Magruder is happy to announce we reached our $17,500 fundraising goal in order to receive a maintenance grant from the Gray Family Foundation for $35,000. Around 50 people and organizations contributed to make this campaign possible.


Camping's Continued Legacy of Leadership

Camping's Continued Legacy of Leadership

6/6/2018

I am proud that I am a part of a denomination whose forebears gave birth to these beautiful settings from the early days of the Methodist movement through to present day.


Staff Development in the Wild

Staff Development in the Wild

6/1/2018

While working on site for Twinlow United Methodist Church Camp in Rathdrum, Idaho 20 years ago, I received my call to service as a clergy person in the United Methodist Church. In fact, most of the young adults I worked with over my years at Twinlow made significant changes to their prospective career paths because of their time working at camp.


A Witness to Growth at Magruder

A Witness to Growth at Magruder

5/11/2018

There is something sacred about nurturing something, no matter at what stage, when you see it grow beyond the place it began. We go in hoping to help one thing happen, and often those efforts result in more than we anticipated. At camp, I have seen faith bud and flower in ways I could not have guessed--and at that point they are far more beautiful than anything I could have just cooked up on my own.


Progress on Gray Foundation

Progress on Gray Foundation

5/2/2018

Since the last mention of the Gray Family Foundation 2 for 1 matching grant program at Magruder just over a month ago, you have helped us raise $3,490 for maintenance projects at Camp Magruder! Putting my math skills to the test, that not only put us well over the halfway mark (68%!), but leaves us with just $5,615 to raise before September!


Youth Amity Deters' Report from Leader Training Program

Youth Amity Deters' Report from Leader Training Program

4/25/2018

I’ve been going to camp since third grade and the memories I’ve made are some of my favorites. I’ve always had a great camp experience and a lot of that was because of my counselors and the people in leadership roles. I remember my counselors always making sure I felt included and welcomed during camp. They made sure I stayed safe and had fun.


Nurturing Christian Faith

Nurturing Christian Faith

4/18/2018

For over 100 years we have been engaged in the work of nurturing Christian faith and discipleship in some of this region’s most beautiful outdoor spaces.


Magruder's Hospitality Discovers Richness in Diversity

3/28/2018

What are we offering to guests that is more meaningful than just a hotel?  I ask myself that, too.  Those questions can spiral for me.  They begin to point to something else.  Why do we feel compelled to sing around the fire?  Will these meals nourish more than just our bodies?


Magruder Gray Foundation Progress

Magruder Gray Foundation Progress

3/26/2018

In 2018 Camp Magruder is eligible for $35,000 from the Gray Family Foundation towards camp maintenance projects. In order to receive the grant money, Magruder will need to raise $17,500.
We've raised $8,490 so far!!


Gray Foundation @ Magruder | Taylor's Perspective on Sacred Place

Gray Foundation @ Magruder | Taylor's Perspective on Sacred Place

2/1/2018

Camp Magruder accepted for Gray Family Foundation Grant n 2018 Camp Magruder will be eligible for $35,000 from the Gray Family Foundation towards camp maintenance projects. In order to receive the grant money, Magruder will need to raise ...


Seven Foundations Theme for 2018

Seven Foundations Theme for 2018

1/11/2018

The 7 Foundations of Camp and Retreat Ministries Executive Director Todd Bartlett Introduces this important communications theme for 2018 In the coming year it is our plan with this weekly e-newsletter to share with you about the Seven Foundations of...


Todd Bartlett's Thoughts on Grounding Elements

11/1/2017

I have shared some reflections about important elements to our experiences at our camps and retreat center. The current list begins with the physical elements of: land, water, sky and fire.


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