Camp and Retreat Ministries' Mission Statement
We are people dedicated to creating quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning.
We nurture persons so they may...
Grow in wisdom and in healthy self-esteem.
Develop lifestyles of loving interdependence with each other and all of creation.
Affirm and expand their faith in God and their service as Christian disciples within God's world.
We serve religiously affiliated groups, schools and educational bodies, families, service organizations and other non-profit groups who enrich life in the world.
More about our Mission
Video: The Gift and Purpose of Camp and Retreat Ministries
Featuring Executive Director, Todd Bartlett.
Includes amazing drone footage of Suttle Lake Camp and Alton L. Collins Retreat Center!
How Does Camp Ministry Fit into the Wesleyan Tradition?
We follow John Wesley's lead
First and foremost, we strive to continue the unique ministry started by John Wesley.
Read Kevin Witt's article. It begins: "It is no accident that the United Methodist Church has developed a large network of Camp and Retreat Centers..."
What Do We Offer?
Quality Christian education and spiritual growth for children, youth, and adults
Extensive training to all our counselors and deans as mandated by our camp policies.
A nationally recognized Christian camp curriculum that is used at most of our Summer camps.
Appropriate and meaningful activities, studies, and discussions.
Crafts, hikes, water sports, Bible study-all camp activities are designed for the needs of the camp's age group.
Healthy and delicious meals prepared by professional food service staff that can accommodate special dietary needs (with advance notice).
Safe and healthy experiences.
Red Cross-trained or professional health care providers for all Camp and Retreat Ministries summer programs.
Facilities and programs that conform to nationally recognized risk management standards. Many programs and facilities that are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), whose health and safety requirements are considered nationwide to be the industry standard for excellence.
What Do We Value?
We exist because people yearn for God and a spiritual center. People long to experience the love of Christ.
We value volunteers in all aspects of our ministries. We enable and depend on people to contribute their gifts, time and energy in ways that truly make a difference.
We provide high quality, effective, responsive ministries because those we serve and those who support us count on us to do so.
We care deeply about all God's children and are motivated by God's love to bring hope, love, and joy to people of all ages and to people in need.
We encourage innovative approaches that creatively leverage the skills, knowledge and resources entrusted to us.
We value partnerships and collaboration with others who share a common mission.
We develop teams with Board and staff, donors and volunteers, parents, campers, UM churches, other Christian denominations, faith-based organizations, community groups, and schools.
Care for the Earth
It matters that we are "Outdoor Ministries"!
We value the spiritual, Biblical roots of our faith regarding the sacredness of creation and stewardship as vital to discipleship.
What is Our Goal?
Please read our Mission Statement. Our goal is to send you home with:
A greater awareness of God's love
An appreciation of sanctuary in God's creation
Renewal and regeneration
Friendships and connections
A deepened faith
What can we do to be in service to you?
We're your partners... talk with us.
We can help as you make the decision about the best camp and retreat experience for you or your family or group. We can work with you to create an event, and we can talk with you about financial help if you need it.
Let us know.