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Intentional Staff Community = Spiritual Growth in Campers

Intentional Staff Community = Spiritual Growth in Campers

7/18/2018

The contributions leaders make to the ministry at Suttle Lake Camp are true blessings!  These leaders are organizers, guides, mentors, and models of what it means to follow Christ.  Many give of their time to be counselors, chaplains, activity leaders, deans and more.  In their service at camp they shape a way of living and serving together that forms an intentional Christian rhythm throughout the time of camp.  The community worships together, breaks bread together, plays together, prays together, and shares deeply together.  Christ’s gift of grace and love become tangible experiences when leaders centered in Christ show the way and walk the journey with others.


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.


Latgawa's Grainger Paying Leadership Development Forward

Latgawa's Grainger Paying Leadership Development Forward

7/3/2018

Fostering leaders for the future of our church and our world is a sacred responsibility, and we are dedicated to faithfully carrying out this duty.


Collins' Teachable Moments

Collins' Teachable Moments

6/28/2018

Our Camp and Retreat Ministries sites provide wonderful opportunities to seek out teachable moments that help us grow our capacity for being Christian spiritual leaders.  What are the teachable moments that you can receive or share today?


Wallowa Lake Land Returned

Wallowa Lake Land Returned

6/22/2018

With one small rock, a monumental moment was honored at the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference gathering, when it was noted 1.5 acres of land at Wallowa Lake Camp will soon be returned to its rightful owners – the Nez Perce Tribe.


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.


Nurturing Faith at Wallowa Lake

Nurturing Faith at Wallowa Lake

5/25/2018

It brings tears to my eyes to remember the youth who arrived never having heard of “Jesus” to when she left telling me “she would never feel “alone” again, that God loves her!”


Spiritual

Spiritual "Practice" at Suttle Lake

5/18/2018

The environment of camp is powerful.  For nearly 96 years now, Suttle Lake has been a place where individuals and faith communities come for time away from daily distractions to focus on their faith development.


"Shower" Wallowa Lake Camp with Generosity!

5/11/2018

by Peggy and David Lovegren, Directors of Wallowa Lake Camp The old showerhouse interior. Help us update this space!   Wallowa Lake Camp has also been blessed by a matching gift, this time from a man named Ray Johnson - a $25,000.00 ...


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!


Experiencing Grace at Camp Latgawa

Experiencing Grace at Camp Latgawa

5/1/2018

Camp Latgawa holds a special place in many hearts throughout Southern Oregon. Not just because it has been around for over 65 years but because of all the warm emotions that are felt when guest and campers are at camp with others that can relate to them.


Nurturing Our Faith Means Living Out Love

Nurturing Our Faith Means Living Out Love

4/26/2018

This one should be obvious for a retreat center, right? I mean, what is the point of a Christian retreat center if not to provide a place and ways to nurture people in their faith? But the part of this that I want to reflect on with you today is the nature of Christian faith and discipleship.


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.


Collins Teaches us About Hospitality by Paying Attention Deeply

Collins Teaches us About Hospitality by Paying Attention Deeply

4/11/2018

We may not always be able to tell when someone is genuine, but often we have a good sense of it. This is why we work hard to hire staff who have a calling to offering hospitality, who feel that this is part of who they are. This is also why we continually talk about hospitality as a staff, to remind ourselves of our calling. By cultivating a community focused on offering hospitality, we work to ensure that it is a heartfelt expression.


Latgawa: Hospitality Rooted in Relationship

Latgawa: Hospitality Rooted in Relationship

4/4/2018

The longer I am involved in this work, the more I realize everything we do is based in relationship building.  This includes our food service, our facilities, and programming.  When we welcome a guest to our site for the first time, all of these factors are opportunities to build trust and inspire confidence. That is why every decision we make makes an impact on hospitality.


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!!


Suttle Lake Camp Ministry of Hospitality

Suttle Lake Camp Ministry of Hospitality

3/15/2018

While providing good food, comfortable beds, and friendly smiles to our guests are all important, we belief that true Christian hospitality means much more.


Hospitality at Wallowa Lake Camp

Hospitality at Wallowa Lake Camp

3/8/2018

Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries  Foundation 2: "Extend Genuine Christian Hospitality and Community" A Perspective from Wallowa Lake Camp by Peggy Lovegren, co-director of Wallowa Lake Camp Do not forget to ...


Suttle Lake:

Suttle Lake: "A place Apart to be Together" | Employment Opps | Prescription for Overprotection

2/14/2018

Our world is longing for places and times apart, but they are often difficult to find at home amidst the bustle of daily living, so it is a true gift to offer holy ground.  At Suttle Lake Camp we see ourselves as "a place a part to be together."


Set WAY Apart at Sawtooth | Robert Poe Named Sawtooth Director

Set WAY Apart at Sawtooth | Robert Poe Named Sawtooth Director

2/8/2018

Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries  Foundation 1: "Provide Sacred Places Apart" A Perspective from Sawtooth Camp by Dave Hargreaves, Director of Sawtooth Camp Sawtooth, with its valley and hills, has always been a “...


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 ...


Grainger's Perspective on Sacred Place | Going Green at Camp!

Grainger's Perspective on Sacred Place | Going Green at Camp!

1/25/2018

Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries  Foundation 1: "Provide Sacred Places Apart" A Perspective from Camp Latgawa by Sam Grainger, Director of Camp Latgawa Our work at Camp Latgawa is highly influenced by the foundation ...


Provide Sacred Places Apart: A Perspective from Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

Provide Sacred Places Apart: A Perspective from Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

1/19/2018

Whether one is taken in by the tall trees, the harmonious architecture, or simply the atmosphere of peace that infuses the space, there is something special that happens as one enters the property.


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.


Hargreaves' Transition Continues to Teach New Lessons

Hargreaves' Transition Continues to Teach New Lessons

10/18/2017

Letting go, for director Dave Hargreaves can feel like a free fall, especially if he is accustomed to “being large and in charge,” as his wife Candace says. But, there is great opportunity to stretch, grow and learn if we only can let go and trust.


Latgawa's Successful Gray Foundation Grant Plans

Latgawa's Successful Gray Foundation Grant Plans

10/18/2017

Camp Latgawa has closed the books on a successful summer, and we have completed the requirements for our highly successful Gray Family Foundation matching grant program!


Magruder Replaces Cross, Discovers Community in Christ

Magruder Replaces Cross, Discovers Community in Christ

10/18/2017

Early in August, the cross had stood at the ocean beach for a long time went missing. While it was not the original, this cross had a great deal of sentimental value to many. Needless to say the loss was disappointing.


Suttle Lake Staff Committed to Serve, Each other

Suttle Lake Staff Committed to Serve, Each other

10/18/2017

In 2017 at Suttle Lake there were six young adults who served the full season, including an international staff member from Sahagun, Mexico. Their joy in being in ministry, singing and praying together, appreciating God’s beauty in creation, as well as playing games and laughing together enriched the camp and fostered their own growth.


Transformed Toward Gratitude

Transformed Toward Gratitude

10/18/2017

Last September, I agreed to serve as the interim Executive Director for Camp and Retreat Ministries in Oregon-Idaho, until a national search could be conducted to hire the next Executive Director, which turned out to be me!


Wallowa Lake Enthusiastically Witnesses Transformation!

Wallowa Lake Enthusiastically Witnesses Transformation!

10/18/2017

Every year we are excited to hear campers’ stories about camp or to see campers’ experiencing God at this sacred place. Often, it is the little things that fill us with the most joy. There are several examples that we would like to lift up.


Warm Hospitality Transforms at Collins

Warm Hospitality Transforms at Collins

10/18/2017

Life is always about transformation. One thing that makes our camps and retreat centers special is that we are places where we are intentionally cultivating positive transformation. Sometimes we are able to direct our hearts and lives to bring about positive transformation, and sometimes the Spirit of God tosses aside our carefully crafted plans and provides us with blessings beyond our imagination.


Contribute to Gray Foundation Matching Grant!

Contribute to Gray Foundation Matching Grant!

7/10/2017

We know that it is the people who make a camp... but good structures certainly help! HAVE YOUR GIFT MATCHED by clicking here.


What are the 7 Foundations of Camp & Retreat Ministries?

What are the 7 Foundations of Camp & Retreat Ministries?

3/16/2017

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?


UMCOR Kit Camp Recap

11/10/2016

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.


Taylor Selected to Lead Magruder

10/20/2016

The Board of Camp and Retreat Ministry is pleased to announce the hiring of Troy Taylor as the next director at Camp Magruder.


Sawtooth National Forest Service/BLM Fire School

Sawtooth National Forest Service/BLM Fire School

6/8/2016

Every year Sawtooth Camp hosts a crew of 75-100 forest service personnel who are training to fight forest fires and being strategic about the federal response to the inevitable fire season. Sawtooth Camp staff is happy to feed, host, feed, offer challenge course leadership, feed, and be of service to this important safety net to our communities and ecosystems. Did I mention the food?


Let's Go Camping!

Let's Go Camping!

5/25/2016

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.


Get the Go Camping Logo on Land’s End Merchandise

4/13/2016

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.


Volunteering, Training, and Working at Camp

Volunteering, Training, and Working at Camp

2/9/2016

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.


Inspired by Generosity

Inspired by Generosity

1/19/2016

You can change lives!


Retreating as a Church (and Family) to Huckleberry Family Camp

Retreating as a Church (and Family) to Huckleberry Family Camp

9/14/2015

In the other quarter time of my work life, I am appointed as young person's minister at Parkrose United Methodist Church. Parkrose UMC hadn’t been to camp for 5 years, which is when the church had been to Wallowa Lake for a weekend retreat. Pastor ...


Giving to Camp Just Got Easier!

7/16/2015

We are in the thick of the summer camp season, and we have been blessed to hear stories of rejuvenation and exploration. One camp mother exclaimed about her daughter’s Wallowa Lake experience:   Wallowa Lake Horse Campers “I have been a ...


Reconciliation at Wallowa Lake: by Peggy Lovegren

7/7/2015

What a magical week in summer 2015! Twelve young people arrived at camp full of anticipation and energy, to live together in community and experience God’s love.  They came with hurts and worries, joys and happinesses.  They arrived with sleeping ...


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