The Confirmation Retreats (April 21-23) have been great opportunities for confirmation classes to share a larger experience and really celebrate the connectionalism of the United Methodist Church. Churches who have confirmation classes and have questions about this experience or would like to be part of the conversation that shapes this event, please contact Jane Petke at Suttle Lake Camp as soon as possible.
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?
This joint training event (to be held at Suttle Lake this year) has unique tracks for counselors, deans, and chaplains. Whether you are an experienced camp leader or just getting started this is the training for you and should not be missed. If you are unable to make this training, please contact the site where you will be serving so that these important topics can be covered well in advance of camp.
Suttle Lake chef, Abel Salas has been working at the camp since 2014, offering his creativity, hard work, skill, and great food! He attended his first Camp and Retreat Ministries national gathering, Waters of Grace, this past January with 14 others from Oregon-Idaho, and offered these words on his experience:
The Nurse of the Year award is designed to recognize an American Camp Nurse Association member nurse who, by virtue of being a camp nurse at his/her camp, made a significant difference to that camp's health/wellness profile.
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.
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.
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.
You can change lives!
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