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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: Growing Our Faith and Love in a Community of Hope

Camp and Retreat E-News: Growing Our Faith and Love in a Community of Hope

3/20/2019

United Methodist camps are a sanctuary of hope. Feelings of hopefulness are contagious at camp whether you are there as a guest, a leader, a volunteer or a paid staff person. In these sacred spaces, hope is abundant and visible! It gives you the feeling that there is something more, much bigger, something greater!


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: 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: Slow Down, Be still, and Open Yourself to Wonder

2/13/2019

How do our camps encourage “wonder?” How do we remind people to be in awe, to marvel, and to be amazed and astonished? We offer safe spaces to slow down, focus and relax; to be in nature and contemplate.


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: Wallowa Lake Camp Shares Appreciation | There is Still Time to Make Your Year-End Gift to Camp and Retreat Ministries

Camp and Retreat E-News: Wallowa Lake Camp Shares Appreciation | There is Still Time to Make Your Year-End Gift to Camp and Retreat Ministries

1/2/2019

Camps strive to inspire and equip all of our guests to do love and service by providing a place of love, safety, community, joy and peace.


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.


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!!


Sawtooth Job Announcement

10/23/2018

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


"Shower" Wallowa Lake Camp with Generosity!

10/11/2018

Wallowa Lake Camp has also been blessed by a matching gift, this time from a man named Ray Johnson - a $25,000.00 donation if we are able to match that amount in donations!


Wallowa Lake Grows in Its Deep Relationships

Wallowa Lake Grows in Its Deep Relationships

10/10/2018

One of our goals at Wallowa Lake Camp is to support God’s churches in fulfilling their missions.  We also aim to support all God’s ministries and the agencies that support God’s ministries in this world. Here, we do this by being actively involved in our local church, Joseph United Methodist Church.


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.”


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


21 Ways Wallowa Lake Practices Creation Care

21 Ways Wallowa Lake Practices Creation Care

8/15/2018

Ahhhh…. God’s majestic creation!  We are all called to be stewards of God’s creation and to live and teach appreciation of it.


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


Solitude and Community Form Leaders at Wallowa Lake Camp

Solitude and Community Form Leaders at Wallowa Lake Camp

7/27/2018

To grow spiritually and become a spiritual leader, one needs the space to listen to be able to hear the call of God. So, camp is a perfect place for these ways of being to be cultivated!

Being in nature is one of those “spaces”.  Camp is the place where many people have heard their calling to a life of ministry, whether that means becoming a pastor or ministering to the world in some other way.


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!


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!”


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.


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 ...


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.


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!


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?


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.


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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