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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!


Sawtooth Invites Us Out of Isolation and Into Community

Sawtooth Invites Us Out of Isolation and Into Community

11/14/2018

The beauty of the church is that we never find ourselves alone and in isolation. We are called to live and love within church communities but even churches are not in isolation. The Body of Christ extends around the world and we are united through our love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Our camps are no different; but there are temptations to lose sight of this.


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.


Robert Poe Submits Resignation from Sawtooth

10/3/2018

From Sawtooth Camp site team chair, Ann Hawkins, who is making an important announcement:


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.”


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.


Getting into Creation at Sawtooth

Getting into Creation at Sawtooth

8/28/2018

It is hard to have an appreciation for something that you do not notice. It is entirely possible to spend time every day passing over something that is truly amazing. Many have likely seen videos where some of the best musicians in the world go and play on the streets. In nearly every case, the vast majority of people simply walk by and take little notice while some of the most beautifully played music in the world calls to them. If they had noticed what beauty was there for them to take in they would not only stop and pay attention to it, but would draw others in to see it as well.


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


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


Growing Existing Leaders at Sawtooth

Growing Existing Leaders at Sawtooth

7/30/2018

Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with a group of high school students. We were talking about the importance of leadership for the summer as they were all going to be involved in a variety of our camps as CIT’s or first year counselors. Having little to no experience with these individuals, I wanted to make sure that they understood something: there is something different about being a spiritual leader than what the world tends to see as "leader". I was surprised that I found myself having a very easy conversation because they already seemed to understand. As I talked about how, as Christian leaders, they are to be servants, to follow the example of Christ and put others first, I was not greeted by faces that were hearing new information but by the nods of those who were already seeking to live it out and were ready to keep on going.


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!


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 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.


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 “...


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.


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?


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?


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 ...


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