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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!!


Suttle Lake Branches Out

Suttle Lake Branches Out

11/1/2018

One of the joys in serving in Camp and Retreat Ministries is being a part of the connectional United Methodist Church. Our ministry is intertwined with the work of the larger church and that of local congregations, yet distinct. Together we are all striving to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Sawtooth Job Announcement

10/23/2018

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


Salas Moves On

9/27/2018

As the summer progressed, the end the season meant that Suttle Lake Camp would be losing one of its critical and vital staff members, Food Service Director, Chef Abel Salas.


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.


Suttle Lake Teaches Creation Care from its Roots

Suttle Lake Teaches Creation Care from its Roots

8/22/2018

Nestled on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, Suttle Lake Camp is a special place where the vivid green of Western Oregon mingles with the sunny beauty of the eastern part of the state.  Located in the Deschutes National Forest, it is cradled between three wilderness areas in the heart of the Metolius Recreation Area.  Suttle Lake is a natural place to explore God’s creation and experience Christ’s love in a caring community.  This has been true for many years.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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!


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?


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!


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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