Ocean Park: Blowing In The Wind

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Photo (above): Rachel Lookingbill~ Tie Dye Master Labor Day, 2013   Written by Mary Lookingbill, Member at Vancouver First UMC, I remember as if it was yesterday. I came out of Ocean Park’s dining hall and hanging on the outdoor clothesline were all of the tie dyed T-shirts that our church family had made earlier. They were […]

Indianola: New Stuff 2017!

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There are some great things about camp that everyone looks forward to each year. Finding sea glass on the beach, conversation around the campfire, smores, singing, arts and crafts, etc. But for the last several years we’ve tried to add something new each year so that campers can grow and stretch themselves through new experiences. […]

Lazy F: Ministry Impact Questions

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Written by Katie Rau, Lazy F Program Coordinator, When I first started working at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center back in 2006, I didn’t really understand the camp’s connection to the church as a whole. Sure, I knew Lazy F was a ministry of the United Methodist Church, but I didn’t grow up in […]

Twinlow: Never Dull, Always Fulfilling…

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Compiled by Kristen “Moonie” Moon: Assistant Director of Twinlow Camp, Best Summer Job? Here from those who have spent a summer as staff at a camp.   “I chose camp ministry for 3 reasons, 1) the “unquantifiables”: the life lessons you learn and relationships you build while doing camp ministry are one of a kind. […]

Conference: Raising Leaders

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Co-written by Pam Murphy (Director of Visual Outreach) and Alan Rogstad (Executive Director of PNW Camping), A lot of people think that religious camps are either just fun and don’t provide much “benefit” or that they’re a super serious experience filled with altar calls and hours upon hours of prayer at a time. We like to […]

Ocean Park: Friends of Camp

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Written by Brandon Scheer: Ocean Park Director,    Last month I discussed two very significant groups that help to keep Ocean Park a quality and affordable ministry so that all can feel welcome and experience God in our sacred space. Last month I highlighted the great work of our volunteers and many projects they complete […]

Indianola: Impact on the church

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Written by Erin Tombaugh: Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church,   Twenty-plus years ago, I had my first church camp experience as a six-year-old. I can recall the van ride there, exploring the grounds of Camp Marydell (near Abilene, Kansas), and learning about God through stories, crafts, and […]

Indianola: The Values That Drive Us

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A few weeks ago, the fulltime staff at Indianola had the opportunity to take a retreat to one of my favorite places. Wanting to focus on hospitality and how to be truly excellent, we went and learned from the best in the business. We spent an afternoon and evening soaking in the theory, the values, […]