A Living "Sermon on the Mount": United through Service

More than ever, there seems to be disproportionate attention given to the division and conflict in the world versus the immense spirit of love and cooperation.  For that reason, we wanted to share a story about a service project by a group of first timers to Sawtooth Camp.

Last spring a windstorm took down the ol’ big cross on the  east ridge.   We were surprised how often staff and guests looked in that direction and noticed the absence of an icon that has been there for around 60 years.

Throughout the season, there was talk and intention from many groups to make the trek to repair or replace it, but it just didn’t happen.

Then the  Young Women from the Kuna LDS 16th Ward made their first trip to Sawtooth and like many, wanted to give back to camp before leaving.  After we named off a few projects, they asked which we considered most important.

We were reluctant to mention the cross repair for a variety of reasons: the group was not United Methodist, they had never seen or hiked to the cross, the weather was hot, and we didn’t know what would be involved in the repair. However, without hesitation, the women and their leaders gathered tools, worked diligently, with much effort, and got the job done.  
This enthusiastic group of first timers demonstrated that serving was not about what was easy or interesting to them, but about helping where it is needed.  In taking on this project, they showed us how to serve a need regardless of what the effort would be to themselves.
They inspired and reminded us that too often we hesitate to serve others because the road is too steep and the task too heavy.

Work at Sawtooth, Have your Life Changed!

Sawtooth Camp is looking for summer staff workers!  If you know of individuals or a couple that would be interested in working at Sawtooth this summer please have them contact us at this email as soon as possible for an application.

Some items to know about our work & service:

  • Working in the GREAT OUTDOORS and serving God will be an experience one does not forget!
  • Christian hospitality is a part of our mission
  • Room and board a is part of a staff member's compensation (they'll earn some money where they can’t spend it!)
  • Much of the work involved will be kitchen assistance, cleaning, and light maintenance. 
  • Dates will be from the first part of June thru mid August
  • We need up to 3 persons from age 18 to 70
  • Woekrs must be able to work long hours on some days, and lift moderate weights such as flour sacks, hot pans of food,etc.
  • Some knowledge of cleaning & repair would be helpful. 
  • Working with a positive attitude around people is essential
  • Good news! (At least we think its good news!) Camp is far from town life, away from phone service and high speed internet 

If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, contact Dave Hargreaves, Sawtooth Camp Director
208-859-9979 or


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