Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries

Latgawa's Sam Grainger is Paying Leadership Development Forward

Foundation 4: "Develop Principled Spiritual Leaders"

by Sam Grainger, Director of Camp Latgawa 

I have a personal connection to this foundation.  I was blessed to be raised attending a United Methodist Camp, and feel very strongly that I gained many leadership skills through those experiences.  I also experienced my personal call to camp ministry at camp while serving as a volunteer leader.  What is amazing is how many others have shared similar stories.  Camping has served as a source of inspiration for countless individuals and led them into many different careers.  I know of doctors, clergy, educators, and camp professionals who all became leaders in their fields, as well as deeply spiritual due to experiences at camp.

With the knowledge that camp experiences can be so impactful and long lasting, I feel very strongly that I must be intentional in the way I interact with guests and staff.  Part of my duties as a site director is to foster the passion I see in folks, whether the passion is for camp, the church, or any number of fields.  This is because we want passionate folks of strong spiritual fabric leading in all areas of life.

One of our most successful initiatives for leadership development is the Resident counselor program. Working as a team, Camp Magruder, Suttle Lake Camp, and Camp Latgawa sponsor a team of counselors that visit each of the three sites throughout the summer.  These resident counselors receive additional training and serve as professional role models to the volunteers and campers they work alongside.  2018 will be our third season of this program, and we have already seen Resident Counselor Alumni continue to grow and take on additional leadership roles through out our conference and camps.

Fostering leaders for the future of our church and our world is a sacred responsibility, and we are dedicated to faithfully carrying out this duty.



Magruder Reaches Fund-Raising Goal!

Next Step $35K from Gray Family Foundation!

Camp Magruder is happy to announce we reached our $17,500 fundraising goal in order to receive a maintenance grant from the Gray Family Foundation for $35,000. Around 50 people and organizations contributed to make this campaign possible.
With the funds, Camp Magruder will replace important parts of the infrastructure of Carrier Dining Hall that were highly inefficient and failing. Most of the building’s hot water and heating were provided by an outdated boiler system that went down just before summer season began. Camp Magruder will replace the inefficient system with on-demand water heaters and heat pumps using a fraction of the propane. This will also allow for removal of all the pipes protruding from the ceiling of Chappell Hall meeting room, taking the first step in a long-term project goal of making that space more welcoming. 
In this campaign, a donation was also received to repair and update the bridge spanning part of Smith Lake on the wetlands trail that had been patched up after a tree fell on it several years ago. With any remaining funds, we will continue our replacement of Carrier Dining Hall’s single pane windows with more energy efficient versions that can open for fresh air. 
This process was such an uplifting experience for the Camp Magruder staff. Each day we received word of a new donation we felt the many hands involved in this work. Thank you for joining us in this mission to create spaces for learning and community drawing us all closer to each other and the spirit moving our camp. Stay tuned—we are shaping new plans that we’ll be ready to share later in the year to continue to improve this wonderful place..

Job Posting: Part Time Communications Assistant

Creating pie charts like this may be a part of your job!


The role of the communications assistant for Camp and Retreat Ministries is to provide communicate about our mission and ministry to the annual conference, our guests, and supporters through our weekly email newsletter, through a quarterly print publication with content for the website.  This staff person works closely with the Executive Director, registrar, camp accountant, site directors and the Council of Advocates.  Interested applicants may contact the Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries, the Rev. Todd Bartlett at PROJECTED START DATE: AUGUST 15


Go Camping E-News is a publication of Camp and Retreat Ministries, a collaboration of the OR-ID Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.

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