Reflections on the Seven Foundations for Camp & Retreat Ministries

Solitude and Community Form Spiritual Leaders at Wallowa Lake!

Foundation 4: "Develop Principled Spiritual Leaders"

by Peggy Lovegren, director of Wallowa Lake Camp

To grow spiritually and become a spiritual leader, one needs the space to listen to be able to hear the call of God. So, camp is a perfect place for these ways of being to be cultivated!

Being in nature is one of those “spaces”.  Camp is the place where many people have heard their calling to a life of ministry, whether that means becoming a pastor or ministering to the world in some other way.

Because of the opportunity for both solitude and authentic community in Creation, camps provide a place for people to hear the voice of God through nature.

Sitting along the Wallowa River, watching all of the wildlife move at their own pace and listening to the cacophony of nature sounds, feeling the refreshing wind, smelling mock orange flowers, splashing in the lake. The list goes on and on... When we are immersed in Creation, we realize how much God loves us, crafting and sharing this magnificent grandeur with us.

Camps provide a place for people to hear the voice of God through people.  Having time to visit over a meal, staff who care deeply about each guest, listening to soulful music, hearing the Word of God during morning devotional time, special services at the site, prayers before dinner, in our programming, “thoughts for the day” and Bible Studies.

At Wallowa Lake Camp, I have had the blessing of inviting people to “listen” for God’s call to spiritual leadership. the most amazing one being a guest of a “non-religious” group) and who now is an amazing leader at a United Methodist Church!

Camps also provide a place and the time for people to hear the story of the ancient people of God through the Bible, provided freely to all, in each cabin.

Camps provide a place for people to hear the voice of God in the peace and quiet, under the star filled skies, through the laughter of playing, through being taken care of …so we can let go of the constant chatter in our heads and allow God time to talk to us….allow God time to call spiritual leaders.

Developing Christian Spiritual Leaders is the reason many of us choose to spend our lives as camp directors and camp staff….we know that camps are a special place to hear the call of God and we want to make sure they hear!



Tag: More than just a Funny Movie!

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!

Amoeba Tag | Ankle Tag | Backwards Tag | Blob Tag | Clothespin Tag | Dragon Tag | Elbow Tag | Flashlight Tag | Freeze Tag | Lemonade Tag | Shadow Tag | Sting Tag | T. Rex Dinosaur Tag | Werewolf Tag | Wizard Tag | Zombie Tag

One of the most interesting one to me was Lemonade Tag:

Equipment Needed: None. How to Play: Divide into two groups. One group decides on a mutual occupation, such as being, ostrich farmers, or tight-rope walkers. Then they walk toward the other group. As they move toward the other group they begin a banter with the opposite group by saying, ” Here we come.” The other group answers, “Where from?” “(Name of a city) ____ City.” “What’s your trade?” “Lemonade” ” If you’re not afraid, show me…” The first group acts out the profession. As soon as the group guesses the profession, the first team turns and sprints back toward base. The other group races after to tag them. If someone is caught, they join the guessing team to choose the next profession.

To read about all of the about variations, check out the following page from, with a hat tip to United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries (UMCRM) S'More Mail (subscribe here) for including this in their latest e-mail!

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 




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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