The value and impact of camping and retreat ministry is becoming more and more significant as our world becomes more and more technologically connected. Dr. Jacob Sorenson and Dr. Paul Hill have documented the effects of camp through the "Effective Camp Research Project." The key characteristics of the camp experience are:

  • Camp is Relational
  • Camp is Participatory
  • Camp is Different From Home
  • Camp is A Safe Space
  • Camp is Faith-Centered

Dr, Sorenson has continued his study, focusing on the lasting effects of faith-based camping. The five key characteristics of camp led to long-term improvements in the lives of campers:

  • 81% grew in independence
  • 82% experienced greater self-confidence after camp
  • 96% grew in faith
  • 94% grew in their knowledge of God

We belive that this is what youth, families, and our church need more than ever in order to understand and learn how to live thier faith.

In order to expand our ministry, we need to invest in our facilities and provide scholarship assistance to keep camp affordable and accessible to all who desire to attend. 

All clergy and clergy spouses are encouraged to attend an informational gathering being held in their District. Each gathering will be a time of conversation, fellowship, and learning. A Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching campaign representative will be at each of the events to answer questions and share ways for involvement in the Bishop's Camping and Retreat Ministries Initiative.

List of the events by District:

RSVP by email to the District leader listed.


Butler

RSVP to B.T. Gilligan ( wtgilligan@gmail.com )

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ Chippewa U.M. Church at 6:30 P.M
    • Campaign Rep = Jessica Gamaché

 

Connellsville 

RSVP to Arnie McFarland ( arnemac@yahoo.com ) or Eric Raygor ( eraygor@gmail.com )

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ Jumonville, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Alyce Weaver-Dunn
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ Camp Allegheny, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Bishop Moore-Koikoi

 

Erie-Meadville 

RSVP to Dennis Lawton ( revlawton@yahoo.ie ) or Bob Lewis ( pastor@lakewooderie.org

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 @ Harmonsburg UMC at 7:00 P.M.  (14182 First Street. Harmonsburg PA 16422. (814) 382-7825)
    • Campaign Rep = Bishop Moore-Koikoi
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 @ Erie Asbury UMC at 7:00 P.M. (4703 West Ridge Rd. Erie PA 16505. (814) 833-9053)
    • Campaign Rep = Martha Blackstone

 

Franklin 

RSVP to Ed Saxman ( pastor@grovecitygraceumc.org )

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ Christ UMC: Franklin at 6 P.M. (Venango Sub-District)
    • Campaign Rep = Nate Greenway
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 1st UMC: Clarion at 6:30 P.M. (Clarion Sub-District)
    • Campaign Rep = Jessica Gamaché
  • Monday, May 7, 2018 @ Grace UMC: Grove City at 6:30 P.M. (Mercer Sub-District)
    • Campaign Rep = Bishop Moore-Koikoi

 

Greensburg

  • Tuesday, April 17, 7:00PM @Murrysville First UMC
  • Wednesday April 25th 2018  10:00AM @ Latrobe UMC
  • Sunday April 29th 2018 3:00PM @ Greensburg First UMC

 

Indiana

District leader is Joni Williams. Please note that the camping presentation will be held during the regularly scheduled Regional Meals.

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 8:00 A.M. @ Eat & Park in Indiana
    • Campaign Rep = Martha Blackstone 
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Noon @ The Log Cabin in Elderton
    • Campaign Rep = Martha Blackstone
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Noon @ New Anchor Inn in Punxsutawney
    • Campaign Rep = Scott Hamley
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, 8:00 A.M. @ Eat & Park in DuBois
    • Campaign Rep = Keith Dunn
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018, Noon @ Denny’s in Brookville
    • Campaign Rep = Jessica Gamaché 

 

Johnstown 

RSVP to Len Findley ( lenfindley@live.com )

  • Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00 P.M. @ Belmont U.M.
    •  Campaign Rep = Alyce Weave-Dunn
  • Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:00 P.M. @ Ebensburg U.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Alyce Weaver-Dunn

 

Kane 

RSVP to Jay Tennies ( revjtenn@gmail.com ) or Bill Beatty ( wrbeatty@gmail.com )          

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 @ Hill Memorial UMC in Bradford at 6:00 p.m.
    • Campaign Rep = Jessica Gamaché
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 @ Grace UMC in Warren at 6:00 p.m.
    • Campaign Rep = Nate Greenway
  • Monday, April 30, 2018 @ Trinity UMC in Ridgeway at 6:00 P.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Martha Blackstone

 

Pittsburgh 

RSVP to Tracy Cox ( pastortracy@coraopolisumc.org )

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018@ Coraopolis UMC at 6:30pm
    • Campaign Rep = Bishop Moore-Koikoi

 

Washington

RSVP to Jeff Vanderhoff ( jkvand@hotmail.com)

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ Waynesburg First UMC at 2:00 P.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Jessica Gamaché
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @Central Highlands UMC at 10:00 A.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Alyce Weaver-Dunn
  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ Washington First UMC at 7:00 P.M.
    • Campaign Rep = Bishop Moore-Koikoi