March 28, 2012
Dear Friends of Pilgrim Pines,
We are writing to share with you an update about our SCNC UCC summer camps at Pilgrim Pines for 2012. First, we are grateful and excited to share that Jeanne Halverson will be our Summer Camp Director this year. Jeanne has served in this position in the past, and has also been a volunteer counselor at Pilgrim Pines summer camp in recent years. She has a great love and enthusiasm for our camping ministry, significant experience with the structure of our summer camps, and we are grateful for her willingness to help us in this year of transition!
A week spent on the mountain this summer, as either a camper or a volunteer staff member, will be a transformational, exciting, fun, busy, joyful time. Our lives are so full, and it's difficult to get away. But sometimes, when we press pause for a moment and make the time, we are given surprising rewards that last long after the last campfire ends.
Join us on the mountain this summer, in the holy hope-filled beauty of Pilgrim Pines!
February 10, 2012
Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp 2012: Updates and a BIG Invitation!
Many of you have noticed that our summer camp mailings are late this year, and have wondered what is going on. We are writing to update you, to share the facts and put the rumors to bed. We are hoping you will be reminded of the power and possibility of summer camp, be invited to participate, and be assured that your efforts will make a BIG difference as we preserve our summer camp program, our sacred space and move forward in ministry together.
First up: the facts. Pilgrim Pines is not being sold and we are having summer camp in 2012 but many changes are afoot. The Pilgrim Pines and Southern California Nevada Conference UCC Board of Directors have asked United Camps, Conferences, & Retreats (UCCR) to complete a feasibility study for managing Pilgrim Pines. As a non-profit camping cooperative, UCCR specializes in the stewardship of properties and the support of programs of many different religious groups and non-profits. Find them on the web at www.uccr.org. With a favorable study report by UCCR (looks good so far), UCCR would manage the daily operations--not programs--of Pilgrim Pines.
Next: Be reminded. Pilgrim Pines plays a significant role in the life and faith of our UCC Conference and many others as well. We serve youth and children from UCC churches, and from many other families who choose Pilgrim Pines for summer campers, including those from foster homes. We also offer programs that welcome children and adults with special needs. Our unique approach to camp invites all ages and abilities into community together, encourages their faith, and provides life-time memories of acceptance. It’s an inclusive, transforming ministry that deserves our resources and efforts and to that end, our Conference Board has created an Outdoor Ministry Team to program and staff our camp. In one of the most far-reaching changes in this process, summer camp at Pilgrim Pines will now be led mostly by volunteers, not by paid, summer staff. The expectations, screening, training, and high standards will remain the same, as they always have, for both our paid and volunteer staff. So, “who will staff these camps,” you ask? Read on...
Finally: Be invited. Volunteer led camps create ministry opportunities for loads of people, sweetly saying, “We need you.” Are you a parent who wonders what it’s really like at camp after hearing stories from your child? We need you. Are you a church member or pastor who ‘used to’ love camp but haven’t been in years? We need you. Are you a former Pilgrim Pines summer staff member but can’t give up five weeks to go to work at camp? How about giving one week to voluntarily make the lives of campers better? Do you have great memories of Pilgrim Pines as a camper? Is this your year to pay back? We can help. Maybe you grew up in another region and staffed, led, or attended other camps? We need you. This model of camping ministry depends on volunteer directors, game leaders, counselors, musicians, craft people, and nurses. Believe this, your life will be blessed when you give it away to Pilgrim Pines Summer Camps. We’ll connect you, train you, resource you, and appreciate you! What do you need to do? Show up!
Now, take a look at the proposed schedule for camp. Look at your own calendar to see how you fit. Pray about it. It’s your camp. Is it your time?
With Hope and Blessings!
The Outdoor Ministry Team of the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, Alison Morales, Audrey Turner, June Boutwell, Whitney Washburn, Dave Palmer, Neal Washburn, Petra Malleis-Sternberg, Colleen Keehan, Steve Mabry, and Paul Lance
Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp 2012
Mini, Junior, Jr. High, Sr. High Pinester
Week 1: July 8th - 14th (C.I.T. WEEK) Week 1: July 8th - 13th (PEPPERMINT RIDGE)
Week 2: July 15th - 21st Week 2: July 15th - 20th
Week 3: July 22nd - 28th (CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS) Week 3: July 22nd - 27th (PINE CONE WEEK)
Week 4: July 29th- Aug 4th (CYMC WEEK) Week 4: July 29st - Aug 3rd (SEEDLINGS WEEK)
Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp Positions which may need to be filled include:
Interested persons could apply to volunteer for one or more weeks for any of these positions.
Mini Camp Director: Program leader for campers entering 1st-3rd grades.
Junior Camp Director: Program leader for campers entering 4th-6th grades.
Junior High Camp Director: Program leader for campers entering 7th-8th grades.
Senior High Camp Director: Program leader for campers entering 9th-12th grades and 2012 graduates.
Pinester Camp Director: Program leader for adults with special needs and disabilities.
Seedling Camp Director: Program leader for children ages 10-14 with special needs and disabilities.
Pine Cone Camp Director: Program leader for youth ages 15-21 with special needs and disabilities.
Note: all program directors will have recommended resources from our ecumenical outdoor ministries curriculum, and the four weeks’ directors will work together with the Outdoor Ministries Team to plan the program which will be used each week of camp.
Cabin Counselors: Can request to work with any of the age or ability groups at camp, and will share leadership of a cabin with another counselor.
Music/Campfire Director: Will lead music at Vespers, Morning Fiesta, special activities, and Campfire circles, ability to build a campfire and play a guitar is preferred.
Pastor at Camp: Will support the program of each of the age and ability groups, lead Morning Fiesta, help with Vespers planning and leadership, and provide pastoral care and support.
Naturalist/Outdoor Activities Director: Will lead outdoor activities for each of the age and ability groups, including hikes, nature activities, and field games, and partner with certified leaders for archery and the high/low ropes courses.
Aquatics Director: Will supervise and lifeguard all swimming activities, must be certified in Red Cross Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR.
Craft Director: Will plan and supervise the Craft Lodge projects and activities.
Health Center Director: Will oversee and organize medical care in the Health Center and assist the Camp Nurse with distributions of medication.
Counselor-In-Training: These positions are open to volunteers ages 16-17 who have completed our weeklong CIT program or who have previous counseling experience.
Training, background check, and references will be required for all volunteers. For application and further information, please go to http://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp.html
And then, invite someone else who might also have gifts to share to check out this opportunity for a week on the beautiful mountain this summer at Pilgrim Pines!