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Camp Season is Here

 I have spent 2 weekends recently training Summer Camp Directors. Yep, it’s time to get ready for camp season! Risk management, waterfron & pool safety, program highlights, and staff training are on the minds and to-do lists for camp directors just now. One of the interesting things we incorporated into our training this year was the results of a research project titled, "Effective Camp Research Project," sponsored, in part, by the Lutheran Foundation. It highlights 5 aspects of camps that are positive and life changing for youth…and their parents.

Outdoor Ministries in an Era of the Declining Church

Honestly, I could probably write a book about this topic, but it would only be valuable for a moment in the history of things. Perhaps this will be Part 1 of a series of blogs on the topic.

As the American mainline churches continue their decline in attendance, it bears the questions, "How does this impact Outdoor Ministries and Camp experiences for youth and adults?" and "What is the impact of declining finances and numbers of people in churches on their denominational camp and retreat properties?"

UCCR to begin managing 4-H Camp in Iowa

Beginning in mid-February, UCCR will begin management of the 4-H Resource Center in Madrid, Iowa. The site is in the Des Moines River Valley and is 22 miles from Ames, the home of Iowa State University. The site offers 1100 acres of land which includes 5 villages consisting of cabins, lodges, meeting rooms, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Craigville Retreat Center

 People may be wondering about how CRC compares to our other sites.  Is it the same thing or is it different.  I am here to tell you it is very different.  It has required me to change how I work and how I relate to our customers.  It is a "retirement project" that has demanded that I grow and continue to learn even more than other transitions have required.

Why Camp Management?

When UCCR came into being in 1970 as a cooperative, the efforts were initially to unify management efforts on the part of the owners of church-owned camp properties. 

Since then, we have continuously provided food, lodging, maintenance, reservations, staffing, and bookkeeping services to the properties we steward. Though most of our properties are still church-owned, we also manage two California State Parks and three Sonoma County Veterans Buildings. 

Camp Management

Camp and Retreat Property Management  is such a niche field.

Arrival at Hartman Center

The first few weeks since UCCR’s arrival at Hartman Center have been busy and productive. I arrived March 26th in order to do some preliminary organizing for our first two groups, both of which had reservations on March first through the third. The early arrival allowed me the assurance that both the facility and the staff were prepared for our customer’s needs.

Call For Camp Memories

We would like to run a series of YOUR memories of camp experiences that had a positive influence in your life. Maybe a memorable campfire, a fun song, a hike, cabin time, or a meaningful person…

WOLF Staff Training

 Despite the weather, 15 members of the WOLF School Staff had a great week learning, exploring, and discovering the Redwood Forest to Natural Bridges State Beach. The theme of our Spring Staff Training was all about "Change." In an effort to better serve our students, we as a staff are working hard to create new lessons, learn new games, or rework some of our best activities. As our Climate is Changing, as well as our global consciousness, WOLF is attempting to #makeonechange each week with our students.

Craigville Retreat Center update

Our transition into the operation of Craigville Retreat was swift but thorough. Groups were arriving nearly at the same time our new UCCR team was taking over operations. In the wake of our fast turnaround groups are already taking notice of our excellent food service, customer relations, and management expertise. Craigville has not been without it’s challenges. Some of our structures are well over 100 years old, maintaining a piece of history is a unique experience.

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