Camp & Retreat Center in S. California Celebrates Diversity

OAK GLEN, Calif. (PRWEB) April 30, 2019

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Retreat Center, owned by the United Church of Christ Southern California-Nevada Conference is intentional about welcoming a wide variety of diverse nonprofit organizations.

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Retreat Center located in Oak Glen, California hosts groups of 10-262 people on its 152 acre campus. The site is home to many groups who rent lodging and enjoy meal service in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Retreat Center is managed by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR), a property management organization that promotes acceptance and diversity at all of the 12 sites they manage across the USA. The rules for acceptance and participation are the same for everyone who makes a reservation for an event or retreat. “We honor diversity and welcome guests without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin,” says Tina Heck, Director of UCCR Reservations and Communications.

“We want to extend our invitation to the community and let them know we welcome all types of groups here at Pilgrim Pines Camp,” says Site Director Connie Clark. As a full-service camp and retreat facility, Pilgrim Pines has multiple lodging options from lodges to cabins to apartments. The dining hall seats 225 guests and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for groups to meet. Occasionally the facility offers special discounts, Clark recommends staying tuned for upcoming announcements for fall and winter specials in 2020.

With miles of hiking trails and plenty of recreational opportunities, this site is a serene setting ideal for youth, adult and family camps. Look for fall/winter specials.

California Camp Perseveres After 1960 Forest Fire to Celebrate 60 Years of Residential Experience

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California-Nevada celebrates the Community of the Great Commission's 60th anniversary at region's Annual Gathering

MICHIGAN BLUFF, CALIF. (PRWEB) APRIL 30, 2019

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California- Nevada recently held their Annual Gathering in Sunnyvale, CA. A time of celebration included a cake for the 60th birthday of their camp and retreat center, The Community of the Great Commission.

In 1959, John Holland and Josh Wilson, ministers with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California-Nevada, began to search the California foothills for land to develop a camp for youth and adults to enjoy the great outdoors and participate in the unique aspects of residential camp and conference experiences.

They found a property located in Michigan Bluff, near Foresthill, CA, in the California Gold Country, at an elevation of 4000’. After negotiations with the land owner, the members of the Christian Church Region voted to purchase the land.

Even as they began development, in August 1960, almost exactly one year after the purchase of the camp property, a devastating forest fire swept through the foothills of Foresthill and severely damaged the camp forest. Nearly 80% of the trees were a loss and in some areas, the ash was 2 feet deep.

Nonetheless, the people of the region persevered and began building in earnest. In 1963, the retreat house, known as Claar House, which was named after Adelaide Claar, a laywoman from the San Jose Christian Church who made a sizeable donation, was begun. This building served as the indoor kitchen and dining area for more than 30 years until a larger, more commercial style dining hall was built in the late 1990’s.

In 1965 and 1966, respectively, eight cabins and a lodge were built, giving groups an indoor meeting area and sleeping quarters. Since then, many amenities have been added such as a swimming pool, amphitheater, and a variety of recreation areas.

The impact of these camp and conference centers that were built across the United States by church denominations in the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s have had an everlasting impact on those who participated in this center of teaching, learning, and relaxing in a natural setting, set apart from the daily grind and technologies of life “down the mountain.”

Sixty years have passed since John Holland took church members up an old logging road to explore this forest on the ridge. American life has changed significantly with a much faster paced life than might have been imagined in 1959. Perhaps now more than ever, camps such as these offer modern people an opportunity to unplug and experience a simpler surrounding.

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California- Nevada recently held their Annual Gathering in Sunnyvale, CA and celebrated the 60th birthday of their camp and retreat center, The Community of the Great Commission, with a cake.

The Community of the Great Commission is managed by United Camps, Conferences and Retreat, a camp and retreat management cooperative.

"On behalf of United Camps, Conferences and Retreats, we congratulate the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on the 60th Anniversary of their beautiful camp and all of the people that have had wonderful experiences there," writes Mike Carr, President of United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats.

Hartman Camp & Retreat Center in Milroy, PA Prepares for 2019 Spring Season with Upgrades

Michaux Lodge, the self-contained retreat house at Hartman Center, will be updated to meet customer service needs.

MILROY, PA. (PRWEB) MARCH 28, 2019

Hartman Center in Milroy, Pennsylvania is getting ready for their spring season with grass growing greener everyday and a new remodel job on the horizon. Michaux Lodge is currently being remodeled to include new flooring, bathrooms and appliances for added guest convenience and comfort.

“We are getting ready to remodel Michaux Lodge, originally built in 1989. It’s due for some upgrades and will be more efficient for groups to stay in, as we’re adding four more bathrooms.” says Zach Hassinger the facilities Site Director. Michaux Lodge already boasts 8 bedrooms, each including a double bed and three singles for a total of 32 beds, a dining room, common room, and kitchen. 

Spring in Pennsylvania provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor recreation with temperatures averaging in the 50s during spring and summer highs averaging over 70 degrees. Hartman Center invites all types of groups in search of lodging to come stay and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and meal service on site. Join us to explore our Walking Labyrinth, pond or hiking trails this spring at Hartman Center. 

For more information contact 800-678-5102 or uccr.org/hartman. For a free tour, contact Zach directly at 717-667-2431.

HARTMAN CENTER is the Outdoor Ministries facility owned by Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ since 1964. The property owners have opened the facility to the community for use as event space or as an overnight retreat center. Hartman Center may be reserved for groups needing space for retreats, conferences, workshops, dinner meetings, summer camps, trainings, and other gatherings.

Unique Crystal Lake Lodging in Frankfort, MI Makes Family Summer Vacations and Reunions Memorable

Crystal Conference Center announces a new variation on vacationing for summer travelers. The popular site is now open for reservations for summer 2019.

While Crystal Conference Center hosts groups in the many lodges and dorm options, the Missions House is a charming option for family get-togethers. Missions House sleeps up to 13 guests and offers a full kitchen for guests to have the option of cooking their own meals. Crystal Conference Center is the perfect place to host a summer family reunion at the perfect time of year 

We offer a unique blend of event space, overnight lodging and retreat space for groups of all types.

This site offers lodges & dorms that can accommodate larger groups such as schools, churches, youth events, and family reunions. One of the lodges named Cedar Lodge has four large bedrooms and sleeps 4-8 guests, two bathrooms, a common area, and a kitchenette.

Oaks Lodge is our newest building and accommodates up to 10 guests and features a common living area & bathrooms.

With three separate dormitories aptly named Beeches, Pines and Birches, each are available to book individually or as a unit. Beeches has four dorms, which sleeps 10 guests each; Pines offers a set of five dorms, each sleeping 6-8 guests, and Birches sleeps 6-8 in each of its five dorms.

Guests can do their own cooking in our commercial kitchen or enjoy the delicious meal service provided by our staff. 

Site Director, Eric Strommer shares, “What better place to have a family vacation? Being right on Crystal Lake gives such a peaceful and enjoyable stay. Imagine waking up and seeing the lake right there. It is so easy to want to rest and relax at Crystal Conference all day but we are close to so many wonderful natural and cultural attractions for day trips. Crystal Conference Center is just about close to perfection.”

Right now is the perfect time to book a summer get away at Crystal Lake. The camp & conference center is situated on the shores of Crystal Lake in Michigan. Guests enjoy the benefits of the private beach, with tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, disk golf, horseshoes and a nature trail. As always the staff is happy to provide information on local happenings to guests.

To book at Crystal Conference Center, call 800-678-5102 or visit the website for more information.

Crystal Conference Center is managed by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR), a camp and retreat management non-profit cooperative organization with 14 locations across the United States.

Coastal Redwood Camp & Retreat Center Offers Self-Guided "Nature in a Knapsack" for Guests Looking for Nature Experience

Camp Cazadero, a camp and retreat center nestled in the coastal redwoods and located in Cazadero, California, has announced a new “Nature Knapsack” program for groups of all ages to be released Spring 2019.

With help from the Web of Life Field School (WOLF School) naturalists, nature exploration activities specific to Camp Cazadero are put into a small knapsack for groups to use while exploring trails, forest, and fauna. Nature Knapsack has activities for exploring the 1,000 acre site which groups who come to the site can utilize to enhance their programs. The activities and nature trails are self-guided.

Our Nature Knapsack is designed to get children, youth, and adults outside and bring them closer to nature, while developing their observational skills. This discovery pack includes a guide for tree and animal identification and other aspects unique to the redwood forest.

The Child Mind Institute cites Richard Louv, author of the book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder identifies 7 positive growth factors when kids get outside:

1) It builds confidence. The way that kids play in nature has a lot less structure than most types of indoor play. There are infinite ways to interact with outdoor environments, from the backyard to the park to the local hiking trail or lake, and letting your child choose how he treats nature means he has the power to control his own actions.

2) It promotes creativity and imagination. This unstructured style of play also allows kids to interact meaningfully with their surroundings. They can think more freely, design their own activities, and approach the world in inventive ways.

3) It teaches responsibility. Living things die if mistreated or not taken care of properly, and entrusting a child to take care of the living parts of their environment means they’ll learn what happens when they forget to water a plant, or pull a flower out by its roots.

4) It provides different stimulation. Nature may seem less stimulating than your son’s violent video game, but in reality, it activates more senses—you can see, hear, smell, and touch outdoor environments. 

5) It gets kids moving. Most ways of interacting with nature involve more exercise than sitting on the couch. Not only is exercise good for kids’ bodies, but it seems to make them more focused and calm.

6) It makes them think. Louv says that nature creates a unique sense of wonder for kids that no other environment can provide. The phenomena that occur naturally in backyards and parks everyday make kids ask questions about the earth and the life that it supports.

7) Finally, It reduces stress and fatigue. In natural environments, we practice an effortless type of attention known as soft fascination that creates feelings of pleasure, not fatigue.

While this Nature Knapsack program is geared toward children youth, adult groups will enjoy the experience of nature-based activities as well. For child and youth groups, Camp Cazadero is offering a discounted outdoor-education lodging and meal rate for Knapsack program participants.

Camp Cazadero is managed and operated by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR), a non-profit camp and retreat management cooperative. The Web of Life Field School (WOLF School) is an outdoor education school of UCCR.

Visit Camp Cazadero on the web at http://www.uccr.org/cazadero/ or call UCCR at 800-678.5102 to reserve a stay.

Camp & Retreat Center Garners Experience and Passion with New Site Director

United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR)  is pleased to announce new Site Director Susan Souhrada to staff Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center based in Madrid, Iowa. Souhrada stepped into the new role December 20 and reports directly to UCCR’s Chief Operating officer Kent Shelby and CEO Mike Carr.

Souhrada holds a B.A. in Biology from Luther College (IA) and an M.S. in Nutrition from Iowa State University. Her professional experience includes food service and many research positions at Iowa State University along with the position of Product and Process Improvement Manager for the Burke Corporation  which is a division of Hormel Foods.

Souhrada’s small business experience includes carrying out grounds keeping operations for various county and privately owned properties in Iowa, an endeavor in which she has been involved for more than 20 years. Additionally, Souhrada has worked on the outdoor crew for a painting contractor.

“We are thrilled to bring Susan on-board, she has a wealth of pertinent experience and will surely serve Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center and customers well.” says Shelby, COO. “Most exciting to us is her long-term dedication to Clover Woods Camp and Retreat as she has lived with her family next door to the camp for years and has volunteered many hours to watch the camp thrive.” continued Shelby.

“I have long been fond of Clover Woods and want as many people as possible to come and see the event space and consider bringing a group to enjoy staying with us.” Souhrada says.

For more info on Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center visit uccr.org/cloverwoods or for Camp Property Management Services visit camppropertymangement.org or call 800-678-5102