Clover Woods 4-H Camp & Retreat Center Breaks Ground on New Swimming Pool


Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center has started construction on a new outdoor inground seasonal pool.

The Iowa 4-H Foundation, owner of the camp and retreat center, received a generous donation to use for facility improvement and decisions were quickly made to add a beautiful new pool to enhance the recreational opportunities for camp & retreat guests.

The camp and retreat center has been undergoing many site improvements as they work to attract new business. Abby Muhlenbruch, Site Director at Clover Woods, says “Swimming pools are fun for campers of all ages. It invites healthy exercise and a cooling off spot in the hot summertime.” 

Other improvements made this summer include new staining on the dining hall, re-shingling a cabin exterior, trail clearing and wood debris removal. “The Midland Power Volunteers spent a day caring for this camp that has brought them so many fond memories,” says Muhlenbruch. “We have many loyal customers who want to keep giving back and make Clover Woods Camp & Retreat better and better so more people will come enjoy the outdoors.”

Clover Woods is available to schools, churches, and all non profit groups for day use, retreats, and other events. Food service, lodging and recreational opportunities are available year-round. The camp is managed by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats, a non profit camp property management cooperative.

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Historic Conference Center Opens to All Non Profit Groups & Weddings

Crystal Conference Center announces its doors are open to all non profit groups as well as couples seeking a retreat, conference, or wedding venue.


Crystal Conference Center, located on the shore of Crystal Lake, used primarily over the past 100 years by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Region of Michigan churches, is now making the conference center available to all non-profit groups who are looking for day use, weekend workshop & conference space, family reunions, weddings, or week-long rentals.

Neil Topliffe, spokesperson for the site says, “Crystal Conference Center has been a pivotal place for so many people of all ages, but as we change with the times, we look forward to sharing this beautiful site with any non-profit group that would like to gather and needs a place to do so.”

“With the beauty of Crystal Lake, this facility makes a very picturesque backdrop for beautiful wedding photos. We are happy to supply wedding planners with the information they need to provide their clients,” says United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR) Marketing Manager Laura Chamberlin. UCCR began marketing services for Crystal in January 2018.

The conference center provides a unique and beautiful setting for weddings and other events with a memorable setting on the banks of Crystal Lake.

As Crystal Conference Center prepares for the next 100 years, they continue to offer many outdoor activities to groups looking to combine meetings with team building type activities. “One of the most popular features of the conference center is the fact that we are right on beautiful Crystal Lake with lake access,” says Topliffe.

Overnight accommodation is available in lodges/dorms and a few RV sites. For more information call 517.372.3220 or email ccmr(at)

Crystal Conference Center is in partnership with United Camps, Conferences and Retreats.

Camp & Retreat Center Offers Non Profit Groups Lodging in Natural Setting

Penn State Football Fans are invited to hang their hats and roll out their sleeping bags at a cabin in a beautiful natural setting during game season

"We realized church groups that travel to Penn State Games in our area may enjoy the back to nature feel of staying in one of our cabins," says Dave Bushnell, Hartman Center Board Member.


Hartman Center is announcing two Fall & Winter Specials geared toward non-profit groups, schools, and churches.

The camp and retreat center, located in Milroy, PA, is encouraging church groups, especially Penn State Football fans, to reserve a cabin or two to stay at while visiting State College, PA to attend Nittany Lions Football games.

Cabins are a convenient lodging option for church groups or other non-profit groups looking for camp style accommodations. During the late summer and early fall, the pool which was completed in 2017, is a welcome addition to the retreat center which may be enjoyed by all guests.

Hartman Center is owned by the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ and the facility is managed by United Camps, Conferences and Retreats. “As we begin to let the community know that we are renting our beautiful facility, we realized church groups that travel to Penn State Games in our area may enjoy the back to nature feel of staying in one of our cabins or lodges.” says camp board member Dave Bushnell.

“We have a total of 8 separate cabins, each one fully equipped with a bathroom and 6 bunk beds, which sleep up to 12 people.” says Zach Hassinger the facility Site Director. Hassinger oversees the entire 192 acres property. “Being located just 20 minutes from Penn State College, after the games, our guests can fish, hike, look at the stars from our observations deck or swim in the pool.” says Hassinger.

Hartman has a great flat rate fee per cabin for Football season only. The Football Lodging does not include any meal service.

If non profits groups, schools, and organizations want to take advantage of another special during the Fall and Winter season at Hartman Center, a seasonal package runs from October 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019 which includes 2 nights and 5 meals at 10-15% discounted from the regular rates. There is a minimum of 12 people for the cabin area and 16 people for Michaux Lodge.

“One of our most popular places to stay on site is called Michaux Lodge which is a one-story building with eight bedrooms, 32 beds, a kitchen, a dining room which seats forty. It also has a large common room for fellowship and program activities.” says Hassinger. Michaux Lodge will serve any group size 16 to 40 with the option to do your own cooking or eat in our dining hall and allow us to cook for you. This facility is completely handicapped accessible.

Reservations can be made by calling 800-678-5102. Photos of Hartman Center can be viewed online at

United Camps, Conferences and Retreats Issues a Call to Non Profit Program Leaders


United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR) is excited to announce a call for program leaders looking for space to hold their programs. UCCR has three camp and retreat centers in the Sierra Nevada available for day use or overnight retreats. As the organization moves toward 2020, UCCR is reinvigorating its efforts to serve the non-profit community by hosting groups that need locations for day training or overnight lodging programs.

All three sites are unique and offer a variety of indoor and outdoor meeting areas, recreational opportunities and lodging options. With almost 50 years in camp, conference and retreat center management, UCCR provides hospitality, food service, and lodging. With today’s continual connectivity, people want to get back to nature and decompress in a beautiful setting while enjoying the benefits of food service and recreational choices.

The first site, Community of the Great Commissions (CGC), is located in Foresthill, CA and serves group sizes 10-104 people. CGC is offering fall and winter specials which begin October 1, 2018 and run through February 28, 2019. Specials include homemade meals and overnight lodging with discounts. Group leaders can focus on their program while site staff take care of the cooking and cleaning.

Secondly, Applegate JRC is located in Placer County, conveniently located just above Auburn. As one of our most popular and busy sites, groups can take advantage of a variety of meeting spaces and lodging options including the newer Oak Lodge. Oak Lodge has 12 rooms, each room sleeps 4, attached conference rooms and a beautiful screened in porch with rocking chairs to seat 20.

Camp Lodestar is in Calaveras County, located above Jackson in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, and can host groups size of 12 to 165. Camp Lodestar offers 450 acres of hiking. Indian Grinding Rock State Historical Park is nearby.

"These Sierra foothills sites offer guests a great opportunity to enjoy the forests and views while enjoying hospitality services," said Tina Heck, UCCR Director of Communications & Reservations.

A video tour of each site is available online along with a photo gallery of each site.

Reservations or questions can be made by calling 800-678-5102 or emailing Photos and site videos are available at

Templed Hills Camp Renewed & Refreshed


United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR) is pleased to announce our “Refreshed & Renewed” on site improvements at Templed Hills Camp and Retreat Center. The camp reopened in February 2018 after being closed for the past few years.

Until recently, the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) owned two camps, Templed Hills Camp and Pilgrim Hills Camp. The Conference closed Templed Hills a few years ago and moved all of their programs to Pilgrim Hills Camp. In the Fall of 2017, Pilgrim Hills Camp was sold to a private party.

Templed Hills Camp has now been updated with many improvements as we renew our commitment to serving the camp and retreat center community.

A dedicated crew of volunteers from the owner group, the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ, along with our UCCR staff who manage the site, have worked earnestly to provide everything from updated day use meeting space to overnight retreat center lodging for group sizes 10 to 225 guests. The facility is available for any non-profit group to use year-round.

UCCR Marketing Manager, Laura Chamberlin, says, “We are so pleased with the Refreshed & Renewed campaign and excited to offer the refurbished space to returning groups and new groups for off-site meeting space, weekend workshops, retreats, family reunions, and week-long programs.”

The site, located in Bellville, Ohio, near 1-71, is just over an hour from both the greater Cleveland and Columbus areas.

United Camps, Conferences and Retreats can be contacted directly at 1-800-678-5102 or visit Templed Hills Camp at for more information.