Brisk Mornings & Comfortable Afternoons

Fall is a beautiful time of the year in Pennsylvania, and fortunately it is just around the corner. After coming out of summer season, Fall brings a welcoming change of scenery, as well as weather. Those long hot summer days slowly begin to turn into brisk mornings with comfortable afternoon temperatures. The trees begin preparations for the long winter when leaves turn from green to reds, yellows and browns. There is no other sight like the Appalachian Mountains here in Pennsylvania during October and November. The colors of the trees are vibrant and resemble fire with the bright reds cradled together with energetic yellows. There is truly no better place to spend fall than outdoors in Pennsylvania. 

Come stay with us at Hartman Center this Fall season, take advantage of our Fall specials and be treated to warm meals and stunning views. Hosting your group or family reunion is what we do best.

Fall & Winter Special
2 nights + 5 Meals
Cabin - $100 per person, minimum 12 people
Michaux Lodge - $111 per person, minimum 16 people

Zach Hassinger 
Hartman Center Site Director 

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference Center, located in Oak Glen, California Shares Summer Success

Camp and conference center hosts large groups and specializes in accommodating dietary needs.

(PRWEB) AUGUST 30, 2019

Summer season moves swiftly as groups roll in and out of Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference Center. Often the facility hosts groups booked back to back. As one group leaves the entire campus is reset with fresh food and given a clean shine. As the camp’s Site Director Connie Clark says, “My staff and I do everything we can to ensure that our guests feel welcome, including being mindful about our guests’ dietary needs.” 

As many facilities are no longer offering meal service, Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference Center not only continues to offer home-cooked buffet style meals, but also focuses on providing meals for guests that have special dietary requirements. “We host groups ranging in size from 10 to 262 people looking for accommodations, though our average group size is 150 people.” Clark says.

In an interview with Amna Hussain, a recent guest of Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference, she shares her groups appreciation for the facility accommodating requests. Hussain sits on the board of the Yaseen Educational Foundation and notes how difficult it can be to find a retreat center that will accommodate her group’s dietary needs and who are open to all types of groups the way Pilgrim Pines is. "We had a great time, the accommodations are super, and everyone went out of their way to make our stay wonderful," says Hussain. 

The southern California camp offers pre-arranged free tours and to encourage new business, Site Director Connie Clark is offering a plate of fresh baked cookies upon arrival to new groups who book between October 1, 2019 and February 28, 2020. 

Pilgrim Pines Camp & Conference Center is open year-round and offers lots of lodging options, recreational options including a swimming pool, basketball court, a walking labyrinth and more. Meal Service is available along with multiple meeting areas with both indoor and outdoor options. 

For more information visit: uccr.org/pilgrim or call reservations at 800-678-5102

Camp Cazadero Announces Incentives to Bring Adult and Child Groups Back to Nature

Near the Russian River in Sonoma County, California, Camp Cazadero announces two specials to promote groups to get out from behind our daily screens and outdoors into nature.

“We have many types of groups stay with us for a true camp experience,” says site director Melissa Sorrick. “We host school groups, music groups, adult retreat groups as small as ten people and as large as 180. As we begin moving into fall, we want to support people to experience the great outdoors in every season, not just summer,” Sorrick says.  

With two incentives that run from Fall of 2019 through Spring of 2020, Camp Cazadero hopes to inspire group leaders to bring their groups to book a stay and enjoy the 1000 acre property that has much to offer. 

The first special includes 5 meals and 2 nights lodging for $135 per person. Groups have the option to stay in either Redwood Lodge or the Cabins. Redwood Lodge requires a minimum group size of 15 and sleeps up to 26 people. The Cabins minimum group size is 20 and accommodates over a 140 people. This is a great deal for people looking for a facility to host their group in an outdoor setting. 

The second special offer is brand new this season. This special also includes 5 meals plus 2 nights stay with us for $160 per person. Lodging is offered in the Redwood Lodge and includes sheets for the bed, a blanket, pillow and towel. This special is for adult groups only.  

Both specials run from October 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020. 

In addition to lodging and meal service, Camp Cazadero has a large meadow for groups to utilize as well as a low ropes course, basketball, baseball, volleyball, a seasonal pool and plenty of hiking trails with one leading to a waterfall. The property is home to redwoods, madrones, firs, and oak trees and available for groups starting at just 10 people up to 180. Camp Cazadero is located northwest of Santa Rosa in the rolling hills north of the Russian River and 20 minutes from Goat Rock. 

“It is hard to put into words how experiences like I see our customers have at Camp Cazadero impact their lives. I want everyone to see and enjoy what I love about this area and am wanting to share the great outdoors with as many people as possible.” says Sorrick. 

To learn more about Camp Cazadero visit uccr.org/cazadero or call 800-678-5102 for more information. 

Camp Cazadero is managed by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats. 

United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR) Celebrates 28 Years of Hosting California Coast Music Camp (CCMC)

UCCR and CCMC acknowledges long term partnership for music camp in the foothills of California

PETALUMA, CALIF. (PRWEB) JULY 31, 2019

In 1992, the California Coast Music Camp (CCMC) began a partnership with United Camps, Conefrences & Retreats (UCCR) that continues today. The music camp, which welcomes up to 125 musicians for 2 weeks each summer at a UCCR camp facility, began their California camps in 1992 at Monte Toyon in Aptos. After a few years they moved to Camp Gualala, a camp that was managed by UCCR at the time, for 16 years. When Camp Gualala was sold, the musicians moved to the Community of the Great Commission, a UCCR camp in the Sierra foothills. 

Janet Peterson, who directs many music camps each year throughout the west, says, “My favorite thing is watching people discover their creativity, to take the time for themselves to actually do it. It’s great to come to a site where people take care of you. You can spend time with yourself. Will people really enjoy making music? Will they feel good about themselves? Absolutely!” 

The camp has a staff of teachers and assistants numbering about 40 plus 85 students each week. Classes happen throughout the day. Evenings are for special events such as teacher and student concerts and a dance. Staff arrive a few days early to set up the many screen tents and chairs for outdoor classrooms around the large camp. Participants can take a break from classes by taking a walk through the forest or enjoying a swim in the pool. 

“The camp experience is powerful… We spend so much time in isolation, behind our computers and such. We used to spend way more time in social community. What we’ve got here is that you feel someone cares about you,” continues Peterson. 

The CCMC music camp attracts a variety of musicians which include violinists, guitarists, celloists, banjo and ukulele players and more. The skill level is from beginners to advanced, so there are opportunities for everyone. 

The partnership between CCMC and UCCR is significant due to the longevity of the relationship. “Camp programs like CCMC are exactly the kind of groups UCCR enjoys long-term relationships with. The benefits for the sites and the participants alike embody real mutuality. They really are able to utilize the site and enjoy the wonders and peacefulness of the outdoors,” says Tina Heck, UCCR Director of Reservations and Communications. 

“We look forward to many more years of hearing the music through the trees from CCMC musicians. We would love to have more music camps like this at our other sites across the country. All of our camps and retreats are really ideal settings for gatherings like this,” continues Heck. 

Music camp coordinators can call UCCR directly at 800-678-5102 to explore opportunities for UCCR to host your next musicians gathering, workshop, or camp experience. 

UCCR, a non-profit cooperative formed in 1970, manages 13 camps, conference and retreat centers throughout the United States. For a list of all facilities available to rent visit UCCR.org

United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR) Recoginizes Grandparent Camps Encourage Adults and Children to Spend Time Together in Nature

With a growing number of programs offered around the country for Grandparents and Grandchildren, organized camps are seeing more young and old spending time together.

PETALUMA, CALIF. (PRWEB) JULY 31, 2019

United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR) encourages and supports innovative programs to get adults and children to spend time together in nature. With a growing number of programs offered around the country for Grandparents and Grandchildren, organized camps are seeing more young and old spending time together. 

These programs offer a variety of programs with different types of activities planned. Many camps and retreats can be found through local churches and regional denominations. With connectivity in this digital age, many who lived prior to the internet are seeing the need to get kids disconnected from their screens to spend time just being together with each other in a natural setting. 

Some programs offer a spiritual component while others focus on traditional camp and outdoor activities. Many programs offered around the United States last two to three days and may include visiting neighboring attractions. 

UCCR is an active member of the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA also promotes Grand Camp as a great option for families. ACA offers a great list of helpful to Grandparents planning on attending camp with their grandkids. "As baby boomers reach retirement age,the need for these kinds of opportunities for families is increasing. It is estimated that there will be be 70 million Americans in the elderly age group by the year 2030," say UCCR Director of Reservations & Communications Tina Heck.

United Camps, Conferences & Retreats manages 13 facilities throughout the US, many which are available for small groups to rent all types of accommodations from simple cabins to lodges. UCCR also offers meal service or guests can rent their own kitchen to make their own meals at some facilities. 

Visit UCCR at http://www.UCCR.org

Outdoor Education Program Reaches 100,000 K-12 Grade Students Over 30 Years

Web of Life Field (WOLF) School provides programs for children to explore and discover nature at camps in Livermore, Aptos, Yosemite and Cazadero.

APTOS, CALIF. (PRWEB) JUNE 28, 2019

For 30 straight years, the Web of Life Field (WOLF) School has been teaching youth about science and nature through outdoor education programs that empower kids to return home with tools to strengthen their communities. Serving 4,000 school aged children per year, for 30 years, means WOLF outdoor education programs have reached 100,000 children.

Outdoor education and team building programs provide vital experiences for California’s students. These programs are led by professionally-trained naturalists at stunning camps throughout California where students explore, discover, and learn through activities designed to encourage kids to develop leadership, communication skills, and cooperation. At camp, away from technological distractions, students have fun, explore the outdoors, sing songs, play active games and learn to live together in a community. This gives students the opportunity to make hands-on connections between classroom learning and the world around them in a safe and positive outdoor environment.

All WOLF School programs are in line with the California State Standards and support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Partnering with school teachers and other organizations, WOLF School is passionate about building respect, appreciation and stewardship.

Currently WOLF School brings its outdoor education programs to Monte Toyon Camp in Aptos, Camp Cazadero in Cazadero, Camp Tuolumne Trails by Yosemite, and Camp Arroyo in Livermore. “We want to provide outdoor experiences for as many people as possible in as many locations as possible.” says Heather Butler, Director of WOLF School

WOLF School specializes in three different programs: First, the Outdoor Science School is a hands-on science education program set in the beautiful redwoods, beach, or in the Sierra pine forest. The students explore the concepts of Energy, Cycles, Change, Adaptations, Communities, Interdependence, and Diversity as they engage directly with the redwoods, tidepools, and other outdoor areas. Secondly, Personal Awareness Community Commitment (WOLF P.A.C.C.) Team Building program focuses on the students discovering the key to successful communication, responsibility, and personal growth. Students achieve this success through unique series of team building activities that summon positive choices, cooperation, and respect. Lastly, the California Living History program takes the students on a journey through California’s history. Students learn about native peoples, our environment, the Gold Rush, and our natural resources through the eyes of immigrants, pioneers, Native Americans, and prospectors.

WOLF School also offers different seasonal camps which are available for children and families to attend and register for independently: Summer Nature Day CampBeginner and Advanced Level Backpacking Camp and Family Camp. Each camp is geared to provide a dynamic opportunity for WOLF’s School’s community to engage in the local ecology of Santa Cruz through a relaxed setting of fun and nature.

Teachers and parents can sign up to receive our WOLF School Newsletters to stay informed of upcoming programming or visit us at wolfschool.org or call (831) 684-0148. WOLF School is program provided by United Camps, Conferences & Retreats.

WOLF School Partners with Camp Arroyo to Bring Exciting Opportunities for Outdoor Environmental Education

LIVERMORE, CALIF. (PRWEB) MAY 30, 2019

Camp Arroyo, a facility of the East Bay Regional Park District, establishes new partnership with the Web of Life Field (WOLF) School and United Camps, Conferences & Retreats.

Beginning June 1, 2019, WOLF School (Web of Life Field School) will partner with Camp Arroyo to provide Bay Area students and teachers with even more excellent outdoor environmental education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities. WOLF School, a well-known outdoor school where classroom teachers take their students to experience the wonders of Science Camp and hands-on learning, is celebrating 30 years of delivering high quality science camp programs to youth. In addition, WOLF School is beginning a new partnership with Camp Arroyo, part of the East Bay Regional Park District located in Livermore, CA. 

For the last 30 years WOLF School has provided engaging outdoor education experiences to over 4,000 K-12 students and teachers each year at overnight science camps in the California redwoods, near the beach, and in the Sierras. This new partnership will allow WOLF School to continue building Camp Arroyo's traditions as well as reaching more students to fulfill their mission of "building respect, appreciation, and stewardship within the web of life." 

“We are looking forward to working with the staff at Camp Arroyo to continue to deliver high quality programs to their students,” said WOLF School Associate Director Desiree Gant. Gant continues, "We've enjoyed working with Camp Arroyo staff in our professional organization, AEOE [California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education], and we are super excited to work with Camp Arroyo's students and teachers!" 

WOLF School believes in the transformative power of outdoor experiences and is committed to designing programs that connect youth with nature, empower individuals, and strengthen communities. Through lessons and activities that make learning fun, WOLF School gives teachers the opportunity to enhance classroom curriculum and gives students that chance to gain knowledge, awareness, and respect for their environmental, their community, and themselves. 

From visiting the garden and tasting organic vegetables, to studying aquatic invertebrates at the creek, to participating in the legendary Cresta Blanca hike and learning about California’s early peoples, there is a lot to explore, discover, and learn at WOLF School Camp Arroyo. WOLF School is looking forward to supporting classroom teachers through this new connection and making life-changing experiences at camp for students in Livermore, CA and the San Francisco East Bay Area.

To find out more about coming to WOLF School at Camp Arroyo contact Desiree Gant at (831) 684-0148 or visit wolfschool.org 

WOLF School is the outdoor environmental education program of UCCR—United Camps, Conferences & Retreats. UCCR begins management of Camp Arroyo on June 1, 2019.

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.