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

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.