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

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



Craigville Retreat Center Announces New Site Director as 30 Year Veteran Passes Baton

United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR), a California-based non-profit cooperative is happy to announce that Matthew CastleMan has been hired as the new Site Director of Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod in Centerville, MA.

CastleMan follows longtime UCCR Site Directors Cynthia and John Diggs in this position. The Diggs’ are retiring after more than 30 years serving as Site Directors at many of UCCR’s California camp and retreat center facilities.

CastleMan grew up in western Massachusetts though since 2014, has been with the Springfield-based Open Pantry Community Services agency where he served as Executive Director. CastleMan holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.

CastleMan fondly recalls spending many summers on Cape Cod visiting his grandmother. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to live and work here. My family and I feel so incredibly blessed that Mike Carr, CEO and the entire UCCR team have bestowed the opportunity to live on site and manage the property as Site Director. Our gratitude will continue to fuel our desire to be stewards of this beautiful piece of land, and keep the Craigville Retreat Center prospering for many years to come.” says CastleMan.

Craigville Retreat, a historic center overlooking Nantucket Sound, is owned by the Christian Camp Meeting Association (CCMA). UCCR partnered with the CCMA in 2015 to manage operations at the Craigville Retreat Center.

UCCR has been managing all aspects of facility management for camps and retreat centers since 1970. UCCR operates 13 facilities in California, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. All sites managed by UCCR are open to non-profits, schools, religious groups, and organizations for retreats, camps, meetings, reunions, educational and community gatherings. UCCR also provides program partnership to its facilities and owner group organizations through on-site support and the Web of Life Field School (WOLF). The WOLF School is an environmental education provider.

UCCR may be contacted directly at 800-678-5102 or at uccr.org