The Conference Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries in following the protocols, precautions, preparedness and guidelines prepared by the Office of Disaster Response Ministry of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church, and resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Camp Association, is offering an alternative consideration for camping and retreat of small groups, families, cohorts and clergy circuits from our congregations and communities.
Disappointed that you can’t have your usual big children and youth ministry camp or retreat this summer? All of our conference scheduled summer camps have been cancelled. We have adapted into the COVID-19 pandemic with our “CAMP IN A BOX” virtual camping both for Toyon Camp and Camp Lodestar participants.
Creatively and resourcefully speaking, why not think of alternatives that could work for deepening relationships and faith development with small-er groups that are now allowed at several camp/retreat centers? Our three sites, Monte Toyon in Aptos (Santa Cruz area), Waller Center - San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe UMC - Retreat are available at www.calnevypm.org
Here’s some ideas to get you thinking of possibilities: