By Henry Wegener
Our camping ministry in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church has been thriving for years. No matter the age or background, people who have experienced camp often find themselves returning year after year. For longtime camp devotees, it can be challenging to describe to someone without any camping background just what makes camp so special. Could it be the magic of campfire? Delicious camp food? The opportunity to meet friends? That doesn’t even begin to cover it all.
Camp is a special place where fun, fellowship, and faith come together. You are free to be yourself, grow close to friends, spend time in God’s beautiful creation, and try some pretty awesome stuff while you’re at it – activities such as challenge course, archery, kayaking, and horseback riding, and a whole lot more. It’s well known that much growth tends to occur at camp, personal and spiritual.
Our four camps – Indianola, Twinlow, Lazy F, and Ocean Park – are gearing up to offer you a wide variety of summer programs for all ages. Some camps have been without traditional overnight programs for the past two years due to previous COVID restrictions and safety concerns surrounding the pandemic. Each camp saw considerable improvements in 2021 with the introduction (and success) of day camps, family camps, and other new programs to accommodate the needs of our communities. This year, while doing what we can to keep everyone safe, we couldn’t be more excited to share the news that we are open completely for 2022 – open for you and your campers!
We invite you to get in touch with our four sites to learn what we offer. You can visit each camp’s official website to browse program offerings, view key attractions, meet the staff, and register for camp. A week at camp can be life-changing – we know this from decades of experience, and we strongly encourage you to make camp a part of your summer plans.
Henry Wegener serves as the program specialist and media manager at Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center located in the Manastash Canyon just outside Ellensburg, Washington.