The Eastern PA Conference owns and operates four unique, scenic camp and retreat centers spread across different regions of the conference: Pocono Plateau in the upper Northeast; Carson-Simpson Farm just north of Philadelphia; Innabah, more centrally located in Spring City; and Gretna Glen in the Northwest area.
Camp & Retreat Ministries involves not only the quality management of these four remarkable sites, but also the diverse, enriching programs and dedicated staff and volunteers who truly define them as ministries. Each of these beautiful, blessed oases are what they rightly claim to be: “God’s place apart, transforming lives.”
All four centers truly come alive during Summer Camp, with hundreds of excited children and youth learning, playing, being nurtured and making friendships and lifetime memories. But three sites–Pocono Plateau, Innabah and Gretna Glen–are busy year-round, hosting retreats, picnics, confirmation classes and other special events of all kinds.
Our Camp & Retreat Ministry centers are places where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience God’s love and creation together in a caring Christian community, as they grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. Contact them today to plan or register for an event. Visit their Web sites at: innabah.org, gretnaglen.org, poconoplateau.org and csfarm.org.
In addition, please support them and help more young people with limited resources to benefit from summer camp through Camper Scholarships. With many families still struggling with economic difficulties, the need for scholarships is greater than ever. Every child deserves a chance to be embraced by God’s love, as experienced in the caring, life-changing environment of summer camp. Please help us make this possible. Send your contributions to the Eastern PA Conference Treasurer and identify them as donations for Camper Scholarships. Thank you.
Camp and Retreat Ministry Board
Chairperson: Mrs. Nannette Connolly
3405 Davisville Rd.
87 Old Mine Rd.
712 Pughtown Rd.
304 Pocono Plateau Rd.
The Conference Camping Board has hired Jonathan Curtis as Carson Simpson Farm Christian Center’s new Director, after a lengthy search. Curtis grew up locally in Warminster, and his wife Jessica was raised in Berks County. They met as students at West Chester University, and they have two children, Charlotte (6) and Benjamin (3). Both are “committed to serving Jesus Christ by making disciples through Christian camping.”
Jon has been a teacher of at-risk youth for the past 6 years, and Jessica is a nurse in Philadelphia. “Their family is eager and energized for this new journey to serve children and youth and glorify God,” said Camping Board officials. “We are excited to pass the torch and look forward to all that God will do at Carson Simpson Farm through Jonathan and Jessica,” said Ray and Meg Neitz, who recently retired after running the camp for more than two decades. Ray will remain as camp maintenance manager, and both will assist Curtis and his staff in transitioning the camp to new leadership.
Teenager Caeli Connolly, of St. Paul’s UMC in Elizabethtown, has been coming to Gretna Glen’s summer camp for 12 years but finds it new and exciting every time.
“No two experiences are ever the same, whether you’re boating, hiking, making friends, playing games or whatever,” she says. “We have lots of great conversations here, and it’s easy to make friends at camp because everyone is more open and free to be themselves. Counselors and staff are so loving and comforting, so accepting. You don’t have to be afraid of anyone here.” Read more…
These notes are to encourage YOUTH, YOUNG ADULTS and ANY OTHER group who would like to support our Conference wide Camp & Retreat Ministries by organizing a fundraiser in YOUR local community. Almost every local community has a restaurant chain within commuting distance which would be willing to assist. Learn more
Leaving a legacy for Camp & Retreat Ministries
For some of us, Eastern PA Conference’s Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) has had a profound impact on our spiritual growth and that of our families and friends. That is so true for me that I have searched for a way to make a real and lasting difference for CRM.
Unfortunately, I’m not a rich person. But someone told me I could make a gift to support our Camp and Retreat centers that costs me nothing during my lifetime. How? By including CRM in my will. Continue Reading