Camps & Retreat centers spring into summer

Gretna Glen Campers gathered around outdoor Cross during Confirmation
EPA’s four Camp and Retreat centers are busily hosting various spring events for all ages, providing a warm-up for the even busier summer camp season ahead. Several have hosted outdoor confirmation classes, like this one at Gretna Glen. Coming in May are several open houses, the Gretna Gritty Mud Run and Walk-a-thon, Camp Innabah‘s Golf Outing, Carson-Simpson Farm’s Spaghetti Dinner, retreats for seniors, youth, young adults, and Pocono Plateau‘s Mothers and Daughters Retreat, following their Fathers and Sons Retreat in April.

Gretna Glen’s Spring Blast in April welcomed 46 children. Its summer goal is 1,200 campers total, including 180 for its Camp Can Do for young cancer patients and 21 for its MDA Camp for kids with Muscular Dystrophy.

Pocono Plateau’s target is 700 summer camp registrations. Innabah’s goal is 900. The latter will offer exciting new camps this year: Experiments and Explosions for science and engineering types, and Fins and Flippers for budding swimmers. Camp SERVE will take senior-high youth offsite to do local service projects. And those who attend the Around the World in 7 Days Camp will go even further virtually as they gain a new, global understanding of multiculturalism.

The 2014 summer camp theme is Get Real: Finding Your True Self in Jesus, and there will be daily scripture lessons and activities to help campers discover more about Jesus and more about themselves. To learn more visit the EPA Conference Web site (http://www.epaumc.org/camping) and the individual Camp & Retreat Center sites: www.innabah.org, www.gretnaglen.org, www.poconoplateau.org and www.csfarm.org.

An added message from Pocono Plateau Camp Director Ron Shane
Camp Scholarships!  The need for camper scholarships is greater than ever!  With the slow recovery of the economy, many families are having difficulty saving money to send their children to summer camp.  Every child deserves a chance to experience God’s love and grace in the caring Christian community of summer camp.

Pocono Plateau relies upon the generosity of individuals, churches and organizations to support the scholarship fund.  The goal for 2014 is to raise $15,000.  Without your assistance children will miss out on the life-changing opportunities of camp. Please prayerfully consider donating to the Camper Scholarship Fund and help send a child to camp.  You can donate online through our website, by phone, or by mailing a check.  Thank you for making a difference in a child’s life!