CAL-PAC CAMP, RETREAT AND DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES MAY 29, 2020
With a heavy heart and after much prayer and consideration it has been decided that the traditional Cal-Pac Summer Camp programs at Cedar Glen, Lazy W and Wrightwood will be cancelled for 2020. Instead we will be offering alternative ways to experience camp in the coming months as listed below.
Our Wesleyan heritage calls us to “do no harm” and the safety of our campers and staff has always been our top priority. With so much still uncertain about the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of contagion, testing and treatment our summer camp teams feel that it is best for us not to hold our traditional resident camp programs in order to promote the health and safety of all campers, families and staff.
Summer camp will be greatly missed by all of who have been looking forward to it, especially this year! There is a great longing for time outdoors together with God and the camp community. Our theme is “Lift Our Hearts!” from Psalm 121. So we are providing some exciting new opportunities to share in the camp experience over the next few months as follows:
1 – SUMMER CAMP REUNION WEEKENDS for all ages will be held at Cedar Glen Lazy W and Wrightwood. Please check their websites for further details.
2 – “HOUSEHOLD HOLIDAYS” - retreat time with those living in the same household - will be available in July and August at all of our sites – Aldersgate, Cedar Glen, Colby, Lazy W and Wrightwood. Reservations can be made through calling the camp offices or visiting the camp websites starting in June.
3 – “WEB-BASED EXPERIENCES” for campers and families will be available in June and July. Look for invitations from the summer camp staff and the camp websites.
4 – A YOUNG ADULT INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY will be offered at Camp Wrightwood for three weeks in July 6-26 – a time of “spiritual quarantine” for 18-24-year-olds including worship, prayer, service, nature and hikes, meals and much time for reflection. Call Camp Wrightwood or go to their website for further details and application.
Here are the places to ask questions or get further information: Camp Cedar Glen – 760-765-0477 – www.campcedarglen.org Lazy W Ranch – 949-728-0141 – www.lazywranch.org Camp Wrightwood – 760-249-3453 – www.campwrightwood.org Aldersgate Retreat Center – 310-459-6699 – www.aldersgateretreat.org Colby Ranch – 626-792-2296 – www.colbyranch.org Cal-Pac Camps and Retreats – www.calpacumc.org/campandretreat
Please consider making a donation to a camp or our Cal-Pac Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry at this important time. Our centers have on-going expenses for maintenance, staff, utilities and insurance without any spring or summer revenue from camp and retreats. By giving now you help ensure we will be able again to provide vital ministries to all as we re-open. You can donate now at www.calpacumc.org/campdonations
Be hopeful! We know that there will be a time soon when we can gather again at camp. We miss you! Be healthy and safe while “the joyful anticipation deepens” (Rom. 8:21)
Rev. David Berkey, Director Camp, Retreat and Discipleship Ministries