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‘Fearless Faith’ is the 2016 camp curriculum at both sites

Camp managing directors Wade Zick at Pilgrim Firs and Mark Boyd at N-Sid-Sen said that this summer’s kids and family camps will be using the “Fearless Faith; Courage in Community” curriculum that helps campers dras courage from their friends, families, churches and other communities.

“They will encounter biblical leaders who used the community given to them by God to stand up to mistrust, injustice, and fear itself,” said Wade.

There will be opportunities to reflect on forgiving others, changing attitudes, and connecting to and welcoming all people, Mark added.

“Fearless Faith: Courage in Community” is not just about campers “making friends at camp, enjoying nature and challenging themselves,” it is also how campers can create lasting communities in Christ to become a part of and gain support from. ‚Äč

Pilgrim Firs is the PNC camp and conference center on 100 acres that include 60 acres of forest and nature trails, a alrge play field and an outdoor chapel on the seven-acre, spring-fed Lake Flora the Kitsap Peninsula in Western Washington, said Wade.

N-Sid-Sen is the PNC’s 270-acre camp and conference center with 4,788 feet of shoreline on the eastern shore of Lake Coeur d;Alene in North Idaho. The lake and forest there afford opportunities for swimming, sailing, canoeing, hiking, walking, fishing, outdoor games and contemplation, said Mark.

Both are “wonderful places to come and learn about your faith and how it fits in God’s world,” Mark said.

Register for camps and reatreats at or

For information on Pilgrim Firs, call 360-876-2031 and on N-Sid-Sen, call 208-689-3489.


Mattress campaign continues

Both N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs are continuing a $50,000 “Sweet Dreams: Adopt a Mattress Campaign” to replace the 334 mattresses at both sites.  The suggested donation to adopt a mattress is $250.

Mark and Wade pointed out that camps and retreats are enhanced when people have good nights of sleep.

Once mattresses are purchased, both camps will share in a PNC capital campaign to fund projects for both camps.

Plans for N-Sid-Sen include pedestrian paths under Highway 97, lodge-style, year-round housing for older guests and relocating the manager’s residence.  Pilgrim Firs proposals include RV sites, improved staff housing, a program and performing arts building and acquiring additional acreage.

For the mattreses, checks go to the conference office, 325 N. 125th St., Seattle WA 98133 or online at and click the donation button.

For information, call 206-725-8383.


Counselor and leader training camp planned July 10 to 16

Counselor in Training / Leader in Training (CIT/LIT) Camp will focus on building the next generation of leaders July 10 to 16, the same time as Kids Camp and Intermediate Camp at Pilgrim Firs.

Kaila Russell and Wade Zick will be co-directing a revised Counselor in Training / Leader In Training program for $250 for 15 to 18 year olds.

The program focus is on building the next generation of leaders with a particular emphasis on faith, with servanthood as the foundation, said Wade.

The program is built upon creating community among participants, assessing individual leadership qualities, understanding stages of human development as represented by campers, practical service opportunities with campers on site, and delving into camp management basics, he explained. 

This revised CIT/LIT program is the result of feedback from previous CITs and counseling staff.

As a result of the broader focus of the program, there is no required previous camp experience.  The program is for youth who have leadership potential and are seeking leadership experiences.

Registration is at


Copyright April 2016 - Pacific NW United Church News


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