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N-Sid-Sen gears up for full summer program

After nearly 10 years as managing director of N-Sid-Sen Camp and Conference Center on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Mark Boyd will step down from that position the end of the summer season.

The camp dog, Sage, swims in the sunset at N-Sid-Sen.  Photo courtesy of Mark Boyd

He and his wife, Julie, will move to western Washington, where he will become associate director at Pilgrim Firs at Port Orchard, where he previously served as associate director.

“Family needs are calling us back to Puget Sound,” he said in an announcement on Facebook, expressing appreciation for his work at N-Sid-Sen with “so many amazing people—our campers, partners, guest groups and all the incredible staff and volunteers.

So along with sadness leaving N-Sid-Sen, he celebrates it as “sacred grounds, place to be cherished, where people grow in their faith live and work together in Christian community, learn about respect for themselves and others, and show God’s love by truly caring for all creation.”

In announcing the programs for 2022, Mark noted that church camp is both fun and a sacred place with intense relations and positive role models, as he invites churches to recruit campers for summer 2022.

‘Campers and leaders live, work, play and worship from early morning until late evening,” he said. “They grow together through shared experiences and form an intentional community as they hear faith stories and share their own.

The theme for 2022 is “What’s in a Name?” Campers will look at how people of the Bible confronted expectations, confounded assumptions and forged new identities.

Mark asks churches to select a Sunday as Camp Sunday and use resources he sent in a promotional packet.

Summer camp information was also mailed to camp families whose members came the last three summers.

“Summer camp at N-Sid-Sen is an important piece of year-round faith formation for PNC-UCC churches,” he said.

To encourage church families to come to camp and send children, many congregations pay part of the camp fee.

Families and campers may also pay “basic fees” or “gratitude rates,” the latter to cover the true cost of the camp.

“Recognizing families are differently gifted, we offer two rates for each camp. Families can chose the rate most comfortable for their circumstances,” Mark said.

The basic rate covers direct costs and the gratitude rate reflects true costs including facility maintenance, equipment repair and replacement, and program development.

The Early Bird Deadline, April 15, includes a discount. There is also a discount for families registering three or more for a family camp.

To assure children can attend, churches also provide scholarships and N-Sid-Sen has a scholarship fund.

N-Sid-Sen seeks volunteer cabin leaders, session directors, nurses and resource people.

There are paid positions from mid-June through August. N-Sid-Sen seeks summer staff to clean buildings and grounds, and there are positions for hospitality staff to assist in the kitchen with meal prep, service and clean-up. N-Sid-Sen also needs certified lifeguards to supervise lakefront activities two to four hours a day and assist with weekly float trips.

Staff need to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Work camps are another opportunity to help. There will be a Work Camp from 4 p.m., Thursday to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5 to 8 to spruce up the grounds with carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking, power washing and brush removal.  Youth and adult fellowship groups, families and individuals may sign up.

Meals, lodging and supplies are provided, but volunteers must sign up to participate.

Registration is online at


Youth camp dates have been set at N-Sid-Sen

N-Sid-Sen has announced the dates for the 2022 summer adventures:

Kids Camp for grades 2-4 is July 10 to 13

Intermediate Camp for grades 5-6 is July 3 to 9

Junior High Camp for grades 7-9 is July 3 to 9

Senior High Camp for grades 10-13 is July 10-16

Emerging Young Adult ages 18-35 is June 30 -July 3

Family Camp 1 for all ages is July 24 to 30

Family Camp 2 for all ages in July 31 to Aug. 6

The Basic Rate per person for Family camp is $370 for adults and teens, $350 for ages 8 to 12, $295 for ages 3 to 7, and no charge for under 3. The Gratitude rates are $470, $450, $345 respectively.

Camps offer swimming, campfires, faith chats, canoeing, crafts, yummy meals, games, hiking, s’mores, singing and welcoming Christian community.

For information, call 208-689-3489 or email


Pacific NW Conference United Church News - © April 2022


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