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Many people have helped in N-Sid-Sen transition

People have made a difference in a time of transition for the PNC camp and retreat centers.

Camps and retreats are keeping the PNC centers, Pilgrim Firs at Port Orchard and N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene, active in the midst of those staff transitions.

Lifeguard chair awaits hiring lifeguard for summer at N-Sid-Sen.

Mark Boyd moved in December from N-Sid-Sen to be managing director at Pilgrim Firs. Pam Peterson is moving from Red Lodge, Mont., to N-Sid-Sen as designated managing director starting April 1.

Bill Bourdon, part-time executive director of the national UCC Outdoor Ministry Association, spent Jan. 18 into March on site at N-Sid-Sen while the Search Committee worked to choose Pam.

Before Mark left, he hired Dean Johnson as maintenance person. He started in January and moved on site in February. The new cook is Joline Ware, who lives in Harrison. She began the end of February.

Alice Ling and Ben Crosby have been going to N-Sid-Sen each day to meet with groups who are there. Ben grew up going to N-Sid-Sen. Alice recently retired as pastor in Wallace. They live at Carlin Bay.

Shirley Asmussen, a retired camp director from Ohio who lives in Western Washington has volunteered for seven months, reworking the website and helping with registration remotely.

When interviewed March 11, Mark had just met with the new Outdoor Ministry Team: Eric Johnson of Wayside; Linda Crowe; Cassandra Heide, Shirley Asmussen, Leah Bilinsky and Todd Kamp.

Mark recommended a visit to the websites— and—to keep up with what’s happening at the camps and register.

First on the list of Conference events are the summer camps at N-Sid-Sen.

New on the camp list is You & Me Camp for grades 1 to 5 with an adult is July 9 to 12.

Intermediate Camp for grades five and six, and Junior High Camp for grades seven to nine will share the site from July 2 to 8.

Kids Camp for grades two to four is July 12 to 15 the end of the Senior High Camp week for grades 10 to 13, running July 9 to 15.

Early in the summer is the Emerging Young Adults camp for ages 19 to 35, June 15 to 18.

Family Camp 1 is July 23 to 29 and Family Camp 2, “Camp Together,” is July 30 to Aug. 3.

The website announces tiered pricing, named gratitude tier that reflects true costs of the experience and direct cost tier, covering programming, food and summer staff.

There is financial assistance to assure the camp experience is available to everyone.

There is also a subsidized tier, plus a “bring-a-buddy” discount of $100 off for both the inviter and buddy, someone who has not been to camp.

“Fruitful Faith: Living a Spirit Filled Life” is the theme for 2023 camps at N-Sid-Sen summer camps that offer canoeing, crafts, skits, nature, songs, campfires, worship, faith chats, swimming, paddleboarding, water games, river floats, hiking, volleyball, basketball, field games and more.

Action Work Weekends are from May 11 to 14 and June 15 to 18. A fall work weekend will be posted in mid-summer.

The 2023 PNC Women’s Retreat will be May 19 to 21, at N-Sid-Sen.

N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs are also recruiting for summer camp and hospitality staff, including life guards for mid-June through August.

Churches have already set September retreats:  the Westminster/Colville/Chewelah retreat is Sept. 8 to 10; Pullman/Richland is Sept. 15 to 17, and Walla Walla is Sept. 22 to 24. Other dates are still available for churches or church groups.

For information, call 208-680-3489 or visit


Copyright © Pacific NW Conference United Church of Christ News March 2023


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