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Camps gear up for the 2024 programs

The Outdoor Ministries Committee has been hard at work getting the dates, curriculum, and volunteer staff lined up for “Linked by Love” Summer 2024 Summer Camp, said Pam Peterson, director of N-Sid-Sen.

The Women’s Retreat for ages 16 and older will be held May 17 to 19 and the Emerging Yound Adults dates are TBS for ages 19 to 35.

The summer dates at N-Sid-Sen are as follows:

• Intermediate Camp (entering grades 5 and 6) and Junior High Camp (entering grades 7 to 9) run are both July 14 to 20;

• Senior High Camp (entering grades 10 to 13) is July 21 to 27, running concurrently with You and Me Camp (child entering grades 1 to -5 with an adult family member) July 21 to 24 and Kids Camp (entering grades 2 to 4) July 24 to 27.

• Family Camp for all ages is July 28 to August 4 and Camp Together (a family style camp for all ages) is August 4 to 10.

The committee is still confirming the volunteer camp directors, who this year will be referred to as the camp deans.

A new member of the staff will be a camp chaplain. Dana Sprenkle, who is a member in discernment (MID) for ministry, will serve as the chaplain for all of the camps rather than each camp having their own chaplain.

The theme for this summer’s camp is “Linked by Love” and all of the camps will have the opportunity to follow the same curriculum as in the past.

Registration for N-Sid-Sen Summer Camp 2024 opens on Feb. 1, using the portal found on the web site.

Interviews for paid summer staff—lifeguards, cooks and housekeeping—begin on Feb. 1. Applications are accepted any time. To apply, email Pam Peterson at

The Outdoor Ministry Committee is recruiting camp deans and cabin leaders. Anyone interested in volunteering for summer camp should contact Pam.

Registration will be online at

Pilgrim Firs offers retreats, two camps

Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center is offering the Men’s Retreat for ages 16 and older Feb 1 to 4 and the Junior-Senior High Midwinter Retreat for grades seven to 12 on Feb. 9 to 11.

In the summer, there will be a You and Me Camp for grades 1 to 4 with an adult ant Kids Camp for grades 2 to 4 June 14 to 16.

Registration will be online at

Pilgrim Firs does deep cleaning to prepare for 2024

Mark Boyd, who spent the first month of his sabbatical flying to New Orleans, helping his daughter Nicole pack and driving back with her as she moves back to the Northwest, is unsure when the next segment of his sabbatical will come as he expects Pilgrim Firs Camp and Retreat Center to be full through 2024.

The Annual PNCUCC Men’s Retreat will be Feb 1 to 4 followed the next weekend by the Midwinter Retreat for middle school and high school youth Feb. 9 to 11.

Because the facility will be well used in 2024, camp staff will spend a week and a half in December doing a deep cleaning of the grounds and buildings.

“We will clean cabins and carpets, paint rooms, wash linens and curtains, and do maintenance upgrades,” said Mark, who is the managing director. “Then we will keep up with doing one cabin a month and stay on top of maintenance.

“We have a busy calendar, because we have worked to recruit more UCC churches to use the camp. Among the churches that have scheduled retreats for their congregation or groups are Liberation, University Congregational, Bellevue youth, Richmond Beach and United Churches of Olympia,” said Mark.

A new group, “Black Girl Empowerment,” has reserved Pilgrim Firs during March.

There are many of the regulars coming back, such as Warrior Pathh who hold several retreats a year and Our Whole Lives to train people in January and for all-age session in November.

Other regulars include 12-step groups, a Unitarian Universalist group, a Sufi retreat and guitar camps have dates.

Mark said Pilgrim Firs seeks two more staff

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