Every day, our United Methodist Camps – Chestnut Ridge, Don Lee and Rockfish – are transforming lives with the love of God.
At camp, people of all ages discover new friends, accomplish new goals, grow in Christ, and experience the wonder that nature offers. Unplugged from the constant buzz of computers, television, video games, and cell phones, people find themselves making genuine connections with others, rediscovering the fun in physical activity, learning their own strengths, discovering God’s grace, and finding their own voice.
“My daughter grew by leaps and bounds in one week. She learned that she could tack and ride horses, meet new friends, and be okay without Mom and Dad for a few days,” wrote the mother of a first time camper.
Another parent affirmed, “We will make every effort to send [our boys] every week next year. They came home happy, laughing, tired, and dirty—just the way little boys should spend the summer! Keep up the awesome job!!”
There are people in every congregation whose lives have been transformed by camping ministries. Camp Sunday provides an important opportunity to share this story.
Join with hundreds of churches across the Conference on or near February 27 and celebrate Camp Sunday.
The NC Conference is blessed to have three camps offering opportunities to reconnect outdoors. Each camp has the common resources of a beautiful outdoor setting, cabins, gathering spaces, campfires, and excellent food, yet each has its own distinct focus. Each camp provides amazing summer camps for children and youth, and operates year-round with special programs for families, seniors, youth groups, school groups, church groups and retreat participants.
- At Camp Chestnut Ridge near Efland, horseback riding, community gardening and ecological stewardship bring depth to the natural experience.
- At Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe, sailing and marine science are central to the camp’s offerings.
- At Camp Rockfish near Fayetteville, guests can experience high adventure or enjoy the more refined retreat experience of the Bergland Retreat Center.
Camp Sunday can be celebrated by asking a child, youth or an adult who has been to camp to share their experiences. In addition, bulletin inserts and a camp litany are available for download at ncumcamps.org.
Congregations are also invited to help raise awareness of the Myra Morris Campership Fund, created to honor Morris’ dedication to camping ministry. Donations to the Fund provide financial assistance to families who could not otherwise afford to send their children to camp. Last year, over 200 families were assisted by these funds.
To make a gift to the Campership Fund or to request materials, or to arrange for a speaker for Camp Sunday, please contact Dail Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-352-8081.