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A Letter from Pilgrim Pines

April 2, 2012

Dear Friends of Pilgrim Pines,

     We are writing to share with you an update about our SCNC UCC summer camps at Pilgrim Pines for 2012.  First, we are grateful and excited to share that Jeanne Halverson will be our Summer Camp Director this year.  Jeanne has served in this position in the past, and has also been a volunteer counselor at Pilgrim Pines summer camp in recent years.  She has a great love and enthusiasm for our camping ministry and significant experience with the structure of our summer camps.  We are grateful for her willingness to help us in this year of transition!

     And, we want to share with you that after a time of study and discernment from both groups, the SCNC UCC Board of Directors has voted to engage the non-profit camp management company UCCR (United Camps, Conferences, and Retreats) to manage Pilgrim Pines Camp and UCCR has offered to enter into contract with us.  UCCR will be responsible for the maintenance, food services and year-round booking of the camp, while our Conference will now be responsible for all program leadership at our UCC camps and retreats.  This transition is likely to take place on May 1.  We are so very grateful to all of our current Pilgrim Pines staff, including our Executive Director June Boutwell, and we encourage you to share your prayers and gratitude as well with them as some move to the next calling in their lives.

     As we have previously shared, this transition means significant changes for our summer camp, the largest being that all of the counselors, group directors, and program leaders will need to be volunteers this year.  We are so grateful to all those who have already submitted volunteer applications, but we need many more people to come for one or more weeks in order for camp to happen this year.  Please pray, dream, invite, apply – we know there are many of you who will find great joy in working with children, youth or adult campers with special needs.  Applications are available at: http://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/Volunteers.html 

     And, we need campers!  Be sure to share the summer camp application with your congregation, friends and others: http://www.pilgrimpinescamp.org/summer-camp.html

     A week spent on the mountain this summer, as either a camper or a volunteer staff member, will be a transformational, exciting, fun, busy, joyful time.  Our lives are so full and it’s difficult to get away.  But sometimes, when we press pause for a moment and make the time, we are given surprising rewards that last long after the last campfire ends.

     Join us on the mountain this summer in the holy hope-filled beauty of Pilgrim Pines!

With gratitude, hope, and peace,

Your Outdoor Ministry Team:
Jeanne Halverson, Colleen Keehan, Paul Lance, Steven Mabry, Petra Malleis-Sternberg, Alison Morales, Dave Palmer, Audrey Turner, Neal Washburn, Whitney Washburn, Keith Clark

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