Pilgrim Point Camp

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MN Conference UCC

Join our staff and Board of Directors this evening @ 7 pm for our first Conference Conversation. We will provide an opportunity to learn more details about the Pilgrim POint Camp decision and other priorities emerging from the Minnestoa Conference strategic discernment process.
Simply log in through the zoom link below. https://zoom.us/s/549619257?

MN Conference UCC

The Minnesota Conference Board of Directors shares an important message about Pilgrim Point Camp.

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2019 High School Youth Trip to Chicago & Milwaukee

Sunday, January 13 is the deadline to pre-register for the 2019 Youth Trip, travelling by train to Chicago and Milwaukee. June 17 to 25. Don't miss out!

uccmn.org This is a summary of event information. For more information, or to inquire about partial scholarship support, please contact the Registrar. « All Events 2019 High School Youth Trip to Chicago & Milwaukee Monday, June 17 - Tuesday, June 25 « Spring 2019 Conference Youth Event Youth Camp 2019 » In...

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We are excited to announce the 2019 outdoor ministries events sponsored by the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ. Although we will not be able to host camps and retreats at Pilgrim Point during 2019, we have secured dates and locations for a full and robust schedule of adult retreats and youth events. Following is a summary of the program offerings, including dates and locations:

- Spring Conference Youth Event, April 26-28, Luther Crest, Alexandria, MN
- Taize Contemplative Prayer Retreat, May 21-23
- Youth Week, July 28 – August 1, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
- Men’s Retreat, August 23-25, Luther Crest, Alexandria, MN
- Women’s Retreat, September 13-15, Luther Crest, Alexandria, MN
- Fall Conference Youth Event, October 11-13, Luther Crest, Alexandria, MN

Full details for each of these events will be available on the Conference website in early January 2019 and registration for all events will open on January 15. Conference staff are working with planners for both the July and August family camps to determine possible alternative dates and locations for these programs.

Feel free to contact Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children and Youth, or Lori Alford, Pilgrim Point Program Director, with questions regarding the 2019 event schedule. Thank you for your ongoing support of outdoor ministries in the Minnesota Conference UCC and for your continued prayer during this season of discernment.

An Important Announcement about the 2019 Season at Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats

During a meeting of the Minnesota Conference Board of Directors on November 3, 2018, the Pilgrim Point Camp Committee brought forward a recommendation to cancel all programs at Pilgrim Point for the 2019 season and to explore alternative locations to host some of the Conference-sponsored programs. The Conference Board unanimously affirmed the committee's recommendation.

The recommendation to cancel the upcoming season resulted from intensive conversations and prayerful deliberation of the Pilgrim Point Camp Committee and Conference staff. Three significant factors led committee members to their unanimous recommendation to the Board:
1) Uncertainty regarding the status of the dining hall for 2019 given the fire damage to that building last summer
2) The resignation of Pilgrim Point's site manager and chef, who had been a key part of successful operations for the past two seasons
3) Notice from Luther Crest that they will not renew the current managed services agreement for 2019, due to significant staff turnover and challenges with summer staff retention and recruitment

Although no camps will be held at Pilgrim Point Camp in 2019, Lori Alford, Pilgrim Point Program Director, and Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children & Youth, are working now to identify alternative locations and creative ways to host a number of the camps and retreats normally scheduled at Pilgrim Point. Alternative spaces for Spring CYE, OWL training, Youth Camp, Women's Retreat and Men's Retreat have already been identified! Please look for more details regarding these and other programs in the coming weeks.

Kevin and Lori will also be working with the congregational sponsors for the week-long family camps to explore potential options for these experiences. Unfortunately, Conference staff will not have the capacity to coordinate retreat weekends for individual congregations, which have become such an important partnership between Pilgrim Point and our local congregations. We are developing a list of camps and retreat centers that may have availability for weekend retreats during the summer of 2019. Please feel free to contact Kevin to receive this list or with any questions.

The decision regarding the 2019 season at Pilgrim Point is a short-term decision that reflects current operational challenges. Meanwhile, the Conference is considering longer-term questions about outdoor ministries and Pilgrim Point Camp as part of its wider strategic discernment process begun this past summer.

An Outdoor Ministries Working Group, comprised of members of the Pilgrim Point Camp Committee, the Conference Board, and staff, has been consulting with Bill Bourdon, Executive Director of the Outdoor Ministries Association United Church of Christ. The group explored a broad vision for outdoor ministry in the Minnesota Conference UCC and examined a diversity of operating models and scenarios for sustainable and vibrant ministry. The working group presented a report to the Conference Board of Directors on November 3. A full copy of the working group report can be found HERE.

"The decision to cancel the 2019 season at Pilgrim Point Camp was a heavy one for all of us - the Camp Committee, the Board, and for us as staff. We know it will be deeply disappointing for many who treasure Pilgrim Point Camp as the sacred space it is and were eager to return there in 2019," said Conference Minister Shari Prestemon. "But I trust in our resilience as a Conference, and in our willingness to follow the Spirit's leading and dare a new thing."

Feel free to reach out to staff members Shari Prestemon or Kevin Brown, or to Conference Moderator Janet Bartz or Pilgrim Point Camp Committee Chair, Scott Keehn with any questions and concerns regarding the 2019 season, the working group report, or the broader strategic discernment process.

This letter was originally shared in the November 14, 2018 edition of COMMAntary.

From now until October 22nd, participate in the UCC’s Date with Nature Photo Contest. Celebrate your love of nature by submitting a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #UCCDateWithNature. It would be exciting to see a winner who is a camper, retreat participant, or volunteer at Pilgrim Point!

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Youth Camp 2018

Early registration for Youth Camp 2018 ends May 15. Save $75 on the registration fees by clicking on the following link and registering now!

We can't wait to see you at Pilgrim Point this summer!

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Check out information regarding the 2018 season.
We can't wait to see you at camp next summer.
Registration for all camps and retreats opens on January 8, 2018.


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The beginnings of another High School CYE. It's great to be with old friends and have an opportunity to make new ones.

Stay tuned for more photos..Pilgrim Point surrounded by nature, how can you not love this place..

Stay tuned for more photos..Pilgrim Point surrounded by nature, how can you not love this place..

Youth camp is rolling along. Lots of activities from programming, prayerful reflection, and camp chores to relaxation and hanging out with friends.



Middle School CYE- October 7-9
High School CYE- October 14-16
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