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Association of UMCRM

2020 UMCRM Immersion Experience

  • 25 Jan 2020
  • 3:30 PM
  • 30 Jan 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO


  • Leadership team for Immersion Experience
  • Are you coming along but not actually participating in the Immersion Experience as a student or faculty? This option is for shared room plus meals.
  • Tuition, room & board, shared occupancy
    (Choose this option if you have a roommate in mind or are willing to be matched with any other same-gender student)
  • Tuition, room & board, single occupancy

Registration is now closed. If you need to change an existing reservation, please contact registrar Jen Burch.

The UMCRM Immersion Experience is an unforgettable week. A core component for Certification in Camp and Retreat Ministry, this event is open to anyone who would benefit from an immersion into what it means to be a uniquely United Methodist Camp, Retreat and Conference Center.

New and aspiring Directors and Program Directors, board members, and key staff, as well as students seeking Certification, are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to grow and be nurtured by exploring the following topics:

  • Methodist/Wesleyan Theology and Doctrine

  • Faith Formation

  • Methodist Camping History, Heroes, & Best Practices

  • The Seven Foundations of CR Ministry

  • Facilities and Hospitality

  • Administration, Conflict Management, Staffing

  • Governance Models/Working with your Board

  • Collaboration with Local Churches and Agencies

  • Roundtable discussions on UMC changes, theology, program changes, and concerns specific to students and their sites

Perhaps best of all, the event features networking with peers in small groups and growing in relationship with colleagues across the nation, many of whom may become friends and encouragers throughout your ministry.

2020 Faculty:

Event Chair - Russell Casteel, Camp Executive of the Tennessee Conference and Site Director at Camp Cedar Crest

Class Host - Jen Burch, UMCRM Association Administrator

Rev. Ron Bartlow, recent past Director of Camp/Retreat Ministries, Desert Southwest Conference

Rev. Laura Goldenbaum-Yang, recent past Assistant Director for Faith Formation and Environmental Education, Camp Don Lee, NC

Tuition is $300 plus room and board. The inclusive cost is $820 (shared room) or $1155 (single room). 

UMCRM values our members and has always invested in developing leaders. To support our UMCRM Association member ministries in cultivating leaders, 2020 Immersion students from member camps/Conferences are eligible for a $100 grant to be applied to the program cost. To receive this grant, apply here

Full payment is due by January 3, 2020 (online via credit card, or check postmarked!)

Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be furnished for cancellations before November 25th. Cancellations between November 25th and January 1st will result in the forfeiture of your deposit or 50% if paid in full. Cancellations after January 1st are nonrefundable.


Please book travel to arrive at DEN (Denver) no later than 3:30 pm on Saturday, 1/25, and schedule departing flights no earlier than 12 noon on Thursday, 1/30. An airport shuttle is provided during these time windows; otherwise transportation is on your own. Our first gathering will be for dinner at 6:00 pm at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park.

Questions?  Please contact our Association Registrar

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