Welcome to the 
Association of UMCRM


Upcoming events

    • 23 Jan 2020
    • 3:30 PM (MST)
    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 12:00 PM (MST)
    • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

    Annual Meeting of the UMCRM Board of Directors  (1/23-26)

    and Design Team Planning Retreat (1/26-30)

    Please book flights into DEN by 3:30 pm on arrival day, and departures after 12 noon. If you need to be reimbursed for your flight, please send Check Request Form and receipts to Brant.

    Board members! Arrive Thursday 1/23, Depart Sunday 1/26. We'll gather in our meeting room around 6 on Thursday evening and head to dinner together at the YMCA of the Rockies.

    Event Design Team! Arrive Sunday 1/26, Depart Thursday 1/30. Matt and Kim will have more details about your team plans.

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

    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, Director of Camp/Retreat Ministries, Desert Southwest Conference

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

    Tuition is $300 plus room and board. The inclusive early-bird cost is $720 (shared room) or $955 (single room). Register by 11/25 to receive this rate. 

    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.

    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.

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM (CST)
    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM (CST)
    • Beersheba Springs Assembly, Beersheba Springs, TN

    Themed "Transformed" SEJ's biennial cornerstone event will be hosted in 2020 at the Beersheba Springs Assembly, in Beersheba Springs, TN. Gather with camp and retreat ministry leaders from across the Southeast (and beyond) for inspiration, education, fun, and fellowship.

    Learn more on the website: http://umcrm.camp/sej

    Prices are all-inclusive (lodging, meals, programming)

    Ex. Double Room (2 beds) is $235/person all-inclusive

    *Commuter pricing available

    If you are registered but have not yet sent a check or submitted online payment, please pay your balance online now or bring a check with you to Beersheba Springs. Not sure? Log in to UMCRM.wildapricot.org to check your account. Or email us. 

    • 25 Jan 2021
    • 3:30 PM
    • 29 Jan 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

    Themed "Elevate: Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise," UMCRM's biennial cornerstone event will be hosted in 2021 at the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado. Gather with camp and retreat ministry leaders from across the country for inspiration, education, fun, and fellowship.

    This event is designed to be family-friendly (kids program is free!), and non-United Methodist camp leaders are warmly welcomed. 

    Registration is not open yet, but we admire your eagerness! Watch S'more Mail or check back in early 2020.

    When it's time, you'll scroll all the way down in the blue sidebar to get to the REGISTER button. For further assistance with your registration, please contact our Registrar, Jen Burch via email, or call 862-200-7260. 

    *This registration (with UMCRM) takes care of event fees, speakers, workshops, airport shuttles, and snow fun. It does NOT cover lodging and meals, so please make sure you register with the Estes Park Center for the eating and sleeping portion of the week!  (If you'll be registering a group for housing you will need detailed info for each person, including address, roommate preference and dietary needs.) 

    Payment can be made by check or credit card; balance must be paid by January 15th, 2021.

    Cancellation Policy: 

    In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your registration, we are able to issue a refund, minus a $75 registration fee, up until January 1, 2021. Please email the Registrar for details. Lodging changes or cancellations must be made directly with YMCA of the Rockies.


    Ground transportation will be provided to and from Denver International Airport (DEN). Book flights to arrive before 3:30 pm on Monday 1/25/21, departing after 11 a.m. on Friday, 1/29. The last shuttle on Monday will depart at 4:30 pm (we think-- stay tuned for firm details). If you're arriving or departing outside the shuttle times, check our Carpool Site to connect with a ride.

Questions?  Please contact our Association Registrar

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