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Upcoming events

    • 25 Oct 2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • 29 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Jumonville Camp & Retreat Center, Hopwood, PA
    Registration is closed

    Themed "In The Kitchen," UMCRM's biennial cornerstone event will be hosted in 2021 at beautiful Jumonville Camp & Retreat Center in southwestern Pennsylvania. 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. Lodging rate for kids is based on their age and room-sharing, so if you're bringing the family, please contact us before you pay for registration.

    To register, scroll all the way down in the blue sidebar to get to the REGISTER button. Registration will be limited to 150 people, so don't delay. For assistance with your registration, please contact our Registrar, Jen Burch via email, or call 862-200-7260. 

    Your inclusive registration covers room (with bedding & towels), all meals Monday dinner through Friday breakfast, event fees, speakers, workshops, and all programming. Private lodging rooms are no longer available. There is a variety of shared cabin lodging, so choose a couple of roommates, plan to stay with your staff team, or meet some new friends. We will be utilizing bottom bunks only, with 5 or fewer people per lodging room/restroom "cohort." 

    Payments & Cancellation: 

    Payment can be made by check or credit card; balance must be paid by Friday, October 22. Mailed checks should be postmarked by 10/12. Scholarships are available through the Legacy of Leadership FundIn the unfortunate event that you have to cancel, UMCRM is able to issue a refund, minus a $100 registration fee, up until October 24th, 2021. No fees will be incurred for COVID-related cancellations. Please email the Registrar for assistance with your situation. We urge anyone who is not feeling 100% well on travel day to stay home this time.


    Ground transportation will be provided to and from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) for $50 round-trip. Book flights to arrive before 2:30 pm on Monday 10/25/21, departing after 12 noon on Friday, 1/29. If you're arriving or departing outside the shuttle times, check our Carpool Site to connect with a ride. 

    COVID Safety:

    Together we will do all we can to keep the Gathering safe and healthy. View details about the COVID guidelines we will be observing

    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 1:45 PM (EDT)
    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Jumonville Camp & Retreat Center, Hopwood, PA
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    2021 National Camp & Retreat Leaders Gathering

    "In the Kitchen" 

    This is the primary education, training, professional and spiritual development, worship, fellowship, renewal event for all involved in United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministry. This event only happens once every two years - you don't want to miss it!

    Scroll down to the bottom of the blue section on the left for the "Register" button.  If you're already in the UMCRM database, please log in with your email to start. Contact Jen Burch, Registrar, if you have registration questions. Contact Allison Doyle, Vendor Hall Coordinator, if you have specific Vendor Hall questions. 

    Please check out these three documents before you register:

    This year our Vendor Hall will have an "Oktoberfest" theme (minus the beer garden but with festive food and fun!) Feel free to join in! 

    Vendor Hall schedule: 


    3:00pm          Vendor Set-up 

    5:15pm          Vendor Hall Grand Opening Party & Dinner (Oktoberfest theme)

    7:15pm          Vendor Hall closed



    8:45am          Vendor Hall Reopens

    9:15am          Vendor Hall Drawing & Giveaways

    9:45am          Teardown

    There is no on-site lodging available for Vendors. Below are some suggestions for area hotels: 

    • Historic Summit Inn (724) 438-8594
    • Hopwood Motel (724) 437-7591
    • Quality Inn & Suites (724) 434-1800

    Meals for Tuesday dinner and Wednesday breakfast for two people are included with vendor registration.

    • 29 Oct 2021
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Jumonville Camp & Conference Center, Hopwood, PA

    2021 UMCRM Conference Staff Summit

    This fall it will have been two years since Conference staff/Execs who relate to United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries last gathered in person with colleagues from across the country, and several new execs have joined the community since then. All are encouraged to attend the whole UMCRM National Gathering, "In The Kitchen", and then stay on for this extra day just for execs to worship, pray, and share together. 


    We encourage all to plan to attend both events and to book travel accordingly. 

    If you are planning to attend the National Gathering, registration is in 2 parts:

    1) Register for the National Gathering 

    2) Register for the UMCRM Summit  Click the Register button at the bottom of the blue box on the left. Select the same lodging that you chose for the Gathering week -- you'll be able to stay on for the extra day in your same room. Registration includes Friday lunch, Friday lodging, Saturday breakfast, and all programming.

    *If you're coming in just for the Summit, please choose Washington Lodge or Off-site housing.

    We will gather Friday morning after breakfast for devotions, and then share the day together in small and large group discussion. Lunch is provided on site at Jumonville. We will visit and tour the Healthy Village Learning Institute and Bishop Moore-Koikoi will lead us in a time of worship. We will dine out together as a group on Friday evening. Departures after breakfast on Saturday morning, 10/30.

    Hope to see you there!  Questions? Contact Jen Burch, Registrar

    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 9:30 AM (EST)
    • Scarritt-Bennett Center

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 8th

    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

    • Stewardship of Places, Resources, and Relationships

    • Governance Models/Working with your Board

    • Collaboration with Local Churches and Agencies

    • Roundtable discussions on UMC changes, theology, 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.

    Reflections from past Immersion participants:

    "In that week, I was able to plant the seeds to what turned into a network of close colleagues at a similar stage in our camping professions. Some of those connections are now my dearest friends and the people I call immediately when I need advice, to rant, to celebrate."
    "Like Camp for Leaders" – Collin Grooms, 2018

    "Circumnavigating The UMCRM Globe at Mach Speed" – Matt Williams, 2018

    2022 Faculty:

    • Event Chair - Russell Casteel, Camp Executive of the Tennessee Conference and Site Director at Camp Cedar Crest, TN
    • Class Host - Audrey Jordan, 2020 Immersion alum, Children's Ministry Director at 1st UMC, Starkville, MS
    • Rev. Ron Bartlow, UMCRM Board Chair, Senior Pastor, St. Pauls UMC, Tucson, AZ
    • Rev. Laura Goldenbaum-Yang, Pastor of Youth and Young Adults, St. James UMC, Greenville, NC
    • Jen Burch, M.Div., UMCRM Association Administrator

    Course requirements:

    The syllabus / reading assignments will be made available in November 2021. There will be one book, several articles and excerpts to read prior to the course, and one short reflection paper due following the course.


    The inclusive cost is $900 for course tuition, 5 nights' lodging at the Scarritt Bennett Center (all rooms are singles at this site) and 14 meals. Registration may be secured with a deposit of $200.

    To support our UMCRM Association member ministries in cultivating leaders, Immersion students are eligible to apply for Legacy of Leadership scholarship funds. Apply here. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis and applicants are limited to one scholarship every two years. The first 12 Legacy of Leadership applications for Immersion are guaranteed a minimum of $100 tuition assistance, so register early!

    Full payment is due by January 3, 2022 (online via credit card, or check postmarked!)

    Cancellation policy: A full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be furnished for cancellations before November 25th. Cancellations between November 25th and January 1st will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the total fee. Cancellations after January 1st are nonrefundable. Exceptions will be made in case of COVID-related illness.


    Please book travel to arrive at BNA (Nashville International Airport) no later than 3:00 pm CT on Saturday, 1/22. Our first gathering will be at 4:00 pm at the Scarritt Bennett Center. Departures on Thursday, 1/27 after breakfast.

    Covid Safety: As we seek to "do no harm," we will advocate for a healthy event by requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours of arrival. Students with a known exposure to a Covid-positive person (per CDC definition) within 10 days of the event are asked not to attend; full refunds will be made in that situation. Protocols will be updated closer to the event date to stay current with risk levels and current public health guidance.

Questions?  Please contact our Association Registrar

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