Camps News

Boards call voters’ attention to state questions

published 11/4/2016
Leaders of two Oklahoma Conference boards have shared their members’ concerns about state questions that voters will decide on Election Day, Nov. 8. Seven state questions will be on the ballot. The...

A splashing success

published 8/12/2016
Conference tests mobile day camp model in Edmond BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Church camp doesn’t always mean an overnight, sleeping-bag kind of thing. For five days in mid-July, the grounds of Edmond-First ...

Prayers and promises

published 8/12/2016
  Teens support one another as they kneel before a cross in worship during Dayspring South, held in July at Cross Point Camp. Dean for the camp was Kevin Andrews, an associate Wesley Foundation ...

Cross Point cabins blessed for service

published 7/1/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A‌s the two newest cabins at Cross Point Camp were consecrated June 6, Herschel Beard of ‌Madill remembered the site in the 1960s. He was among the first teen campers when the ...

Egan dedicates 2 gifts -- Medical station and playground await young campers

published 5/6/2016
by holly mccray A double dedication on April 9 celebrated two newly complete building projects at Egan Camp and Retreat Center. A smartly designed medical station and a playground for the youngest ...

Hiller named manager for Cross Point Camp

published 5/6/2016
Jeff Hiller began service April 18 as new manager at Cross Point Camp, located in south-central Oklahoma, announced Ed Parker, director of the Conference’s Camp and Retreat Ministries. A licensed ...

Missouri volunteers answer prayers

published 2/26/2016
Down in Canyon Camp, chainsaws roared as 22 United Methodist volunteers from Missouri cleared hundreds of broken trees during a week in January. "They’re an answer to prayer," said Canyon’s manager,...

Camp Reunion Party

published 1/15/2016
  Replace winter cabin fever with party fever by bringing your youths and elementary-age campers to a free Camps Reunion! Invite new friends who haven’t experienced camp yet! They’ll reunite with ...

Camps rally for comeback after storms’ assault

published 1/15/2016
‘Who would have ever thought we’d get 15 1/2 inches of rain in 2 days?’— Egan Manager Josh Pulver By Holly McCray Nature played extreme sports at all three Oklahoma United Methodist camps in 2015, ...

Blogger gets personal about summer camps

published 9/18/2015
By MOLLEIGH McCANN Growing up, I went from basketball camp to soccer camp to "High School Musical" camp to church camp. Almost every week of the summer, I lived out of my suitcase, was constantly ...

Water and Spirit

published 9/18/2015
Camps’ leaders wade through summer By HOLLY McCRAY On the last night of summer’s final youth camp, Ed Parker saw undeniable proof of the Kingdom power in church camps. He watched 29 teens signify ...

Into the wild, ‘Where’s God in the midst of this?’

published 8/7/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Summer break is a good time to take it easy, sleep late, and eat what you want when you feel like it — unless you are a seventh- or eighth-grader attending Wilderness Camp. The ...

Blessings wash over campers after relocating

published 7/13/2015
Dean recognizes God had a plan By SHARRI HILLER, Ardmore District Camp dean Where to have the last Ardmore District Youth Camp? It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. It was May, and ...

Creativity keeps camping afloat at Cross Point

published 7/13/2015
By Sam Hodges, United Methodist News Service The adventures of summer camp can include just getting there. Ask the teenagers who floated across floodwaters June 22 to Cross Point Camp south of ...

Tempting tummies: Camps’ kitchen crews collaborate with chef

published 6/5/2015
By HOLLY McCRAY Suddenly I was so hungry. Something chocolate was flowing into a baking pan. I smelled roasting pork and saw a chef mixing barbecue sauce. Cooks stirred scalloped potatoes. ...

Your rooms are ready--New cabins at Cross Point and Canyon Camps

published 5/8/2015
Cross Point to dedicate cabins June 1 By HOLLY McCRAY Two new cabins will be dedicated debt-free on June 1 at Cross Point Camp in southern Oklahoma. Together they add 80 beds and two large meeting ...

New cabins lodging Canyon campers

published 3/27/2015
Attend dedication April 18 at Canyon DEDICATION IS APRIL 18 — We’ll celebrate completion of the latest major building project at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, at 1 p.m. that Saturday. The Foundation ...

Sign-up begins for summertime camps, retreats

published 3/27/2015
Sign-up begins for summertime camps, retreats March served up Spring Break for Oklahoma schools … and that signified the summer church-camp season soon will follow. It’s time to sign up your student...

Ed Parker leads Camps for Conference

published 10/10/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY Ed Parker, new executive director of Camp & Retreat Ministries, met lots of Oklahoma pastors in his first day on the job. Newly arrived from New Hampshire, he was introduced Sept. ...

Seen at summer camp

published 8/8/2014
DAYSPRING DELIGHT — Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and 600 Dayspring campers radiate joy in opening worship July 10. The bishop preached to the large group of teens, ranging from ninth-graders to newly ...

Cross Point Camp: Construction Update

published 6/27/2014
In November, ground was broken for two cabins at Cross Point Camp. This June 17 photo shows work nearing the finish line. About $30,000 will complete the needed funding, said camp manager Ken Long. A...

Statue dedicated -- Gift creates special place to pray at Egan

published 3/28/2014
By Holly McCray At the base of the forest trail that rises to the large cross at Camp Egan, Jesus relaxes on a park bench. There’s room for you to sit with him. "Come to Me" is the name of this ...

Resources -- Summer Camp and UMCOR worship bulletins

published 3/7/2014
Worship Bulletins Oklahoma-based Engineers in Action (EIA) projects in Bolivia were selected by UMCOR to highlight in 2014 resources about programs related to World Water Day. The Bolivia/Oklahoma ...

Cross Point starts work on 2 cabins

published 12/13/2013
From left, Colt Healey, Sue Healey, and Casey Killblane help break ground Nov. 14 at Cross Point Camp. Todd Huckabay, at center in blue jeans, steps into his role for the Wilburn family ...

Construction in the canyon

published 10/11/2013
Through the money gifts from many, the work of contractors, the persistence of staff, and the grace of God, two new large cabins at Canyon Camp are taking shape. They will be ready for the 2014 ...

Boy inspires others as he learns the ropes

published 2/15/2013
At Cross Point Camp, a volunteer helps a young camper launch an adventure on Lake Texoma. This is one in a series on Oklahoma’s camps. ‘How many lives have been touched here? Thousands!’ – ...

Family embraces every day at Canyon

published 1/4/2013
This article continues a series on Oklahoma United Methodist camping. By David Combs, Director/Manager Canyon Camp My first church-camp experience at Canyon was Sixth Grade Camp. I still can recall...