Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OK Camps hosts Family Camps


A family poses by the bell at Crosspoint, photo via Donna Magruder

When large gatherings were banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OK Camps looked for new ways to reach families with spirit-filled activities in a natural setting. The solution: Family Camps.

Family Camps allowed families to spend a weekend at one of OK Camps’ three camp grounds during the month of July. Each family that registered stayed in their own cabin to help maintain a safe social distance from other campers, and meal times were staggered when safe distancing was not possible in the dining hall.

“It was great,” said Karla Darter, who attended Canyon Camp with the Brinson family. “My grandkids had a great experience for their first time to come to camp.”

“The time away from our home was invaluable for our family,” said Alan Herndon, who attended a family weekend at Canyon Camp with the Powers family. “It was a boost to our spiritual formation to have Worship each day led by Sam and others attending that weekend. The time to hike and have planned devotions dedicated to these times as a family really heightened our time experiencing God through nature.”

Donna Magruder hosted a Family Camp at Crosspoint the last weekend of July. She said it was interesting to have three generations of family there together. Debbie Hallum and her family attended the same weekend as Magruder.

“It was a very fun and relaxing weekend with family and close friends,” Hallum said.

Ashley Daugherty attended a weekend at Camp Egan with Andrea Shafer.

“Everyone was amazing, and we really enjoyed it,” Daugherty said. “We will be going back to Camp Egan even if family camps aren’t offered in the future.”

Learn more about OK Camps at okcamps.org. To book a fall retreat or family getaway, contact oklahomacamping@okumc.org.


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