March Camping and Retreat News

March 07, 2018


MARCH 2018

On the first Wednesday of each month, the UMCatalyst puts the spotlight on news and information about our Camp and Retreat Centers. Summer camp registration is open, and there are many new and exciting programs at all our sites. Take a look at what’s happening:

‘Renew Your Life’ this spring at Rolling Ridge

Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Jesus: What do these biblical characters have in common? All three are part of the Spring Christian Character Series at Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, and each offers insight on how to live a life of faith.
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Some ‘groundbreaking news’ from Camp Aldersgate

Thanks to the generosity of the Champlin Foundation, we are building a second Day Camp pavilion (and an improved access road) creating more space for our day campers! Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate, RI, has experienced 20 percent year-on-year Day Camp growth since 2015, and we expect to keep growing. Adding another space for painting, science projects, and games will bring smiles to more campers this year. Summer is going to be here soon, and with it comes campers that will fill this place with laughter, happiness, and memories.

Don’t miss out on Wanakee’s early bird discount

Wanakee summer camp registrations have been pouring in; 85 percent more than last year as of March 1 (156 total and counting).

  • Two summer events are running wait lists for girls: Leader in Training (LIT) and Ultimate Survival. Please contact if you are interested in these programs.
  • Wanakee's annual women's retreat, Wild Wanakee Women, is back this spring, and will run April 27-29. Join us for a weekend of fun and Christian fellowship! Registration will open later this month - watch our website for details.

More upcoming events:
May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Work Day (mission opportunity!)
June 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Work Day (mission opportunity!)
June 23, 9 a.m. - EXPO camp (a free day of camp for ages 4-12) and Open House
Aug. 18 - 6th annual Wanakee Wilderness 5K and Homecoming BBQ
Don't miss out on your favorite event or our early bird discount visit to see what’s happening and sign-up!

It's Rally time at Mechuwana

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, ME, on March 17-18 to celebrate the end of winter with early springtime activities. The theme is: "Survive and Thrive" with activities that help keep us healthy: physically, mentally, and emotionally. For more information visit for a registration form or contact us at  or (207) 377-2924.

Become a youth leader at Mechuwana

Each summer nearly 100 youth become Youth Leaders at Mechuwana. If you are currently in grades 8-12, you are eligible to take part in our training, which will allow you to take an active leadership position in our camping ministry and spend at least one week at camp. 
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