Camp on the Boulder partners with Faith Chapel for continued growth

January 04, 2019

Submitted by the Rev. Jeremy Scott
Chair, Board of Directors, Camp on the Boulder

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

The Board of Trustees of Camp on the Boulder, and the leadership of Faith Chapel of Billings, Montana, have signed an agreement for the lease to purchase the current camp property. Faith Chapel will take over all management and responsibly for the property and staff effective immediately and continue to operate it as a church camp into the future. We anticipate a five to seven-year time frame where Faith Chapel will operate the property under an exclusive lease while making payments towards the purchase amount. 

After the closure of the camp as a United Methodist Camp and Retreat center in August 2017 it was the highest priority of the camp board to find a new steward of the property that would continue to operate it as a church camp. We continue to believe this amazing slice of God’s creation needs to be used in a way that will continue to inspire new generations of people. We feel blessed to have found a new partner who is able to make the needed investments in camp and is excited to use it as it was intended to be used. We expect countless more people will grow in their discipleship and love of God through this amazing place.

During the period of the lease, the Camp on the Boulder trustees will develop a plan for using the proceeds from the sale to develop a sustainable funding stream for United Methodist ministry aimed at enhancing the discipleship of youth, young adults, and families in the state of Montana. After discussions with people with long-term ties to the camp everyone feels this focus is in the best interest of keeping with the original intent and purpose of the camp. The board will use the time while proceeds are accumulating to investigate the options for how we support these ministries by looking at successful programs in other areas, investigating needs in our area, and working with our various partners.

Per paragraph 2516 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the camp trustees will ask the 2019 Mountain Sky Annual Conference for permission for the eventual transfer of title of the camp property once the full purchase amount has been received.

It has been a long, hard, and prayer-filled journey over the last several years. From recognizing and admitting camp was no longer sustainable as it was, through the decision to close, and all the work that followed to determine what happens next, we have felt God’s hand and guidance throughout this difficult work. Now, knowing that the camp property will continue to be used as intended, and with the prospect of developing a brand new way of supporting important United Methodist ministry in our area, we see now we have witnessed a form of death and resurrection. As we continue to work out the details of this new future we ask for your continued prayers and support. God truly is doing a new thing and we anticipate all will be blessed by whatever is to come.

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