Support our Mountain Sky Camps! The Mountain Sky Conference is home to some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in the United States. It also boasts seven United Methodist-affiliated camps within its borders, which encompasses four states. During this time of Covid-19, many of our camps have had to cancel their summer season or shorten it significantly. Our camps are vital to the life of our conference, especially to our youth, and young adults. Please consider giving to our camps, and for a limited time for every donation you make of $20 or more, you will receive a "free gift" (see t-shirt). To donate to the camp of your choice, and receive your free gift please CLICK HERE.
Story by: Amanda Daniell
Coordinator of Young People's Ministry & Camping Ministry
Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church
In light of COVID-19, our camps in the Mountain Sky Conference have had to have difficult conversations about hosting camp this summer. The Mountain Sky Conference boasts seven church camps spread throughout our vast conference, and all seven of our camps had to weigh many options and make decisions based on local, state, and CDC recommendations. Here is a breakdown of what our camps are up to.
Buckhorn Camp in Bellvue, CO has decided that in lieu of their summer youth camps, they are opening the camp up in a new way to enable our Mountain Sky Conference & Buckhorn Camp families to take advantage of spending time in God’s beautiful creation on Buckhorn Mountain. Through the months of June, July, and mid-August, our rustic cabins will be available to rent in 2-night, 3-night, and 4-night packages. Guests can bring their own food to prepare at their cabin, or choose to order from the Buckhorn kitchen for an additional cost and family-style meals will be delivered to your cabin. Accommodations will be set up to ensure plenty of physical space between guests, and minimal contact with Buckhorn staffers. Several self-guided programming options will also be available for guests to enjoy. We would love for families to take advantage of this opportunity to safely “Social Distance at Camp” and enjoy a change of scenery, while still maintaining important safety protocols during this pandemic. You can read more about Buckhorn HERE.
Beaver Creek Camp in South Fork, CO is planning to hold its Christian camps this summer, if the State of Colorado and other agencies allow it. They are on track to meet Center for Disease Control and American Camp Association guidelines to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of its plan to open this season, Beaver Creek will limit the number of campers in each session to a maximum of 24. Registrations coming in after the limit is reached will be placed on a waiting list. The Beaver Creek Camp Commission understands that finances may be more strained for some families in these difficult times and encourages those who need help to apply for a scholarship. The form is available at - http://www.beavercreekcamp.
Grand Mesa Camp in Western Colorado has made the difficult decision to cancel all of their camps this summer. You can still support Grand Mesa Camp as they prepare to welcome campers in 2021. You can read more about Grand Mesa Camp HERE.
Circle J United Methodist Camp in Ten Sleep, WY has decided to cancel its youth and elementary summer camps, but plans to remain open for the months of July- September for other activities. They are currently working to comply with local, state and CDC requirements, and are planning to host several "Open Camp" days for families to picnic. Circle J is also pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Adams, as their new Groundskeeper. Mike, and his family plan to move in to the residence on Circle J during the month of June. You can read more about Circle J Camp HERE.
Luccock Park Camp near Livingston, MT made the decision to cancel all its summer activities. They are looking forward to completing some camp projects during this time, and are allowing some local churches to host "church at camp" this summer. Luccock Park is also doing a "Zero Hero Fun Run". Zero Heroes can add 1, 2 or even 7 zeroes to their entry fee! These funds will support Luccock during the summer of Covid-quiet. You can read more about the Zero Hero Fun Run HERE.
Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp in Rollins, MT is currently in Phase 1 occupancy, and is allowing groups of 10 or less to stay in cabins. The Board of Trustees has voted not to hold traditional camp this summer, and are looking into the Center for Disease Control, American Camp Association, and local guidelines to facilitate a non-traditional senior high camp during the Covid-19 pandemic. They plan to continue to rent out their cabins to families for the summer. You can read more about Flathead Lake Camp HERE.
Pinecliff Camp in Coalville, UT has remained closed through May. They continue to discern the best course of action for the remainder of the summer. Pinecliff does plan to have their caretaker on site for the duration of the summer. You can read more about Pinecliff Camp HERE.
This is proving to be a difficult season for our camps, but as you can see our camps are staying busy, and working hard in spite of the hardships presented. Please consider supporting your local camp with your time, or by giving financially. For a limited time if you make a donation of $20 or more to one of our camps, you will receive a Mountain Sky Camp T-Shirt as a special gift. You can make a donation, and claim your free gift HERE. You must go through this giving platform to receive the free gift. Please contact Amanda Daniell at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about our camps.