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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM)”

    From the Advocate: Why camp? The question should be: Why not camp?

    May 4, 2016 / By Mike Huber

    Over my 47 years of life I have seen numerous examples of lives transformed by experiences at a camp. I was a family camper at Aldersgate and Casowasco. I was a summer staff member at two Mennonite camps while in college; and as a professional camp and retreat staff member, I have listened to, prayed with and walked with many who, through the transformative power of Christ have been renewed and …more

    From the Advocate: Summer camp: A rare opportunity for underprivileged youth

    May 4, 2016 / By Anita Leitgeb

    It continues to be a privilege to partner with the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) to provide summer camp opportunities for children served by the Rescue Mission in Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton, and Ithaca.   Summer camp provides a much-needed respite from the many challenges these children face daily. It’s an opportunity for them to be a kid for a …more

    From the Advocate: Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center a family affair for the Mantles

    May 4, 2016 / By Jennie Mantle

    John and I grew up in The United Methodist Church, so it seems like camp has always existed. His family – including his grandfather, the Rev. Miles Hutchinson – encouraged attendance, so John was at camp every year from the time he was eligible at 10 years old until he was 17, the summer between his junior and senior years of high school. John looks back at it now as “a …more

    From the Advocate: God uses camp staff and campers to teach life lessons

    May 4, 2016 / By the Rev. Nancy Adams

    My first experience at the Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center was as a camper when I was 12 years old. It was the first time I had ever been away from my family and was not at least with a grandparent. I went with a friend, although he was in a different cabin/family group. I had a great time! Our cabin challenged another cabin to a canoe race, and …more

    From the Advocate: Camp scholarships a priority for Sherburne First UMC

    May 4, 2016 / By Terry McNeil

    Over the years, I have personally witnessed many youth – including my two daughters – have great experiences and “God moments” from attending camps of the Upper New York Conference. The Sherburne First United Methodist Church is located in a small, rural village in Central New York. We have on average 40 to 50 people in attendance weekly for Sunday worship. We are proud to say we sent eight youth …more

    From the Advocate: Camp Culture 101

    May 4, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center – The ring and hook game Walter Stacy, service manager at the Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center from 1965-1980, remembered playing the ring and hook game as a child, probably on the farm in Phelps, where he spent some of his early teen years. Sometime in the late ’60s, he saw the game again, remembered how much fun it was when he was a …more

    From the Advocate: Because of Camp & Retreat Ministry, I ...

    May 4, 2016 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    The history of Camp & Retreat Ministry of The United Methodist Church is rich and filled with testimonies of lives changed by the amazing grace of God offered to and working through people of all ages and stages of life. Amazing things happen at camp and retreat settings around the world. Because of Camp & Retreat Ministry, individuals have heard the good news of the Gospel and placed their faith …more

    Director’s Invitational accepting nominations

    April 5, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nominations of young leaders are now being accepted for the 2016 Director’s Invitational at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. Director’s Invitational is a spiritual leadership seminar developed to help youth recognize their style of leadership and develop their own unique, God-given gifts. The five-day program begins Aug. 7. Youth will explore many different ways they can use their talents in service. This …more

    CRM names new director at Skye Farm

    March 15, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries is excited to announce Ryan Siver has accepted the position of Director at the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center in Warrensburg. Siver began working for the Conference on March 14. “Ryan has a vast knowledge of Camp & Retreat Ministries, having grown up in the Iowa UMCRM and having worked seasonally at Aldersgate 10 years ago,” said Mike Huber, Director of UNY …more

    CRM names new Manager of Operations

    March 8, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is pleased to announce that Scott Henderson will serve as the CRM Manager of Operations. His first day at the Conference will be March 14. The position of CRM Director of Program and Outreach was reconfigured into the position of Manager of Operations. Because of this transition, Henderson will focus on administrative and management details related to the overall CRM operation, …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."