Our latest update Camp Magruder is inching closer to reopening, and we continue to get a clearer picture of what it will be, though it is moving slowly. The State of Oregon recently announced overnight youth camps will be permitted this summer. We expect state guidelines to be announced before May 1.
When we receive the guidelines, we will propose a suggested protocol and terms and conditions for Magruder family & youth camps along with summer retreat groups. Once we have coordinated with the cabinet of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church, we will be ready to announce our camp schedule and finalize plans with other retreat groups.
We know this process has made planning difficult--it has been challenging for us too. We are committed, though, to doing summer 2021 responsibly, taking the most current studies and recommendations into consideration as guests return to our site.
July 1 continues to be the target date to begin hosting larger retreat groups. We are taking reservations for groups from that date forward and guaranteeing looser terms on deposits and cancellations. Please contact us with more questions. Dates are still available.
We do plan to hire a summer staff for 2021, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We expect it to be a challenging but special summer for the incredible people we'll work with this year.
Camp Magruder will continue to host single family and pastoral respites or volunteer groups less than 10 with people and organizations we already have a relationship over the next few months. If you have a stable pod that would like to spend some time at camp and give back through a volunteer project, contact email@example.com.
Director Troy Taylor and Reservations Coordinator Leslie Carter are back to full time work in the office, so response times are much faster these days. We have our work cut our for us, but having more days to put towards this work we love has been energizing. Nearly everyone on the full time Magruder staff has already been scheduled for vaccination, and we look forward to our first maskless staff meeting.
We are continually blown away by the support that sustains this place from so many different directions. We know 2021 will be challenging for us and many others. Despite that, we do not feel alone. We feel deep gratitude for everyone who has given donations, prayers, service, social media shares, and overall positive vibes. We invite you to be part of supporting the reemergence of this meaningful camp community in the coming months however you can.
Be well until next time.
A little slice of heaven between the Pacific Ocean and Smith Lake in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Leave the cares of the world behind and rediscover the joy of living in Christian community. Whether you are a summer camper or attending with your church, school, non-profit, or community organization, come and leave your footprints in the sand and take home memories to last a lifetime! More than 9,000 people visit Camp Magruder every year. We hope you'll be one of them!
Camps & Events
More than thirty camp programs and registration events are offered by Camp Magruder each year. There are camps and events designed especially for children, youth, teens, families, grandparents, and those with special needs. Camp Magruder is accredited by the American Camp Association.
Explore this wonderful location and venue for your next church, school, or non-profit organization event. Camp Magruder is a member of the Christian Camp & Conference Association.
Camp Magruder partners with Northwest ESD to deliver outstanding outdoor education programs to children. Most participants are sixth graders.
Explore. Learn. Grow.