Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for a summer season filled with meeting new friends, enjoying campfires, swimming, boating, worshipping by the lake or on the hill and celebrating the 70th anniversary of “Camp Hope.”
Overlooking Little Silver Lake in Hope, New Jersey, Hope Conference Center offers a special time for campers who have just completed Grade 1 up through age 21. All camps include time to explore a program theme; free time for swimming, boating, nature study in the new Environmental Education Center and crafts; evening vespers and campfires; singing, making new friends and more.
There are camps for special interests as well. Boys and girls in grades 6 through 10 who want to learn to fish, or to improve their skills, can attend Fishing Camp, where they will learn about equipment, bait, lures and take an overnight trip to the Pennsylvania Poconos. Campers who have completed grades 3 through 6 can come to Swimming Camp, where they learn new skills and strokes, taught by the Hope Center Aquatics Team. Women who love to sew, whether it’s on a quilt or on something else, are invited to attend Quilt Camp in September. Times of Bible study and worship are included in all of the special interest camps.
The specialty camp for performers, Musical Theater Camp, gives campers in grades 5-9 a taste of all aspects of live performance, from singing and choreography to backstage crew. The week will culminate in two live performances of The Lion King, Jr., a version of the Broadway play especially for younger performers. The performances at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, are open to the public. Tickets will be available before each performance.
Chef Kim Samsel will be serving the great food that campers look forward to in the Dining Hall. She can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or lactose-intolerant diets and other special dietary needs, as long as the camp is informed in advance. Each camp will also have its own 70th Anniversary celebration at dinner on the last night of camp.
For those no longer in school, or not even Moravian, Hope Center has a place for you. Pastors and adult lay persons alike can use their talents as counselors, nurses, program leaders, and role models. Campers are encouraged to bring a friend with them to camp, regardless of their religious affiliation. For those who need it, financial aid may be available; contact your pastor or Hope Center.
Center Administrator Stephen Sobczak invites you to experience Hope Center this summer. For more info, contact Hope Center at (908) 459-4435 or www.camphope.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. n
Shannon Swingle, Dean
June 26–July 2
Bob Wingrove, Dean
June 26–July 2
Rev. Tammie Rinker, Rev. Bevon White, Program Leaders
Rev. Sayward Lippincott, Rt. Rev. Blair Couch, Deans
Jr. High Conference July 10–6
Rev. Rhonda Robinson, Dean
Musical Theater Camp
Sarah Hriniak, Ryan Morrow, Deans
Rev. Otto Dreydoppel, Chaplain
Sr./Post High Conference
July 24–30 Steve Kish, Dean
September 28–Oct. 1
Rev. Lois Mease
Susan M. Dreydoppel is the Assistant Administrator for Hope Conference & Renewal Center. She is a member of the Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth, Pa., and represents the Lehigh Valley, North on the Eastern District Executive Board.