Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members. The summer season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, worshiping by the lake or on the hill and much more.
Overlooking Little Silver Lake in Hope, New Jersey, Hope Conference Center offers a special time for all ages. Students who have just completed grades 1 and 2 can sample the camping experience during Pre-Primary Conference. This is a shorter camp, but it packs a lot into that time. For campers finishing grades 3 and 4 there is Primary Conference, a week of activities and study, but with plenty of recreational and social time. Middler Conference is for those completing grades 5 and 6 and includes its own carnival, Olympics and special activities.
For those finishing grades 7 and 8, Jr. High Conference allows campers to grow spiritually and socially through study, sharing and fun. Those completing grade 9 through age 21 look forward to Sr./Post High Conference, where they connect with new and old friends and strengthen their faith through community, a coffeehouse and a commitment service.
There are camps for special interests as well. Guys and girls in grades 6 through 10 who want to learn to fish, or to improve their fishing skills, are invited to 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 “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.”, a version of the Broadway play specially arranged for younger performers. The performances at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24 and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, are open to the public. Tickets will be available before each performance.
Whether you attended camp in the “good old days” or the recent past, the Camp Hope Alumni Retreat is an opportunity to experience the fellowship and fun again. Join other Camp Hope alumni for a weekend of reminiscing, sharing and service. You can find more information on the Camp Hope Alumni Retreat Facebook page or at www.camphopealumniretreat.org.
In the Dining Hall, Chef Kim Samsel has developed a new menu for 2015, serving some new international dinners along with old favorites. She can also accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or lactose-intolerant or other special dietary needs as long as the camp is informed in advance.
Even if you are 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. Registrations for camps are being accepted now. For more info, contact Hope Center at 908.459.4435 or www.camphope.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
Susan M. Dreydoppel is the Administrative Assistant 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.
Moravian Camp and Retreat Dates for 2015
- Pre-Primary Conference: June 21–24 • Leaders: Shannon Swingle and Rev. Adam Spaugh
- Fishing Camp: June 21–27 • Leaders: Bob Wingrove and Rev. Derek French
- Primary Conference: June 28–July 4 • Leader: Rev. Tammie Rinker
- Middler Conference: July 5–11 • Leaders: Rev. David Geyer and Rev. Sayward Lippincott
- Jr. High Conference: July 12–18 • Leaders: Rev. Rhonda Robinson and Steadman Robinson
- Swim Camp: July 19–25 • Leaders: Ellen Saylor and Rev. Jeff Gehris
- Musical Theater Camp: July 19–25 • Leaders: Sarah Hriniak, Ryan Morrow and Rev. Otto Dreydoppel
- Sr./Post High Conference: July 26–August 1 • Leaders: Steve Kish, Rev. Cynthia Geyer and Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler
- Quilt Camp: September 23–26 • Leader: Rev. Lois Mease
- Camp Hope Alumni Retreat: November 13–15 • Leader: Ruth Huth