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Hope Center: Memories are made here

0512camphopeintroClean Sock Award…Capture the Counselor…Buddy Check…TP Shuffle…Heart Attack Hill.Hope Conference & Renewal Center will be echoing with these phrases and many others in 2012, as it begins its 56th year of outdoor ministry in Hope, New Jersey. (If you wonder what any of the phrases mean, ask a recent camper in your family or congregation!) A full summer of events is scheduled, beginning with the Eastern District Confirmation Retreat in early May, through Memorial Day activities, five youth camps, and two specialty camps. The camping season ends in October with Quilt Camp, a fall women’s retreat.

All of the campers’ favorite elements will be back: the four-season cabins with bathrooms attached (these are not the same cabins that campers’ parents or grandparents remember); the pool which refreshes on a hot summer day; the sand volleyball and basketball courts; Little Silver Lake with the canoes and paddleboats; jokes and skits around evening campfires; great summer staff (many returning from 2011), lots of new friends to make and new experiences to share.

Campers will also see some new elements being added. Thanks to a generous donation, two cabins, Hassler Hall (Lower Lodge) and the Dining Hall will be made wheelchair-accessible over the summer. Getting into a boat at the lake will feel much more stable since the new dock was installed in last summer. And the new administrator has plans to add a new activity or two to Ryan’s Ropes (the low ropes course).

0512camphope3Summer at Hope is not only for youth, and not only for Moravians. Camp is for people of all ages, especially for those who are young at heart. Hope Center needs pastors and lay persons to bring their talents as counselors, nurses, program leaders, and role models for the campers. Campers are also encouraged to bring a friend with them to camp, regardless of the friend’s religious affiliation. For those who need it, financial aid may be available to help defray the costs of camp; contact your pastor or Hope Center.

Camp Administrator Stephen Sobczak now has one year of experience at Hope, and is enthusiastic about the future. “This is a great camp, with its own distinct heritage and traditions as well as some contemporary elements, like the paddleboats and ropes. All of the staff, year-round, summer-long, and volunteer, are working to make Hope even better than it already is.”

At Eastern District pre-Synod Listening Circles held in the fall of 2011, Hope Center received many accolades in answer to the question, “What does the Eastern District do well?” Hope Center is grateful to the congregations of the Eastern District for their continued support as it serves the recreational and spiritual needs of youth, adults and families.

(And in case you’re wondering, “TP Shuffle” is a group-building activity on the low ropes course. It involves something that looks like a “Telephone Pole.”)

For more information, contact Hope Center athopecenter@camphope.orgThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 908.459.4435.


From the May 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, July 23 — Psalm 88:13–18
Deuteronomy 32:10–43; Luke 11:1–13

The Lord said to Isaac, “Through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” Genesis 26:4 (NIV)

Many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8:11

God of our ancestors, we are grateful for the blessings upon blessings that you bestowed upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and also upon us. Thank you for the promise of your unending faithfulness. Amen.

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