Musical Theater Camp! More Pre-Primary Camp! Camp Sampler Weekend! Camp Hope Alumni Retreat! All these events are new for 2014 at Hope Conference & Renewal Center, located just outside of Hope, New Jersey. The camp serves the Eastern District of the Moravian Church.
Musical Theater Camp–The specialty camp for performers returns to Hope Center July 20-26 after an absence of several years. Now called Musical Theater Camp, it will give campers in grades 3-8 a taste of all aspects of live performance, from singing and choreography to backstage crew. The camp has a limit of 30 campers, so register soon!
The week will culminate in two live performances of Godspell, Jr., a version of the popular Broadway musical especially for younger performers. The performances at 7 p.m. Friday, July 25, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, are open to the public. Tickets will be available from the Hope Center office in advance and before each performance.
More Pre-Primary Camp–At the request of Pre-Primary campers and staff, that camp will be one day longer in 2014. Held June 22-25, camp will now end on Wednesday night, giving campers one more day of fellowship, activities and independence.
Camp Sampler Weekend–If you have thought about trying camp, but don’t want to commit to a whole week in case you don’t like it, this event is for you. Come try out camp for a day and a night, May 17 and 18. Participants will get a tour of the camp, help with a work project to get camp ready for the season, sleep in a cabin, watch the stars while enjoying a campfire and meet some new friends. You can bring a friend who has already been to camp if you want, and adults are welcome to stay, too.
Camp Hope Alumni Retreat–Whether you attended camp in the “good old days” or the recent past, this is an opportunity to experience the fellowship and fun again. Join other Camp Hope alumni October 24 – 26 for a weekend of reminiscing, sharing and service. You can find more information on the Camp Hope Alumni Retreat Facebook page.
These new events are in addition to the regular youth conferences (Pre-Primary, Primary, Middler, Jr. High and Sr/Post High) and special interest camps (Swimming, Fishing and Quilt Camps, in addition to Musical Theater Camp) for 2014. Your favorite activities will be back, including swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, being challenged by the low ropes course, making new friends, camp Olympics, pool parties, songs around the campfire and more.
Another new addition for 2014 is that Camp Hope is going Green! This year, all campers will receive a free water bottle when they arrive at camp. The bottles will be personalized by each camper, and are theirs to use for the week and to take home. (Don’t worry, parents: facilities for washing and sterilizing the bottles will be available at mealtimes.)
Hope Center is preparing to become barrier-free, planning to build two new cabins to accommodate campers with special mobility needs. We will also be adding ramps to the Dining Hall and Hassler Hall (the lower lodge) to add accessibility. Watch for more information about this project coming soon.
Even if you are no longer in school, or aren’t 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 and the summer staff invite you to experience Hope Center this summer. Reservations for camps are being accepted now, with an Early Bird Discount available for those who register by May 15. For more info, contact Hope Center at 908.459.4435 or www.camphope.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 HOPE CENTER RETREAT, CAMP AND CONFERENCE DATES
|NEMDR Mission Weekend||May 16-17|
|Camp Sampler Weekend||May 17-18|
|Memorial Day Family Camp||May 23-26||Rev. Jennika Borger|
|Pre-Primary Conference||June 22-25||Shannon Swingle|
|Primary Conference||June 29-July 5||Rev. Tammie Rinker|
|Fishing Camp||June 29-July 5||Bob Wingrove|
|Middler Conference||July 6-12||Rt. Rev. Blair CouchRev. David Geyer|
|Jr. High Conference||July 13-19||Rev. Rhonda RobinsonSteadman Robinson|
|Swim Camp||July 20-26||Ellen Saylor|
|Musical Theater Camp||July 20-26||Sarah Hriniak and Ryan Morrow|
|Sr./Post High Conference||July 27-August 2||Brian Lauderman and Steve Kish|
|Quilt Camp||October 1-4||Rev. Lois Bly Mease|
|Alumni Retreat||October 24-26||Ruth Huth|
Susan M. Dreydoppel is the Administrative Assistant for Hope Conference & Renewal Center. She is a member of Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth, Pa., and represents the Lehigh Valley, North on the Eastern District Executive Board.
From the May 2014 Moravian Magazine