Huston is located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains about an hour’s drive northeast of Seattle. Much of what makes Camp Huston a favorite destination for campers, groups, and those seeking retreat and respite, is its close proximity to the metropolitan area. However, once a person has turned off Highway 2 in Gold Bar and made their way up the hill to the camp proper, they may as well be a million miles away. The beauty of the evergreens, the view of mountains, and the steadfast sound of the Wallace River soon work their alchemy on tired, anxious, souls and enable people to relax, play, learn, and grow, secure in the knowledge they are welcome and will be well cared for.
This dedication to providing Christian hospitality to all has long been the defining ethos of Camp Huston; it is evident in the care every single camper receives at summer camp, and the courtesies extended to all group participants. It is also the reason one-time campers and counselors bring their own children to camp and meet up with childhood friends at Huston sponsored events.
For over thirty years, Huston has grown and flourished under the careful stewardship of its Executive Director, Bill Tubbs. It is financially stable, has a dedicated staff, and boasts a full calendar year-round. It is in a good place and there are no major underlying problems. This does not, however, mean there is nothing for the new Executive Director to do–only that there are no messes to mop up on arrival. We are looking for an Executive Director who can help us imagine an exciting future for Huston; someone who is able to introduce concepts and innovations for the health of the camp while honoring the deep relationships and connections already in place. It is never easy to follow a successful predecessor and we are acutely aware of the myriad expectations and anxieties associated with this task. Rest assured, the Bishop’s Office as well as the Diocesan Board’s Huston’s operations committee will do all in their power to support the new person.
Huston is a ministry of the Diocese of Olympia and is under the authority of its bishop, The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel. Like Bill Tubbs, Bishop Rickel has also been a careful steward, and under his episcopacy the diocese is healthy and vibrant. The Diocese of Olympia encapsulates all of western Washington from Canada to Oregon and the Cascade Mountains to the coast. There are over 100 churches in the diocese ranging from small missions to large metropolitan parishes—Camp Huston is known to them all, and clergy from many churches in the diocese regularly volunteer as chaplains for camp activities.
The vision statement of the Diocese of Olympia reads, “In union with our Bishop, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, part of the Jesus Movement, bears witness to God’s redemptive reign and acts out God’s inclusive love, peace, and justice, uniquely living out this call within our specific local communities”. The community that is Huston Camp and Conference Center is dedicated to this vision by ensuring that all who find their way here know they belong. If this sounds appealing to you and you’d like to be a part of this reflection of Christ in the world, please consider applying.