Collaborations and Partnerships


The American Camp Association offers 15% discount on accreditation fees for any United Methodist camps who participate in the group renewal. A 50% discount is offered on fees for any newly-accredited UMCRM camp. UMCRM administers annual renewals in October; submitting all participating UMC camps’ paperwork and fees together. UMCRM partners with ACA to promote industry best practices through accreditation. UMCRM requests a goodwill donation of 5% of ACA fees for administration of this program.

Compass Points

Compass Points is a cooperative program of the UMCRM Association with the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ, and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Compass Points courses are intended for learners who would like to expand and deepen their knowledge in camp and retreat ministry. Persons of all denominations are welcome. For UMCRM participants, Compass Points serves as a key educational component for Core Training and Certification.

Curriculum: Chalice Press/InsideOut

For decades United Methodists have collaborated with other mainline denominational partners in producing and endorsing curriculum for Christian summer camps. The development process, formats, and participant groups/partners have changed over the years. Currently, the Church of the Brethren, PCCCA (Presbyterian USA), and United Church of Christ are the major partners in addition to UMCRM. The current product series is “InsideOut: Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries,” offered as a customizable digital download. View samples and place orders at UMCRM sends two representatives annually to assist with development of themes and scriptures for the curriculum. David Berkey and Troy Taylor currently serve as our reps. The Editor (an employee of Chalice) selects the writers and sees the development process through to completion. Other UMCRM members have been involved over the years as curriculum writers and reviewers. We publicize an annual call for applicants for the writing team.

Discipleship Ministries

The United Methodist Church’s Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship, GBOD) has as its goal to equip the church to make world-changing disciples. The agency currently employs a staff person who relates to Camp and Retreat Ministries: Kelly Peterson Cruse. Kelly serves as an ex-officio member of the UMCRM Association Board and her mission and goals overlap significantly with ours.

Outdoor Ministries Connection (OMC)

This “association of associations” is the informal successor body to the National Council of Churches Committee on Outdoor Ministries (NCC-COM). The ecumenical partnership among camp ministry leaders from mainline denominational associations currently includes the Presbyterian Church Camp & Conference Association (PCCCA), Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), United Church of Christ Outdoor Ministries Association (OMA), Church of the Brethren (OMA), Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers (ECCC), and us. The UMCRM Executive Committee appoints two representatives, who do not necessarily need to be members of the Board, but who hold membership in the UMCRM Association. Current initiatives include training for Interim Directors and oversampling with ACA research.

Our current big collaborative project is the RelationSHIFT, the Great Gathering, a once-in-a-lifetime ecumenical event that will be held at beautiful Lake Junaluska, NC, November 10-14, 2019. Everyone’s invited! Learn more here

Sustainable Pathways

An annual series of fall workshops related to promoting sustainability in camp and retreat ministries. The events are planned by an informal collaboration of representatives from Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) and UMCRM. Workshops have been offered in Board Governance, Sustainable Finance, Marketing, Creation Care, Diversity & Inclusion, and other topics. All are welcome.

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