UCG announces camp information

By Mac Overton

The United Church of God, Milford, Ohio, will sponsor seven summer camps and one winter camp in the United States this year, the church announced recently.

The summer camps will be at Pinecrest campground at Fredericktown, Mo.; Camp Oakhurst in California; Camp Woodmen, Blountsville, Ala.; Teton Challenger Camp, Wyoming; Camp McKenzie, Eugene, Ore.; Camp Carter, Fort Worth, Texas; and Camp Heritage, Farmington, Pa.

Applications for summer camps are due May 1.

The winter camp will take place in December at William Bay, Wis. Applications for that camp are due by Nov. 1.

Children and youths who do not regularly attend with United may attend, providing they read and agree to comply with the "Code of Conduct." Parents or guardians are required to read the statement of consent on the application form. If discipline problems arise, the camp director can send a camper home at his parents' expense.

All camps include Christian-living instruction.

Here are camp dates and other details:

  • Pinecrest: June 14-21; ages 11-18. Fees: campers $250; high-school workers $112.50; adult staff and counselors no charge. Application: Greg Sargent, Pinecrest Camp, P.O. Box 1741, O'Fallon, Mo. 63366, (636) 561-3332; fax (636) 625-1963;

Pinecrest is in the piney woods of eastern Missouri. Campers will participate in ropes courses, rock climbing and rappelling, swimming, canoeing, softball, basketball, volleyball, archery and riflery.

  • Camp Oakhurst: June 24­July 1; ages 11-15; 16-19 for challenger program; 9-10 for preteen camp. Fees: regular and challenger programs $225; preteen $200. Application: Bill Bradford, 3145 Kennedy St., Livermore, Calif. 94550; (925) 455-4829; fax (925) 371-1453;

Activities will include a high-ropes course, swimming, flag football and basketball.

  • Camp Woodmen: July 1-8; ages 11-18. Fees: campers $175; high-school workers $85; adult staff no charge. Application: David Dobson, Camp Woodmen; 208 Upland Dr.; Kingsport, Tenn. 37663; (423) 239-0501; fax (423) 239-0502;

Activities, based on qualifications and certification of the volunteer staff, may include archery, basketball, canoeing, crafts, dance, nature and environmental studies, fishing, flag football, orienteering, outdoor-living skills, riflery, high and low ropes courses, softball, swimming, volleyball and water sliding. A variety of evening programs and a fireworks display are planned.

  • Teton Challenger Camp: July 11-20; for high-school students who have attended at least one United youth camp. Fees: campers $295; staff assistants $100 (must have attended this camp and be graduated from high school); adult staff no charge. Applications: Paul Luecke, Challenger Camp, P.O. Box 7453, Bismarck, N.D. 58507; (701) 255-0023; fax (701) 255-7239;

The base camp is in Colter Bay Village within Grant Teton National Park. All housing will be tents. Most bathing will be in a cold lake, with an occasional quick shower. The camp schedule includes hiking, rock climbing and rappelling, adventure canoeing and white-water rafting. A three-day backpacking trip is set for older campers who qualify.

  • Camp McKenzie: July 15-22; ages 10-18 as of June. Staff must be 17 or older. Fees: campers $225; staff trainees $115; other staff no charge. Applications: UCG Camp McKenzie, c/o Matthew Fenchel, P.O. Box 541069; Cincinnati, Ohio 45254; (513) 576-9796; fax (513) 576-9795;

A nearby lake will allow swimming, kayaking and waterskiing. Activities will also include archery, arts and crafts, basketball, flag football, hiking, newspaper production, volleyball, a ropes course and softball. Optional classes may include swing dance, golf and introductory self-defense.

  • Camp Carter: July 22-29; ages 11-18. Fees: campers $215; high-school workers $110; other staff no charge. Application: Ken Treybig, Camp Carter; 107 Aberdeen Dr., Slidell, La. 70461; (504) 643-4437; fax (504) 847-1858;

Camp Carter is the only United camp to offer horseback riding. Activities will also include basketball, crafts, flag football, swimming, waterskiing and volleyball. A dance class is planned. A newsletter-journalism class and a wilderness-skills class may be offered, depending on staff availability.

  • ·Camp Heritage: Aug. 12-19; Adventure ages 12-15; Challenger 16-19. Fees: campers $175; staff no charge. Applications: Darris McNeely, 20 S. Restin Rd., Greenwood, Ind. 46142; (317) 885-8548, fax (317) 885-8550;

The Adventure program will include softball, archery, tennis, riflery, flag football, canoeing, Christian living and manners. A highlight will be a primitive-caving experience at Laurel Caverns.

The Challenger program will include volleyball, softball, water sports, basketball, Christian living and manners, shotgun skeet shooting, wall climbing, tomahawk throwing, introductory journalism and wilderness survival.

  • Winter Camp: Dec. 23-27; ages 10-18; high-school staff 17 or older; Fees: campers $170; high-school workers $85. Applications: Steve Nutzman, Winter Camp, 520 Wexford Rd., Janesville, Wis. 53546; (608) 758-9228; fax (608) 758-8885;

Activities may include cross-country skiing, snow flag football, floor hockey, capture the flag, dance, Web-page design, arts and crafts, relationships and astronomy.

Activities will include basketball, volleyball, Christian living, toboggan and tubing, and novelty games.

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