Conference Committee

Camping & Retreat Ministries

Mountaintop encounters with God

Camp & Retreat Ministries desires to help renew lives through God.

Camp and Retreat Ministries are as dedicated as ever to creating a safe harbor for our next generations to discover their own spiritual story. Your Camp and Retreat Ministry works year-round to create inclusive experiences that build up the spiritual foundation of our Methodist youth and provide places of personal discovery for people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe our camps are where all people can discover God’s immense grace in a life-changing way.

Click here to see our detailed goals and objectives for camper development across all programs at our camps and click here for our Full Inclusivity Statement.

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Tracey Brown
Farewell Tracey Brown

Farewell Tracey Brown

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~Jeremiah 29:11 In this (seemingly) perpetual season of change, we, the Desert Southwest Camp & Retreat Ministries Team,...

What is Safe Gatherings?

What is Safe Gatherings?

By Cat Holbert, Executive Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries Safe Gatherings began in 2012 as a project to assist the Kansas East UMC Conference (now part of the Great Plains UMC Conference). Fueled by a passion for protecting vulnerable populations, Safe...

Spring: Time to Play!

Spring: Time to Play!

By Patricia Pegram, Camp & Retreat Ministries   With Winter Camps wrapped up and the first day of Spring ahead, we have so much to do to get ready for spring retreats and summer camps at both of our DSC Camps! We want to ensure every camper who wants to...

For the Love of Camp

For the Love of Camp

By Patricia Pegram, Camp & Retreat Ministries February is here and that means Winter Camps, Summer Staff recruitment, and spring just around the corner! We have quite a lot to offer from both of our DSC Camps, so be sure to take a look at each camp website for...


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Cat Holbert

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Team Members

Kari Cozine-Butchko

Brandy Andrews

Don Campbell

Sharon Pajak

Nicole Isbell

Julie Hart

Tame Tapaatoutai

Jason White


Patricia Pegram

Randy Bowman

Rev. Dan Morley