Thursday, November 04, 2010

Outdoor Ministry Association plans annual retreat.

"Beside Still Waters" is the theme for the 2010 annual retreat of the Church of the Brethren’s Outdoor Ministry Association, to be held Nov. 14-18 at Camp Eder near Fairfield, Pa. The retreat is for camp leaders serving in a variety of roles (directors, program coordinators, maintenance and food service personnel, administrative assistants, seasonal staff, etc.).

The keynote speaker will be Nancy Ferguson, an ordained minister and certified Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA), who has served as project manager for the New Earth curriculum. She will lead the group in learning more about how camp leaders can better provide retreat spaces and programs for campers, program participants, and rental/user groups.

The schedule includes worship, keynote presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions, the association’s annual membership meeting, and times for recreation and fellowship such as evening campfires and a hayride. A field trip will be offered to Gettysburg National Battlefield.

Workshop topics include "Seeing the Sacred in the Ordinary" led by Linda Alley; "Got Spirit?" "Training Staff to be Environmental Leaders," and "Training Staff to be Spiritual Leaders" led by Ferguson; "Delectable Programming" led by Shannon Kahler; and two workshops on marketing led by Melissa Troyer.

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