About the Staff Winter Retreat:
Who this is for: Anyone who has ever been on staff at Camas Meadows Bible Camp or is interested in joining the Camas Meadows Staff Team this year.
What this is about: Camp ministry often creates deep and lasting friendships between staff members. But the opportunities to fully enjoy those relationships is often limited by the demands on time and energy. The Staff Winter Retreat gives our staff a chance to become the campers and enjoy some focused time with one another. For new people, it’s a great opportunity to get connected and become part of the family. Also, as a mid-point between summers this retreat allows us to unplug, lay down the burdens of life, and “come home” to reconnect with God through His word, the encouragement of His people and the quietness and beauty of His creation
What to expect: There will be outdoor fun playing hockey, tubing “the Hill”, cross-country skiing or hiking to Inspiration Point. There will be time to play board games or relax by the fire with a mug of cocoa. We will come together for worship, teaching and discussion to strengthen and encourage our relationship with God. Sweet Tea will be preparing her famous Camas Cuisine and the coffee will flow freely. This retreat could be a high point both spiritually and geographically for you this winter.
2017 Speaker: Nathan “Treebeard” Whitham
Nathan “Treebeard” Whitham is a Chaplain in the US Army. He is married to Becca Whitham, a published author. Together they have two grown children, Steven “Gorp” Whitham and Lyndell “Felix” Duston, both of whom have been on staff at CMBC. Over the years, he has been a police officer, prison chaplain, and pastor, among other roles. He has a passion for discipling families and reaching the hearts of the men, women, teens and children who are in them. Nathan has been a long-time friend, mentor, and gaming partner to Scruffy and may well be a primary source of his bad board gaming habits.
Check-in: Tuesday, December 26th at 2:00 pm
Checkout: Friday, December 29th at 2:00pm
Cost: $100 for the full retreat or $25 per day if you can’t make the whole thing.
Two ways to Register for the Winter Staff Retreat:
Print out a Staff Winter Retreat 2017 Flier
2016 Speaker: John”Ranger Halt” Dewsnap John “Ranger Halt” Dewnsap and his wife Liz are coming from Colorado Springs, CO to share their wisdom and God’s word with us. John and Liz have been married for over thirty years and have four children. John has been a Boy Scout Leader for over 20 years, an aerospace engineer, and Instructor at the Air Force Academy. Last spring he was the leader of our first Spring Break Survival Camp, teaching outdoor skills and bible lessons to kids. Here, he earned the nickname “Ranger Halt” after the wizened experienced teacher in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Whether you want to learn how to survive a month in the woods with nothing but a toothpick and stick of gum, make an atlatl, or ask a deep theological question, you can ask him all this and more at Winter Retreat!
Ian Ross has been working with youth (and adults) for over 15 years. He is passionate about seeing people grow in their faith with God (whether for the first time or the hundredth time). He loves interacting with people and through his speaking he hopes to connect with them on a very personal level. He likes to use his own life story, full of stupid decisions, funny moments, hope, and grace, to help people really understand that they aren’t forgotten or too far from an all-powerful, all-loving God. He was recently given the camp name Faramir – which is awesome because he loves the Lord of the Rings!
Ian lives with his family in Cashmere. His wife is the principal of Peshastin-Dryden Elementary, and his daughter, Kyrianna, goes to first grade there. They enjoy the seasons together as a family. Ian is also into nerdy things like computer games, board games, and reading fantasy fiction.