Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy 69th Anniversary!

In 1937, Jesse Bunch began his search for a camp site that would be home to the Methodist Youth Institutes. He recognized from the beginning that the task was a monumental one. In order to succeed, he needed to create a wide base of support for the task at hand. He created a committee to look at a variety of sites in the Oregon Conference. The committee visited many sites including: Nelscott, Delake, Devil's Lake, Roads End, Tierra del Mar, Nea Kah Nei, Manzanita, Twin Rocks, and Barview.

Support for the site was not readily given. Concerned about the lack of direction from the committee and conference, Jesse Bunch asked the Barview property owner Mr. Jackson, to extend the option without payment on a faith agreement. Jesse Bunch advocated amongst the committee and the conference for a couple years before there was enough support of the site.

Dr. Frank Magruder was quoted as saying, "When I first saw this, I was not impressed. I can see some possibilities in it now." After realizing the potential, he became an advocate for the site and contributed much to the committee's success in winning over the conference.

The attack on Pear Harbor in 1941 focused much of the Oregon Conference efforts on World War II. However, the Barview project was not completely neglected. By this time, the committee discovered that most of the properties they were looking at in 1937-1938 were not obtainable. Yet, Mr. Jackson, retained ownership of his property in hopes that Jesse Bunch would be able to come through on the faith commitment made earlier. In 1942, the annual conference finally decided to purchase the property.

March 19, 1943 the Barview site officially became property of the Methodist's for $6,000. In the summer of 1945 the first official Methodist Youth Institutes were held on the Oregon Coast. July 4, 1947 the Barview site was officially dedicated and named Camp Magruder.

We thank all of the people over the last 69 years who have advocated for Camp Magruder. We appreciate all those who volunteer their time and resources to help make this a sacred place.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Snow Again?

Monday's storm brought lots of rain to Camp Magruder. We had so many puddles that it began to feel like they were growing together creating mini lakes. Traveling camp by foot required serious boots. We also experienced high winds that snapped a few trees. Not too much damage was done and no buildings were hurt. This tree was snapped in half by Bunch Lodge and it is covering most of the road between Bunch and Atwood.

By Monday evening it began snowing. By about 10:00 pm, we had about an inch and a half of snow. During the evening we experienced; snow, hail, rain, and thunder.

This is what we woke up to at Magruder this morning.

This afternoon the sun has been out a bit and melted most of the snow. What an intense last day of weather we've had here. We're certainly looking forward to sunny spring.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Recycling Day

What a beautiful day here at Camp Magruder. The temperature was in the lower 60's, but it felt downright warm compared to the past few weeks. Needless to say outdoor work was done today.

Today we took our first trip to Cart'm Recycling Center in Manzanita for the spring. Unlike living in the city, we have to haul out all of our recyclable items to big drop off centers. Cart'm recycles just about everything in huge labeled bins. Most of the staff there are volunteers as well. We have spent several years working to get our recycling system running smoothly here at camp. We've still got some kinks to work out, but this spring we plan to overhaul our current recycling center to make it more functional in wet coastal weather. The whole process from sorting to unloading and returning with empty bins takes approximately 4 hours. March through November we make at least one trip to the Cart'm every couple of weeks.

I thought I'd share some photos of what camp looks like today.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Lent is a time of reflection. People traditionally give up things that detract them from their focus on God. At our recent Sheltering Our Souls event, I picked up a reflection card that was designed to help keep you tuned in to finding God in the everyday. As you go through Lent this season, I ask you to add something to your life by reflecting upon these three questions daily. Perhaps you'll find that this reflection time will give you the focus and clarity you are searching for.

1. What gave me life today?
2. What drained me today?
3. What am I most grateful for today?