Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Family Camps

Family camps offer an opportunity to grow closer to your own family as well as the larger family of God. They provide a chance to be together in worship and play without worry about hectic activity schedules, work, cooking, or cleaning. We celebrated Memorial Day weekend at Camp Magruder with the Gresham FUMC Family Camp, Forest Grove UMC Family Camp, and our program event Memorial Day Family Camp. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and for so many youngsters be introduced to the wonders of camp.

Gresham FUMC came Friday evening and stayed through Sunday morning. They participated in archery, boating, beach walking, big swinging, campfire, tide pools, morning worship, and an egg drop.

Forest Grove UMC arrived Saturday afternoon. They had a full schedule that included activities like Bunco, family photos, boating, archery, big swing, campfire, talent show, baseball game, and movie night before their departure on Monday morning.

The Memorial Day Family Camp arrived Friday and stayed through Monday. These campers participated in worship, campfires, a talent show, tide pools, wave teasing, tie-dye, big swing, weeding and planting the garden, arts and crafts, and plenty of playing on the play structure.

Don't miss out on your chance to sign up for family camps at Camp Magruder. Visit for registration information on our Grand Camp 1&2, 4th of July Family Camp, and Labor Day Family Camps.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


This past week we hosted the First United Methodist Church Eugene Quilting group who in turn reached out to the Bay City United Methodist Church quilters to join them in a week of faith sharing, service, and laughter. Their mission was to make as many small quilts as possible to donate to Comforts for Children. Comforts for Children serves at-risk children up to 17 years of age in Lane County. Their focus is to comfort neglected and abused children suffering the pain of separation from familiar surroundings and belongings. Comforts for Children collects quilts and gives them to several agencies to serve their community. If you'd like more information visit

We were certainly blessed to get to know these beautiful women who worked hard (only stopping for walks on the beach and trips to the fabric store) to complete 25 quilts and several quilt tops while they were at Camp Magruder. Their work will be on display June 8 at the FUMC Eugene during worship before being donated to children in need.

Over the weekend we held our annual On-Site Training event. Our volunteer camp leaders participated in wacky ice breakers, active communication, faith sharing, game leading, and behavior management workshops. They met as staffs to continue planning their events this summer and shared a lot of laughs a long the way. During worship on Saturday morning we were talked about God making all things new and slowing down in our lives and world to really look for God's promise. We sent people out with God sighting glasses to work in groups. One person was to close their eyes wearing the God sighting glasses and turn around 3 times. When they stopped, they opened their eyes and looked where the arrows pointed to see if they could find God. It's amazing what you can see when you really stop to look. 

If you'd like to volunteer this summer as a counselor, resource person, theologian, or in another capacity please contact Amy Wood, Program Director, at or 503-355-2310 for more information. We'd love to have you join our team in service. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

A Completed Shorehouse

All the hard work from visioning to grant writing and fundraising to construction paid off at Camp Magruder two weeks ago. We officially opened the doors of the new Shorehouse. We began working with J.L.T. Construction in Tillamook this summer to review building plans. November saw the re-location of the housekeeping office from their old Shorehouse office. The old Shorehouse was torn down in December and a new foundation laid. The rest of the winter months saw steady construction progress. We experienced set backs along the way, but the results of all the hard work is incredible. 

Shorehouse is now a full two story building. The bottom floor has restrooms and showers, a beautiful meeting space looking towards the new gathering space, and guest laundry. The upstairs is divided in to four much more family and adult friendly rooms. Each room sleeps eight people and has it's own half bath. The new Shorehouse features a wrap around porch on the lower level and two large porches on the upper level.

Take a look at the project from start to finish in the following photos. If you'd like to contribute financially to Camp Magruder's maintenance and upkeep contact us at 503-355-2310. We need your help to continue to make Camp Magruder a place that is able to minister to both current and future generations.