New perspective on Missouri camp closings


More financial information comes to light on Eremitic Musing’s website, suggesting alternative options in the closing of the 4 Missouri UMC camps. From their post:


…when analyzed in this way, with current levels of apportionments only one of Missouri’s United Methodist camps is running in the red. Three of them are running with no shortfall. If these numbers remained the same, elimination of one camp could leave Missouri Camping ministries with a funding surplus of $117,771. The elimination of two could leave the Conference a surplus of $236,513. On the basis of these numbers, if the Missouri Annual conference wanted to, it could maintain two of its camps while simultaneously directing 55% of its current camping apportionments (in addition to its reserve funds) toward new camping initiatives.

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Kurt Brewer

I am heartbroken at the prospect of losing the UMC camps in Missouri, and outraged at the secretive manner in which the decision appears to have been made. However, it is encouraging to see the continued interest in identifying facts, creating open dialog, and hopefully listening to the heart of church membership before reaching a point of no return. In my opinion, on-site camping provides an opportunity to hear God’s voice calling us in a way that few other options offer. Camping takes us away from our comfort zone, away from parents, pastors, Sunday School teachers, and youth leaders (and… Read more »

Melinda Fulton

Let two camps go, keep two camps. Take some things from both closed campsites and transplant them onto the two campuses being saved. Continue this essential ministry. Keep this entire process out in the open. Treat the camp employees fairly and with the same respect you expect us to have for your decisions.

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