Camping Programs

Dutilh Church is an active participant in the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Summer Camp Program.   Registration forms and brochures for all three camp sites will be available in late February at our annual Camp Month celebration and display.  You may also find information about the camping program at each camp sites website.

 

 Jumonville, jumonville.org               

 Camp Allegheny, campallegheny.org                    

 Wesley Woods, wesleywoods.com

If you register online, please remember to pick up a Dutilh Campership Form, fill it out and turn it in to the church office.

The Camp Sites

Jumonville is a beautiful mountaintop setting, on Dunbar’s Knob, just east of Uniontown, PA.  It is a 90-minute drive from Cranberry.  It is best known for its landmark, a 60-foot white steel Cross on top of the mountain.

Camp Allegheny is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands, on several hundred acre wooded site.  The camp sits right on Rt. 30, about 30 minutes east of Ligonier.  It is also about 20 minutes from the Somerset exit of the PA Turnpike.   It is also just one mile past the Flight 93 Memorial entrance.   It is approximately a 2-hour drive from Cranberry

Wesley Woods in our northernmost camp, located about halfway between Titusville and Youngsville, PA, just off Rt. 27.  The camp is a wonderful setting of rolling hills, wooded areas and meadows.  It is approximately a 2 ½ hour drive from Cranberry.

 

The summer camp program

The United Methodist summer camp program offers over 150 different camp events at the three camp sites. 

There are camps for all ages!  Week-long camps are available for ages 9-11 (older elementary), 12-14 (middle school) and 15-17 (senior high).  2-4 day mini-camps are available for ages 6-9 (early elementary).  And for the younger, preschool children all three camp sites offer Mommy & Me or Daddy & Me camps, where one or both parents attend with the child.   And, yes, it can be grandma or grandpa!

There are also several family camps where families can attend together.

Camp program interests and activities

There are many dates available. The camping program runs from mid-June through mid-August.

Sports Camps: Soccer, Ultimate Games Camp, Golf Camp, Swim Camp, and camps where campers enjoy a variety of sports (basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball/softball)

Horse and Pony Camps, included Extended Horse Camp (more time in the saddle!)

Outdoor Activities: Fishing, Wilderness Skills, Algonquin Canoe Trip Camp

Adventure Camps: featuring activities such as white-water rafting, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, hiking, and time on each camps’ ropes course & challenge course.

Special Interest Camps: Airsoft Camp, Astronomy and Rocketry

Arts:  Photography, Creative Arts Camp, Music (including a music camp that focuses on praise & worship music), Acting & Drama.

Sampler Camps: each camp site offers camps that allow campers to enjoy a different main activity each day.

Special needs:  our camping program also offers camps for mentally and physically challenged campers, both youth and adults, and for campers on the autism spectrum.

Counselor-In-Training: a special program for teens ages 15-17 who would like to learn how to be a volunteer leader in the camping program

 

Dutilh Church Camp Fund

Dutilh Church offers a campership of $250 for any week-long camp, and $130 for any mini-camp, for all children and youth who are participants at either Mars or Cranberry Campus.   Look for campership applications with the camp registration brochures.

We work with several community ministry partners: MHY Family Services in Mars, and H.O.P.E. Camp and the Autism Initiative, both and Jumonville. 

Our Camp Fund provides a full campership for children and youth from our community partners.  These kids come from both low-income and at-risk families.

Last summer we sponsored a total of 36 campers from these community partners.  It is our hope to be able to do as much or better this year.

Here is how you can help

Make a financial donation to the Camp Fund; any amount is welcome and appreciated. Mark Camp Fund on your offering envelope or memo line of your check. If you give online you may designate your gift to Camp Fund.

 

Camp Volunteers

Drivers Needed: some of the campers we sponsor from MHY Family Services may need rides to camp.  Many of these campers come from low-income or at-risk families.  Volunteer drivers would pick up the camper at their home, and transport them to camp, or pick them up at the end of the week and return them to their homes.

Contact
Pastor Jim Gascoine, jgascoine@dutilhumc.org | 724-776-1094

       Several Dutilh Church members serve as volunteer leaders in the summer          camping program.  College students and other adults are eligible to serve          as additional volunteers; specific information about volunteering will be              available beginning in March.

Tabitha Bailey is Dean of a Middle-School Adventure Camp at Jumonville, and is also in need of male and female counselors.   You may contact Tabitha at tagbbailey@msn.com.  This Adventure Camp features a variety of outdoor activities: climbing wall, ropes course, biking, caving, and inflatable duckies on the Yough River at Ohiopyle.

Contacts
Pastor Jim Gascoine, jgascoine@dutilhumc.org | 724-776-1094
Kate Gascoine, kate_gascoine@yahoo.com