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Exciting News!!!

Posted on Dec 17, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family – Talking with our incoming UCCI Board President Tom Bayer today, he mused that his seed catalog arrived today. We reflected that a seed catalog offers hope, renewal, blessings, and a glimpse into the power of the Divine … All from a seed catalog. Let this UCCI update serve as your virtual seed catalog. 😊 […]

“My Favorite Things”

Posted on Dec 4, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family – The Sound of Music is one of my favorite Julie Andrews films. Andrews character Maria sings the Rodgers and Hammerstein song “My Favorite Things” to the Von Trapp children after they’re frightened by a thunderstorm in the middle of the night. This pandemic is the ultimate thunderstorm in the middle of the night! United Church Camps, Inc. […]

Posted on Nov 13, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family – Growing up, Sunday church was an expected ritual in the Svetnicka household. An organist-playing Mother, Lay-preaching Father, youth-groupie big Sister, and choir-singing younger Sister ensured our presence. My niche was acolyte! I got to don the vestments, light some fire, and occasionally ride the ropes as the ushers rang the church bells. When we missed, […]

2020 Events Postponed

Posted on Aug 4, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family – Labor Day serves as the unofficial end to summer.  The last hurrah “Up North” and then it’s back to school.  Unless it’s 2020.  This year we are stuck in the quagmire of Covid-19.  Mask or no mask?  Face to face or online education?  Quarantine or Open up?  Questions with varying answers.  […]


Posted on Jul 26, 2020 by

Greetings All! Every year at Family Camp … typically towards the end of the week … a cicada buzzed. The sound was a bittersweet reminder of the end of vacation and signal to summer’s end. Our family even started calling cicada the “end of the summer bug!” A quick google search finds — “Cicadas, for many, represent personal change, […]

A New Perspective

Posted on Jun 23, 2020 by

This summer at Pilgrim Center the staff that is normally counseling campers are spending their time deep cleaning absolutely everything and helping the year-round staff re-envision how we have been using some buildings and what their future use might be.  The process has resulted in one building previously used for storage of construction material to […]

Pentecost Moments

Posted on Jun 2, 2020 by

On May 31st the Christian Church celebrated Pentecost.  Pentecost is a celebration in the church occurring 49 days after Easter Sunday.  This celebration references the Biblical scripture from the book of Acts, Chapter 2, in which a large gathering of Christ’s followers were together and suddenly a force like a strong wind or fire swept […]

Recognizing the blessings!

Posted on May 28, 2020 by

Dear UCCI Family, By now most of you know that I grew up going to camp. I’m an Eagle Scout that camped every summer and several weekends. My father served the United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI) Board, so we went to most every work camp at both Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center. I’m a 54-year-old man and I’ve […]


Posted on May 18, 2020 by

A couple of years ago, I learned fairly quickly as Managing Director, that my primary responsibility was to ensure the safety and well-being of the Pilgrim Center community.  At times this responsibility has meant making decisions that are not always fun or popular.  It means shutting down a swim period when there is a thunderstorm […]

hope and transformation

Posted on May 13, 2020 by

Here at Pilgrim Center, the earth is spinning continuously at almost 800 miles per hour, we are also rotating around the sun at about 67,000 miles per hour.  (If you don’t believe me, Google is a wonderful thing.)  These simple realities mean that change is a constant part of our world.  The air we breath […]