Zephyr Family Camp/Retreat
It's a go!
July 16-18, 2021
(Registration deadline: Thursday, April 15)
Signups are now underway for WPC’s annual Family Camp / Retreat at the beautiful Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Although Covid 19 forced cancellation of last year’s camp and has defined our way of life for the past year, things are finally looking up and the Center for Disease Control is anticipating a much brighter, less restrictive summer for Americans with many, if not most, adults vaccinated by the time our camp takes place. We are told that many of the social distancing restrictions we currently face will be modified in the coming months. This being said, we will continue to take all needed precautions and follow whatever guidelines are in place in mid-July.
This year, we plan to spend less time inside the Morning Star conference room and more time outside in the fresh air. We will have a good variety of outdoor games like Corn Hole, Jenga, Bocci, etc. for young and old to play and if there is enough interest, we may hold a corn hole tournament. The Saturday morning adult program will likely be more flexible and less formal than years past with Pastor Mike preparing a program possibly based on the Mr. Rogers movie we will show outside on the lawn on Friday evening. We still plan to have supervised activities for the kids during this period as well as our family friendly silly Olympics Saturday evening.
We hope our church family will take this opportunity to safely break their Covid 19 isolation and join us to reconnect with each other and with our new pastor and his wife, Mike and Jennifer Umbenhaur, at beautiful Lake Tahoe.
- There are 2 modern conference facilities on the Zephyr Point property (we’ll be staying at the Tahoe Center) which provide comfortable private rooms with baths to visitors. The rooms come in a variety of configurations and sizes and are furnished with beds, a table with chairs, a dresser, nightstand, alarm clock and lamps. Most rooms overlook the lake. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are elevators for those with mobility issues.
- All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast are included in the cost of the weekend and will be served cafeteria style in the Tahoe Center dining hall. Zephyr has warned us to expect some modifications to mealtime. The self-serve salad and fruit bar and other self-serve items will be replaced with individual served items and there may be limits on the number of people at a table.
- Our camp headquarters for the weekend will be the Morning Star Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Tahoe Center overlooking a large, grassy lawn with picnic tables and benches. We will have water and individually packaged snacks available, puzzles and board games to play, and a family art project to work on.
- The grounds at Zephyr Point have hills with trails and rental cabins, boulders and a rocky shore to explore, giant pine trees, and incomparable views of the lake. There is also a private sandy beach and enclosed swimming area.
- For more information on Zephyr Point you can visit their website at https://www.zephyrpoint.org
- We arrive late Friday afternoon, get settled in our rooms and then have supper in the lovely dining hall. After dinner, we plan to roast marshmallows and make s’mores (everyone will have an individual s’more kit) for dessert at Donaldson Point for the young and young at heart. Afterwards, we plan to gather on the lawn outside the Morning Star Conference Room for vespers and an outdoor showing of the Mr. Rogers movie complete with popcorn. The Morning Star room will be available for those who prefer conversation, board games or jigsaw puzzles.
- Saturday morning after breakfast, adults will gather for their program possibly based around the philosophy of Mister Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister. Children 4 and up will have special age-appropriate programs including outdoor games and crafts. Sharon Stringer has volunteered to lead the children’s activities with the help of her granddaughter, Cassidy Stringer.
- Saturday afternoon is FREE TIME to swim, kayak (there are generally kayak and paddleboard rentals at the beach), nap, tour, hike, read, enjoy!
- Saturday evening after supper we gather for silly Olympic games and fun for all ages on the lawn in front of our conference room. We’ll finish with ice cream treats and more games and puzzles.
- Sunday morning after breakfast we will have a simple outdoor worship service on the lawn, do a little cleanup and head for home rested and renewed.
See the enrollment form to calculate your costs for the weekend. Please note the cancellation policy on the bottom of the form. Camperships are available by request. Please contact one of the Deacons for more information. Enrollment forms are available online on our church website under the special events tab, by email request, and in the church office. Payment is due by the end of June.
Kathy Tucker is this year’s Family Camp Chair. Willing to help with snacks, set up, or clean up? Would you consider serving as a greeter to welcome people as they arrive and hand out keys? Or helping with luggage and the shuttle up to the parking lot? Or perhaps helping with the children’s program on Saturday morning? Please talk with Kathy or email her at email@example.com . Also, if you have ideas to make family camp even better, please let her know.