Chumstick Area Mennonite REtreat Center
Camp Camrec's Mission:
At Camp Camrec, in thanks for all the gifts we receive from God, we will:
Nurture children in the love of God, the love of others, and the love of Creation.
Welcome adults to a place and spiritual framework for rest and restoration.
Care for this beautiful part of creation and the extended landscape around us.
Embody Anabaptist/Mennonite values of peacemaking, simple living, service, and community.
Camp Camrec's History:
In 1952, the Washington Sunday School and Christian Endeavor Convention (which later changed its name to Washington General Conference Mennonite Fellowship) decided to hold annual retreats for their young people. Unfortunately, the convention didn’t have a campground of its own, so each year the retreat was held in a different location. To simplify things, a 200 acre site near Leavenworth, Washington was purchased on February 5, 1965. A development committee worked through 1966 and 1967 to drill a well, build a main lodge, ten cabins and a service building. Finally, a camp dedication ceremony happened on June 24, 1967 and the first camp held that summer was the Camrec junior camp.
Today, Camrec is still owned and operated by the Washington Mennonite Fellowship (WMF), a corporation of Mennonite churches in Washington State (Menno Mennonite Church, Warden Mennonite Church, Seattle Mennonite Church, Evergreen Mennonite Church, Spring Valley Mennonite Church, and Shalom Fellowship, Spokane). In addition to 4 summer camp programs offered for children from grades k-12, WMF holds retreats and various other events at Camrec throughout the year.
When not in use by WMF, Camrec is available for rental by other not-for-profit religious, educational, cultural, and public service groups who have interests compatible with Christian principles.
Camp Camrec Staff:
Derrell Ness, Executive Director
Derrell's love of creation and sense of adventure led him from Portland, Oregon to Camrec in October 2019.
Together with the board of Washington Mennonite Fellowship, Derrell manages day-to-day operations and plans for the future of Camrec.
Paul Jantzi, Facilities
The reason for Paul's first trip to Camrec was to visit his brother and sister-in-law, our former directors, David & Saralyn Jantzi. The spectacular natural beauty and recreational opportunities have kept him coming back. When Paul's not climbing on rock or ice, he loves to work outside. So in June 2019, Paul was hired to provide part-time facilities support with mowing, plowing, etc.
From Seattle: Take Hwy. 2 over Stevens Pass to Hwy. 207 (sign to Lake Wenatchee, left turn). Take Hwy. 207 to Hwy. 209 through Plain to Little Chumstick Creek Rd. (left turn after hill). Follow gravel road 1 mile to the camp. Or take I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum, then north on Hwy. 97 to Hwy. 2. Turn left and follow directions below.
From Wenatchee: Take Hwy. 2 to Hwy. 209 (right turn in Leavenworth). Take Hwy. 209 to Little Chumstick Creek Road (about 11 miles) turn right on gravel road and go 1 mile to the camp.