Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching

Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching

An initiative to enhance our Camping and Retreat Ministries.

For more than 75 years, the Western Pennsylvania UMC Camping and Retreat Ministries have been providing ministry to youth, families, and adults from the congregations and communities of Western Pennsylvania. Owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, more than eight hundred congregations and thousands of people benefit from these ministry opportunities each year.

The mission of the WPAUMC Camping and Retreat Ministries is to provide leadership, connection, and resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Their vision is to ignite and sustain a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people in Western Pennsylvania.


In early 2020, we introduced the “Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching” campaign benefiting the Camping & Retreat Ministries of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. WPAUMC owns and operates six camps and retreat centers across Western Pennsylvania:  At the Lake Ministries, Camp Allegheny, Healthy Village Learning Institute, Jumonville, Olmstead Manor Retreat Center, and Wesley Woods. These ministries normally serve over 20,000 people each year through camps, programs, retreats, and other ministry opportunities.

The purpose of the “Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching” Campaign is twofold. Half of the funds raised will go towards camping scholarships, easing the financial burden of camps and making them more accessible to underprivileged families. The other 50% of the funds will be dedicated to capital improvements at each of the six camps. As of December 31, 2020, the campaign received over $996,000, with over $332,000 in outstanding intents.

Due to COVID, these camping and retreat ministries were unable to offer their usual summer programming during 2020. However, Wesley Woods and Camp Allegheny were able to remain open for part of the summer with a modified schedule of camps and activities. At the Lake Ministries offered a limited number of excursions on Lake Erie and Olmstead Manor modified its retreat programming. The Healthy Village Learning Institute actually expanded some of its programming to meet the needs of its community during the pandemic. This fall, Jumonville launched a new program called “Jumonville U”  hosting students from the surrounding area during school hours, providing a safe environment for children of working parents participating in a hybrid school model (similar to the Hub program here at Ingomar Church).  Despite complications presented by COVID, the WPAUMC Camping & Retreat Ministries continue to serve Western PA.

Last February, the people of Ingomar Church had the opportunity to make a commitment to participate in the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching campaign. As of January 2021, we have raised over $31,000 in gifts & pledged commitments. Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to the campaign! If you have not made a gift to the campaign, we invite you to do so.  To learn more, visit wpaumc.org/DRURCampaign.

You can give to this ministry through IConnect, Give+, or text an amount to 412-504-7798 using the code “camping” – example: $100 camping