Conference Camps & Retreats

About our theme “Being & Doing: Progressive Christian Practices and the Ongoing Work for Justice”:  So much emphasis is placed on our “doing” in the world – our educational pursuits, extracurricular activities, and on and on. Far too little time, energy and space is given to discovering and discerning our “being” – our deep gifts, inner longings, and true identity. Conference middle school youth (grades 6-8) and their leaders are invited for a fun weekend retreat of “being” and “doing” at Pilgrim Point Camp in Alexandria, MN. Youth will be invited to explore and experience progressive Christian practices that open spaces for discovering their identity and discerning how they are called to use their true gifts and passions in the ongoing work for justice in the world.

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Early Registration by Monday, April 24: $50 youth, $35 adult
Registration after Monday, April 24: $60 youth, $45 adult
Deadline for all registrations is May 8, 2017

An excellent opportunity for confirmation groups and middle school youth to deepen their faith and connect with others. A great cap to the program year for confirmation groups! 

About our Leader: Helping to guide us through our weekend together will be Rev. Lizann Bassham, a UCC chaplain at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (a historically Christian seminary now training social activists and faith leaders from various spiritual traditions). She was one of the authors of the “Our Whole Lives” curriculum. She writes for SageWoman Magazine and is a teacher in the Reclaiming Tradition (an earth-based spiritual tradition). Once, quite by accident, she won a salsa dance contest in East L.A.!

When: Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2017 | Check-in will begin at 6:30pm
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN
Who: Middle school youth (grades 6-8) and their adult leaders

Download the Authorization Form: Youth Form | Adult Form

Questions? Email Zac Norenberg at or call (612) 871-0359.

Come enjoy a few days apart within the tranquility and wonder of Pilgrim Point Camp where you will experience a more spacious rhythm of life organized around praying the hours – through silence, word, music and chants in the tradition of the Taizé Community.

Each day, our temporary community will share meals, conversation, hospitality, reflection, and worship. There will also be space for folk to spend time alone for rest or exploring the natural beauty of Pilgrim Point. Each participant will be invited to share an afternoon of silence and an optional experience of prayer during the “small hours,” in additional to a variety of other contemplative spiritual practices. Find peace in turbulent times… come be renewed!

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Cost: $90/person (includes lodging, all meals and snacks, and program)

When: 3PM on Wednesday, May 17 until 11am on Friday, May 19, 2017
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN 56308 (directions)
Who: Open to ALL (youth must be accompanied by an adult leader or guardian; be aware participants will need to be quiet for 60 minute sessions)
Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

About our Taizé Retreat leader: Richard Bruxvoort Colligan is about adventurous and imaginative music for the ever-evolving church. As a freelance composer and musician, he serves across denominations singing and teaching about worship and spiritual formation. He also loves dumb jokes and is always ready to hear one. Richard has eight albums of original worship music and tours throughout the United States. Richard earned his M.A. in Theology and the Arts from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He is currently immersed in a long-term study of the Psalms, creating new songs for all 150. His music has also been published by the ELCA, UCC, PC(USA) and UMC. Richard leads psalm workshops and concerts nationwide, teaches at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and contributes weekly to the Pulpit Fiction podcast. Recent publications include “Our Roots Are in You,” a collection of short, contemplative Psalm songs and a new psalm collection for Ash Wednesday called ”Children of the Earth.” Some of his favorites include the color blue, the Beatles, laughter, naps, Thursdays, Star Wars.

Let others know you’re coming! RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.

Questions? Email Pilgrim Point Registrar, Zac Norenberg, at


How can we take on the urgent challenges of environmental justice in our time and place? Using stories, the arts, video, and hands-on learning opportunities, this workshop will equip participants to mobilize their communities around local and global issues of environmental justice. Materials center on the deep issues of justice and the beloved community through a progressive Christian faith lens. Pastors, church members, educators, seminary students, and members of communities of faith beyond the United Church of Christ are all welcome to attend.

Cost: $110 (includes lodging, all meals, snacks and program)

When: 5PM Wednesday, May 24 until 12PM Friday, May 26
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd, Alexandria, MN (directions)
Who: Pastors, church members, educators, seminary students, and members of communities of faith beyond the UCC are all welcome to attend.
Cost: $110 (includes double/triple room accommodations). A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional cost of $50.
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2017

Let others know you’re coming! RSVP on the Facebook Event Page.

This workshop is sponsored by the Minnesota Conference UCC Justice & Witness Team,
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats, and
United Church of Christ Environmental Ministries.

Pilgrim Point is excited to offer a Family Camp for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Built around deaf culture, this camp celebrates the diversity and complexity of who we are as persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and our family members. Please join us for this Deaf First Family Camp experience! You are welcome to attend for part of the time or stay for the full week.

Pilgrim Point is located on “the point” of beautiful Lake Ida in Alexandria, MN. Stay in our Lodge, North Shore cabin, Annex bunkhouse, or campsites and enjoy delicious meals in our dining hall (take a tour of our facilities). There will be scheduled activities and free time to paddle in a kayak or canoe, go swimming or hiking, relax in a hammock and share stories around the campfire.

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Cost: Children (3 and younger) – FREE | Children (4-12) – $35/night | Adults (13 and older) – $55/night

When: 3PM on Sunday, June 18 – 11AM on Friday, June 23, 2017 | Option to attend for select days!
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN 56308 (directions)
Who: Those in the deaf and hard of hearing community, and their friends and family members
Registration Rates: Children (3 and younger) FREE | Children (4-12) $35/night or $150 for the full week | Adults (13 and older) $55/night or $250 for the full week | Attend the full week for a discount!
Family Registration Rate: After you register 4 family members at the standard rates above, all additional family members can register for only $30/night!

Questions about Deaf First Family Camp? Contact Joyce Atchison at

As a ministry of the Minnesota Conference of the Untied Church of Christ, we are welcoming of all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political beliefs. We advocate for justice and peace, embrace innovation, and offer extravagant hospitality to all who seek a genuine faith community.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, we welcome you!


2017 Youth Summer Camps

“Strengthen Your Youth Ministry — Go to Camp Together!”

Whether you have one youth in your church or many, attend camp together (grades 6-12) for an unforgettable ministry and life-changing week! You won’t want to miss out on our Lake Ida beach front and water slide, vespers, high and low ropes challenge course, fun games and excellent food.

Adult church leaders attend camp with their youth and serve as the camp staff/counselors for the week. This program is designed to help get your church youth ministry going into high gear!

Sign Up for Youth Camp I

Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14

Sign Up for Youth Camp II

Sunday, July 23 – Friday, July 28

**Register by April 1 and receive a FREE 2017 Camp T-Shirt!!**

When: Ask your youth leader which week your church is attending
Where: Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats, Alexandria, MN (directions)
Who: Youth (individuals and church groups; exiting 6th-12th grade) and their adult leaders (21 and older)
Cost: Youth – $325 until May 1, then $370; Adult Leaders – $100
If your church hasn’t signed up for a youth camp week yet, please email Zac at to let us know what week your church will be attending together.


Youth Mission Week
August 6-11, 2017

11823002_862504707151745_8814946456509375303_oJoin youth groups from around the Minnesota Conference UCC for a week in Alexandria, MN exploring a variety of mission/service opportunities in the community, learning about justice, and engaging in caring conversations about what has been experienced. Pilgrim Point Camp is the host site for mission trip participants. This week is designed for confirmation classes, youth groups, and youth (grades 6-12) and their adult leaders (21 and older). This week is so important to our mission, as a part of the Minnesota Conference UCC, that we are offering up to $150 off per youth attending through 2017 Ashley Mission Grant dollars.

10986622_10153499187682328_7874790338083779270_nThere will be a variety of different service experiences and cultural opportunities of doing and thinking about justice during the week. Each day will have a unique theme and we will visit a different site in the Alexandria community. For example, one day may focus on housing justice and we would visit Habitat for Humanity; another day may focus on native justice and we would visit, serve, and learn at a reservation). We are excited to offer this mission opportunity to our congregations without the complexities of more distant (and expensive!) mission trips.

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Youth Cost:  $400 until April 1, then $440 | Adult Leaders – $200 

When: 3pm on Sunday, August 6 until 11am on Friday, August 11
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp in Alexandria, MN is the host site for mission trip participants! (directions)
Who: Youth (individuals and church groups; exiting 6th-12th grades) and their adult leaders (21 and older)
Forms: Youth Forms | Adult Forms
Registration Deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017

Questions about Mission Week? Contact Pilgrim Point Registrar, Zac Norenberg, at or call the Conference office at (612) 871-0359.

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    Spring Middle School CYE

    Spring Middle School Youth Event - "Being & Doing", May 12-14, 2017 at Pilgrim Point Camp. Registration to open in the coming months.

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    Taizé Meditation Retreat

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    Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training

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    Eco-Justice Training

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    Martin Luther King, Jr.’s beloved community - one that is sustainable, healthy, and inclusive? This train-the-trainer workshop will explore these questions with the goal of empowering conversation and actions around environmental justice that will continue far beyond the initial workshop. Stay tuned for registration! Cost: $90/participant (includes meals, housing, and training)

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