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Shasta Camp History and Philosophy

Shasta Camp has a long history. Before the United Methodist Church negotiated a special use permit from the United States Forest Service, this area had been logged. In the early days, there were frequent evidences of this activity. Such as the remains of a donkey engine used to load logs. Now only an occasional cable fragment is left to testify to this activity. The forest has grown back and replenished itself to the point that the untrained eye is not aware that is was ever entered. Several years ago a group of young campers discovered a very old wooden sign nailed with cast nails to a tree stating, "Shasta Camp, 1919", and an Indian Head Penny fastened to it, giving evidence that people enjoyed the beautiful Port Orford Cedar trees long before us.

"Daddy" Troutner, a Methodist minister, had the inspiration to establish a youth camp here in the 1940's. The Rev. Hartzell Buckner, after whom the Buckner Lodge was named, was "Mr. Shasta Camp" for many years. During the 1950's, a beautiful lodge was constructed, but was tragically burned to the ground in the 1960's. It was replaced by a wonderful geodesic dome in the 1990's, which unfortunately did not withstand the extreme snow fall and collapsed during the winter of 1998. Plans are in progress for a new meeting facility to be constructed below the present facility which will provide excellent winter use as well as permitting multiple groups to use the camp concurrently.

Over the years many diverse groups have enjoyed what Shasta Camp has to offer: Native American cultural groups, urban inner city groups, family vacations, local church retreats and planning groups, wedding and family reunions. We hope you will be added to this list of happy campers and to the history of this wonderful gift of the Creator for His children's enjoyment.

Our Mission Statement  - "Shasta United Methodist Camp, a mission outreach function of the Shasta District Methodist Mission is relatively isolated from the usual sights and sounds of human society. It is a place of retreat for all, where they may interact with the world of nature in the spirit of the Creator's love and become more aware of and grow in, the experience of God in self, in others and in our environment and so make real our oneness with and responsibility for the on-going creative process"

There are no barriers of race, class, sexual orientation or other categories we use to separate people from one another. The administrators of this wonderful place seek to provide an opportunity for diverse individuals to learn even more to appreciate and identify with the Creator's handiwork and their human community.

 

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