Hope Conference Center now has free internet connection in the Upper Lodge and in Hassler Hall (Lower Lodge). Connection info will be given to the retreat leader or camp dean upon arrival, and they can share it with campers or retreat participants as they wish.
Camp Hope Cookbook
The Camp Hope Cookbook was just published, featuring classic camp meals and camper favorites. Chef Kim Samsel, the camp’s Cook/Executive Chef since 2012, tells how to cook simple but delicious meals on a budget. The 24-page book includes 40 recipes, with dishes for every meal as well as specialty recipes for vegetarian, gluten-free, and crowd-size cooking.
The cookbook costs $5 and is available this summer at the camp store, or by mail from the Hope Center office. If ordering by mail, please add $1 postage for the first book, and 50 cents for each additional book (make checks payable to Hope Conference Center.)
Food Service for Retreats
Hope Conference Center can now provide food to groups who rent the facilities. The camp Cook/Executive Chef will prepare or oversee the meals. Camp food service must be arranged when the event is scheduled, or in advance of the event date. For prices and menus, contact the Hope Center office. Groups can still bring their own food and cook it themselves, as in the past.
Go to the “Support” page to join our “Circle of Giving!”
New Environmental Education Center
The old maintenance garage behind Hassler Hall has been transformed into a new Environmental Education Center. Check it out on your next visit to Hope Conference Center.
New Merchandise at the Shop (winter and summer)
Anniversary T-shirts, hoodies and long-sleeved shirts are available beginning with Memorial Day weekend; T-shirts which support Ramp up Hope are also available in all sizes. To purchase clothing by mail (they make great gifts!), contact the Hope Center office.
Hope Center is preparing to become wheelchair-friendly, planning to build two new cabins to accommodate campers with special needs. We will also be adding ramps to the Dining Hall and to Hassler Hall (lower lodge) to add accessibility. Other accessibility aids will be coming to Hope Center in the near future.