News from Pilgrim Lodge - April 2019
Pilgrim Lodge Blessed by Its Volunteers
Melinda Trotti, Interim Director
Pilgrim Lodge is blessed to have so many wonderful and committed volunteers. Every year we welcome teachers, pastors, woodworkers, painters, carpenters, plumbers, retirees, cooks, cleaners, organizers, architects, artists, fundraisers, transporters, office professionals, writers, boating and archery and arts and music and ministry specialists, young and old - and that's not everyone! As someone who has directed camps and retreat centers of different sizes and in different parts of the country, I can say with certainty that Pilgrim Lodge has never lost the robust commitment of its volunteers the way most sites have at this point in time. I continue to see folks show up at Pilgrim Lodge to do amazing work, bringing their gifts, skills, talents, and Christian call to make a difference.

Last month, volunteer counselors and deans gathered at Oceanwood Retreat Center to worship together, plan for the summer, review the summer curriculum, develop schedules, learn new songs, nature and art activities, and grow in how to engage campers of all ages in conversations about their faith. We laughed a lot, sang a lot, and played camp games. The weekend was an early spring taste of the excitement of what happens every day during the summer at Pilgrim Lodge!
Help Get PL ready for Summer
Fix'n to Fish
May 6-10
Itching to use your hammer after a long winter? Come for the day or week or anything in between and help with light maintenance projects. Early morning and evening fishing is encouraged but not required. Meals provided. Sign up today to get fix'n.
Jump Start Workdays
May 10-11
Raking leaves, stacking wood, clearing brush, floating docks, sweeping floors, washing windows - there’s so much to do to clean up PL after the winter and get ready for summer! Projects for all skills and ability levels - meals provided on Saturday. Jump right on over to the website and sign up today.
Youth Group Overnight, May 11-12
Bring your youth group for Jump Start (or not!) and stay overnight. Light programming will be provided by the Outdoor Ministries team on Saturday night and will provide Sunday worship, leaving plenty of time for your own programming in between.  More information and registration available here.
Spotlight: Homecoming Weekends
Homecoming Weekends, May 24-27 and September 6-8
Homecoming Weekends offer an opportunity to come home to PL ...as a family in whichever way YOU define family. It could be a church family to retreat, a We Went to PL in the 80s family to reunite, or a family of friends looking to spend a weekend in this sacred space. UCC and non-UCC families welcome! There will be camp activities plus time for groups to gather or to have free time. This is a great and affordable opportunity for smaller retreat groups who aren't able to reserve PL on their own due to size.  Register here or reach out to Melinda to learn more.
PL Director Search Committee Applications close April 18
Would you like to be on the search committee for the new PL Director?

The Pilgrim Lodge Leadership Team is forming a search committee and is actively seeking members of the Pilgrim Lodge community to serve on the Search Committee. If you are interested in volunteering your time, expertise, and have a passion for the ministry of PL, please apply! The goal is to have the new Director hired by September 2019.

Interested applicants should first read the Pilgrim Lodge Sustainability Report and then apply online. The absolute deadline for applications is April 18.
Did you know?
You DON'T have to live in Maine to be a Pilgrim Lodge camper. Campers this summer are coming from California, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire! Everyone is welcome. Join us!
For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
As part of the Pilgrim Lodge's expanding ministry, PL is co-sponsoring a day of workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren and clergy serving these families. Led by the Center for Grieving Children and co-sponsored by the Maine Conference, the workshops will be held Saturday, May 4th from 9am to 3pm at North Parish Congregational Church UCC in Sanford. For more information, contact Pilgrim Lodge at (207) 724-3200. Click here for more information on the workshops and here for details on PL's new Grand-Parenting Weekend camp.
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Pilgrim Lodge
103 Pilgrim Lodge Lane
West Gardiner, ME 04345
(207) 724-3200