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Fall 2017

Annual OMA Retreat:

Camp Blue Diamond - Nov. 12-16, 2017

The annual retreat for Church of the Brethren camp staff, volunteers, board members and interested friends was held Nov. 12 - 16 at Camp Blue Diamond near Petersburg, PA. The annual event is filled with workshops and roundtables designed to empower and aid camps staff and volunteers with their ministry. There is rest and recreation time built into the retreat, as well as opportunities for informal sharing and fellowship too.

The next OMA Annual Retreat will be held Nov. 11-15, 2018 at Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Virginia. Camp Bethel is located in south western Virginia, about 20 miles north of Roanoke.

Nearly fifty Brethren camp staff and volunteers attended this year's event, representing 17 Brethren camps. Thanks to the Camp Blue Diamond staff for their warm hospitality and a great retreat. Pictured below are some of the camp folks who attended the 2017 annual OMA retreat at Camp Blue Diamond in central Pennsylvania.

Cost for the event is about $200, and college and seminary students as well as BVS (Brethren Volunteer Service) volunteers can pay 1/2 price. Scholarships that cover the fee for smaller camps with limited budgets and financial need are available, as well as half scholarships for larger camps. To find out more about scholarships check out the OMA-Z Retreat Scholarship pdf. Request for scholarship aid must be made one month prior to the event to the OMA Treasurer Rex Miller. Scholarship recipients need to be camp staff.