Camrec Mission

At Camp Camrec, in thanks for all the gifts we receive from God, we will:

  • Nurture children in the love of God, the love of others, and the love of Creation.
  • Welcome adults to a place and spiritual framework for rest and restoration.
  • Care for this beautiful part of Creation and the extended landscape around us.
  • Embody Anabaptist/Mennonite values of peacemaking, simple living, service, and community.

Who uses Camrec?

Camrec is owned and operated by the Washington Mennonite Fellowship (WMF), a corporation of Mennonite churches of Washington State - the Menno Mennonite Church, Warden Mennonite Church, Seattle Mennonite Church, Evergreen Mennonite Church, Spring Valley Mennonite Church and Shalom Fellowship, Spokane.

When not in use by the Washington Mennonite Fellowship, Camrec is available for rental by other not-for-profit religious, educational, cultural, and public service groups who have interests compatible with Christian principles.

What does Camrec mean?

Camrec is an acronym for Chumstick Area Mennonite REtreat Center.

What is the history of Camrec?

In 1952, the Washington Sunday School and Christian Endeavor Convention decided to hold annual retreats for their young people. but the convention didn’t have a campground of its own. Each year the young people’s retreat was held at a different campground. In 1961, the Washington S.S & C.E name was changed to Washington General Conference Mennonite Fellowship (WMF). The 200 acre site near Leavenworth, Washington was purchased on February 5, 1965.

The camp development committee worked through 1966 and 1967 to drill a well, build the main lodge, 10 cabins and a service building. The camp dedication was held on June 24, 1967 and the first camp held that summer was Junior Camp.