Aldersgate’s 2020 Summer Update
Aldersgate’s 2020 Summer Update

Book Your Summer Family Retreat

Aldersgate plans to offer some individual family opportunities this summer.

Families can experience Aldersgate together while maintaining social distancing guidelines. If you’d like your family to participate contact Aldersgate at (606) 723-5078 or These opportunities will begin June 12 and will extend through the end of July. Act now to reserve your family’s spot!

Individual Family Opportunities:

  1. Individual Family Retreats: Schedule a 2-night 3-day retreat at your home away from home!  Come stay in one of our cottage, Hill House or Cedar House so your family can get your Aldersgate Fix for this summer.  Your family can stay in one of the amazing accommodations while participating in activities like the clay wall, hiking the trails, crafts and more.
  2. Aldersgate will also utilize our Asbury RV Campground.  Contact the office for more details.  This opportunity is for those with full hook-up capabilities.  Our RV Campground has full water, electric and sewer as well as level paved pads capable of housing small and large RV’s or Fifth Wheels.

The 2020 Aldersgate Camp Summer Staff (aka “the staff that never was!”) gets together for the first (and possibly last) time as a summer staff via Zoom.

Virtual Day Camp

This summer Aldersgate will be partnering with its sister camp Loucon and Kavanaugh’s Mission Base Camp to offer you a virtual day camp!  Details will follow; however, we are looking to set up experiences for all ages.  You can participate when we post or you can utilize the content for future family or congregational opportunities.  We miss camp, so we thought why not bring it to you virtually!  This is a new way for us to help point your campers to God, to reach them where they are (your living room), and to help them grow!  Join us for virtual Day Camp each Tuesday Beginning June 16, 2020 and ending on July 21, 2020.  Times and other details will be shared soon.  You can access on our Social Media; our YouTube channel and on our website.


Your help is so appreciated

Without Spring Retreat and Summer Camp Aldersgate will be experiencing some financial shortfalls.  Much of our society is going to be experiencing financial difficulties as we move forward.  During this time Aldersgate asks that you consider your favorite non-profits and the way you may support them as they encounter a rocky road ahead.



Save the date!

Camp Sunday August 9, 2020

Save the Date for Camp Sunday!  Sunday, August 9, 2020, is the designated day for churches to take a special offering for their favorite camp or to benefit all of the Kentucky United Methodist camps!  It is a great opportunity to celebrate how God utilizes camps to form deeper connections with our children and youth and a way to support the camps in this effort.

Just in case you missed our sad news about summer camp

Just in case you missed our sad news about summer camp

2020 Summer Camp Canceled by Alan Wild

Loucon Training & Retreat Center and Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center have been forced to cancel their 2020 traditional summer camping season because of continued social distancing in response to COVID-19

In addition, Mission Base Camp at Kavanaugh Conference & Retreat Center has been canceled.

“We have spent much time in prayer and conversation on the impact of “COVID-19.  The concern for our campers and their families, our understanding of the increased guidelines, financial impact, and the likelihood of a limited number of camper spots that would be available due to the virus led us to the realization that this would be a different season in which to offer a high-quality, safe experience for our campers, “ Warren Hopper, Executive Director of the Kentucky Annual Conference’s Camp & Retreat Ministries, said in a statement.

“It is important that we maintain the trust we have established with our campers and their families.  It is important that we ensure their safety and that we do our part to flatten the curve,” added Hopper who also is the Loucon Director.

Dave Cohn, Director of Aldersgate, also issued a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancelation of the 202-summer camp season.  However, I am thankful for the movement of God through Christian camping, for the way God will work through this season, and for our Aldersgate Camp Family.”

Loucon and Aldersgate have both informed their summer staff hires that camps are canceled.  Loucon had hired 44 and Aldersgate 20 young adults.  Deans and day camp leaders have also been notified.

“Please join us in prayer for our 2020 summer staff.  They were preparing to point campers to God, to reach them where they are, and to help them grow.  Now they are left trying to determine their summer plans,” Hopper said, adding that “they are an awesome group of young adults who deeply love Jesus who were ready to share the love and message of God” with young campers.

Hopper said the hope is for Loucon and Aldersgate to “return strong” in 2021 with summer camp, and staff hired for this summer will be welcome in 2021 if they are interested in returning.  Both camps intend to remain intentional in keeping contact with the 2020 hires.

The camps are providing further details to families that have already registered for their camper(s) that will include refund information.  Aldersgate and Loucon ask that you stay tuned for some summer family opportunities!  Each camp will begin promoting what they have in store in the coming weeks.

Loucon is located near Litchfield and Aldersgate is located near Ravenna.  Kavanaugh is in Crestwood.

Until we meet again in person here is a glimpse of past summer camp joy.

Share your stories

Do you have fond memories or photos of your time at one of our camps?  We invite you to share them with us on social media using the hashtags #kyumcsummercamps, #camploucon, #aldersgatecamp, and #campkavanaugh


Sad news from one of Aldersgate’s sister camp & retreat ministries:

Kavanaugh Suspends Operations

By Alan Wild

The 145-year-old Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center is suspending operations, effective immediately in response to short-term and long-term financial challenges.

The recommendation from William Moore, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Conference, was made in consultation with the Bishop, Conference Treasurer, Chair of Conference Committee on Finance and Administration, the Camp & Retreat Ministry team (CRM) and the Kavanaugh Committee.

“Over the past several years, Kavanaugh and CRM … have made great strides and we have been witness to many blessings during this season of ministry,” CRM said in a statement. “Kavanaugh served over 6,000 guests and campers in 2019. Guests and campers were challenged to grow in their faith as passionate spiritual disciples. The ministry has moved to a more fruitful phase encouraging participation in missions, allowing individuals to make decisions of faith, and helping others grow in their faith and action.

“Unfortunately, there are short-term and long-term financial concerns that have become magnified by COVID-19. It is our hope that this ministry pruning will allow CRM to continue in the Kentucky Annual Conference.”

Kavanaugh Director Nathan Calvert and CRM Executive Director Warren Hopper met via Zoom to inform Kavanaugh’s five staff members that their jobs were being eliminated. They had been temporarily furloughed because the camp had shut down as part of the COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

Calvert, who also is the Associate Director of Ministry with Young People, will remain on staff and will oversee the winterization-type work at the Kavanaugh complex, which is located adjacent to the Kentucky Conference’s headquarters on the south edge of Crestwood. He became director of Kavanaugh in 2016.

In a statement, Calvert said: “It has been an honor to serve. I am eternally grateful to the churches, ministries and nonprofit organizations that chose to experience God’s presence on ‘Holy Ground’ here at Kavanaugh. Through Kavanaugh’s Mission Basecamp program, we were living a new missional narrative that brought the love of Jesus to the community.”

“While the news of the suspension of our operations has come suddenly, we know that what God has in store next for Kavanaugh will be a blessing to the United Methodist Church and the Kingdom of God.”

Rev. Craig Taylor, who serves as Chair of the Kavanaugh Committee, added: “Despite the work of Kavanaugh’s ministry through its Mission Basecamp and its abilities to connect campers in discipleship and mission to its community, it did not have the strong financial foundation it needed to weather this storm.”

Conference leadership including the Bishop, Cabinet, Missional Priorities Team, Conference Committee on Finance and Administration, Camping and Retreat Ministry Team, Conference Trustees, Connectional Ministries, and others will consider the next best steps for Kavanaugh.  Lay and clergy members of the Kentucky Annual Conference will make the final decision on the future of the 55-acre facility.

All groups currently booked at Kavanaugh have received notice about how the suspension will impact them moving forward. Full refunds of their deposits will be provided.

Kavanaugh was founded in 1875 by Bishop H.H. Kavanaugh. About 37 of the 55 acres are dedicated forest with walking trails. The site also includes several historic buildings. Through the years Kavanaugh has been the site of countless retreats, camp meetings, revivals, weddings and other large-group events.

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