PICTURED: A surprise visit from some moose enjoying the shrubbery along 4 Mile Creek between the pond and the Chapel.

moose Cow and Calf Visit RMMC

“Well ya don’t see that every day!” was the saying that came to mind when camp welcomed two moose visitors the other week. They stopped long enough to enjoy some of the serenity here at RMMC along with the budding shrubbery between the pond and chapel. Unfortunately the calf broke through on the thinner outside edges of the ice and was able to safely swim to shore with mother’s gentle urging. This is a rare moose sighting indeed and glad to notice their presence. Four or five years ago, family campers mentioned seeing two young moose pass by late in the evening and so we hope moose will like the forest “neighborhood” we all enjoy and stay a while!

PICTURED: Scroll through the variety of images of the two moose who visited camp.

Spring Mennonite Quilters

It was fun to have a full house again for Spring Mennonite Quilters Retreat. Special thanks to Barb Swartzendruber for serving as the resident camp Quilting Program Director in facilitating sharing and the Sunday morning worship. Participants offered the following things they appreciated about the weekend:

    • “Sharing our journeys.”
    • “Wonderful fellowship.”
    • “Uninterrupted time to sew!”
    • “The food, view, air, peace.”
    • “Peacefulness of being away from hustle bustle of life.”
    • “Sharing our love for God and each other.”
    • “I love taking the break from day to day life and get together with such amazing people.”

PICTURED: Spring Mennonite quilters of 2022 joined together from as close as Woodland Park & Florissant to as far away as as California & Georgia.

Join In Helping Prepare for the 2022 Summer Camping Season

Memorial Day Work and Play Retreat is a weekend for families and individuals to volunteer at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. The weekend focuses on getting ready for summer campers and guests with foodservice, cleaning and fixing things while also offering a free day on Sunday to enjoy the holiday weekend. The retreat is scheduled for May 27-30, 2022 beginning at 7:00pm on Friday and concluding after breakfast on Monday. Please let us know if you, your family or your friends can help for all or part of the weekend by going to “Register For Camp“.

PICTURED: Victor Rogers and & Ivanna Johnson tackle the shovel work of leveling gravel on the DH/Lodge patio for a solid foundation for patio benches during Memorial Day Work & Play Retreat 2021.

Mennonite Disaster Service Joins For Week of Fire Mitigation and Tree Removal

WHAT: MDS Fire Mitigation / Tree Removal
WHEN: Monday-Friday, May 23-27, 2022 (Volunteers welcome to arrive on Sunday before w/ meals and stay for some or all of the week. Please contact camp)
WHERE: Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp
HOW: Bring a vaccination card OR a negative test result to facilitate optional mask wearing (inside/outside).
SIGN-UP: Signup for Maintenance Link / Signup for Foodservice Link

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and RMMC continue their critical partnership in the work to mitigate fire danger with the removal of blown over or beetle infested Engelmann Spruce trees at camp. Fifteen-eighteen volunteers (approximately) needed each day. Volunteers for foodservice are also encouraged to help in support. Please join in for 1 or 2 days or the whole week if you can. For additional information, please contact Paul Unruh ([email protected], 316-772-6308) or Marc Yoder ([email protected], 719-942-3276).

PICTURED: Paul Unruh and Ray Beggs (left to right) run the MDS chipper which is the right size and the right tool for its critical role in creating mulch out of what would be fuel for a ground fire.

The response to the “Paying the Legacy Forward” campaign in 2020 and 2021 has been nothing short of inspiring. While the coronavirus pandemic uncertainties continue, the financial support received builds a sustainable foundation for the immediate future. Thanks for your ongoing support in this time of ongoing challenges in offering a safe and healthy space here at Rocky Mountain to all who come!

Who’s been helping

Thank you to all of our volunteers this month:

  • Ali Knaak
  • Anne Lamman
  • John Lamman
  • Cindy Martens
  • Eldon Martens
  • Ken McDowell
  • Matthew McDowell
  • Stan Miller
  • Anna Unruh
  • Bill Unruh
  • Jill White

PICTURED: Eight volunteers came to staple pheromone packets to the trees to send the beetles elsewhere. The group put up 680 packets over the course of the day.

Come volunteer

RMMC relies on the help of volunteers to keep the ministry going. Your help with any camp tasks is greatly appreciated! If you have interest in volunteering, call (719-687-9506) or email ([email protected]) RMMC.

    • Long-term volunteers: help in Food Service, Maintenance, and Housekeeping. Service term can be for up to a year if so desired.

you’ve been spotted

We spotted Arden & Jon Buller after planting an Aroniaberry tree for Arbor Day in Ames, IA. They are looking forward to returning to Family Camp II in a few short months!

Please share your “spotted” photo with us by email to [email protected]

PICTURED: Family camp regulars Jon & Arden Buller (left to right) wearing their RMMC apparel.

what you said

Things I appreciated (from Great American Quilt Retreat participants evaluations):

“The time to sew. Welcome from Barbara as I settled in. Open arms (assistance) from others when unsure how to proceed on a project. The staff of RMMC” – Katie Cornelius

“Thank you for making my stay at retreat fun and wonderful! You are the best!” – Diane Fahey

Did you know

Strong Winds Responsible For More Tree Loss Than Spruce Beetles

It has been a strange winter of weather here at RMMC. What hasn’t been received in an abundance of snow (87 inches of our 125 inch average thus far), has been received in an abundance of wind! Gusts of up to 65 miles per hour have blown over a number of trees around camp including the campground, Staffville and Aspen Ridge.

 

PICTURED: A few of the trees that blew over from multiple wind storms in the past number of months.

 

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