Pilgrim Lodge has been owned and operated by the United Church of Christ since 1956.
We have new campers every year as well as multiple generations of families attending. Great grandchildren attend Grandparents’ Camp with their great grandmother who is introducing Pilgrim Lodge to yet another generation of campers who love and return to Pilgrim Lodge.
The United Church of Christ believes and states openly,
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey,
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.”
The same is true of our camping program!
Pilgrim Lodge is owned and operated by the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC),
and is one of many camps in the United States owned by UCC Conferences.
For more information about the UCC church, visit http://www.ucc.org/
For more information about the Maine Conference of the UCC, visit http://maineucc.org/
Read the Maine Conference Open and Affirming Statement here.
For more information about the Outdoor Ministries Association of the UCC, visit http://www.oma-ucc.org/
Pilgrim Lodge is directed by Melinda Trotti, an Interim Director who has over 20 years experience directing summer camps and retreat centers for the United Methodist Church.
For more information on Melinda Trotti, click here!
Rev. Bryan Breault was the previous Director of Pilgrim Lodge for 20 years leaving at the end of 2017 with a beautiful send-off and celebration of his ministry in January 2018
See more about the celebration here.
Ruth Choate, Assistant Director, has been at Pilgrim Lodge almost every summer since she started as a camper at 9 years of age.
- All of the volunteers at Pilgrim Lodge are background checked and trained each year by the Outdoor Ministry Team (OMT).
- The OMT is a group of mature, experienced Pilgrim Lodge volunteers who work with the Pilgrim Lodge Director to produce a safe, loving, well-planned, energizing, and educational camping experience for all campers.
- The Chair of the Outdoor Ministries Team is Karen Choate, an educator and teacher of over 20 years.
Parents of youth campers are welcome to call and speak directly to their camper’s Dean.
Just contact the camp office, and we will help you contact that leader to help when deciding if Pilgrim Lodge is the right camp for your child.
Pilgrim Lodge is American Camp Association (ACA) accredited.
ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. ACA’s nationally recognized standards program focuses primarily on the health, safety, and risk management aspects of a camp’s operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the accredited camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation.
For more information, see http://www.acacamps.org
Pilgrim Lodge uses the Inside Out curriculum, the official summer camp resource of the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ.
Inside Out is developed by writers representing the mainline denominations in the United States. Camp Directors, Program Directors, and Camp Volunteers write the curriculum based on their educational and practical knowledge of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual developmental level of campers of all ages.
You can learn more about this year’s curriculum, “Beyond Belief! The Universe of God” here.
2018 – Beyond Belief! The Universe of God