Sumatanga Trustees invite churches to support the future of Camp


To: Churches of North Alabama Conference UMC
From: Board of Trustees – Camp Sumatanga

Dear Friends in Christ,

For decades, Camp Sumatanga has been about the business of “Discovering, Developing, and Deploying Spiritual Leaders” throughout our conference. Many of our pulpits have been filled over the years by those who heard and clarified God’s call on their life at Camp Sumatanga. Summer Camps have served as incubators of faith for generations of Methodist leaders. Over 35,000 people have attended an Emmaus Walk and returned to their home church more committed than ever, and various other retreats and weekends have served to anchor and revive many throughout the years. We are thankful for the fruit of our Camp.

While the past three (3) years have been positive financially, we realize we must continually improve our offerings to continue fruitfulness in our mission. This will require a focus on capital improvements to the Camp. While we have made major improvements in recent years and will continue to do so, we have approved a capital investment for installation of a “Zip-line.” The zip-line will include seven (7) zips running from the water tower down the face of the mountain, crossing the lake, and concluding with a fully handicapped accessible zip. This is a major strategic decision toward generating revenue and helping Camp Sumatanga become more financially secure.

We are asking every church in The North Alabama Conference to consider supporting the future of our Camp in the following ways:

  1. Support the camp financially each and every year. Begin by donating to Camp this summer and make sure the Camp becomes a part of your annual budgets.
  2. Use Camp Sumatanga as the site for your retreats and planning needs and take advantage of the offerings of the camp throughout the year.
  3. Covenant with our Board of Trustees that “No Child Will Be Left at Home” who wants to attend Camp because they can’t afford to go. We have no greater calling than the spiritual formation and growth of our children.
  4. Plan work days at the camp. These can provide valuable services, reduce the cost of operations, enhance our credits for “in kind” donations, and provide some great teambuilding opportunities.

“Discover, Develop, and Deploy Spiritual Leaders.” It’s what we do,…. what we’ve been doing,… and, what we will continue to do…… with God’s blessings and Your Help.

If you have any questions, contact Mike Densmore Chair of Board of Trustees at 256-749-9355 or

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