Dedication of the Charles Hill Pavilion at Camp Adams and a Fond Farewell to Charlie

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By Natalie Becker

On March 21st, over 70 individuals gathered at Camp Adams to dedicate and name the new pavilion in honor of Charlie Hill and to bid farewell to Charlie after more than 25 years of service to camp. During this beautiful breezy but sunny spring afternoon, we as a faith community gathered to remember and honor a very important piece of the history of Camp Adams.

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Charlie’s family and friends joined the staff of the Central Pacific Conference, campers and camp volunteers to dedicate the pavilion in honor of Charlie and in memory of his father the Rev. Charles Hill. Our Conference Minister, Walter John Boris, led us in a litany of dedication and many others followed him at the microphone to share memories and stories.

“Out of wood and (steel and concrete), out of dream and sacrifice, the people build a home. Out of the work of their hands and hearts and minds, the people fashion a symbol and a reality.”

Eileen Karpeles wrote her poem to dedicate a meeting house – a place of worship. But her words are just as appropriate for this place, Camp Adams. A place of meeting – a place of worship. For more than 25 years, Charles Hill has been part of Camp Adams. It has been his ministry. Building. Repairing. Maintaining. Preparing. Making do with scarce resources. Offering a warm welcome, a hug, a smile, and a story.

There are lots of stories in 25 years of life and ministry. Charlie’s love and dedication to Camp Adams finds its roots in the ministry of his father, also carrying the name of Charles. Charlie grew up as a preacher’s kid in the tradition of the United Church of Christ.


Camp Adams 2015 Fundraiser

Help us update some worn out, well-used items in preparation for the 2015 camp season. We are currently raising funds for the following items:



New Dining Hall Chairs for Adkins Lodge– Any of you who have used these chairs recently know all too well that they are beyond repair and the number of useable chairs is dwindling quickly! New chairs will cost approximately $40.00 each. We are striving to buy 200 new chairs. Camp would love to have you contribute towards this goal!





Camp Adams Entrance Sign– The existing signs were only meant to be temporary, after the previous sign was destroyed in an automobile accident. They are reaching the end of their temporary life and are no longer structurally sound. We are looking to raise $2,200.00 towards the cost of a permanent sign to welcome all who visit Camp Adams. Camp would love to have you contribute towards this goal!






Tractor– The current tractor on site at Camp Adams is 20 plus years old and is very tired. At this point, some of the necessary repairs will be equal to or more than the value of the tractor itself. We rely heavily on this piece of equipment for many aspects of site upkeep. The current price of a comparable tractor with necessary attachments is $30,000.00. We are working to raise funds for a replacement tractor before the old tired tractor completely stops. Camp would love to have you contribute towards the cost of a new tractor!


Donations can be made by check to the Central Pacific Conference and mailed to:

0245 SW Bancroft Street, Suite E
Portland, OR 97239.

Please note on the memo line of your check how you would like your donation to be allocated.

Or donate with a credit card:

As always, we are happy to accept donations for alternative or undesignated purposes. Check back in 2015 for new and ongoing ways to donate to our beloved camp.


Thank you to the following individuals for their recent generous donations to Camp Adams:

Amy Waltz

David Avison

John Soper

Joel Daniels

Peter Klingeman

Deborah Patterson

Thomas Balmer

Naya Feenor

Daniel Knierim

Esther Knierim

Pat & Gene Ross

Gayle Dee

Rebecca Luther

Shiela Daniels


A great big THANK YOU from all of us at Camp Adams to the Camp Adams Community!



Camp Adams

DSC_6701Located on 216 acres of beautiful temperate rainforest only 35 miles south of Portland, OR, Camp Adams offers the perfect setting for groups looking for a scenic and peaceful place to gather.

Two self-contained sites offer cabins and lodge facilities complete with in-cabin bathroom facilities. Fireplaces and residential kitchens are available in select cabins. Food service proudly features local foods and is able to accommodate most special dietary needs.

Check out our family and youth summer camp programs or contact us so we can help you arrange for your retreat at Camp Adams.

Camp Adams is owned and operated by the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ and is available to both member and non-member organizations.