Decommissioning Services for Missouri Camping Properties


The camping and retreat board has announced the dates for the decommissioning services of the three United Methodist camping properties prior to their sale. All are invited to share in these services of thanksgiving, healing and hope. Each service will include prayers and music as well as the decommissioning and release of the property. In addition to the short worship service, the campground will be open to guests for personal reflection and prayer following the service. The campground will open 30 minutes prior to the service at each location.

If you would like to share remembrances and/ or photos in a special way please email those to: by September 25. Please put the campground name as the subject of your email. Selected stories and photos will then be taken and compiled into a scrapbook which will be at the Decommissioning Services for you to view.

For questions about the decommissioning services, please contact Jon Spalding at

Requests For Memorial Items

Individual requests for specific memorial items on any of the three properties must be submitted by formal written request to by September 25.

Property Sale Information

Per the decision of the June 7th session of Annual Conference to sell the properties, the Missouri Annual Conference has entered into a contractual agreement with Central States Land & Auction (CSLA) for the management of the sale. The property auction is set for October 21st in Columbia. Interested parties should contact CSLA directly at 1-800-499-6774. Separate from the property sale, there will be an online auction of non-fixed camp assets (e.g., lawn mowers, dishes, bedding, craft supplies, etc.) for Blue Mountain, Galilee and Wilderness from October 1-28. Information specific to that online auction will be released once details are secured.

Decommissioning Services

Saturday, October 3

Wilderness Retreat & Development Center, Lawson – 10 a.m. – Worship Leader: Rev. Jennifer Weekes-Klein

Saturday, October 10

Camp Galilee, El Dorado Springs – 10 a.m. – Worship Leader: Rev. Melissa Dodd

Sunday, October 11

Blue Mountain Camp, Fredricktown – 3:30 p.m. – Worship Leader: Rev. Kent Wilfong