Camp Noel Porter Update

Camp Noel Porter Update

The Camp Noel Porter board met on April 4. The minutes from the previous meeting on Jan. 31 were approved and posted on the CNP website.

"Our commitment to children and youth is absolute and unwavering. It is at the core of our identity and the heart of our mission as a diocese. Camp ministry is an important way of living that commitment," said the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, bishop of the Diocese of Northern California.

The charge from the diocesan Board of Trustees to the Camp Noel Porter Board in 2015 was to look at diocesan mission and ministry, resources, and to conduct a realistic assessment of the current buildings and grounds of the Camp Noel Porter property and to report their findings to the Board of Trustees. The Camp Noel Porter Board is considering all options for the future, including partnership with other camps and community organizations, construction to sustainable size and code, or possible sale. All are being carefully explored with a commitment to integrity and transparency, prayerfully considering the capacity of the diocese to maintain and grow participation in a sustainable camp and conference ministry. An initial conversation has begun with the Tahoe City Public Utility District regarding future property use.
 
In terms of the Noel Porter property, near the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe, the diocese and boards are thoughtfully considering the mission and future of St. Nicholas’ Church, the resources required to provide a safe and sustainable diocesan ministry on the property, and the historic nature of the Chapel of the Transfiguration and grounds. The Board of Trustees will meet at Camp Noel Porter in June, to be present on the property and to consider the reality of the size and capacity of the facility to sustain a year-round camp and conference center ministry.
 
This broad exploratory process is ongoing, and no final decisions have been made. When this process is concluded, the Camp Noel Porter Board will make a report to the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Trustees will report to Diocesan Convention in November.            
 
The bishop and the leadership of this diocese are fully committed to ministry for and with our children and youth. In addition to supporting these ministries at the congregational level, the diocese has recently introduced Pathways, a new summer program for youth and young adults. Our diocese also participates in other local Episcopal camp ministries at Camp Living Waters (Arcata), Bishop’s Ranch (Healdsburg), St. Dorothy’s Rest (Camp Meeker), and Camp Galilee (across the lake in Nevada).

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