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Photo by Richard Silva
A Brethren campfire circle
Photo by Richard Silva
The old dining hall
Photo by Richard Silva
John & Doug
Photo by Richard Silva
The old horse tree
Photo by Richard Silva
A log bridge over Cove creek
Photo by Richard Silva
Camp Meadow
Photo by Richard Silva
swimmin' hole
Camp photo by David Dunning
Myrtle Creek trail to the Grove.
Camp photo by David Dunning
Strolling
Camp photo by David Dunning
Meadow view
Camp photo by David Dunning
The chapel ceiling
Camp photo by David Dunning
Rocky Myrtle Creek
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Camper cabin
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Campfire trail
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Myrtle Creek
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Footbridge
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Myrtle Creek
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Meadow
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Peace Sign
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Marley taking a rest
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Butterfly
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Calvin at Vista Point
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
The White Cat
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
River Beast
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Man Make Fire
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Campfire Music
In Saturn's shadow — the Pale Blue Dot
Saturn eclipsing the sun, with Earth
the Pale Blue Dot indicated
Saturn detail, with Earth pointed out
Hubble photo of "empty space"
Empty Space
Camp photo by Ann Eikenberry
Kerby's new hat
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
The Cob house
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Singing at the Campfire
Camp photo by Michelle Teeter
Campfire Song leading
crappy camp photo by David Dunning
Memorial Bricks
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dogwood
Camp photo by David Dunning
Elm
Camp photo by David Dunning
Fir
Camp photo by David Dunning
Forest Dell
Camp photo by David Dunning
Gum
Camp photo by David Dunning
Juniper
Camp photo by David Dunning
The Kiosk
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall chimney
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dinning Hall end
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall main space
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall lounge area
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall fireplace room
Camp photo by David Dunning
Dining Hall through the trees
Camp photo by David Dunning
Myrtle
Camp photo by David Dunning
The Olde bathroom
Camp photo by David Dunning
Tent area
Camp photo by David Dunning
Tents
Camp photo by David Dunning
Tent area redux
Camp photo by David Dunning
Tent area reduxy
Newly replaced deck on bridge by Richard Silva
New bridge decking
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Water creature
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Petrified tree
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Removal of camping trailer from the farm
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Coffee break
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Placement of petrified tree fragment in rock garden
Camp photo by Richard Silva
The thinker
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Visionary
Camp photo by John Austin Newcomer
Me where I love to be
New bridge over Myrtle Creek
New bridge finished
New deck and ramp at Kiosk
New deck and ramp at Kiosk
Splitting wood at Memorial Day Work Weekend
Splitting wood at Memorial Day Work Weekend
Removing invasive ivy and vinca
Removing invasive ivy and vinca
Bill and Darlene Hainey working in the garden
Clearing weeds in the garden
Table display of invasive and non-native species
Display of invasive and non-native species found at Camp
Roof and Gutter cleaning
Roof and Gutter cleaning
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Cob oratory
Treads for ramp to bath rooms
Ramp to bath rooms
Rebuilding foot bridge
Rebuilding bridge
Loading firewood
Loading firewood
Dale Seese building a fence in front of old manager's cabin.
Building a fence
2008 Trail improvements
2008 Trail improvements
Camp photo by Sol Weil
Cove Creek
Camp photo by Sol Weil
Coral Fungus
Camp photo by Thayne Groff
Old growth giant falls
Camp photo by Sol Weil
reconstructed campfire circle
Camp photo by Sol Weil
reconstructed campfire circle
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Rebuilding Mrytle Creek footbridge (2)
Rebuilt Mrytle Creek footbridge photo by Richard Silva
Rebuilding Mrytle Creek footbridge
Camp photo by Richard Silva
Under the bridge
Salmon spawning below dining hall, Nov. 2011
Salmon spawning below dining hall, Nov. 2011
Camp photo by Trina McDaniel
Dining Hall photo by Trina McDaniel
Camp photo by Trina McDaniel
Making granola

Camp Myrtlewood welcomes you to our Camper site!

Camp Myrtlewood is an environmental stewardship and hospitality ministry of the Church of the Brethren. Welcome! Camp is made up of 158 acres of temperate rainforest, streams, meadows and rustic buildings nestled in the coast range of southern Oregon. Launched in 1936 with a land donation, Camp hosts over 2000 people per year. A 13–member Board of Directors now oversees our camp's operations.

Where are we?

Camp Myrtlewood is in southwest Oregon between Coos Bay and Roseburg, located off Highway 42 — 3.5 miles south of the hamlet of Bridge on Myrtle Creek Road. For Google Earth and GPS fans, Camp is at 42°59'15" N and 124°00'46" W.
Click here for detailed driving directions and maps

Check out our rolling 12-month calendar showing available dates to see when you might be able to book your group at Camp. That calendar is also available via the Booking Availability menu item near the top of the left sidebar.

Family Camp is just around the corner!

Here are a few last minute things to remember:

  • Please register with Dale!
  • When you arrive check in with Leslie to see where you are housed.
  • Bring a softball mitt for the game on Saturday.
  • If you can, bring some snacks to share.
  • Do you have a musical instrument you could bring?
  • Can you think of a joke that could be told or acted out at Campfire?
  • If you have binoculars or other star gazing aids, bring them along.
  • If you are planning on exploring the Marsh on Beach Day, having rubber boots would let you go more places.
  • If there is a song you would like to sing or teach, bring a few printed copies.
  • Think about some ideas you might have for Sunday Worship.
  • Take some deep breaths and remember to be grateful for life!

Brethren Family Camp 2014

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 - Sunday, Jul 20, 2014

Theme: PAINTING THE STARS: Living a Creation-centered life in a materialistic world.

Leaders include John and Margaret Jones, Jeff and Laurel Tucker as well as various youth leaders and activity directors.

Morning presentations will feature Jerry Becker, Bill Bradbury and Katie Eymann, the story of Frank and Jeanne Moore and others who have dedicated their lives to healing Creation.

Camp Myrtlewood's 50th Anniversary video

David Dunning

I have had a VHS tape of Camp Myrtlewood's 50th anniversary celebration digitized. It's about 6 hours total time, digitized into 3 sections. The video is not great quality at all, with a lot of bad tracking artifacts and low resolution to start with, and the sound is also poor, but here it is for you to check out for yourself via this link:

Camp Myrtlewood's 50th Anniversary

You'll see 3 boxes containing 3 images each. The lefthand boxes is the first 2 hours, the second box is the second 2 hours, and after that you're on your own!

Map of cabin locations and sleeping capacities

Due to popular demand, we now have a map showing the locations of all our cabins and the number and type of beds in each. You can jump to it here, or find it at the bottom of the Maps page. On that page you'll also find links to a PDF of this map, which you should download if you'd like to print out any hard copies. Trina McDaniel provided me (David, your Camp webmaster) with a very helpful hand-drawn map with all the info, and from that I produced the versions you'll find here. We hope this will help your planning needs!

Global Climate Change and Camp Myrtlewood, Oregon

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It would be nice to say that things don’t change much here at Camp Myrtlewood but, unfortunately, I think I’d be wrong. I’ve lived and worked here for the past twenty-nine years and have had close daily contact with our eco-system—I’ve developed an affinity for the land. I’ve watched surrounding old-growth forests continue to be clear-cut. I’ve observed timber corporations and many other private land owners harvesting their lands with what I would call less than an ethical stewardship ethic. Every winter I cringe to see the intensely muddied streams of our Coquille River Watershed knowing that the siltation from thousands of miles of logging roads and clear-cuts will suffocate—once again—millions of freshly laid salmon eggs. Summer stream temperatures are definitely warmer, resulting from smaller stream run-off through clear-cut areas. The smolt and fry of anadromous fish and trout do not do well in water that is too warm with inadequate numbers of trees to make shade. And I also think about all that carbon that has been removed from the land—newly planted monoculture forests are poor substitutes for the perennial polycultures that were lost.

Margaret & John Jones receive Human Dignity Award

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Margaret & John Jones, our camp managers of 28 years, were honored by the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County during its annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Read the whole article on The World (Coos Bay newspaper).

No one who knows Margaret and John will be surprised by this, we're sure, but it's wonderful to see them receive such well-deserved acknowledgement. Congratulations, you two!

Lett Camp Album - 1935 through 1957

Alma & Orlin Lett
Page 1 of Lett's history of Camp Myrtlewood

This is the album that Alma & Orlin Lett put together as a history of Camp Myrtlewood, beginning with the story of Orlin's grandparents establishing their homestead on land that included much of the present-day camp. The two album PDFs are pretty large; 38MB and 30MB. If you prefer to download smaller bites, try the PDFs after the first two — one for the introduction and then one for each year from 1935 through 1957, the last year the album covers. There is also a PDF here of the program from Alma & Orlin's Golden Anniversary, held at Camp in September of 1984. If you don't have Adobe Reader installed (necessary for viewing PDFs), you can get it here (it's free).

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