Pilgrim Firs – United Church of Christ
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center is one of the two camp and conference centers owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Conference. It is available for the outdoor ministry and educational programs of the United Church of Christ as well as other church, civic and educational non-profit groups. Pilgrim Firs is a year-round camp and conference center on the Kitsap Peninsula of western Washington. This beautiful site includes 120 wooded acres of which 40 have been developed with cabins, lodges and outdoor recreation areas for guest use.
Pilgrim Firs is a multi-use facility offering a variety of settings for programs and activities. The site includes play and sports fields, a lake with canoeing and kayaking, and a floating dock for swimming. There are hiking trails, indoor and outdoor chapel/meditation spaces, two campfire areas, basketball and volleyball courts within the four acre play field and many secluded quiet places where you can enjoy this beautiful piece of God’s creation.
Pilgrim Firs is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367
Option 1: From North of Tacoma (Seattle): Take I-5 south to the Highway 16, Bremerton exit
just past the Tacoma Dome. (This exit takes off at the same time as 38th street. Be sure you
are in the correct lane.)
Option 2: From South of Tacoma
(This exit takes off at the same time as 38th street, watch the signs to be sure you are in the
On Highway 16 from Tacoma, follow Highway 16 for about 16 miles to the Sedgewick exit. Cross
back over the highway. You will come to a stoplight where Sedgewick and Sidney intersect.
Stay in the middle lane and go straight through the intersection. (Chevron on right, Albertsons
on left). Continue for about 2.9 miles until you see the Pilgrim Firs Signs. (Sedgewick changes
to Glenwood, then Lake Flora roads, do not turn.) We are on the left.
Option 3: From Fauntleroy-Southworth Ferry. As you leave the ferry, take the first left
(across from the store). This will turn into Highway 160 (Sedgewick Rd.). Follow this road for
about 10.4 miles. You will cross Highway 16, and go through 3 traffic lights near the highway.
Continue straight. After you cross the highway, Sedgewick will turn into Glenwood, then Lk.
Flora roads. Do not turn, continue Straight. Aprox. 2.9 miles.
Option 4: From Bremerton and north (Highway 3): Highway 3 turns into Highway 16 as you
pass through Gorst. Stay on Highway 16 until the Sedgewick exit. Take Sedgewick and turn
continue going straight. Pilgrim Firs is on the left.
- At the Sedgewick / Sidney interchange, there is a Chevron station on your right, and an Albertsons on your left. Go straight through the intersection.
- Pilgrim Firs is 2.9 miles after you cross the Sedgewick / Sidney intersection, and 1.4 miles from where Glenwood Rd splits off to the south. (Do not turn on Glenwood!)
- There is a streetlight directly across the road from the entrance to Pilgrim Firs. It is the only
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Kitsap County sets up two ‘recovery centers’ as it prepares for COVID-19 to hit the homelessCLOSEBuy Photo
Wade Zick, managing director of Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, places freshly washed couch cushions back into place on Wednesday as he readies the South Lodge for first responders and medical personnel who may need a place to isolate because of COVID-19. (Photo: MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
As the coronavirus continues its sweep across the Puget Sound, Kitsap County officials are setting up two sites to serve as recovery centers in preparation for the virus making its way into the homeless community.
The two facilities — the Pilgrim Firs Camp in Port Orchard and the Seabeck Conference Center — are designed to shelter people who are homeless, those who live with vulnerable roommates and others who are unable to isolate themselves if they become sick. Both centers will not only isolate people ill with COVID-19, but also quarantine people who are awaiting test results.
“We’re really focused on trying to help the hospital maintain their beds so if you don’t have a place to go you’re not at the hospital,” Kitsap County Human Services Director Doug Washburn said in an interview. “You’re not taking a room there if you don’t need hospital-level care and you’re not on the streets potentially infecting other people with the virus.”
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate across the United States, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kitsap County rose to 27 on Wednesday. There have been no confirmed deaths from the illness in Kitsap thus far.
Kitsap’s recovery centers are expected to open by next week, but when the first guests arrive depends on the virus’ spread and the community’s need, said Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management Director Lis Klute. “I’m hoping we don’t have to use any of it at all,” she said.
Male residents will be placed at Pilgrim Firs, while females and families go to the Seabeck Conference Center. In addition, Pilgrim Firs will have a separate space for first-responders and health care workers, who are more likely to come into contact with coronavirus.
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Between both sites, the centers have the capacity to house about 150 to 200 people in total, county officials said. “We do have options for expanding the capacity if we need,” Klute said, which likely involves finding other host facilities. She says a tent or open field facility is not under consideration.
People who are quarantined or isolated at the centers will be referred by a healthcare provider. The centers are not intended for people in nursing homes or those with severe complications in need of hospital care.
While county officials expect people will go to the centers voluntarily, those who refuse could be involuntarily detained under the order of Kitsap Public Health Officer Susan Turner. Under the county’s emergency plan, they would be placed at the Kitsap Juvenile Detention Center in Port Orchard.
The recovery centers, along with a slate of other emergency housing measures, are funded by nearly $700,000 in state dollars passed down to Kitsap County. Last week, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced $30 million in grants for counties to expand shelters, increase sanitation and establish isolation facilities.
At a cost of around $100 per person, per day, the recovery centers will provide lodging, laundry and meals for guests, Washburn said. They will be staffed by camp and conference center employees, volunteers and paid security, as well as health care workers on-site and virtually.
Both facilities are contracted through May, but that could be shortened or extended based on the pandemic’s trajectory in Kitsap.
Expanded shelter space
In addition to the new isolation centers, Kitsap officials have used the pool of emergency housing funding to expand overnight homeless shelters and open daytime operations, in effect providing 24/7 spaces for homeless residents to stay inside and social distance.
“We’re trying to get it so people don’t have to be out there in the streets,” Washburn said. “We should be able to get everyone spread out and indoors.”
In downtown Bremerton, the Salvation Army will continue running its winter homeless shelter indefinitely and open a space for people to remain at during the day. The winter shelter typically shuts down at the end of March.
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The Kitsap Rescue Mission, the other low-barrier shelter in Bremerton, will move its overnight shelter and dayroom to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion temporarily. Shelter staff are working on the move this week, with plans to transition guests to the larger space over the weekend.
For months, the Kitsap Rescue Mission had been running its overnight shelter out of the Salvation Army building, while maintaining its day room at its own building just down the road. But with limited space at its current building, the transition to East Bremerton will allow the Kitsap Rescue Mission to shelter more people while spacing out beds and ensuring guests are social-distancing.
“We need a bigger facility than what we have there at the mission in order to practice good social-distancing,” said Nancy Olsten, KRM executive director. Even so, she says it is going to take work for guests to limit interactions with one another, like sharing food, cigarettes or drinks.
As both shelters expand their operations, the idea is to split up the more than 100 people who frequent the Salvation Army and the Kitsap Rescue Mission to follow public health guidelines and prevent a mass outbreak. Both sites will start at around 50 people each, with the capacity to go up to around 65 while maintaining social-distancing.
The nonprofits are taking into consideration which shelter guests prefer to stay at, as well as one other person they want to be around. “I think it’s great. I think it gives us more space to social-distance everyone,” said Salvation Army Captain Dana Walters. “We’re not just randomly splitting people up.”
There will also be a new temporary shelter in Poulsbo, where city officials are working with the Gateway Fellowship church to set up an overnight and daytime space for North Kitsap residents. That’s also expected to open in early April.
The church’s day room has capacity for about 15 to 20 people, while the overnight shelter has space for around 10, according to Kimberly Hendrickson, the city of Poulsbo’s Housing, Health and Human Services manager. People will be referred to the shelter by first responders and medical personnel.
While the church is hosting the shelter, it will be staff by a mix of church volunteers and other community members. “It will be a community effort not just a church effort,” said Dave Fischer, an associate pastor at the church.
Kitsap County has also purchased about 10 portable handwash stations that will be placed in key locations for people who are homeless, including several homeless shelters. The county emergency management team is working on getting more personal protective gear, especially for those working at the isolation centers.
At a health district meeting last week, Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler praised the Salvation Army for its willingness to step up to help. “They are at ground zero. If there is going to be a breakout it’s going to be these folks who are triaging as untrained health professionals in our homeless shelter,” he said.
“I cannot imagine right now closing a shelter… and sending people out into a pandemic in this environment unsheltered,” Wheeler said.
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Austen Macalus is the Kitsap Sun’s social services reporter — covering health care, homelessness and how programs are serving those in need. He can be reached at [email protected] or 360-536-6423.
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Quarantine and Isolation Care Center in South Kitsap to Begin Accepting Patients on Monday
DATE: April 13, 2020
CONTACT: Doug Bear, Joint Information Center Manager at [email protected]
(KITSAP COUNTY, Wash.) A temporary quarantine and isolation care center for people who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 is ready in South Kitsap. Starting on Monday, April 13, the facility will accept patients referred by healthcare providers or public health officials in Kitsap County.
The site, located at the Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center in South Kitsap, gives health officials through Kitsap County’s multiagency Emergency Operations Center (EOC) a key tool in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 locally.
“To slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s vital that people who are sick or have been exposed to the virus stay home and apart from others. But we know not everyone has a safe place to be during this time,” Kitsap Public Health District Administrator Keith Grellner said. “This site will provide a secure environment for patients while protecting our community and keeping hospital beds available for those who need them most.” The Q&I site at Pilgrim Firs helps fulfill those needs, he adds.
There is a distinct difference between isolation and quarantine. Isolation is for people who are exhibiting symptoms or tested positive with COVID-19. Quarantine is for people who are well but may have been exposed to the virus. Sick persons must not be kept alongside those who are not sick, regardless of their exposure status.
At Pilgrim Firs separate cabins are used to segregate those in isolation from those in quarantine. Some who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results are able to safely isolate or quarantine where they live.
Others may need alternative housing to protect family members and others from infection.
Those most likely to use the temporary Q & I care centers are those most likely to be exposed – first responders and healthcare workers. However, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, space is also available for persons who cannot or are not comfortable quarantining or isolating in their own home or are homeless, and have tested positive or are awaiting test results.
A team of health, social services and emergency management personnel are working hard to ensure that these care centers are as supportive, safe and secure as possible for the well-being of staff, patients and the surrounding community.
To be admitted to the temporary care center, patients must:
• Have a referral from a healthcare provider or public health official;
• Agree to a series of conditions including no weapons, alcohol or illicit drugs;
• Understand if they who don’t follow the facility’s rules they will be asked to leave; and
• Understand if they leave these voluntary facilities on their own, they will not be readmitted.
Medical support will be available on site, but patients must be able to care for themselves. All necessities are provided so patients have no need to leave the grounds. Anyone who chooses to leave is not readmitted. Trained staff and security personnel are on site around-the-clock.
Pilgrim Firs is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Road near Port Orchard. Another site, at the Seabeck Conference Center, may also open if the need arises.
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County quarantine and isolation center now open in South Kitsap
South Kitsap now has a temporary quarantine and isolation care center open for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or exposed to the virus.
The site, which is located at the Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center on Lake Flora Road south of Port Orchard near Trophy Lake Golf & Casting, opened Monday and is accepting patients referred there by a health care provider or the county’s public health officials. A second site at the Seabeck Conference Center may open as well if necessary.
The South Kitsap region had 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 13, a rate of 47 per 100,000 residents, which is the third-highest rate among Kitsap’s five main regions.
“To slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s vital that people who are sick or have been exposed to the virus stay home and apart from others. But we know not everyone has a safe place to be during this time,” Kitsap Public Health District Administrator Keith Grellner said. “This site will provide a secure environment for patients while protecting our community and keeping hospital beds available for those who need them most.”
The care center is available for those who cannot or do not wish to quarantine or isolate in their own home, or are currently homeless; though the most likely residents to use the center are first responders and health care workers.
Medical support is available on-site, but patients must otherwise be able to take care of themselves. Trained staff and security are on duty 24 hours a day.
All necessities are provided on-site as well, so patients do not have to leave the grounds. Any person who chooses to leave will not be readmitted.
To be admitted to the temporary care center, patients must:
- Have a referral from a health care provider or public health official;
- Agree to a series of conditions including no weapons, alcohol or illicit drugs;
- Understand if they who don’t follow the facility’s rules they will be asked to leave; and
- Understand if they leave these voluntary facilities on their own, they will not be readmitted.
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Volunteers John Wilkins (top left) and Rich Renner (bottom) don their PPE and deliver meals prepared by Jean Scott (top right) via a golf cart to those staying at the quarantine isolation center at the Pilgrim Firs Camp in Port Orchard on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. ( 📸: Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun) Getting COVID-19, and having to stay away from others for two weeks, feels like anything but a vacation. But if you do get sick and don’t have a place to safely isolate, it could feel a whole lot like staying at a summer camp. That’s because Kitsap County’s designated quarantine and isolation center is set up at Pilgrim Firs Camp in Port Orchard. The 90-acre camp once played host to church retreats and youth groups, but in pandemic times, it serves as a shelter for people who have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. For the guests staying there, it’s as comfortable a space as can be to ride out the virus… all things considered. The center is designated for people who tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus but are unable to isolate themselves, such as people who are homeless, those with several roommates or people living with a family member who is vulnerable. Thus far, about 70 people have stayed at the center for more than 120 nights. Guests are referred by their health care provider, which means you can’t call ahead and book a cabin if you’re just hoping for a nice get-away. And though the center is voluntary for guests, Jewell says they haven’t had anyone leave early. “In fact, they want to come back,” she said. At the site, three meals a day are dropped off directly to guests’ doorways. Laundry and all other necessities are provided. Security is on-site around the clock and Peninsula Community Health Services provides medical check-ups every weekday. For the full story by reporter Austen Macalus visit www.kitsapsun.com #PilgrimFirs #KitsapPublicHealth #CovidIsolation
Camping and Retreats – UNITED CHURCH OF FERNDALE
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST & UNITED METHODIST CHURCH CAMPING AND RETREAT PROGRAMS
N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs are owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. It is available for the outdoor ministry and educational programs of the United Church of Christ as well as other church, civic and educational non-profit groups. N-Sid-Sen and Pilgrim Firs are equal opportunity camps and conference centers where everyone is welcome regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual identity, or nation of origin. Click on links below to view camping and enrichment programs, and retreats.http://pilgrim-firs.org/#welcomecampers
Pilgrim Firs includes 120 wooded acres of which 40 have been developed with cabins, lodges and outdoor recreation areas for guest use. It includes play and sports fields, a lake with canoeing and kayaking, and a floating dock for swimming. There are hiking trails, indoor and outdoor chapel/meditation spaces, two campfire areas, basketball and volleyball courts and many secluded quiet places. It is located 3 miles from the City of Port Orchard and about an hour and a half drive or relaxing ferry ride from downtown Seattle.
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center
3318 3318 Lake Flora Rd Port Orchard, WA 98367 |
N-Sid-Sen is a year-round camp and retreat center located on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho. The name comes from a phrase of the Coeur d’Alene native people meaning “Point of Inspiration”. This incredibly beautiful site includes 270 acres and almost a mile of shore line. N-Sid-Sen is a multi-use facility offering a variety of settings for programs and activities. The site includes play and sports fields, a cove and docks for swimming and boating, hiking and cross country ski trails, an outdoor chapel, two campfire circles, picnic areas, basketball and volleyball courts along the lake and lots of quiet places where you can enjoy this beautiful piece of God’s creation.
N-Sid-Sen Camp & Retreat Center
36395 S Highway 97, Harrison, Idaho 83833
The camp is located in Ocean Park, (Southwester WA)Sign up for one of our retreats. We do all the planning, cooking, organizing, and behind the scenes magic. All you have to do is sign up and get ready to have a great time! A summer Camping program us available for all school age children and youth.
Twinlow is located in Rathdrum, Idaho, in the Northern part of the state. There are summer camping programs for children and youth in Elementary School , Middle School, and High School. Along with Family Camp, Community Day Camp, and an Idaho Mission Project
Located in Ellensburg WA, The Lazy F has camping programs for all school age children including a Challenge Course consisting of elements that include poles, cables, ropes, and other equipment that are low to the ground, and high elements where the participant is between 20 and 40 feet in the air.
Camp Indianola, located in Western WA on Puget Sound offers an event and rental retreat setting for groups of 8–114. There is also a winter Young Adult Social Justice Retreat for ages 19-25, Overnight Camping for school age children and you, and a day camp for children in 1st-5th grade
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In the heart of Korennaya …
Our center receives Russian and foreign pilgrims and tourists, introducing them to the spiritual life and Orthodox shrines of the Root Hermitage.Pilgrimage Center “Korennaya” provides ample opportunities for business and entertainment events of various formats.In the complex: a hotel, three conference rooms for events, a three-storey restaurant, its own park area, guarded parking lots, a unique tea house, a recently opened house church and much more.
At the request of the customer, the complex “Korennaya” will carry out the full organization of the event: script development, selection of the optimal hall and menu options, provision of all the necessary technical equipment, organization of an entertainment program with the invitation of famous artists, floral decoration and much more.Center “Root Hermitage” guarantees an individual approach to each client, a wide range of additional services and a high level of service.
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At guests’ disposal there are 174 beds in our comfortable rooms.
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Entertaining events: anniversaries, weddings, corporate parties, buffets.
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