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NJAUMC Camping Ministries

Our Mission

"To introduce youth to Christ, nurture their faith and send them forth as Christian disciples and leaders for the transformation of their community and world. " 

Our Principles & Core Values

  • To support and encourage youth to actively participate and be in relationship to their local church community

  • To love people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation or experiences of faith

  • To offer a community of acceptance, support, guidance and fellowship that strengthens the foundation for their journey

  • To raise awareness and encourage faithful response to social injustice in our community and world

Non-Discrimination Policy

Our emphasis for ministry has and continues to be an outreach to youth and young adults from our NJAUMC churches, however, all of our camps and their activities are available to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identities and gender expression, sexual orientation or ability.

The foundation of our camping ministries is the inclusion and celebration that all people are created, valued and loved by God. Our camps do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, and bullying against any person for any reason—for example, because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, or appearance.

Our Connections

We are connected to the United Methodist Church through the National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus, governed by the NJAUMC camping board. We strive on bringing the presence of Christ and the church through the existence of these camps.


Our Camps are ecumenically connected to other Asian-American churches, as shown below.

Here are some churches who have been a part of our camps.

  • Aldersgate UMC - Palo Alto, CA

  • Bayside Cambodian Church - Alameda, CA

  • Berkeley Methodist United - Berkeley, CA

  • Blaine Memorial UMC - Seattle, WA

  • Buena Vista UMC - Alameda, CA

  • Centenary UMC - Los Angeles, CA

  • Epworth UMC - Portland, OR

  • Faith UMC - Torrance, CA

  • Palm UMC - Dinuba, CA

  • Pine UMC - San Francisco, CA

  • Sacramento Japanese UMC - Sacramento, CA

  • Simpson UMC - Arbada, CO

  • Sycamore Congregational Church - El Cerrito, CA

  • United Japanese Christian Church - Fresno, CA

  • Wesley Foundation - Tokyo, Japan

  • Wesley UMC - San Jose, CA

  • West Los Angeles UMC - Los Angeles, CA

Camping Board

Viki Inouye - Camping Board Chair

Pamela Nakano - Secretary

Carol Tondo - Financial Steward

Rev Ki Tae Choi 

Pastor Eric Iki

Gayle Kurasaki

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