A new director will be welcoming campers this summer at the Pictured Rocks Camp and Retreat Center near Monticello in northeast Iowa. Gabe Dorrell joined the staff at the camp last November.
A native of Newton, Iowa, his love for camp started when he attended Pine Lake Camp as a youth in Eldora, Iowa. He later worked on the Pine Lake Camp ministry team. His experience also includes serving as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry in Platteville, Wisconsin. In addition, for three years when he was growing up, he lived in Africa when his parents served as missionaries in Kenya and Uganda.
Pictured Rocks hosted 555 campers through the summer season of 2015 with the support of 40 volunteers and staff. During the remainder of the year, the facility hosted 2,335 retreat guests. The camp’s ministries are designed to nurture the spiritual development of young people, youth and adults to transform, renew and grow their lives through faith in Jesus Christ. Pictured Rocks is being supported in part with $131,364 in apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa in 2016.
The camp offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, including real-rock climbing, a challenge course, geo-caching, mountain boarding and Frisbee golf. The nearby Maquoketa River serves as a site for canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Indoor swimming is available across the road at the Camp Courageous pool complex where people of all ages enjoy the water.