© 2018 by Camp CUBBER

A ministry of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church

THE HISTORY OF CAMP CUBBER

Founded:  1992

 

Founded By:  Palm Harbor United Methodist Church under the direction of former Director, Lavonne Caple

 

Average Weekly Camp Attendance in 1992:  30

Average Weekly Camp Attendance in 2018:  490, with many weeks over 500

 

Total Staff in 1992:  4

 

Total Staff in 2017:  118

 

Typical Summer Length:

9 - 11 Weeks (Summer 2018 was

just over 9 weeks)

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Memorable Dates:

Summer 2002:

Camp holds the first Camp Talent Show (now an annual event)

Summer 2003:

Camp expanded to include 6th - 8th grade students

 

Summer 2009:

Camp begins offering lunches and the meal plan program

 

Summer 2011:

Camp begins it's current express car circle pickup option

 

Summer 2012: Camp volunteer program (for prior campers) begins.

Summer 2016:

Camp attendance reaches over 500 campers in one week for the first time 

Camp CUBBER began in the summer of 1992 under the leadership of Mrs. Lavonne Caple and the guidance of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church.  Camp CUBBER began as an expansion from the existing school age before and after school care ministry, Stars & Comets.  In it’s early days, Camp CUBBER was a small camp of 30, 45, and eventually 60 campers and was located at Palm Harbor United Methodist’s previous location on Michigan Ave. in downtown Palm Harbor.

 

But moving to the church's new site (where it is currently located) was always part of the master plan for Camp CUBBER.  In fact, Camp CUBBER was actually named with the current campus in mind.  Though we have adopted a bear logo and theme throughout the years, CUBBER is an actually an acronym that stands for Church Under the Big Blue Enormous Roof.  And no we're not making that up!  

 

With the move to the current location on Belcher Rd. (originally known as 21st St.) in 1997, growth became possible and soon classes and groups began to be added. Several other campus and facility expansions since that time have also helped give the program the opportunity to expand.  Weekly attendance went from around 75 in 2002 to over 490 in 2018

In 1998, Mr. Chris Steurnagel joined the Camp CUBBER team as a group leader while attending college, a position he held until late 2000.  In 2002, Mr. Chris Steurnagel returned to the program as assistant director and eventually took over as director following Mrs. Lavonne Caple's retirement in early 2006.

 

During the mid 2000’s Camp CUBBER also began to expand it’s educational offerings.  Classes like art, music, and sports & rec. have been a part of camp since its inception, but new classes like Creative Writing and Reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Life Skills, and more have helped Camp CUBBER evolve into camp that it is today... one that is both fun and  educational.

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