(Location: Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho)
At a peaceful place, nestled in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, is a camp
full of people who can sure appreciate the quiet.
Karen Egersdorf/Teacher: “You just need a place to go to relax to find
out where you need to be again, and this is the perfect place to do
It’s called “Three R’s for Teachers” – a United Methodist camp where
teachers can rest, relax and renew.
Benita Maynard/Teacher: “We are constantly pouring out and giving, and
our cup is empty by the end of the school year. It’s a chance for us to
fill that cup up so that we have the energy to give to those kids again
when we start up.”
Linda McDonald/Sawtooth United Methodist Camp: “We are taking over a lot
of the jobs that used to be just a family kind of thing.”
Linda McDonald organized this camp. As an educator for 30 years, she’s
seen how stressful the profession has become. Teachers here in Idaho,
and around the country, feel the effects of growing class sizes,
shrinking budgets, increased pressure for students to meet academic
standards, even the threat of violence in the classroom.
Linda McDonald/ Sawtooth United Methodist Camp: “I know how hard
teachers work, and I just wanted to help be the instrument to give them
the gift back that enables them to go on.”
We know the importance of kids getting a summer break. This camp makes
sure the teachers get that “downtime” too, surrounded by nature and
people who understand.
Teacher stress is real. When surveyed, 40 percent said that they had
been to the doctor for stress-related illness in the past year.
For more information, contact Sawtooth United Methodist Camp at
1-800-593-7539 or log onto