The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe October issue of Branches Online, the enewsletter of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, is available online. You can see all of the latest news and resources by checking out this new issue. You will also find the September issue here. If you did not receive these issues in your email inbox, you can subscribe by filling out the request form.

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Would Your Site Like to Host the Next Sustainable Pathways Event?

Sustainable Pathways logoThe 2016 Sustainable Pathways event is going to focus on marketing and branding our camp and conference ministries. This ecumenical program is scheduled to be held on September 12-15, 2016. If your site would like to submit a bid to host this event, please fill out the application by the October 15 deadline. Whether you complete the application or not, we hope you will go ahead and put these dates on your calendar. It is sure to be a great program. You can learn more about Sustainable Pathways by checking out the event held this past August.

Outdoor Ministries Connection Joint Board Meeting

Group Picture from the 2015 OMC Joint Board Event

On September 28 - October 1, the PCCCA Board gathered with board members and other leaders representing a total of eight denominations. This was the first joint board meeting of its kind and it was held at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, FL. The event brought together folks from PCCCA, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers Inc., Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ, Outdoor Ministries Association of the Church of the Brethren, American Baptists, and the United Church of Canada. This group worked on how we might address issues like interim director training, research, joint marketing, evaluation/data gathering, and a mentoring program. It was wonderful to work side by side with our denominational partners as we seek ecumenical solutions to these challenges. We are also looking forward to bringing together all of the denominations for a joint event in November of 2019.

A Report from the Compass Points Courses in September

Group Picture of Compass Points :: Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value 2015On September 13-19, our ecumenical certification program offered two classes at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, FL. Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value (September 13-16) was taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow (LOM) and Cat Holbert (UMCRM). Bill Bourdon (OMA-UCC) and Melissa Cooper (UMCRM) were the instructors for Personnel and Leadership (September 16-19).

Group Picture from Compass Points :: Personnel and Leadership 2015

The participants represented PCCCA, Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, and United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries.

The next Compass Points courses will be offered in February 2016 at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). You will find details related to those classes at