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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 sending your email address to

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Be a Part of the PCCCA-OMA Auction

Auction gavelHello Friends,

Can you believe the Side by Side Conference is less than a month away? How exciting! And one of the real highlights of the event is the auction where we raise funds to support the missions of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association and the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ.

This is a night where the focus is really more on what you can give rather than what you can get. It is true that there are always some really nice items; great trips and all sorts of cools stuff to bid on, but the real purpose is to have a fun night of camaraderie and fellowship while we give financially to the organizations that support our work. What can you offer?

What We Need

Trips and Stays: Do you have a personal cabin or a facility at your camp that you could provide for a few nights to support the organization? These coveted items usually go for quite a bit and really help our associations.

Talents/Experiences: Do you do consulting, grant writing, carpentry, or do you have other talents that you would be willing to share? If you are open to sharing your gifts with other camps, these offers are really useful and can raise a lot of money.

Art: Do you paint, make jewelry or do wood working? Is your tie-dye to die for? Why not give the gift of your art to the association? Conference partticipants love having something handmade by their friends.

Consumables: Bring your desserts and treats from your neck of the woods.  We love trying things that we can’t get at our specific sites.  Examples of this would be maple syrup, craft brew, candies, wine, etc.

Stuff: Give your gear, your gadgets, and your thing-a-ma-jigs. Bring stuff that you would want and give it. Humorous items are always crowd pleasers. Examples would be books, camping gear, and light-hearted items gently poking fun at each other.

How to Give

If you know an item or two that you would like to offer, please fill out this brief web form so that the volunteers organizing the event will be able to better plan the event. 

When you arrive, there will be a designated area to place your auction items so you don’t have to hold on to them during the conference.

If you need to ship an item you can send it to: PCCCA-OMA Auction, Ferncliff Camp, 1720 Ferncliff Road, Little Rock, AR, 72223.

How funds are divided between the organizations?

The funds generated by each item submission will funnel to the organization from which the person that donated is a current member. So if an OMA member donates an item and it goes for $100, then OMA will receive that $100.

And Finally . . .

As camp leaders, we know the importance of fund raising. I am sure that we are all so very thankful for the donors that support our individual ministries and now we get the chance to give by enthusiastically taking part in a festive night of giving, the PCCCA-OMA Auction.

We all have something we can offer. Please send us your auction submissions and come to the event filled with playfulness and gratitude.

If you have any questions about the auction, please contact Kevin Cartee or Joel Gill.

Website and Online Registration Are Now Available for the 2016 PCCCA/OMA Annual Conference

Theme Logo for the 2016 Side by Side Conference"Side by Side" will be the theme for the joint event that brings together PCCCA with the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ. This is only the third time in history that two denominations have come together for a joint event such as this. The conference will be held on November 6-11 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock, AR.

If you would like to learn more about the event (and register), please check out the conference website. This site includes links to the online registration system.

Summer Itineration of Florida and Alabama

Pictures of the People Visited on Itineration 2016During every summer, PCCCA's Executive Director and Board President visit our Presbyterian camps and conference centers in a particular region of North America. The goal is to learn more about these ministries and how the association can better resource them. The 2016 itineration on July 17-24 covered Florida and Alabama. Joel Winchip and Theresa McDonald-Lee had a great trip visiting Calvin Center (GA), Montgomery Center (FL), Cedarkirk (FL), Dogwood Acres (FL), Baytreat (AL), Living River (AL), and Maranatha (AL). They got to see some beautiful sites and had the opportunity to spend time with the people who help make these places special. A big "thank you" goes to everyone who was a part of this great trip (you can click on the picture to see it up close).