We started a new membership year on January 1, so now would be a great time to join or renew your PCCCA membership. You have the option of joining for one year or saving some money by paying for two years. If you are a smaller camp, there is a new discounted rate for membership. You can join using a check or credit card by going to www.pccca.net/membership.
Seven PCCCA member centers were part of a joint exhibit hall presence at the Annual Event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. The conference was held on January 26-30 at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel (Chicago, IL). The event brings together Christian educators from across the United States and Canada. The sites represented at the joint booth were Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly (TX), Menucha Retreat and Conference Center (OR), Massanetta Spings Camp and Conference Center (VA), Howell Conference and Nature Center (MI), Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center (IL), Montreat Conference Center (NC), and Pilgrim Center/Moon Beach (WI). These centers responded to an invitation that appeared in the Branches Online eNewsletter. Are you seeking a national audience for your camp or conference ministry? We will be doing a joint booth at the 2017 APCE Annual Event in Denver and the 2018 APCE Annual Event in Louisville. If you are interested, details on these opportunities will appear in a future issue of Branches Online.
The January 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 December issue here. If you did not receive these issues in your email inbox, you can subscribe by filling out the request form.
In 2016, PCCCA will unveil two new websites. SummerToRemember will help you recruit summer staff. BestSummerYet will help campers and their families find your summer program offerings. Once we get your information for these websites, we hope they will be valuable marketing tools for your ministry.
We also need your help to update your listings on PCCCA's existing websites. The directory on the PCCCA website is a general listing that allows our sites to stay connected. Our BookARetreat website is getting a new look. This website helps retreat groups find the best place for their event.
In order for these websites to be effective, PCCCA needs you to complete your listings. Since the sites address four different audiences, you have the opportunity to tailor your site's description, pictures, and key features for each listing. We ask that you avoid using specific dates in the descriptions of your facility, program, and summer staff. This will allow your listing to last longer without needing to be updated again. Please keep in mind that these websites are just portals for getting visitors to the most important information - the correct page on your website.
To start your updates, please go to www.pccca.net/update_listing. If you should have any questions along the way, please contact Joel Winchip at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help with this project.