The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe September 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 August issue here. If you did not receive these issues in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to joel@pccca.net.

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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).

Update Your Listing on PCCCA's Current and Future Websites

Logos for the Three Websites

In the fall of 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 joel@pccca.net. Thank you for your help with this project.