Our association is a part of the Outdoor Ministries Connection, an ecumenical group of associations who relate to denominational camp and retreat ministries. The OMC has put together a survey that will be used to provide a snapshot of organizational structure, theological priorities, and ministry philosophy of Christian camp and retreat ministries across the denominations. Yours is one of nearly 700 camps being invited to participate. PCCCA needs you to be represented, so please complete the OMC survey as soon as possible (just one response is needed per site).
The November 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 October issue here. If you did not receive these issues in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During 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).
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 email@example.com. Thank you for your help with this project.