The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe February 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. If you missed it, here is the January issue. If you did not receive this issue in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to joel@pccca.net.

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We need your help in mapping the landscape of Christian outdoor ministries

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The Outdoor Ministries Connection has a new survey and your site needs to be represented. Your responses help provide a snapshot of organizational structure, theological priorities, and ministry philosophy of Christian camping and retreat ministries across the denominations. Yours is one of nearly 700 sites that is being invited to participate in this survey.

 Whether you are a PCCCA member or not, please take the time to complete the survey today. It is designed to be filled out in 15-20 minutes by a director-level staff person with the aid of an annual report. We only need one questionnaire completed by each site.

 PCCCA had 74 camps and retreat centers respond to the 2014 OMC survey. We need your help to make sure that we have the same number of responses (or even more!).

 Thank you for being a part of this important analysis. Thank you for completing the OMC Survey.

PCCCA Member Sites Represented at the APCE Conference

Joint PCCCA Booth at APCE 2019On February 6-9, nine member sites (and PCCCA) were part of the exhibit hall at the Annual Event of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. This conference, held in Galveston, TX, brought together 700+ educators from across the United States and Canada. We had a huge space for our joint booth presence. The represented member sites were Laurel Ridge (NC), Ferncliff (AR), Fellowship (SC), Mound Ridge (MO), Ghost Ranch (NM), Mo-Ranch (TX), Menucha (OR), Montreat (NC), and Highlands (CO). 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 another joint booth at the 2020 APCE Annual Event in Little Rock (January 29 - February 1). If you are interested, details on this opportunity will appear in a future issue of Branches Online.

Peace Works: The Summer Camp Curriculum for 2019

Peace WorksPeace is a prayer for some and a life’s work for others. It’s a blessing we share with others and a longing within each of our hearts.  Scripture is filled with the stories of peace and justice and camp in the perfect place to share them.  Peace isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth the effort, because we know that peace works! 

Peace Works, the newest offering from InsideOut Christian Camp Resources, is a complete outdoor ministry resource for camp planners and directors at Chiristian camps everywhere. Created by an ecumenical team of veteran camp ministry professionals, Peace Works is packed with materials and ideas for seven days worth of camp. Written for multiple ages, it’s flexible to use, easy to share with staff, biblically sound, and community-focused.

From bible studies to creative worship to community-building games to creative arts projects, Peace Works will educate and empower your campers to become peacemakers in their churches, communities, and world.

Upon completion of your order, you will receive an email from insideout.techsupport@chalicepress.com within 48-72 hours of your order, with a unique login and password to access the online resource. Your license to access the product is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

The new all-online resource for Summer 2019 includes:

  • More than 350 printable pages of camp activities and curriculum in PDF and Microsoft Word formats
  • Extra resources with additional arts and crafts, games, science fun, table talk prompts, whole-camp worship plans, and more
  • Biblical and theological overview for each day
  • Training materials, including a video, presentation slides, handouts, and exercises
  • Staff Devotionals
  • High-quality customizable graphics
  • New for 2019: Expanded Worship Section with even more ideas for creative worship experiences for your campers!

 You can learn more about this resource by going to the InsideOut Curriculum website.