On March 2-5, the Coordinating Council for the Compass Points Certificate Program met at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). This meeting brings together representatives from the four outdoor ministry associations (PCCCA, UMCRM, LOM, and OMA-UCC) that share this program. Don Johnson, the Executive Director of Lutheran Outdoor Ministies, was there to represent his denomination for the very first time. The group's work included the evaluation of previous classes, marketing, the upcoming schedule of classes, and the capstone process for the fall (when we will welcome our first non-Presbyterian graduates!). We are excited about the future of this program and we hope you will help spread the word about our upcoming classes in October. Please go to www.compasspointsprogram.org for details. The Coordinating Council is pictured above (not pictured - Bill Bourdon from OMA-UCC).
We now have 33 member discounts! As a part of the benefits you receive through membership, PCCCA offers these special discounts on different products and services related to camps and conference centers. Utilizing two or more of these company discounts could save you more money than you pay in membership dues. Here is the complete list of companies and organizations that provide a special discount to our 2017 members. If you are a member, we hope you will login to the Resources page on the PCCCA website and utilize these discounts for your ministry. If you are not yet a member, you can join or renew at www.pccca.net/membership.
On March 6-9, the Outdoor Ministries Connection (OMC) steering committee met at Ross Point Camp and Conference Center, our PCCCA member site in Post Falls, ID. This gathering brought together outdoor ministry leaders who represented Episcopalians (ECCC), Presbyterians (PCCCA), United Methodists (UMCRM), Lutherans (LOM), United Church of Christ (OMA-UCC), United Church of Canada, and the American Baptists. PCCCA's representatives were Theresa McDonald-Lee (Board President), Kevin Cartee (Board President Elect), and Joel Winchip (Executive Director). This meeting focused on OMC projects like the upcoming Interim Executive Director Training Event, the research initiative, our relationship with the American Camp Association, and the Great Gathering (the OMC conference that will bring all of the denominations together at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina on November 10-14, 2019). It is wonderful to have PCCCA as a part of the OMC steering committee. This group represents the incredible work that can be accomplished when denominational outdoor ministry associations work together to support our mutual ministries.
For most of our camps and conference centers, their PCCCA membership expired on January 1. 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. Please keep in mind that PCCCA membership now lasts one (or two) years beyond your renewal date and does not follow the calendar year. If you are a smaller camp, keep in mind that there is a new discounted rate for membership. You can join using a check or credit card by going to www.pccca.net/membership.