33 Member Discounts!

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.

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Incredible OMC Initiatives are Taking Shape

Group Picture of the 2017 OMC MeetingOn 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.

Join or Renew Your PCCCA Membership

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.

A Report from the 2017 Maintenance Connection

by Mike Little of Crestfield Camp and Conference Center (Slippery Rock, PA)

Group Photo from the 2017 Maintenence ConnectionHeartland Center in Kansas City, Missouri graciously and wonderfully hosted this year’s Maintenance Connection at the end of January. Sixteen camp and conference centers from the United States and Canada were represented this year, all of whose ministries will certainly be blessed. 

We toured both Heartland and the Hollis Renewal Center (Lutheran). There we learned how other camps may do things differently (or the same) and get new perspectives including a no fee or suggested donation billing system like they have at Hollis. Also, we toured the local Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant and dealership. No, they don’t give you a free one for touring even though we asked nicely.

There were “hands on” demonstrations and installations for super polymer insulated siding and ceramic tiling. The week was filled with discussions including but not limited to: alternative energy, working with volunteers, roofing, high efficiency boilers, carpeting and flooring, solar energy, trail maintenance and much more. During one session, we broke into groups and had discussions with the staff at Heartland about their particular departments - directing, programming, hospitality, and maintenance.

Of course there was fun, rest, and vespers. Thursday afternoon we went to a World War I Museum and had world famous BBQ from Joe’s Kansas City BBQ. Many evenings were spent in conversations about our camps and catching up with friends. Even a game of Class Struggle broke out one evening. All Hail Mitch from Canada - eh! Each evening concluded with reflection and a bible study led by one of the Heartland staff members.

Thanks to Dan, Michael, Luke, Emma, and the interns at Heartland for making this a successful event. The 2018 Maintenance Connection will be held at St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center in Memphis, TN. See you then!