The Latest News from PCCCA - The January issue of our enewsletter, Branches, is now available. It spotlights an event date change, as well as the upcoming deadlines for the OMC survey and the purchase of boxes from the “Gathering As One” Conference. If you did not receive the update in your email inbox, you can subscribe by going to the sign-up page.
A Zoom Gathering for our Camp and Conference Leaders is Held Every Thursday - We gather every Thursday at 11:00am EST for a Zoom call with our camp and conference leaders. The conversation will cover a specific topic, as well as offer mutual support. We hope you will be a part of the conversation each week. You can join us online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85286395100. The recordings of previous Zoom calls can be found at the bottom of PCCCA’s Coronavirus page. Agenda for our one-hour call on January 28 at 11:00am ESTOur time together will focus on accessibility and inclusion. The group will be asked to share their responses to any of the questions below: Does your camp/retreat center intentionally serve people who have special accessibility needs? What needs do you serve and how? Do you have specialty programming that specifically reaches out to people with special needs or do you integrate people with special needs into your typical programming? How has accommodating a demographic of people with special needs affected your whole ministry and community? In what ways do you train your staff to accommodate people with special needs? How accessible is your facility? Focusing on accessibility, what have you found is a strength of your facility? Do you have any facility improvements you dream of making in order to make your site more accessible? What has surprised you when ministering with inclusion? Do you have an accessible employment policy and/or statement? What resources and supports are available to staff with accessibility needs at your camp? We hope you will join us for this important sharing time. If you have a topic suggestion for a future call, please contact Joel Winchip.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: Information for Our PCCCA Members - In light of the Coronavirus, the PCCCA Board feels that a strong policy statement communicated to your constituency is a great way to get ahead of the current wave of uncertainty. If a camp or conference center can create and follow a plan of action for preventing the spread of this infectious virus, they could create an environment that makes our sites one of the safest places for children and youth this summer. In order to help you, we have put together a special page of resources and program suggestions at www.pccca.net/coronavirus. Please check it out and submit suggestions as we continue to update this website. Thank you.
The Virtual Camp Portal for Our PCCCA Member Sites - Are you seeking new ways to offer programming to campers and their families? PCCCA partnering with the Office of Christian Formation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the web developer, Worship Times, to offer our member sites a platform for virtual programming. Click on the image to learn more about this exciting new resource.
36 Member Discounts! - We now have 36 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. You can check out the list by going to the PCCCA website. If you are a current PCCCA 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.
Have You Updated Your Website Listings? - PCCCA has websites that help potential retreat groups, summer staff, and summer campers find your ministry. While all of our camps appear on the websites, PCCCA members receive priority listings which include pictures and appear at the top of search results. Have you made updates to your listings? If you haven’t already done so, please go to the links below to access your login for each website. SummerToRemember.com for summer staffBookARetreat.com for retreat groupsBestSummerYet.com for summer campers
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.