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"The most helpful tool in my years here with developing summer staff."

Holy Ground

A Guide for Summer Camp Staff

Your summer staff are it – the heart of your summer camp ministry. They are the ones the execute ministry on the ground, while growing and learning themselves. The research tells us they need three things to thrive: support, agency, and faithful community. Let’s start with support, right here are now.

Holy Ground is a spiral-bound guide and devotional written by camp enthusiasts and designed specifically for summer camp staff with refreshed content for 2023. This handbook includes a section with training support, daily devotional covering 12 weeks of the summer, and appendix with additional resources. It is available for pre-order now, and when our 2023 edition is ready, we’ll be in touch to finalize orders and send prior to staff training.

The Sacred Playgrounds Podcast

Behind the mic. Behind the research. For the future of ministry.

Founder and Lead Researcher for Sacred Playgrounds, Dr. Jake Sorenson, is joined by host and camp enthusiast Jared Rendell for some intriguing conversations about camp and why it matters based on the latest research. Each episode we’ll focus on one thing that’s making a difference right now in outdoor ministry.

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THE LATEST episodes & articles

S2 E14: The Best Gift We Can Give Them

S2 E14: The Best Gift We Can Give Them

To know and listen - these is the best gifts we can give our camp community. This applies throughout our ministries, from the connection between a counselor and camper, to how we engage our trusted supporters, and everything in between. Life is loud, input is...

Love your Neighbor

Love your Neighbor

The Age of Authenticity is in full swing. The highest moral good has become reduced to a simple maxim: be yourself. At face-value, this is not a bad thing. Far from it. We want people to discover their God-given gifts (1 Corinthians 12). We want them to know that they...


Since 2015, the Effective Camp Project has been gathering data on the key characteristics and impacts of the Christian summer camp experience. Through 2020, we have gathered data from more than 7,000 campers and more than 2,000 parents at dozens of camps across the USA and in Canada.

Power of Camp participants measure camper growth in faith outcomes, gain valuable parent perspectives, and learn how their camp compares to other CCCA camps, and utilize the results to create impactful improvements. The Power of Camp Study is a deep dive into the effectiveness of outdoor ministries in the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and includes camps from across the country with diverse programs and perspectives. Join your fellow CCCA camps in a project that has already brought deep value through the insights and ideas generated. Click the link, then log in to your CCCA account to get started.

The Camp and Church Leadership Project seeks to cultivate church leadership among young adults who have been engaged in camping ministries. The project focuses especially on the key characteristics and impacts of serving on Christian summer camp staff. The project is funded by a Youth and Young Adult Ministry Grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and centers on camps and congregational leaders in this denomination.

Your sacred playground is making an impact. We help camps thrive by gathering data & insights that tell stories and inform decisions, supporting staff and leaders, and creating resources and content with a theological lens on outdoor and connected ministries.

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