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Christian Summer Camp in Theological Perspective
Sacred Playgrounds, a brand new book about Christian summer camp, is available now and ready for your bookshelf. This uniquely data-driven perspective on the difference outdoor ministry can make for participants, their families, their churches, and their communities is rooted in the findings from the Effective Camp Research Project. In recent years, the research team at Sacred Playgrounds, directed by Dr. Jake Sorenson, collected and analyzed thousands of data points, conducted hundreds of interviews, and embarked on dozens of site visits to learn what really works in Christian camping ministry. These pages are filled with stories, findings, and the tools to apply them in your own context, whether you’re a camp leader, church leader, fellow researcher, or lifelong camper.
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It is that time of year again for camps across the country. It is the most exciting and oftentimes the most stressful time of year for program staff and directors: summer staff recruiting! Here are three basic tips for staff recruiting this year.
Doing hard things is a hallmark of the camp experience, and it helps point to camp’s role in strengthening democracy. This has been part of camp’s role since its humble beginnings in the 1880s.
The simplest and the greatest joy: time together with loved ones. This blessing was mine on Thanksgiving Day. We had not been together for two years, but there we were: gathered around a single table. Both of my parents were there. Both of my brothers were there,...
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