Effective Camp

for pastors and ministy professionals

Camp Wisdom Speaks

Lasting and intentional partnership between camps, churches, and families creates an incredibly impactful environment for campers of all ages. Outdoor ministry leaders and local faith community leaders are on the same team, working together to create spaces and expriences for people to get to know God and each other more deeply.

The 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp lay out an ecology of characteristics of camps that create impact. Learn more about what these look like and how some also apply to your local church.

Share the story

When the 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp come together, outdoor ministries become an integral part of the faith forming ecology. Use the resources below to help tell the story of how camp and the local church can work together toward effective faith formation.

Shareables

Below you’ll find your easy button on things to share about effective camp. These graphics and written statements help you tell the story of camps like yours and the depth of impact your ministry can offer in partnership with churches and families. The images are downloadable just by clicking. They are sized ideally for Facebook, work great in Instagram and Twitter, and can be embedded in your websites and emails as well.

“The Christian summer camp experience impacts campers in positive ways that extends to their families, churches and others.” Learn more at effectivecamp.com

“90% of those attending a Christian summer camp like ours report that they grew in faith.” Contact us at ______________to learn more and go to effectivecamp.com

“97% of those attending a Christian summer camp like ours report that they had fun!” Contact us at ______________to learn more and go to effectivecamp.com

“Kids report that they feel safe at Christian summer camp because of the powerful relationships they form.” Contact us at ______________to learn more and go to effectivecamp.com

“Kids report that by growing in faith at camp it helps them in their daily life back home.” Contact us at ______________to learn more and go to effectivecamp.com

“Camp doesn’t end when the week is over, research shows that it has lasting effective. Many campers read their Bible more, pray with their family more, and attend church more.” Contact us at ______________to learn more and go to effectivecamp.com

Articles + Blog Posts

Feel free to use and share these posts on your websites, in your newsletters, and in conversations with other leaders, pastors, parents, and supporters.

The Fundamentals Part 5: Camp is Relational

We close this series on the 5 fundamental characteristics of Christian camping with the one that is most prominent in camper descriptions: Camp is relational. This does not mean that it is more important than the other four. It is, however, the most valued. Let’s hear...

The Fundamentals Part 3: Faith Centered

Remember, these five characteristics have no particular order, but I thought it poetic to cover this one in the middle. This is the characteristic that sets Christian camps apart from all other types of camps. Every well-run camp in the country has the other four...

Footprints in the Snow

Morning at the Sorenson household. Pandemonium. It is a school day. And it is the middle of winter. Dry skin, tired eyes, and noise – lots of noise. Where’s the coffee? Watch out for running children as you move about the house, trying desperately to reach the sounds...

Give the Gift of Camp

“It's that time of year when we need Christmas wish lists from the kids.” The email arrived from my children’s grandmother in early October. It is indeed that time of the year when we often buy gifts for people we love.  You have children in your life that you love....

From Ministry Bastions to Ports of Entry

Why is there a disconnect between ministries of the Church? It sometimes seems as if the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Ministries that are natural partners do not support or mutually reinforce one another. I often cannot figure out if this is...

Sign your Child up for Church Camp!

Spring is here. Christ is risen! Summer is fast approaching. Have you signed your children up for camp yet? The word “camp” is now used to mean so many different things that my question may be confusing. The reality is that many kids are signed up for multiple...

4 Types of Mainline Protestant Camps

Christian camping ministry in the Mainline Protestant tradition is often broken down along denominational lines. We have Lutheran camps, Methodist camps, and so forth. These distinctions are not always helpful because camps have varying programmatic goals and ministry...

Camp Counselors in our Churches?

I was speaking with a colleague and mentor about my camp research a few weeks ago. We were talking about the unique educational model of summer camp and how that model might be transferrable to congregational ministry. We were reflecting on the role of the camp...

Graphics

You are free to use the 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp and the Effective Camp Research Project graphics and logo whenever you are sharing about Effective Camp or the Research Project in your communications. The download package is a .zip file with a variety of logo styles and colors. For questions about style and brand standards, contact Jared.

Maximizing Our Impact. Together.

The 5 Fundamentals work. When each of these pillars are intentionally planned and faithfully practiced, the faith forming impact of camp is realized in the lives of participants, and extends to their families and communities back home.

Where do we go from here?

Below you’ll find your easy button on things to share about effective camp. These graphics and written statements help you tell the story of camps like yours and the depth of impact your ministry can offer in partnership with churches and families. The images are downloadable just by clicking. They are sized ideally for Facebook, work great in Instagram and Twitter, and can be embedded in your websites and emails as well.

Talk with a Team Member

We’ll connect you with a team member with first-hand experience in key parts of the 5 fundamentals and how they can benefit the relationshiop between church and camp.. Send us a message to get started, and we’ll be in touch.

Join the Effective Camp Community

We’re gathering on via a special Facebook group to explore ideas, share resources, and tell stories of impact and tranformation through camp experiences.

Let's start with a conversation.

Send me an email to schedule a 30 minute introduction conversation. I’d love to hear about where your ministry could go when informed by actionable, localized research and well-designed, well-facilitated training experiences.

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