Effective Camp

for outdoor ministry professionals

Camp Wisdom Speaks

What you do as a leader in outdoor ministry is a critical part of the ecology of faith formation. The experiences and encounters you dream up, create, and execute for campers serves to nurture faith, build character, strengthen families, and support congregations for the sake of each camper and for the sake of the world.

The wisdom of camp works when 5 Fundamental Characteristics come together in balance.

Share the story

When the 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp come together, outdoor ministires become an integral part of faith forming experience. Use the resources below to tell the story of effective camp, and the difference it can make in the lives of campers. These resources help you make the case for camp.

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 4: Camp is Participatory

The research is screaming at us from nearly every academic field. We nod approvingly, feeling that we are wiser. And then we go on doing exactly the same thing. We sit at our desks in front of computer screens. We demand more automation in our homes and our modes of...

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...

The Fundamentals Part 2: Unplugged from Home

This might be the most recognizable characteristic of camp. Think of the most iconic mental pictures of camping: a tent, a campfire, a grove of trees, a body of water. The philosophy of summer camp, from its beginnings in the late 19th century, has centered on...

The Explosion of Camp Research

“The research is out!” “Research says that…” People use these phrases all the time, often to justify their own entrenched viewpoints. We have all heard people speak passionately about something (like camp!) and then throw in the phrase, “Research says!” without...

The Fundamentals Part 1: Providing a SAFE SPACE

It is the number one concern of camp directors. It is the most anxiety-producing element of the experience for parents. When this characteristic breaks down, it has the clearest consequences for camp outcomes. Let’s talk about SAFETY at camp. Camp directors get that...

The Ride Home

The windows are down. The country air mercifully streams in the vehicle as you drive away from the camp property. There is nothing quite like the smell of a child after a week or more at summer camp. There is something wild about that smell. There is B.O., to be sure,...

Searching for OUTCOMES at Christian Camps

“Camp changed my life.” I have heard this (or something similar) over and over again from staff members, campers, parents, and church workers. I have even spoken these words about my own camp experiences. Some camp professionals speak about camp as a “mountaintop...

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 Your Impact

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.

Conduct research at your camp

We’ll bring the effective camp research project to your camp to help your specific ministry setting know its strengths and opportunities in faith-forming impact

Talk with a Team Member

We’ll connect you with a team member with first-hand experience in key parts of the 5 fundamentals at a camp like yours. Send us a message to get started, and we’ll be in touch.

Train Your Summer Staff

Bring in a team member to lead interactive training sessions with your summer staff. This is a practical way to use the research findings and have a direct impact on the camp experience this summer.

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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