Effective Campfor parents
Camp Wisdom Speaks
When camp experiences are wrapped around faith-forming conversations and relationship at home, that’s when lives are truly changed. Camp experiences are awesome, yes, but they can’t stand alone. The research is clear: the primary place of faith formation is the home.
The 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp help us all understand how the environment of healthy, thriving outdoor ministries can help what you do as a parent.
Find a Camp for your child!
Let us help you find a camp for your child! There are still openings for the summer! Enter one of the portals at right. When searching for a camp, one of the easiest markers to ensure that it is well-run is to look for the ACA logo, which indicates that the camp is nationally accredited and regularly inspected by other camping professionals.
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.
Articles + Blog Posts for Parents
These posts are specifically related to parenting and parental concerns. Feel free to share these with other parents or ministry profesionals, either through email links or on social media. You can participate in the conversation by commenting on the posts.
Dear camp professionals, This week, Don Johnson at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries brought this disturbing news report to our attention. “Hundreds of sexual abuse cases reported at children’s camps across US,” the headline screams. That’s scary! A closer read shows that...
We were on the ledge. The Going-to-the-Sun Road was a dizzying 100 feet below us. I tried to exude confidence, but I was, in fact, a little nervous. We were on the first mile of our hike on the famous Highline Trail at Glacier National Park in Montana. The ledge was...
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...
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,...
The 5 Fundamentals
This infographic lays out the basic ideas behind the 5 fundamental characteristics we’re finding in effective camps. Click to download, then share with leaders in your church and other parents.