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Effective Camp

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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.

Share the story

When the 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp come together, outdoor ministries become an integral part of faith forming ecology. Have you and your family had a great experience at a healthy, vibrant camp? Use the resources below to tell those stories of impact and 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.

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.

S3 E12: Family Camp: S’more Than a Vacation

S3 E12: Family Camp: S’more Than a Vacation

We're making a new friend in this episode as we talk with author Maria Warner who wrote a book all about her family's transformational experiences at family camp, a specialized kind of camp that can, as Maria passionately shares, help families thrive. Listen as we...

Rhythms of Faith in the Home

Rhythms of Faith in the Home

“I guess I just don’t understand why some people have to be jerks all the time.” Our ears perked up, and we sat up a little straighter. We were gathered in our usual spots, but this was a bit unusual. We were more accustomed to getting a perfunctory one-sentence or...

S2 E7 3 L’s, 2 E’s, and A Partridge in a Pear Tree

S2 E7 3 L’s, 2 E’s, and A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Parents spend so much energy giving to and for their kids, let's give them a few gifts from the camp community. We've packaged up our ideas in 3 "L's" that are the impactful, keep-on-giving kind. Plus, we'll hear a chat Pastor Anna Sorenson, Sacred Playgrounds...

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.

Bringing camp wisdom home

The impact of expriences at camp are solidified when a connection is made back home. Stay tuned for creative ways to bring camp 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 Fellow Parent

We’ll connect you with a team member and fellow parent with first-hand experience in bringing the impact of camp expriences home and making them last.. 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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