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Episode 10: 5 New Year’s REsolutions for Camp

Episode 10: 5 New Year’s REsolutions for Camp

Happy New Year camp folks! Let's kick off this year with 5 resolutions for camp in 2022. In this episode Jake and Jared offer 5 things camp could focus on this year, based on research, current events, and what might matter most in the months ahead. This episode...

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Episode 9: A Campy Christmas Episode

Episode 9: A Campy Christmas Episode

Merry Christmas (and Happy Advent if Jake has anything to say about it)!It's a Sacred Playgrounds podcast Christmas episode. We've got a story or two of our own family traditions to share, and then we explore how ritual and tradition, something that camp is incredible...

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Episode 8: Democracy, HIstory, and Camp

Episode 8: Democracy, HIstory, and Camp

We're getting a little historical and a little political this episode, and we're not sorry. Camp is rooted in democratic process - one built on participation, shared decision making, and shared outcomes. The space we create has the potential to actually impact...

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Episode 5: The B-Word: Bullying

Episode 5: The B-Word: Bullying

Camp has the power to help heal society. That's powerful. The research says bullying has increased in prevalence in the past few years, with a breakdown in positive public discourse, online pathways to saying what shouldn't be said, and a pandemic that stunted social...

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Episode 4: Camp + Leadership

Episode 4: Camp + Leadership

We've always FELT like there was a connection between camp experiences and leadership development. Let's take a look at some data to see if we were right. The Camp and Church Leadership Project explored being a camper and/or a camp staff member, along with a handful...

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Episode 3: Camp2Congregation

Episode 3: Camp2Congregation

If you're a camp person, you'd love to pick camp up and take it on the road with you wherever you go. That's effectively what we get to do in traveling day camps, a way for the camp experience to go on the road and, in partnership with churches and their leaders, give...

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Episode 2: COvid-19 & Camp

Episode 2: COvid-19 & Camp

Good news. The glass is way more than half full for outdoor ministry. We're talking Covid-19 and the effect this pandemic has had on outdoor ministry. What changed, how were camps able to operate safely, and what did we learn? This episode, you'll find us...

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Episode 1: Our Origin Story & the ECP

Episode 1: Our Origin Story & the ECP

Here's the Sacred Playgrounds Podcast launch episode! Dr. Jake Sorenson, Lead Researcher and Founder of Sacred Playgrounds, shares its origin story, down to the seminary coffee shop conversation that ended up where most good ideas start, with the phrase "maybe you...

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Podcast Launch Trailer

Podcast Launch Trailer

Camp enthusiast, this podcast is for you! We're sharing the latest research in outdoor ministry, learning how to apply it in your own sacred spaces, and telling a good camp story or two. Welcome to the Sacred Playgrounds podcast.

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Sacred Playgrounds is a brand new book!

Sacred Playgrounds, a brand new book about Christian summer camp, is available now and ready for your bookshelf! These pages are filled with stories, research findings, and the tools to apply them in your own context, whether you’re a camp leader, church leader, fellow researcher, or lifelong camper. Enter your email for the latest updates and we'll also send you straight to the order page.

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