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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 book!

Sacred Playgrounds, a 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.

Happy reading!