2023 Holy Ground: A Guide for Summer Camp Staff
This resource is tailor-made for summer camp staff serving at Christian camps in 2023. It includes staff training tidbits and quick reference guides for staff as they go through the summer, based on the research and expertise of our staff at Sacred Playgrounds. The centerpiece of the resource is a daily devotional written by camp staff for camp staff, with contributions from leaders across the country and across Christian denominations.
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This 12-week devotional accompanies camp staff through the summer, from the intensity of staff training through the exciting early weeks of programming, on through the challenges of mid-summer and the bitter-sweet exhaustion of the closing weeks. The devotions include wisdom and reflections from dozens of current and former summer staff from multiple Christian traditions. It will also help staff make the transition from summer camp to their home and school environments. Each week will include some opening encouragement and space for reflection as staff enter the new week. Daily devotions follow, with space for end-of-week reflections each week. This is designed to be an interactive resource.
The opening pages include short 2-page reflections on various topics related to camping ministry. These can be used during staff training as discussion starters or throughout the summer for reference to specific topics. They cover the 5 fundamental characteristics of Christian camps, staff mental health, conflict resolution, reading the Bible at camp, handling tough questions/doubt, and more. The last section (after the devotional) has some additional content like Psalms to use in different situations, prayers to use at camp, and a post-summer Bible reading plan for staff.
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