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Maybe you’re getting ready for staff training, or wondering about connections between camp and church leaders. Maybe you’re planning next summer’s program and are looking for innovative ideas based on current culture. Whatever you’re looking for, this ever-growing body of research projects, articles, and resources is designed to lead you there.
 

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Articles and Resources

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Strength to the Weary: Day Camp at The Chapel

Strength to the Weary: Day Camp at The Chapel

The Next Generation of Counselors: Day Camp at Genesis Church

The Next Generation of Counselors: Day Camp at Genesis Church

We are Family – Beautiful Savior Day Camp

We are Family – Beautiful Savior Day Camp

Bringing Camp to the Congregation: Holy Cross Day Camp

Bringing Camp to the Congregation: Holy Cross Day Camp

All of the Energy: Day Camp at Res Life

All of the Energy: Day Camp at Res Life

Affirmed Counselors Affirming: Day Camp at Epiphany UMC

Affirmed Counselors Affirming: Day Camp at Epiphany UMC

Crowns for Jesus – Spring Hill Day Camp at 2.42 Community Church

Crowns for Jesus – Spring Hill Day Camp at 2.42 Community Church

Reaching the Mind of a Child: Day Camp at Oakwood and Whitestone

Reaching the Mind of a Child: Day Camp at Oakwood and Whitestone

Ministry for the Community: Day Camp at Trinity Lutheran

Ministry for the Community: Day Camp at Trinity Lutheran

It Takes a Community: Day Camp at Faith Church

It Takes a Community: Day Camp at Faith Church

Assessing the Power of Camp

Assessing the Power of Camp

Building Leadership: Day Camp at Trinity Lutheran Church

Building Leadership: Day Camp at Trinity Lutheran Church

Academic Articles & Major Projects

Current and Recent Research Projects

Rythms of Faitha project seeking to develop effective, replicable systems for camps to partner with congregations to empower families in developing spiritual practices (2023-present)

Camp and Church Leadership Projecta study of the impacts of working on Christian summer camp staff on faith formation and leadership in the church (2020-2022)

Camp2Congregation Project: a study of the impacts of Christian traveling day camp ministries (2019-2021)

Effective Camp Project: a study on the impacts of the one-week Christian summer camp experience (2015-present)

Lutheran Campus Ministry Research Project: a study of the characteristics and practices of faithful, effective, and sustainable young adult and campus ministries (2016-2018)

The Confirmation Project: a study on confirmation and equivalent practices in 5 denominations (2014-2018)

Other Articles and Writings

"Applying Research at Your Camp: The Power of Numbers in Telling Your Story" (InSite Magazine, March/April 2023)

"Using Data to Empower" (InSite Magazine, Feb/March 2020)

"Assessing the Power of Camp" (InSite Magazine, Feb/March 2019)

"Ministry at the Crossroads: Lutheran Campus Ministry's Power and Peril," with Rollie Martinson (Word and World, Fall 2018)

"Finding Space and Time Through Confirmation Retreats" (APCE Advocate, 2018)

"Rethinking the Classroom: The Logic of Camp in Educational Ministries" (Word and World, Winter 2018)

"Christian Summer Camp has Lasting Impacts" (Episcopal Teacher, 2017)

"Turning to Scholarship in Christian Camping" (Connect Journal, 2014)

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Holy Ground

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Camp Builds

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Camp 2 Congregation

Impactful travelling day camp research

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