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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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Research Projects

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Articles and Resources

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4 Types of Mainline Protestant Camps

Religion as Cosmic Gambling

6 Big Ideas from Camp Research

Transforming the Spiritual Storehouse

Transforming the Spiritual Storehouse

Camp Counselors in our Churches?

Reading the Bible at Camp

Reading the Bible at Camp

What is Camp? Part V: Small Group Ministry

What is Camp? Part IV: Partner in Ministry

What is Camp? Part III: Center of Faith Formation

What is Camp? Part II: A Place to Unplug

What is Camp? Part I: More than Fun and Games

From Cheap Thrills to Discipleship: Valuing Camp

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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Camp 2 Congregation

Impactful travelling day camp research

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