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Effective Camp

for parents

Camp Wisdom Speaks

When camp experiences are wrapped around faith-forming conversations and relationship at home, that’s when lives are truly changed. Camp experiences are awesome, yes, but they can’t stand alone. The research is clear: the primary place of faith formation is the home.

The 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp help us all understand how the environment of healthy, thriving outdoor ministries can help what you do as a parent.

Share the story

When the 5 Fundamentals of Effective Camp come together, outdoor ministries become an integral part of faith forming ecology. Have you and your family had a great experience at a healthy, vibrant camp? Use the resources below to tell those stories of impact and faith formation.

Shareables

Below you’ll find your easy button on things to share about effective camp. These graphics and written statements help you tell the story of camps like yours and the depth of impact your ministry can offer in partnership with churches and families. The images are downloadable just by clicking. They are sized ideally for Facebook, work great in Instagram and Twitter, and can be embedded in your websites and emails as well.

Articles + Blog Posts

Feel free to use and share these posts on your websites, in your newsletters, and in conversations with other leaders, pastors, parents, and supporters.

The Fundamentals Part 1: Providing a SAFE SPACE

It is the number one concern of camp directors. It is the most anxiety-producing element of the experience for parents. When this characteristic breaks down, it has the clearest consequences for camp outcomes. Let’s talk about SAFETY at camp. Camp directors get that...

Searching for OUTCOMES at Christian Camps

“Camp changed my life.” I have heard this (or something similar) over and over again from staff members, campers, parents, and church workers. I have even spoken these words about my own camp experiences. Some camp professionals speak about camp as a “mountaintop...

What Parents Want from Camp

There is nothing quite like picking up a child from summer camp. I watched thousands of parents do this over the years that I worked at various camps, and now I get the chance to do it myself when I pick up my own children. I am convinced that there is really only one...

This Negative Summer Could Use a Dose of Camp!

There is a lot of hateful talk on our television screens and on our social media sites of late. We need camps to teach us how to be respectful to one another. Our society is experiencing an unhealthy dosage of disrespectful dialogue and rhetoric of despair. Simply...

The 5 Fundamentals

This infographic lays out the basic ideas behind the 5 fundamental characteristics we’re finding in effective camps. Click to download, then share with leaders in your church and other parents.

Bringing camp wisdom home

The impact of expriences at camp are solidified when a connection is made back home. Stay tuned for creative ways to bring camp home.

Where do we go from here?

Below you’ll find your easy button on things to share about effective camp. These graphics and written statements help you tell the story of camps like yours and the depth of impact your ministry can offer in partnership with churches and families. The images are downloadable just by clicking. They are sized ideally for Facebook, work great in Instagram and Twitter, and can be embedded in your websites and emails as well.

Talk with a Fellow Parent

We’ll connect you with a team member and fellow partent with first-hand experience in bringing the impact of camp expriences home and making them last.. Send us a message to get started, and we’ll be in touch.

Join the Effective Camp Community

We’re gathering on via a special Facebook group to explore ideas, share resources, and tell stories of impact and tranformation through camp experiences.

Let's start with a conversation.

Send me an email to schedule a 30 minute introduction conversation. I’d love to hear about where your ministry could go when informed by actionable, localized research and well-designed, well-facilitated training experiences.