Partnering With Church Leaders
Have you ever been frustrated by the disconnection between camp and church leaders? Are we not working towards the same missional goal? It is hard to understand why there is such a detachment in this relationship. In the seminar, we will contextualize these principles and provide the keys that unlock great partnering relationships with churches and their leaders.
War Wounds in Ministry
“Sticks and stones may break my bones…”
While “names and faces” supposedly don’t hurt, we may remember who subjected us to conflict and pain. Our time together will help focus us not on being victims of past war wounds, but on the opportunity to be an overcomer!
Aligning Your Organization to Achieve Your Vision 2.0
Leaders, you will gain an understanding of the power of aligning your team’s thinking, people, resources and your personal leadership so that your team can effectively achieve the vision, mission and long-term goals. Practical tools and proven concepts will be shared for easy implementation by leaders in your own context.
Camps are not immune from issues ranging from general safety to emergency situations. With camps often located in isolated areas, timely action is vital because help from local resources may take a while. Regardless of the size of the camp, a formidable plan and measures should be put in place to protect campers. Camps should be better prepared to deter, detect and respond to unexpected issues such as an intruder, property crimes, unexpected incidents of a missing camper, acquaintance or non-acquaintance kidnapping and natural disasters. This seminar is designed to provide some important security considerations on how to proactively improve safety and security at camps. The seminar includes a mini, critical table-top exercise and step-by-step guide on how to manage unusual crisis situations.
Taking the Fear Out of Fundraising
The thought of fundraising makes most of us anxious. We don’t know where to start or what to do next – so we avoid it. There is hope! By learning and implementing some strategic processes not only will you begin to see results, but you will discover there are many joys awaiting.
Developing ‘the HUB’ of Camp
Where is the heart of your camp? Is there one? Is it obvious? Is it accidental or intentional? How essential is it?
We’ll discuss the relevance of defining this site zone and talk about what’s doable in creating and sustaining this organization element in your camp or conference center’s anatomy.
God-Centered Spiritual Transformation: A Simple, Effective & Practical Model
Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley
The God-Centered Spiritual Transformation Model was developed by Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley as a simple and highly effective tool to help those who work with children and teens develop and evaluate new and ongoing programs and activities that lead to deep and lasting spiritual growth.
Understanding and Working with 20-Somethings in Christian Camping
This seminar will explore the cultural realities that drive 20-somethings toward camps and provide an overview of the mutual benefits of 20-somethings working in Christian camp settings. The seminar will challenge 20-somethings to step into the opportunities and provide suggestions to those that work with 20-somethings on how to make the most of their time.
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Providing Quality and Consistency
Learn tools to guarantee food service success. Take a menu from a concept to the plate and learn how to guarantee the best quality possible. Whether you’re a beginner or a “seasoned veteran to food service” we will talk about making sure our guests go home with a better experience than they have ever had. That requires us to do some legwork long before they arrive. So let’s get going.
Going Green to Reduce Our Footprint on Our Camps
Let’s explore ways we can reduce our footprint on our campgrounds by finding ways to go green. Whether you want to start a composting program or look for ways to reduce your waste stream coming out of the kitchen–let’s chat about ways we can do our part.
Quality Service Training
Learn how to develop a quality service plan to empower and equip your staff to take your guests’ experience to the next level. Learn the most important question you can ask on your survey to turn your guests into promoters of your camp and increase word-of-mouth recommendations while increasing your employees’ level of engagement.
Youth Culture Comes to Camp
Every camper who attends your camp has been nurtured and shaped by the soup of today’s youth culture. How has today’s youth culture shaped children and teens, how is the culture’s influence manifested in their lives, and what can you do to use camping to bring the life-giving and life-shaping message of the Gospel to bear on these realities? In this seminar, Walt will provide an insightful “fly-over” of the main cultural forces shaping (or mis-shaping) kids along with suggestions on how to respond in the camp setting.
Making Food Part of Your Programming
We will look at how we can change the way food is presented at our camps and retreats. We will discuss some current trends and specific ideas that will engage campers and retreat guests. Also, ideas for a hands-on experience with food and also learn about nutrition, diet and healthy eating.
You Have a Camp Store… Now What?
How do you create a successful camp store? Learn how to maximize your store’s impact by understanding retail-pricing structures, recognizing seasonal trends and implementing creative merchandising and displays. I will also share useful tips and tricks from my 15 years of experience buying for camps.
Contracting with Performers for Your Camp
Gresham Hill and Jay Austin
Focus on the strategy behind booking talent for your event to ensure maximum impact for minimum cost. Gresham Hill and Jay Austin from Reach Your City Ministries share over 25 years of combined experience working with various Christian artists and speakers and consulting with thousands of event leaders every year.
As we meet together to discuss LGBT youth, we will discuss two important concepts. The first is how Christians answer the most frequently asked question from LGBT Youth: “Am I wanted here?” What can we do and avoid doing in our efforts to answer that question in a way that resonates with youth today? The second is how to minister fully to your youth, including youth who are navigating sexual and gender identity questions in their lives. What kind of “postures” and “gestures” are helpful for ministry today?
Evaluation and Assessment Workshop: How do you know you are doing what you say you are doing?
Dr. Rob Ribbe and Barrett McRay
How do you know you are doing what you say you are doing? How do you collect info that accurately reflects the impact you are having? Go beyond “conversion counting” and “decisions for Christ” as ministry assessment. So much more is going on. How do you measure life transformation and growth in maturity and Christlikeness? The goal is to leave with steps to revamp your program evaluation process and have initial drafts in place.
Explore, Discover, Wonder and Worship
God has allowed our camps to be in prime areas of His creation. God’s Word tells us He reveals himself through His Word and His creation. The need to help campers take time to explore and discover new things for themselves is an important step to cause our hearts to be in awe and respond in worship!
CCCA/Wheaton College Research Project
Dr. Rob Ribbe, Dr. Richard Butman & Rachael Cyrus
We will explore the results of this year’s CCCA research project, “Exploring the Impact of Summer Camp Employment on College Students.” We’ll discuss our findings related to staff development in 5 key areas of human flourishing (spiritual formation, leadership, relational maturity, critical thinking and moral/ethical reasoning) as well as what aspects of training and supervision are most effective in facilitating development in those 5 areas.
The second part of the Session will be primarily group discussion on the implications of the research on summer staff training and supervision and how to use this information to recruit staff and make a case for the power of camp with parents. We will also seek group input on future research projects.
Team Building with a Historical Perspective
Dr. Jim Cain
On the 100th anniversary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, lead by Sir Ernest Shackleton, Dr. Jim Cain shows how to take a significant historical event, and turn it into a valuable lesson for your staff on leadership, teamwork and more.
Games That Change the World
Dr. Jim Cain
Dr. Jim Cain shares his latest collection of team and community building activities from around the world (especially those that create teachable moments) from his latest book, Teamwork & Teamplay International Edition, featuring translations in 16 languages (all in the same book!)
Building Strong Boards
Ten important considerations for board effectiveness.
The Essentials of an Employee Handbook/Policy Manual
A clearly-written well-organized employee handbook lays out an organization’s expectations for their employees, and it also makes clear what the employee can expect from the organization. And when done correctly, it can protect the employer from all sorts of legal headaches. This session will help attendees begin to develop an outline to help create a new or to improve your current employee handbook/policy manual.
Ministry Across Culture in Your Camp
Dr. Muhia Karianjahi
Demographics in the US are rapidly changing. It is anticipated that by 2023, minorities will constitute 50 percent of the population. Do the demographics of your camp reflect this reality? This session will explore programmatic and organizational principles of biblical hospitality that can lead to a reflection of the Body of Christ in Revelation 7:9-10.
Facing Mental Health Challenges: The Power of Compassion and Caring in Camp Settings
Richard E. Butman, Ph.D.
Christian camping professionals are increasingly aware that significant numbers of participants in their programs struggle with problems of anxiety and mood, addictions, or behavioral and emotional difficulties. The effects of martial and familial discord, or the residuals of traumatic life events, certainly demand our attention. Best possible practices for dealing with these challenges in the context of our camps will be presented.
To Come Away
Mickey Cox and Maggie Robbins
The first step is making the commitment to take time away from the busyness of our lives. Learn the value of taking the time to pay attention to your own longings and yearnings for the deeper things of God.
Fraud Survey: ACFE’s 2016 Report to the Nations
Best Practices in Internal Controls and Transparency
Financial Trends in Christian Camping
ECFA’s 2015 State of Giving Report (Initial Findings)
This two-hour presentation—in two separate one-hour sessions—will showcase a premier, cost-effective dashboard reporting tool, present a review of the 2016 ACFE Global Fraud Study (Report to the Nations and provide an overview of financial trends in camping, including Christian camping, in particular). We’ll also cover best practices in internal controls, transparency and clarity that will set your camp apart from the crowd.
How to Market Your Camp Online
There are tons of different ways to market your camp, and all of them seem to require time or money. In this session, we will review data from dozens of private/nonprofit camps to determine where exactly you should be focusing your efforts.
Using these successful camps as our guide, we’ll pick apart their approach to marketing online and identify a few of the most effective marketing strategies. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll be having this discussion within the context of a marketing plan so you’ll be able to take home a comprehensive framework for use at your camp.
The Big Picture
So much emphasis is placed on individual marketing strategies that we sometimes have a hard time seeing the big picture. I left CampMinder Camp last year with a ton of new ideas but didn’t know how best to implement, manage and evaluate them. I ended up creating a basic framework that morphed into our new year-round marketing plan. In addition to being helpful, it also exposed several of our shortcomings.
In this collaborative session, we’ll customize a marketing plan for each of your different customer segments. Get ready to work together, share ideas and be surprised.
Church Mutual Insurance: Certifications and How They Affect Safety at Camps
Kevin Nugent/Shannon Worlin
We will review the many different certifications that can affect the camp and its operation and how they apply to the camp.
To Be With
Mickey Cox and Maggie Robbins
Do we allow ourselves the time and space to truly be with Jesus? How do we experience God’s love? Discover the value of staying present and nurturing a loving relationship with God.
To Be Sent Out
Mickey Cox and Maggie Robbins
How do we use this time we have taken and the experience we have had to go back to our lives and fully embrace God’s presence in the day-to-day? What will it look like to live a balanced life of “doing” and “being?” Find renewal that will allow you to tend to your own soul care as well as incorporating some of these spiritual practices into your own camp program!
Leading the Next Generation: Trends, Tips and Tactics on the Now and Next of Leadership
Understand where we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going with leadership, influence and the next generation.
Risk vs. Reward, You Decide
Providing relevant and attractive programs and service can be expensive, but failing to ensure that those programs and services are run safely can lead to litigation that is even more costly. We will look at some important practical steps that every camp should take to minimize the risks associated with basic camp operations like food safety, data security and site and facilities management, as well as programs activities like challenge courses, waterfront activities and various other activities.
How to Tell Your Story on Social Media
Social media offers a powerful mechanism for widening your reach, expanding your relationships and deepening your impact. But it starts with a compelling story. We’ll discuss how to create a story that connects with people on social media to help you grow camp attendance, increase fundraising and connect with alumni.
“Bridging the Gap” – Panel Discussion on Gap Year Programs
Doug Carichner, Scott Chapman, Tony Rogness and Rob Ribbe
A panel of directors representing a variety of gap year programs offered today will present an overview of their individual programs and discuss the unique challenges and successes associated with managing a gap year program. Helpful insight will be provided to those interested in implementing their own program. Seminar will include a Q&A session.
Buying Power through CCCA: Making the Most of Your Food-Service Dollar
Susan Marconi and David Hamilton
Shopping at local stores/warehouses leaves managers wanting better product consistency, quality, variety and a smarter way to manage labor costs. Learn how Entegra provides members a consistent and reasonably priced assortment of quality products and which allows members to focus on maximizing their ministry and creating memorable guest experience.
Wide Calling, Deep Rest
A deep theological understanding of Sabbath provides rest, peace and resilience to those with the wide calling of camping ministry. How can we rest well so we don’t burn out in order to get our work done?
SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) – Pain or Peace of Mind?
How can SOPs enhance your camp’s ministry effectiveness for the campers and guests you serve? What are the differences between SOPs and SOGs (Standard Operating Guidelines)? How are “crisis” SOPs different than “routine” SOPs? How do you keep up with the inevitable revisions needed? Are SOPs really worth the work?
Day Camp Panel
Peter Kiefer, Cindy Rogness and Tony Schmid
Day camp programs take your ministry beyond the walls of your camp to reach even more kids for Christ. But day camps can look many different ways, each having its unique blessings and challenges. Join in a conversation with a team of professionals who are making an impact with day camps and catch a vision for what God could be doing at your camp.
You Mean All Food Doesn’t Come From Kroger?
The majority of kids today have no idea where their food really comes from. Camps can be a great place to change this, while at the same time, providing healthy food to campers and positively impacting the bottom line.
Translating Lessons to Life: Speaking Truth So They Hear Something True
If you’re a program director, a staff member writing camp devotionals or someone who speaks to campers, you’re a translator: It’s your task to take God’s truth and translate it into the language of everyday life. But, if you’re translating that message for a group of children or teenagers whose culture in some ways is quite different from our own, you know that’s not easy. As every missionary knows, we can say whatever we want to say, but they get to decide what it actually means. This seminar will help you think about the challenge of translating real Truth into the real world, and we’ll offer you some practical strategies for making sure they hear what you think you said.
Current Legal Issues Impacting Camp
This will be an identification and discussion of the recent legislation, court actions and legal decisions that affect governance, operational practices, legal compliance and finances at Christian camps and conference centers.
Religious Protections in Christian Camping
Jon Ruybalid and Scott Ward
This seminar will provide a description and identification of important religious freedoms and protections proved under law and approaches practical steps by Christian camps and conference centers can take in maximizing and maintaining these in the current and changing legal culture.
Food Allergies: A Fresh Approach and A Different Perspective
What is the difference between purchasing and preparing allergen free foods, and its impact on all guests and your kitchen staff? Let us share with you the results to these questions and how the team at White Sulphur Springs approaches them.