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PCCCA LogoThe March issue of Branches Online, the enewsletter of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, is available online. You can see all of the latest news and resources by checking out this new issue. If you missed it, here is the February issue. If you did not receive this issue in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to joel@pccca.net.

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A Report from Menucha on the 2019 Maintenance Connection

by Tim Kurkinen of Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Maintenance Connection 2019On February 25 to March 1, Menucha Retreat and Conference Center (Corbett, OR) hosted the 2019 Maintenance Connection. The group spent the week exploring the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area and Portland as well. Much of their time was dedicated to learning from instructors and presenters including the United States Forest Service. The participants learned about wild fire prevention (especially as it related to the Eagle Creek Oregon fire of 2017) and how to prepare your site to increase its resilience and safety. They also learned from local County personnel on their efforts to manage invasive species and how that can be factored into landscape management. The event offered workshops on chainsaws, tree care, and the grand old ax too. It was a wonderful time of learning, networking, and much needed rest.

We wish to thank all who attended, participated and volunteered, and to their sites for letting the event borrow them for the week. Your giving made this year’s Maintenance Connection exceed expectations. Menucha was so honored to have hosted and thoroughly enjoyed showing our participants the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. From all of us here at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, we sincerely say, “thank you.”

Planning for the Future of the Compass Points Certificate Program

Compass Points Coordinating CouncilOn March 6-9, the Coordinating Council for the Compass Points Certificate Program met at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). This meeting brought together representatives from the four outdoor ministry associations (PCCCA, UMCRM, LOM, and OMA-UCC) that share this program. The Council's gathering featured very productive meetings with the President and the Associate Director of Admissions of Columbia Theological Seminary. The Council's work included bringing on new members of our committee, the evaluation of previous classes, scheduling of upcoming courses, lining up new faculty for these classes, and setting up the capstone process for the fall (we could have as many as 11 people graduate in November!). The Council is excited about the future of Compass Points and we hope you will help us spread the word about the program. There will not be classes offered this fall (so they will not conflict with the OMC Great Gathering), but will start back in March of 2020. Please go to www.compasspointsprogram.org to learn more about the overall program.

We need your help in mapping the landscape of Christian outdoor ministries

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The Outdoor Ministries Connection has a new survey and your site needs to be represented. Your responses help provide a snapshot of organizational structure, theological priorities, and ministry philosophy of Christian camping and retreat ministries across the denominations. Yours is one of nearly 700 sites that is being invited to participate in this survey.

 Whether you are a PCCCA member or not, please take the time to complete the survey today. It is designed to be filled out in 15-20 minutes by a director-level staff person with the aid of an annual report. We only need one questionnaire completed by each site.

 PCCCA had 74 camps and retreat centers respond to the 2014 OMC survey. We need your help to make sure that we have the same number of responses (or even more!).

 Thank you for being a part of this important analysis. Thank you for completing the OMC Survey.