The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe February 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. You will also find the January issue here. If you did not receive these issues in your email inbox, you can subscribe by sending your email address to joel@pccca.net.

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Maintenance Connection to be Held in February

Logo for St. ColumbaAre you looking to add another tool to your camp and conference ministry toolbox? The Maintenance Connection is designed to do just that. This annual event will be held at St. Columba Episcopal Conference and Retreat Center (Memphis, TN) on February 5-9. This unique conference is intended for Camp Directors, Managers, Maintenance Staff, and all those who are responsible for the upkeep and repair of Christian camps and conference centers throughout North America. You can learn more about this program (and register) by checking out the event brochure.

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Two Compass Points Classes are Scheduled for February/March

Compass Points logoNow is the time to make plans to attend the two Compass Points certificate programs in February-March. Personnel and Leadership will be offered on February 25-28 and the Development course is scheduled for February 28 - March 3. You can take one or both of these classes which will be hosted by Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY). Please go to www.compasspointsprogram.org to learn more about these courses (and register).

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Welcome to BestSummerYet.com

Logo for BestSummerYet.comWe are proud to release the second of our new websites. BestSummerYet.com will be our gateway for directing potential participants to your summer program. The website gives visitors the opportunity to search for camps and conference centers by their location. We ask that you please go to the website now and check out this new tool for your ministry. Then you can come back to this page to answer your initial questions.

 

How do I update my site’s listing?
Some sites did not submit a listing and others need to make updates to their current one. The system gives you the ability to make changes to your listing whenever you desire.

 

To get started, go to bestsummeryet.com/users/password/new and find your site's name in the pull down menu. The system will then confirm the email address that is associated with your listing. Once you receive the login information, you will have the ability to make any changes to your listing (including changing the primary email address).

 

Why does my site appear at the bottom of the listings and not have pictures?
A featured listing with pictures is included as part of the benefits of PCCCA membership. Those should always appear at the top of the search results. Want to have a featured listing for your site? You can join or renew your membership by going to www.pccca.net/membership.


How can I use this website now?
If you encounter someone who is seeking a program that you don't offer, you can send them to BestSummerYet.com. Receiving the website information now also gives you plenty of time to work on your listing for summer 2018 (like improving your listing by getting the best pictures of your program this summer).

 

How did this website come together?
We first want to thank the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Camp and Conference Ministry for their gracious funding that allowed this website (and the other new websites) to get off the ground. We thank PCCCA’s webmaster, Cal Findeiss, for his long hours in putting the website together. The PCCCA Website Committee: Matt Henry of Skyline, John Reiter of Cedarkirk, Doug Walters of Hanover, and Joel Winchip of PCCCA provided input and testing along the way. The video montage that welcomes guests to the website was put together from clips contributed by Mo-Ranch of Texas, Camp Kintail of Ontario, Greenwood of Michigan, and John Knox Center of Tennessee.

 

Why don’t I see this website when I google it?
Google search results come from many different sources. While we are doing the most we can to set up the website to be viewed the best on Google, you can also help out. When you encounter someone who is seeking a program that you don't offer, please send them to BestSummerYet.com. Google uses website traffic to rank pages higher than others. The more traffic that goes through to our website, the better this site will look to Google.

 

You said this is the second new website. What was the first one?
On April 14, we launched SummerToRemember.com. This website is o
ur gateway for directing potential staff applicants to your summer program. If you missed that announcement, you can check it out here.