The Latest News from PCCCA

PCCCA LogoThe April 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 March 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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Welcome to SummerToRemember.com

Logo for SummerToRemember.comWe are proud to release the first of our new websites. SummerToRemember.com will be our gateway for directing potential staff applicants to your summer program. The website gives visitors the opportunity to search for camps and conference centers by state or province. 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 summertoremember.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?
We think this website will be an excellent tool for when you find all the staff you need this summer and want your remaining applicants to consider jobs at other camps. This 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 staff this coming 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. On your website, you can link to SummerToRemember.com to help those looking for summer camp jobs use this website. Google uses website traffic to rank pages higher than others. A Summer to Remember is the title of a movie that was released in 1985, so our site also has to battle with references to this film. The more traffic that goes through to our website, the better we look to Google.

Planning for the Future of the Compass Points Certificate Program

Compass Points Coordinating Council - Spring 2017On March 2-5, the Coordinating Council for the Compass Points Certificate Program met at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA). This meeting brings together representatives from the four outdoor ministry associations (PCCCA, UMCRM, LOM, and OMA-UCC) that share this program. Don Johnson, the Executive Director of Lutheran Outdoor Ministies, was there to represent his denomination for the very first time. The group's work included the evaluation of previous classes, marketing, the upcoming schedule of classes, and the capstone process for the fall (when we will welcome our first non-Presbyterian graduates!). We are excited about the future of this program and we hope you will help spread the word about our upcoming classes in October. Please go to www.compasspointsprogram.org for details. The Coordinating Council is pictured above (not pictured - Bill Bourdon from OMA-UCC).

33 Member Discounts!

We now have 33 member discounts! As a part of the benefits you receive through membership, PCCCA offers these special discounts on different products and services related to camps and conference centers. Utilizing two or more of these company discounts could save you more money than you pay in membership dues. Here is the complete list of companies and organizations that provide a special discount to our 2017 members. If you are a member, we hope you will login to the Resources page on the PCCCA website and utilize these discounts for your ministry. If you are not yet a member, you can join or renew at www.pccca.net/membership.

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