News from CCCA

Introducing Flint & Steel

We are launching Flint & Steel, a member benefit delivered the first and third Tuesdays of the month. This publication will replace Thursday Mail and is a response to the needs of our members. We hope you like the new look and layout!

This issue of Flint & Steel is sponsored in Part by: Character Building Ministries.

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This summer, Our Treasure will help focus your staff on Jesus Christ—10 weeks of daily devotions written specifically for counselors, support staff and directors. Click here to find out why over 250 camps keep requesting our book each summer.

Announcing General Session Speakers

We can’t wait to be together in Nashville for All In!—2016 CCCA National Conference.  Brad Lomenick, best-selling author and leadership consultant, will be joining CCCA as our All In! emcee. Bryan Loritts, pastor, speaker and author, will be our Bible teacher for the week. Two general session speakers are Lisa Harper—Bible teacher, speaker and author—and Pete Wilson—pastor, speaker and author. More to come!

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Special Tuesday Head Start

Join Donald Miller, three-time New York Times best-selling author, for a three-hour workshop titled “Your Story. Your Brand.” You will learn proven communication formulas for effective storytelling and how this method can enhance your camp’s or conference center’s messaging. The human brain is drawn to clarity and away from confusion. Once you clarify you message, your camp will begin to thrive. Go here to register for the Head Start.

6All In!—2016 CCCA National Conference

Now is the best time to register for the 2016 CCCA National Conference, All In! (Nashville, Tenn.). Take advantage of the early-bird discount ending April 30, 2016. You can also save $20 per additional registrant after the first person registers. Go here to register.

8Social Media: Your Organization’s Greatest Asset

Please plan to join us Tuesday, April 19, as Justin Wise, CEO and founder of Think Digital, shares his expertise on social media for our EIT. Justin regularly speaks on the topics of digital communication, marketing and entrepreneurship at national conferences, so you won’t want to miss his EIT presentation. Register here.

Prospect Call Highlights

The team at CCCA has been working on the new member campaign. CCCA President/CEO Gregg Hunter invited prospective member camps and conference centers to join a call to cover the trends in the Christian camping movement and how CCCA is staying ahead of the curve. The challenging trends included government intrusion at camps, impact of technology at camp, increased interest in camper safety, growing market for specialty camps, working with and serving millennials, and The Power of Camp campaign. Gregg shared that CCCA members have access to training, fellowship and encouragement, all from a distinctly Christian perspective.

9A Member-Exclusive Training — CamperProtect

If you are interested in watching a glimpse of the full-day training by MinistrySafe’s Kimberlee Norris, you can view the one-hour video here. This is for members only and serves as a helpful resource, not as a replacement for the entire training. The password for the video is 20Protect16.

The Power of Camp Campaign

Stories bring people together, and we’ve connected with youth pastors to hear their stories about camp. There have been humorous stories, serious stories, and most importantly, faith stories. We love hearing how students’ lives have been changedbecause of a week spent at camp. Explore these three storiesand more at

10You can share our graphics on your social media page and your camp’s page to create awareness about the value and power of camp.  Here are three sample pictures you’ll find on and our Facebook page.

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True Encounter with Jesus

“Time and time again junior high youth pastor Jimmy Orellana has seen the amazing ways God has used camp to reach his students and impact lives.” Read more here.

15An Atheist at Camp

“The fact that a high school student who claimed to be an atheist attended Hume Lake camp for a week was quite possibly the result of his mother forcing him
to go. There was little doubt that the student did not want to be there, made clear by his negative attitude toward the activities or his insulting and off-topic comments during small group.” Read more here.

A Setting Unlike Any Other16

“Luke Trouten stood in the back of the chapel waiting for the service to end. He wasn’t a camper or a counselor at Covenant Pines in Minnesota that summer. Instead, he served as a janitor. Broom in hand, he waited to clean the chapel once the campers were dismissed. Read more here.

From Our Members

Collaborate with CCCA’s Community

Does your executive director know about CCCA ALERT emails? As part of CCCA’s network, executive directors can send ALERT emails, which allow camping professionals to ask questions and receive insight from other members. Members have had positive responses from their inquiries, and it’s another benefit to being part of CCCA.

17Perfect Timing

Dave Lee, principal architect at Fletemeyer & Lee Associates, presented February’s Excellence in Training webinar. The timing happened to be perfect for Stoney Point’s building project. Here are Executive Director Tom Hiduk’s words:

“Just a note to say ‘thank you’ for the webinar. Its timing was perfect. We are a young camp ready to build our first serious building, and we are meeting with our architect tomorrow. I printed off the PDF file to give to our design team. It gives us a game plan. Thank you, again. We appreciate CCCA very much.”

18Unplugged at T Bar M Camp

The Houston Moms Blog featured an article titled “The Truth About Being Unplugged,” citing one of our members, T Bar M Camp, as an environment ripe for authentic relationships, purposeful play and life-shaping experiences. “The absence of screens in the hands of staff and campers opens the door for real life relating.” You can read the full article here.

Ideas to Ignite your Week

19Wild Child

In Denmark, kindergarteners are getting to play with knives, jump in puddles and climb trees. After 17 years teaching kids in a natural environment, Johan Laigaard says there haven’t been any serious injuries through free play, and it’s his method of nurturing people to help them develop natural abilities and talents. To learn more about this teaching style and how allowing kids to have free play in nature is beneficial, go here.

Be Thankful and Rewire Your Brain

Research from a new brain scan imaging study says gratitude can physically change your brain. One way to promote mental health is to cultivate gratitude. Psychology writer Christian Jarrett says: “The more you practice gratitude, the more attuned you are to it and the more you can enjoy its psychological benefits.” Read the article from here.

20Preview CCCA’s Head Start Speaker, Donald Miller

Debuting number one on the iTunes marketing charts, Donald Miller’s podcast “Building a Story Brand: Helping You Clarify Your Message and Grow Your Business” teaches listeners the seven essential elements to a good story. During All In!—2016 CCCA National Conference, Miller will host a head start workshop specifically for those in Christian camping. You can listen to the podcast for free here.

Your Campers Will Love This


Want a new game for your campers? How about one that can be played either indoors or outside?

Watch this link from UNILAD’s Facebook page. This might be a new favorite!

Mark your Calendar

  • Tuesday, April 19, EIT “Social Media: Your Organization’s Greatest Asset” presented by Justin Wise
  • Saturday, April 30, deadline for National Conference discount
  • ARC Lifeguard Training Classes
    • Two classes to choose from: May 13-15 or June 3-5. Full course is at a discounted rate of $200. Individuals who are already lifeguard certified may choose the Lifeguard Challenge Course for $80 or the CPR Challenge Course for $50. All classes will be conducted by an American Red Cross instructor and include certificates. Email Kathryn at to register or for more information. Class location is at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center, Lake Hughes, California, 93532.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 29–Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, All In!—2016 National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Words to Grow On

Words of Encouragement for Pastors and Other Leaders

“I love pastors,” says Ron Edmonson. “Each week, through this blog and my personal ministry, God allows me to partner with dozens of pastors, helping them think through life and ministry issues. I’ve learned many pastors struggle to find people who will invest in them and help them grow as individuals, leaders and pastors.” Read Ron’s “12 Words of Encouragement for Pastors (Or Other Leaders)” here.

Flint & Steel Classifieds

OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING (OLT) EVENT: This May Camp McCall is sponsoring Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT), a co-ed training event for camps in need of staff training. Areas of training (tracks) include: Archery*, Backpacking, Basic Adventure Recreation, Challenge Course Facilitation, Climbing, Life Guarding*, Riflery* and Wilderness First Aid*. (*Includes certification. All others receive a certificate of hours in training.) Course tuition includes lodging, meals and instruction from some of the best instructors around all in the context of Christian camping. Outdoor Leadership Training (OLT) begins at 10 a.m. May 23 and concludes with lunch on May 26. An optional Wilderness First Aid will be offered 27-28 for an additional fee. Contact the Camp McCall office at (864) 878-6025 or for more information. Hope to see some of your Staff there!

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS – Position Objective: The Vice President (“VP”), Programs will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas of Mount Hermon Association, Inc. (“MHA”). The VP, Programs will be a member of the Executive Team and will participate in MHA Board of Directors meetings. With a program budget of $2.5M and a staff of five, the VP, Programs will focus on program leadership and management, external relationships, and knowledge management in a manner consistent with MHA’s mission, vision and values. General Qualifications: A mature follower of Jesus, still growing and developing in their faith. Fully in accord with Mount Hermon Association, Inc.’s (“MHA”) mission, vision, values and statement of beliefs. Committed to living these out personally, and instilling them in the organization. Of strong moral character and integrity. Please visit our website: for full job description.


Products & Services

Foodservice, propane and many more savings opportunities are now available!

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We are currently serving more than 2,000 members in all 50 states, and even a few in Canada with a more limited group of vendor partners, with average savings of several thousand dollars, and many members saving tens of thousands, often without changing anything they do. Trinity Ministries, in affiliation with HPSI, can help substantially through agreements with Sysco, US Foods, Gordon Food Service, Food Services of America, Martin Brothers, Feesers, HFM, Cash-Wa Distributing and Springfield Grocer as well as with American Hotel Register, SupplyWorks, Grainger, Lowe’s, New England Camp Discounter, Office Depot, Staples, Martin Mattress, The Original Mattress Factory, HD Supply, Suburban Propane, Ferrellgas, Sherwin-Williams, Nestle Waters, Laundrylux, Ecolab, PartsTown and many more.

Please visit for further information and our supplier listing. Join now to save during the winter/spring retreat and maintenance seasons!

There is NO COST for membership in TRINITY/HPSI and no obligation for anything. You decide which agreements are beneficial for your camp and use them at your discretion. For more information or a complimentary analysis of your foodservice savings opportunity, call us at (615) 672-0229 or email See how the $9 billion annual volume of HPSI members can benefit your ministry budget.

To advertise in future Flint & Steel Classifieds:

Ad size is a maximum of 1,000 characters and spaces per ad placed; deadline is the Wednesday before the first or third Tuesday in any given month. Member rates, effective Oct. 1, 2013, are $129 per ad placement per issue (or just $169 for two successive issues); members may add their logo for an additional $15. Non-member rates are $179 per ad per issue (or $239 for one ad in two successive issues). Members who purchase online job listings will receive a discount on Flint & Steel Classifieds. Submit your ad and make payment online.

A Single Spark

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 6:23 NIV)


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