As youth are increasingly drawn to screen-based leisure activities, a significant part of their development... Read more...
When more American teens are suffering from severe anxiety than ever before, parents, teachers and therapists have Read more...
College student and camp counselor Clay Webb says, "Working at a summer camp has just as many benefits as working a 'real' 9-to-5 summer job." Developing Read more...
Inspired by his daughters’ camp experiences, Ed Stetzer wrote “Why Girls Need Camp,” published on Christianity Today’s site. When 78 percent of girls 17 and under report Read more...
Did you know 75 percent of youth in the U.K. spend less time outside than prison inmates? Out of 2,000 parents surveyed, a study found 20 percent Read more...
When a group of adults spent time in the wilderness without media, they experienced greater creativity and Read more...
CCCA made its third consecutive appearance on national TV to share The Power of Camp with America. Fox and Friends featured...
Join us by sharing the social media graphics and stories from The Power of Camp. Read more...
Need some ideas to beat cabin fever this winter? Read more...
A study found when cyclists pedaled in front of green images they had less mood disturbances and reported lower levels of exertion during their workout. The color green as seen in natural environments Read more...
Dr. Kara Powell makes it a priority to ask her kids this one faith question: “When do you feel closest to God?” Of her three kids, each one has a different answer. This short read has three tips for going deeper with your children and your own faith. Read more...
A recent study reports individuals who spent 30 minutes a week outside were more likely to experience better health. Read more...
How will you spend your summer days? Active Kids Club has a list of fun-filled activities like growing and harvesting your own herbal tea, digging for... Read More
Want some play ideas, conversation starters and new ways to explore creation with your kids? Read more...
Studies show our brains are actually altered after watching hours of television including a drop in IQ and a decrease in verbal reasoning ability. Read more...
Barna partnered with the American Bible Society to interview more than 14,000 American adults about the “State of the Bible.” Research conducted over six years shows three major changes among Americans’ perceptions of the Bible. Read more...
Want some strategies to get more time outside? Here are some quick ideas.
Lessons learned during a camp experience can strongly contribute to a better transition into campus life. “‘On top of forging friendships for a lifetime, camp taught me how to be away from my parents, interact with complete strangers and become independent,’" Benjamin Eidelberg says in this NBC News article.
Camp, according to Washington Post writer Laura Clydesdale, gives kids a competitive advantage in life. Read about the benefits here.
As a White House priority, Fresh Tracks is an initiative connecting youth from Los Angeles and Arctic Circle communities to explore “each other's cultures and the outdoors.” More...
In the study “Going Camping” research shows how time spent in nature relates to personality types... Read more
Students and faculty from North Park University attended the annual writing and hiking retreat hosted at CCCA member Covenant Point Bible Camp in northern Michigan. The group spent a long weekend ... Read more.
While we may have plans for our lives, God can set us on a different path—one we might have never expected. The course of one man’s life was changed one summer in Northern Michigan at Lake Ann Camp. “It just kind of hit me right where I was that the Lord had bigger plans for ... Read more.
Increasing time spent outside can help prevent short-sightedness in young children, according to the Children & Nature network. This article provides ideas for planning quality time outdoors, to help slow the rise of vision problems related to spending too much time in front of screens.
It’s a common phrase in Christian camping: "the mountaintop experience." Many of those moments regularly happen on the properties where you serve. Yet walking with God won't always be like that. For believers, as Relevant writer, Lucy Worley, says, "The sign of authentic relationship with God is that it allows itself to change over time." Read the article here.
CCCA President/CEO Gregg Hunter recently helped his brothers sort through decades of their parents' documents, treasures and junk as their parents prepared for a move to an assisted living facility. In a new blog post, Gregg reflects on the questions the experience brought to the surface about what he himself will leave behind someday and challenges all of us to consider what we want our own legacies to be. Read the post here.
The New York Times article "Stop Googling. Let's Talk." explores research on the toll our always-connected, never-fully-present way of life is taking on relationships and empathy. Read the article for an in-depth look at the problem, and to learn why camp may be part of the solution.
Youth worker Mark Oestreicher describes the big faith decisions teens sometimes make at camp as "Ebenezers." Find out what in the world that means, and why he thinks camps and retreats play an important role in the faith formation journey of young people today, in this blog post.
While 35 percent of millennials do not identify with any religion, new research from Barna Group suggests "the light of the millennial Christian is shining actually brighter than that of Boomer or Gen X Chrisitans," according to Barna President David Kinnaman. Find out why in this Relevant magazine article.