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The following programs are sponsored or endorsed by the Outdoor Ministries Association.

Program Connection
January 21-26, 2018
Program Connection is the annual gathering of program-minded people from camps and conference centers across the continent. The 2018 event will be held at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI). We invite all Program Directors, Summer Camp Directors, Program Staff and anyone who has an interest in programming in the Christian camp and conference context to attend. Come share the great ideas your site has successfully implemented, as well as learn from other camps and conference centers. The schedule will include time for sharing, discussion, hands-on activities, workshops, and plenty of fellowship time! Discussion topics are decided by participants at the start of the event, so sessions are aimed at what you need to learn or what you want to share. Come prepared to learn, to share, and to have fun! Please check out the program brochure to learn more about this event (and register).

Maintenance Connection
February 5-9, 2018
Are 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). 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. Our time together will feature opportunities for fellowship, worship, visits to other sites, and learning from professionals and each other. You can learn more about this program (and register) by checking out the event brochure.

Compass Points :: Personnel and Leadership
February 25-28, 2018
The focus of this class is Christian leadership, which is key to effective camp and conference ministry. Participants will explore staffing models that achieve both programmatic and mission goals. An introduction into human resource issues and staff development will be covered. This course will be offered at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY) and will be taught by Bill Bourdon and Susan Troutman. You can learn more about this program (and register) by going to

Compass Points :: Development
February 28 - March 3, 2018

The class will examine multiple aspects of development in the camp and conference setting. Learners will explore fund development as well as staff, volunteer, and board development. The class will conclude with study of a site, master, and strategic development plan. This course will be offered at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center (Holmes, NY) and will be taught by Scott Henderson and Arthur Spriggs. You can learn about this Compass Points program (and register) by going to