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

Compass Points :: Biblical and Theological Foundations
October 15-18, 2017
This certification course will explore biblical foundations, methods of interpretation and resources for scriptural study within the unique context of camp and conference ministry. Participants will be introduced to the basics of theology, an overview of historical creeds, and how theology shapes the practice of ministry in our camp and conference centers. This course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Mardee Rightmyer and Richard Floyd. You can learn more about this program (and register) by going to

Compass Points :: Program Design and Implementation
October 18-21, 2017

Course content will include an overview of human growth and developmental in relation to Christian education. Learners will encounter a variety of models of teaching, as well as methods of curriculum and program development, interpretation, implementation, and evaluation in a camp and conference setting. Participants will explore camp, conference and retreat models and how they are an extension of a ministry’s mission statement. The course will be held at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and will be taught by seminary faculty, Dr. Kathy Dawson and Joel Winchip. You can learn about this Compass Points program (and register) by going to

Consult XXI
November 6-10, 2017
Silver Lake Conference Center (Sharon, CT) will be the host for Consult XXI which will be held on November 6-10. This is the bi-annual gathering of camp and conference center leaders and supporters, of the UCC and eccumenical friends. We are thrilled that the President and General Minister of the UCC, Rev. John C. Dorhauer, will be joining us for this event. We will explore what it means to “Be Not Afraid for I am With You”, when the “I” is God, Jesus, self, and partners we may work with at camp. Please go to the Consult XXI page to learn more about this event and register.

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! The brochure for this event is not yet available, but you can contact Laura Pine at if you have any questions.