Upcoming Courses

Below is the schedule for upcoming face-to-face courses and the directed study in Site Administration. When classes are offered back-to-back, participants have the option of taking one or both courses.

March 1-4, 2020
Personnel and Leadership
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock, AR)

March 4-7, 2020
Development
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock, AR)

September 27-30, 2020
Nonprofit Business Management
Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI)

September 30 – October 3, 2020
Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value
Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI)

Directed Study
Site Administration


March 1-4

Personnel and Leadership

About the Course

The quality of leadership at all levels relates directly to the growth and sustainability of the organization. Purposeful leadership promotes staff retention, an effective board of directors, and well served campers and guests. This course will focus on the role of top leadership in the organization, how ones’ faith is played out through service and role modeling, and policies and procedures for staff, board, and volunteers.

By the end of the course, participants will:
• Be able to assess their leadership skills and draft a plan for growth
• Be able to critique personnel policies and procedures in their organization
• Be able to identify ways to live our Christian values in their setting

This course will be offered at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock, AR) and will be taught by Bill Bourdon of OMA-UCC (Albuquerque, NM) and Kim Carter of Camp Tanako (Hot Springs, AR).

About the Instructors

Bill BourdonBill Bourdon

Bill is the part time Executive Director for the Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ. For 15 years he was the Executive Director of the Blowing Rock Conference Center. Prior to that he served for 1 year as the Director of the University of Michigan’s Family Camp and for 23 years as the Administrator of Outdoor Ministries for the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ. Bill’s academic degrees are an MS in recreation administration and a BS in social work, both earned while engaged in full time camp ministry.

Kim Carter

Kim Carter is the Executive Director at Camp Tanako, a United Methodist outdoor ministry in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, she owned Children’s Developmental Services, Inc. while also working as a trainer for the Arkansas Department of Special Education, an ASU consultant, and guest faculty for UAMS Partnerships for Inclusive Communities. She has been involved in camping ministry for most of her life, and has served in the position at Tanako for seven years. Kim also serves on the national board of directors for the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition cost for this certificate course is $300.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members). The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($369) and double occupancy ($299). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch).

Transportation

We would like to have all of the participants arrive at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center by 5:00pm on Sunday. For those participants who will fly into the Clinton National Airport (LIT) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 4:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Wednesday or Saturday, we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:00pm. The cost for the round-trip shuttle is just $20 per person.

Registration

Registration for this course is not yet available.  Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about this class or the certificate program in general.


March 4-7

Development

About the Course

Strategic planning in the camp and retreat setting is built upon the concept of knowing where your camp and retreat ministry is today and then outlining the steps to move to a relevant and sustainable future. The Master Site Plan, and the Financial Development Plan are the road maps to the future.

This course will focus on best practices in Strategic Planning, using tools and techniques to assess where you are today and your future; The Master Plan, looking at design characteristics, the role of architects, planners, officials, and consultants; The Financial Development Plan, focusing on annual appeals, capital campaigns, consultants, development staff, and materials; Board and staff development, looking at roles and responsibilities in concert with the mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the role of a Strategic Plan in the life of an organization
  • Understand the steps needed to put together a Master Plan for an organization
  • Understand the role and importance of annual appeals and capital campaigns, financial stewardship, budgeting, reporting, cash flow management and the basics of attaining or sustaining 501(c)3 status
This course will be offered at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center (Little Rock, AR) and will be taught by Arthur Spriggs of South Carolina United Methodist Camps and Retreat Ministries (Greenville, SC) and Jason Gerdes of Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (Ashland, NE).

About the Instructors

Arthur SpriggsArthur Spriggs

Arthur is the Executive Director of South Carolina United Methodist Camps and Retreats Ministries for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. With more than 30 years of camping, nonprofit, pastoral, and development work, Arthur was a YMCA director for more than half of his career. After leaving the YMCA he served as the Executive Director for the Shelby County United Fund, located in Shelbyville, Indiana, while also serving as bi-vocational Pastor of Worship for Pleasant Heights Baptist church in Indianapolis, Indiana. While with the organization, he raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars annually, along with a host of grants and resources that supported as many as sixteen non-profit agencies. 

Jason Gerdes

Jason Gerdes serves as Executive Director for Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (NLOM). Prior to his current role, he served as Director of Development and has been in friend/fund-raising for 20 years. Being a former camper and a counselor helps him share the impact that outdoor ministry has on young people. Jason has been involved with ALDE since he began his career at NLOM and most recently served as the President of the Board of Directors for the organization.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition cost for this certificate course is $300.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members).  The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($369) and double occupancy ($299). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch).

Transportation

For those who are only registering for this class, we would like to have you arrive at Ferncliff by 5:00pm on Wednesday. For those participants who will fly into the Clinton National Airport (LIT) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 4:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Wednesday or Saturday, we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:00pm. The cost for the round-trip shuttle is just $20 per person.

Registration

Registration for this course is not yet available.  Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about this class or the certificate program in general.


September 27-30

Nonprofit Business Management

About the Course

Success for our camp and retreat ministries depends upon the use of sound business practices. Understanding and implementing these non-profit management practices can spell the difference between a thriving vibrant ministry and one that fails to meet its potential. This course will challenge students to adopt effective practices in such areas as communications, risk management, finances, and an administrative plan.

By the end of the course, participants will learn best practices in:

  • Budgeting, budget management, cost analysis, key financial reports, and financial sustainability
  • Facilities management and risk assessment
  • Operational management, policies, and procedures.

This course will be held at at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI) and will be taught by Dan Scheneman of Heartland Presbyterian Center (Parkville, MO) and Lauri SoJourner of Lake Logan Conference Center (Canton, NC).

About the Instructors

Dan SchenemanDan Scheneman

Dan has spent over twenty-nine years in camp and conference ministry at Heartland Presbyterian Center in Parkville, Missouri. Dan grew-up spending his summers at Heartland Center first as a camper and then as a camp counselor. In 1993, Dan started as the Program Director for Heartland and was promoted to Executive Director in 2001. Dan and his wife, Jennifer, have three wonderful kids that keep them very busy. Dan is a Presbyterian Elder, and served as the President of the PCCCA Board from 2008-2012. Dan enjoys visiting other camp and conference centers, family vacations, running, disc golf, and word games.

Lauri SoJournerLauri SoJourner

Since 2017, Lauri has served as the Executive Director of Lake Logan Conference Center, a 260-acre Episcopal center in North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Parkway. She previously served 10 years at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center (Aiken, SC). Lauri has served on the board of the Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. She earned her BA in English – Professional Communications and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Winthrop University. She earned her MA in Student Personnel Administration from Ball State University. Lauri lives on-site at Lake Logan with her husband, three of their six  children, and a small zoo of animals.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition cost for this certificate course is $300.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members). The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($345) and double occupancy ($300). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch).

Transportation

We would like to have all of the participants arrive at Pilgrim Center by 5:00pm on Sunday. For those participants who will fly into the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 3:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Wednesday or Saturday, we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:30pm. The cost for the round-trip airport shuttle is $25.00.

Registration

Registration for this course is not yet available.  Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about this class or the certificate program in general.


September 30 – October 3

Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value

About the Course

Do you know where your ministry is going? Can you clearly articulate for others who you are, and why you exist? Identification and implementation of mission, core values, and philosophy are central to all aspects of successful outdoor ministry: program, site management, hospitality, marketing, finances and more. Participants will delve into their organization’s mission and core values. This course involves organizational introspection and will engage with a wide variety of concepts, ideas and activities. Course work will challenge a new, or clearer perspective concerning mission, philosophy, vision and core values in your outdoor ministry.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be challenged to clearly understand mission, philosophy, vision and core values in their outdoor ministry.
  • Articulate their organization’s purpose.
  • Develop an elevator speech in order to share that purpose with constituency.

This course will be held at at Pilgrim Center (Ripon, WI) and will be taught by Randy Youngquist-Thurow of Agapé + Kure Beach Ministries (Fuquay-Varina, NC) and Cat Holbert of Lazy W Ranch Camp and Retreat Center (San Juan Capistrano, CA).

About the Instructors

Randy Youngquist-ThurowRandy Youngquist-Thurow has been in Outdoor Ministry in full-time positions for 35 years.  For the past 20 years, he has served as the Executive Director at Agapé + Kure Beach Ministries, Fuquay-Varina, NC.  Randy has been an ACA visitor since 1988.  He has served a variety of roles within Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM).  Randy has served as chair for the National Outdoor Ministry Conference in 2003 and as co-chair for the joint PCCCA/LOM Conferences in 2008 and 2013.  Randy enjoys hiking and sports of all kinds and is a big fan of NASCAR.  His wife, Mir, works at camp also as the Environmental Education Director.

Cat HolbertCat Holbert currently serves as the Director at Lazy W Ranch, a United Methodist Camp & Retreat Center in Southern California. She has over 21 years of camp experience, in a variety of roles. Cat serves on the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board and is an active member and visitor within the American Camp Association. She has her BS in Recreation and Parks Management from VCU and has completed coursework for Camp & Retreat Ministry certification through Drew University. Cat has a love and passion for experiential learning and education, she loves big dogs, canoeing, and trying new things.

About the Tuition, Lodging, and Meals

The tuition cost for this certificate course is $300.00 (with a $25.00 discount for PCCCA, OMA-UCC, UMCRM, and LOM members). The lodging/meals options are single occupancy ($350) and double occupancy ($300). This includes three nights in private bath bedroom accommodations (linens are provided) and all of your meals (Sunday dinner through Wednesday lunch).

Transportation

For those who are only registering for this class, we would like to have you arrive at Pilgrim Center by 5:00pm on Wednesday. For those participants who will fly into the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) on Sunday or Wednesday, there will be a shuttle leaving the airport at 3:30pm. Please plan your flights accordingly. If you are taking the shuttle back to the airport on Wednesday or Saturday, we ask that you schedule your departure no earlier than 3:00pm. The cost for the round-trip airport shuttle is $25.00.

Registration

Registration for this course is not yet available.  Please contact Joel Winchip at  joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232 if you should have any questions about this class or the certificate program in general.


Directed Study

Site Administration

About the Course

The Site Administration course is a self-directed study that will involve you visiting a camp and retreat center and interviewing their staff related to hospitality, food service, maintenance, and communications/registrations/office management. The portfolio piece will be a 5-7 page paper that pulls together what you learned from your visit. This paper is due one month after the visit is completed (no later than one month before your Capstone course, if this is your graduation year).

Prerequisites

Before you can request the directed study, participants must successfully complete the Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value course.

Requesting the Curriculum

The cost for the course is $100.00. When you submit payment, you will receive a digital copy of the curriculum by email. You can pay by check or credit card. If you have any questions about the Site Administration course and/or how to purchase it, please contact Joel Winchip at joel@pccca.net or 803.322.0232.