CCI Worldwide and all of its different national branches is all about building connections in camping ministry. It is so important to form community, and in this age, we can even form communities that spread across the world!
During this past month, we were so happy to host an awesome group of camp directors and administrators from Australia and New Zealand on a tour of a bunch of our member camps. The group, which started in Ontario, toured a ton of camps across Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.
In all, the response to the tour was great. It was a great time of networking and learning new things for everyone. CCNZ’s Director, Jenni Davies, shared with us that she felt the camp directors from down under were very encouraged by their visit. They loved seeing our passion for camping ministry and desire to built cross-cultural relationships. In Jenni’s words, the tour really highlighted the intention of camping ministry and created spaces for communities to happen.
Beyond touring camps, the group was able to witness some of Canada’s most stunning places: Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise, to name a few. They were excited to see wildlife like moose, elk and even a bear on the side of the highway!
One of the best lessons the group took away from the tour was that camp isn’t about activities, buildings or food. It’s about developing great staff with a passion for kids and for camping ministry. Camp is always an amazing time for kids, whether or not you’ve got a pool or horses or seventy-foot zip lines (although those things are all fun, too)! All they need is to have great staff who are committed to their safety and well-being, who can provide a positive environment in which the kids can grow.
We’ll have more to tell you about the tour as we get more feedback from the incredible group of Aussies and Kiwis, and we hope to be able to tell you lots more about the individual camps they visited, as well. Stay tuned!