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Executive Director Steve Collins reflects on life at Camp and how the ministry makes an impact through Summer Camp, Weekend Retreats, Outdoor Environmental Education, and Challenge Course programs.

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Stronger Together


We’re stronger when we work together. In Ecclesiastes 4:12, the kingdom of God is compared to a rope, not a chain. With a chain, if the weakest link breaks, it renders the other links useless. But with a three-strand rope, each cord is entwined with the others, making every piece stronger than it could ever be alone. When we as believers work together in our various ministries, callings, and professions, we make each other more effective.

This is why my wife Jen and I are actively involved with Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA). We volunteer countless hours planning and carrying out conferences for Christian camp professionals every year. We do this because we want to help other Christian camps be as successful and effective as they can be. In turn, we also receive support from other CCCA member camps. Last month a team of volunteers from Ridgecrest Conference Center spent several days here painting the interior of gym, game room, and chapel room in the Joy Center. A week later, we posted on Facebook that we were in need of washing machines for our laundry facility. The director at Valley Haven Camp saw the post and contacted me to donate two washers to us. Thanks to the help we received from these other camps, we are better positioned to minister to the needs of our campers this summer. In CCCA, we don’t compete against each other, but we support, encourage, and bless one another. We make each other stronger.

Our supporters and volunteers make us stronger too. These people enables us to accomplish the impossible every year—to offer summer camp to children in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Apart from the countless volunteer hours and donations we receive, this could never happen. Each individual is a vital part of the rope that makes South Mountain Christian Camp effective for the kingdom of God.

If you would like to partner with us as a volunteer, please fill out an application HERE. If you are interested in being a financial supporter, you can easily do so through the DONATE button below.

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