Telling Your Story | sharing your mission

As many of you know, I have changed my career track a bit in the past year.  I have gone from full-time work in Christian camp ministry to full-time work in a creative online endeavor…which is how this site has become so intricately connected to NellieBellie and Savvy Sites.  At times, this huge life transition […]

Faithfulness is enough for Today

As camp leaders, we are in the constant process of improving our capabilities and growing our skills.  We read magazines like this one and scour online articles hunting for more information that might help us to better organize our campsites and manage staff, volunteers, and donors.  We desire to constantly improve ourselves and better serve […]


Ah.  Christianese. Anyone with any kind of history in Christian circles knows without question what this unique language entails.  It includes words like “calling”, “discernment”, “spiritual disciplines”, and “contentment”.  The more intensive dialects of Christianese require in-depth knowledge of premillenialism, Armenian theology, Old Testament purity laws, and a wide range of Scriptural references to be […]

Ministry…or Business?

Business: A corporation engaged in commerce, manufacturing, or a service; profit-seeking enterprise or concern. Ministry: The act of serving. The distinction between ministry and business is certainly an important one.  If camping were just a business, the main concern would be making a profit.  Attention would be given to serving our campers only inasmuch as that […]

How to Talk About your Campsite

Camping is a unique enterprise, and it can be quite difficult to share with others what exactly your camp is about and why it is special.  But your ability to speak carefully and well about your job and your campsite has a great impact on your campsite’s well-being.  To help you accomplish this important task, […]

Using Your Mission Statement

Generally, when the topic of mission statements come up, the focus is on how to write them.  Articles and workshops are everywhere answering that question.  There’s even an earlier article on this website addressing particulars of that.  But a more significant question, and the one campsites should be asking is: What do we do with […]

Why Dodgeball Doesn’t Belong at Camp…

Dodgeball is a game found at camps, schools, and churches everywhere.  It is pulled out on rainy days, for large groups, and whenever programming staff can’t think of anything better.  It is a game that almost everyone knows how to play, so it is an easy and convenient option. But dodgeball has almost no redeeming […]

Clarifying your camp’s Purpose

Every campsite is unique.  Each camp has a special setting, specific resources, and individualized programming uniquely suited to their campsite. This means that each camp should have a unique camp purpose. But if you look at the mission statements, vision statements, and purpose statements for Christian campsites across the United States, you will see very […]

How to: Write your Mission Statement

Writing a mission statement is about articulating your purpose well (look at the article Clarifying Your  Camp’s Purpose).  Mission statements are generally created by a group around a conference table, so here are some tips for making that experience a better one and getting to a statement that is right for your organization. Tips: Start […]