Sarah Athearn

Books on Camping Ministry


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Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice by Ashley Denton

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Adventure Ministry Leadership by Sean H. Gartland

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Youth Ministry Camping by Bob Cagle

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Life-Changing Camps and Retreats by Bo Boshers

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A Handbook for Great Camps and Retreats by Chap Clark

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God of Adventure by Bruce Dunning

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AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership by Alex Kosseff

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The Christian Camp Leader by Jim Badke

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The Christian Camp Counselor: Becoming a Counselor After God's Own Heart by Jim Badke

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Outdoor Program Administration by Geoff Harrison

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The Retreat Leader's Manual: A Complete Guide to Organizing Meaningful Christian Retreats by Nancy Ferguson & Kevin Witt

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Camp Counseling: Leadership and Programming for the Organized Camp by Joel F. Meier and Karla A. Henderson

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Camps, Retreats, Missions, and Service Ideas for Youth Groups by Youth Specialties

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Christian Camping Today by Lloyd Mattson

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Stewardship of Creation: Guide for Older Youth (Resources for Outdoor Ministry) by Alice Martin-Adkins

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Lifestyles of Faithfulness: Resources for Outdoor Ministry by Carol McCollough

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Resources for Outdoor Retreats: Journey into Nature, Journey Into the Heart by Bob Grgic

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God Is In Our Midst: Leaders Guide - Older Youth (Resources for Outdoor Ministry) by Susheela Suess

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Retreat Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens by Marilyn Kielbasa

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Youth Ministry and Wilderness Camping by Erik C. Madsen

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Ministry Through Camping by Robert P. Raus

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Come, Follow Me: Leader's Guide for Adult and Intergenerational Camping (Resources for Outdoor Ministry) by Roger W. Price

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Be ALL You Could Be... Restoring Hope and Creating Vision for the Stunted Christian Camp! by Earl Taylor

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Creative Counseling for Christian Camps by Joe Mackay

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The Camp Counselor: A Guidepost to Better Christian Camping by Lloyd D. Mattson


Journal Articles on Camping Ministry

5 Values of Christian Camping by Dr. George "Bud' Williams

Theological Perspectives on the Temporary Community/Christian Camping and the Church by Dr. George "Bud" Williams

Objectives of Christian Camping by The National Association of Christian Camps

A Time of Challenge, Reflection, and Growth by Jim Mitchell

I Believe in Camping by Fred V. Rogers

Do You Really Know Your Campers? by Mary W. Conklin

Things to Remember by Dick Robey

How Outdoor Ministries Serve the Church by Dale Goodman

Building a Proper Camp Staff by Warren Wilcox

Imaginative use of the Camp Site by James H. Sikes

Love That Camper by The National Association of Christian Camps

Food Programming for Summer Camp by Leonard B. Day

Time and Energy Management in the Camp Kitchen by Connie Herndon

Organization and Functions of Board of Directors by Don Fair

The Organization and Function of the Camp Board by Monroe Hawley

The Impact of Counselor Training on New and Returning Camp Counselors by Jamie Baldwin, Mat D. Duerden and Peter A. Witt

The Development of Leadership Among Counselors-in-Training by David I. Katz

Training Counselors to be Role Models: The Basics and Beyond by Ethan Schafer

Training Your Staff to Manage the Challenges of Adolescence by Ethan D. Schafer

Effective Staff Recruitment and Retention by Daryll Rothman

What Do You Do the Rest of the Year? Camp Director Has Become a Year-Round Job by Tom Madeyski

Creating a Healthy Camp Community by Nancy S. McMillan

In the Trenches: A Key Set of Skills for Counselors by Bob Ditter

Making the Most of Year Round Training by Carol Hanover

Facilitating the Art of Friendship by Gwynn Powell

Avoiding Staff Surprises by Charles R. Gregg and Catherine Hansen-Stamp

Websites on Camping Ministry

Christian Camp and Conference Association

Christian Camping International

Association of Adventist Camp Professionals

Mount Hermon Christian Camp and Conference Center

Hume Lake Christian Camps

Forest Home Christian Camps

Kanakuk Kamps

HoneyRock Camps (Wheaton College)

High Sierra Camp

Thousand Pines Christian Camps

Kidder Creek Christian Camps

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camps

4 Ways to Make Camp a Milestone, Not Just a Mountaintop

Inside Out - Christian Resources for Outdoor Ministries

Christian Camp Pro

Youth Worker - Christian Youth Camps

Ultimate Camp Resource

Camp Sight

Christian Outdoorsman

25 Most Amazing Christian Summer Camps

Benefits of Camp

The Importance of Camp

Tips for Programming Effective Youth Camps

Tips for Building Your Church's Camping Ministry

Tips for Camp Leaders Working With Youth