Camp Ministry

Bachelor of Science | 120 Credits


Every year in the United States the lives of 9 million children and adults are impacted through more than 12,000 camping and retreat ministries hosted by organized camps, local churches, colleges, agencies, and mission boards. Camp ministry programs are key components of mission outreach strategies around the world. Mastering the competencies for using camping and recreation programs to impact the lives of people will prepare students to play a valuable role in the global mission of the church.

Camp Ministry (B.S.)

Every year in the United States the lives of 9 million children and adults are impacted through more than 12,000 camping and retreat ministries hosted by organized camps, local churches, colleges, agencies, and mission boards. In addition, almost every church and school integrates experience-based learning principles into their core curriculum whether it be at youth meetings, VBS, AWANA, Sunday school, cell groups, missions trips, or work trips.

Camping and recreation programs are becoming key components of mission outreach strategies around the world. Mastery of the skills and competencies surrounding the use of camping and recreation programs for impacting the lives of people will prepare students to play a valuable role in the mission of the global church.

Mentored Internships

Since 1998, we have worked with students serving in internships at several amazing camps, like:

“Through one-on-one mentoring, I was challenged to grow and pushed further than I thought I could go. My mentor coached me through real-life conflicts… Hands-on education allowed me to live and breathe Christian camping in a way I would never have known in the classroom.”

-Emily (Camp Ministry)

Program Goals

Upon completion of this program, students will minister effectively within a camp ministry environment as demonstrated by the following competencies:

  • Actively shepherd individuals toward God, helping them grow in faith and mobilizing them as productive Christ-followers.
  • Create programming that is driven by a clear sense of mission and purpose.
  • Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing and mending teams for maximum effectiveness.
  • Understand structural models for governance of non-profit organizations and how they shape and empower practical ministry.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of financial stewardship, including basic budgetary principles and procedures for non-profit organizations.
  • Apply a working knowledge of legal issues and loss control strategies to the delivery of ministry organizations and their programming.
  • Understand the history, philosophies and current trends within the outdoor education and organized camping movement.
  • Effectively use impact ministry environments and dynamics, as tools for introducing others to a growing, intimate relationship with their God.
  • Apply current experience based learning theories, models, and tools.
  • Understand the program development cycle endemic to typical camping environments, from assessment and design to implementation and evaluation.
  • Apply principles necessary to move participants towards growth in the context of short-term impact ministry environments.

Courses of Study

  • Professional Ministry Core (18 credits)

    • Dynamics of Discipleship

    • Principles of Ministry Strategy

    • Developing Dynamic Teams

    • Governance & Admin of Nonprofit Orgs

    • Financial Mgmt of Nonprofit Orgs

    • Risk Management of Nonprofit Orgs

  • Camp Ministry Focus (15 credits)

    • Foundations of Camping & Outdoor Ed

    • Intro to Impact Ministry Leadership

    • Foundations of Experience-Based Learning

    • Recreational Programming

    • Counseling in Active Learning Env

“I loved getting to earn course credit at Skyview Ranch! I am a hands-on learning type of person and feel like I gained more knowledge by actually living it rather than reading it out of a textbook. I learned through stories and experience how to make tough business decisions when peoples jobs are on the line, and how to manage people by practice and guidance rather than by a lecture. One-on-one mentorship, I believe, is truly one of the most important aspects of learning so you have someone to challenge you whatever level you’re at, and to hold you accountable. It was one of the best experiences of my educational career.”

-Kendra (Camp Ministry)

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