September News: Reflect 


News from South Carolina

On August 2, the state Supreme Court in South Carolina ruled that several properties must be returned to The Episcopal Church by the breakaway Diocese of South Carolina. St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center is among the properties that are set to return to The Episcopal Church.

More information is available here.


2017's Peter Bergstrom Leadership Award Presented

On January 16, 2017, we presented the second annual Peter Bergstrom Leadership Award, which recognizes a member of our community who has been a mentor and an advocate of the camping and retreat ministry.

Last year's recipient, Peter Bergstrom, presented this year's award, to someone who has always been actively available to support the organization and its members:

"Like Google, this person has been an open source of tips, insight and resources that come with 39+ years of experience."

Our award winner has been a mentor to many people in this organization at all job levels. This person has helped our organization develop a relationship with the American Camp Association and has personally been a sounding board to camps as they go through accreditation. Our award winner took their own camp from being in the red, with dropping attendance, to being ACA accredited, self-sustaining, and a point of pride for its diocese, along the way developing many innovative camp programs, always with same goal: help campers to build self esteem.

Join us in thanking Bill Tubbs, Executive Director at Camp Huston, for his years of caring, wise guidance and friendship.


Ashley Graham-Wilcox Named ECF Fellow

We are excited to share that, last week, Episcopal Church Foundation announced that Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers Director of Communications and Development, Ashley Graham-Wilcox, will be one of their 2017-2018 Fellows. An ECF fellowship "supports ministry leaders who have a passion for forming the next generation of leaders in the Episcopal Church," and is an opportunity to "demonstrate a Church that is actively engaged with the world." Ashley and ECCC's commitment to camp and retreat ministry are an ideal fit.

We know that Episcopal retreat sites and programs serve incredibly diverse audiences through summer camp, retreats, conferences, outdoor education, and teambuilding programs. We also know that this diversity -- socio-economically, racially, and identity-wise -- is largely not represented on staffs, particularly in senior leadership.
In line with ECCC's strategic plan, adopted in 2016, which challenges us to to look very intentionally at radical hospitality and at diversity, Ashley's project aims to: 
  1. Train, support, and encourage centers to offer programs that embrace economic, racial, and identity diversity;
  2. Expand resources for supporting diversity in hiring, training, and long-term staffing.
This will mean research, tools, best practices, and training resources for each and every one of our centers, camps, and programs. The complete project outline, as well as Ashley's personal statement that the committee considered are available here.

This is an exciting time for ECCC to be a part of the conversation about what leadership looks like in the Episcopal Church!

The Summer Update

ECCC regularly publishes and mails a hard-copy newsletter, which includes transition information, community announcements, and news about centers in the network. Check out the summer 2016 edition here