In July 2018, the Episcopal Church will gather in Austin, Texas for General Convention.

General Convention is the governing body of the Church that meets every three years. The legislature is composed of deputies and bishops from each diocese, considering and voting on a wide range of important matters facing the Church. It’s an opportunity for all who are invested in the future of the Episcopal Church to come together with initiatives and prayers.

Episcopal Camps & Conference Centers will be there, representing you! Through our booth, the presentation of the Hero of Camping Ministry award, and Camp (or Center!) T-Shirt Day, this is an opportunity for the formative and essential camping and retreat ministries of the Episcopal Church to have a presence and a voice in front of the broader church.

Here are five essential ways you can participate: 

  • Sponsorship: Your center or program is invited to be a Featured Center or Spotlight Center at the ECCC booth for $750 or $1,500. Booth sponsorship ensures that your center/program will be prominently featured in the ECCC display, and highlighted in the materials being distributed. You are invited to send a vertical banner to the event to be displayed on one day as the Spotlight Center, as well as to distribute center-specific marketing materials and/or swag, and to be present at the booth. These opportunities are extremely limited (One Spotlight Sponsorship remains.). Become a booth sponsor.
  • Camp Day: On Monday, July 9, delegates, bishops, and attendees from around the Episcopal Church will represent their diocesan centers by wearing their camp/center t-shirts, hats, or other swag. This is always a powerful statement in support of our ministry. Make sure that your camp is represented! Be in touch with your bishop(s), diocesan staff, and diocesan delegates to send them your center's gear, and remind them to wear in on July 9. Find your diocesan delegates here.
  • Photos: Throughout General Convention, ECCC will display photos and videos that showcase the ministries and missions of our Episcopal camps and conference centers. The theme of our booth is with you on your journey. Send 3-5 compelling photos or a short video to Ashley. (Please put a caption on each photo, with your center's name and diocese indicated.)
  • Speak to Attendees: Please let us know if you will be at General Convention and able to help at the ECCC booth.
  • Update Your Listing: Review your center/program's Directory Listing here, and send Ashley any changes.

Here's a downloadable and shareable flyer about ECCC's presence at General Convention, and how you can participate.

We hope that every member program or center will contribute toward ECCC's presence at General Convention. All ECCC member centers and programs will be included in the booth display, listed in the ECCC Directory (handed out to booth visitors and made digitally available), and invited to submit pictures and videos to be shared at the booth. Please consider contributing as little as $100 to support ECCC's presence on your behalf at General Convention.

We look forward to representing your center and program in Austin! If you have questions about ECCC's presence at General Convention, please contact Ashley Graham-Wilcox, Director of Communications and Events.