Christian Camping Association Kicks off Campaign to Give Camp Experience to Underprivileged Kids
Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 1, 2012) – The Christian Camp and Conference Association launched an effort this week to send underprivileged kids to camp for a week, regardless of their ability to pay. “Corners of the Field” is a national initiative to raise campership dollars and to help local camps across the U.S. give kids the best week of their lives in the beautiful setting of a camp.
"Imagine the impact if any kid, anywhere could go to camp regardless of their ability to pay. Imagine if kids struggling with their identity, longing to be loved, faced with huge peer pressure or thoughts of self-injury could experience in a beautiful place the love of a God who has a plan for their lives," said Gregg Hunter, CCCA CEO and President.
In conjunction with a national awareness building effort called "The Power of Camp", CCCA is educating parents and the public about the need for camp and the unique benefits children receive from a week away at camp.
* On average, kids spend 3.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents each week. (www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html )
* Kids 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. (www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/problem.html)
* Children play outside an average of four minutes a day. (www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/8010.pdf)
* Approximately six million people attend a CCCA member camp each year. There are more than 850 member camps in some of the most beautiful settings in North America—places where caring adults invest in the lives of kids and their families. A safe place to explore, make friends and ask some of life’s most important questions while also enjoying the environment and moments of quietness. Camp provides high adventure like ropes courses, water sports, horseback riding and other activities that help build self-esteem and confidence.
For more information about Christian Camp and Conference Association, go to www.ccca.org.
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