CHICAGO, June 9, 2016 – The Center for Faith and Service (“The Center”), based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, announced today the 2016 list of Summer Camps that Change the World. Summer Camps that Change the World is published annually, and features both faith-based and secular camps from around the country.
“Summer camps have a defining place in our culture," says Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Service. “Summer Camps that Change the World seeks to lift up, celebrate, and support these transformative institutions. The 2016 list includes camps that embody the joy, hope and power of the summer camp experience.”
The complete list of Summer Camps that Change the World, Class of 2016 can be found on The Center’s website at www.faith3.org/summer-camp/.
In an effort to recognize the often unsung impact and leadership of camp counselors, this year, The Center has opened nominations for the National Camp Counselor Award. The award will recognize the achievements and impact of summer camp counselors from around the country. Recipients of the award will be announced in Fall 2016. Nominations can be submitted at www.faith3.org/camp-counselor-highlight/.
“There are few places in our society where conversations around spiritual exploration and faith formation can happen in such deep, meaningful and lasting ways,” says Meisel. “The camp experience invites young people to discover and begin to define the spiritual side of themselves. In my own experience, it was the encounter with role models – camp counselors who were often only a few years older than I – that provided a footprint for how I wanted to live my life into adulthood.”
The Center has also released “Camp Cards,” a new resource for directors, counselors and campers alike to explore questions related to personal growth and community building at camp. Camp Cards, which includes questions about self, community, environment and faith, was developed in collaboration with Grace Hack, a current counselor at Shwayder Camp. The cards, as well as other resources developed by The Center, can be found at www.faith3.org/resources/.
With today’s announcement, The Center opens nominations for Summer Camps that Change the World Class of 2017. To nominate a camp, visit www.faith3.org/2017-nominate-a-camp/.
About the Center for Faith and Service:
The Center (www.faith3.org) is a think thank, convener and platform for ideas, programs and conversations around the connection and integration of faith and service. Based out of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, the Center partners with seminaries, summer camps, colleges, youth corps, denominations and local congregations to create programs and resources that help young people connect their passions for service and justice with their faith.