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   Benefits of Camp
The camp experience enriches lives and changes the world.
 
Camp provides children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value.
 
Children are at less risk at camp where they have a sense of community, develop intergenerational relationships, and learn through first-hand experiences.
 
Camp Professionals have enormous power in conveying simple teachable moments.
 
Partner Associations

Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ

Johns River Valley Camp is owned by the Southern Conference. The camp serves as one of four outdoor ministry sites in the conference. Other sites include Black Lake Conference Center, Blowing Rock Conference Center, and Franklinton Center at Bricks.

United Church of Christ, Cleveland

The General Minister and president of the United Church of Christ, Rev. John Thomas, has initiated a program to encourage his staff to participate in camp as their schedules allow. The program (named after the street address of the national office at 700 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland) -- 700 Goes to camp -- has generated encounters between JRVC campers and a number of national staff, including John Thomas, Lorin Cope, and Alan Johnson.

Outdoor Ministry Association of the UCC

A national network of UCC outdoor ministry professionals are organized as an Outdoor Ministry Association to extend support, advocate camp throughout the denomination, work to raise standards, and give the camp a voice in other areas of the church (i.e. The Insurance Advisory Board).

American Camp Association

The American Camp Association (ACA) is a community of camp professionals and is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults through the camp experience. The ACA is committed to helping its members and all camps provide:
• Safe camp communities
• Caring, competent adult role models
• Healthy, developmentally-appropriate experiences
• Service to the community and the natural world
• Opportunities for leadership and personal growth
• Discovery, experiential education, and learning opportunities
• Excellence and continuous self-improvement

Camp Parents an American Camp Association Resource

CampParents.org is a comprehensive camp resource for families—offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families.

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