For Immediate Release
Name of Press Contact: Michael Gyura
Date: Friday, May 22, 2020
Worship Times and PCCCA Announce Online Summer Camp Portal
- Many Summer Camps will not open this summer season due to Covid-19.
- Online Summer Program Portal is available to any camp, conference center, or organization to use for online summer programming regardless of religious or secular affiliation.
- Secure portal for campers to connect virtually.
[Rochester, MN] – Worship Times today announced a partnership with the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association (PCCCA) to bring summer camps across the country online and into your home with a Virtual Camp Portal. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many camps and conference centers will be closed for the summer season. While quarantine may prevent overnight and in-person camps from functioning as they normally would, there is a way to bring the summer camp experience home.
“This is a challenging time, so we are excited to offer camps the Virtual Camp Portal for their summer programs. It gives them the ability to customize their own space on the website and to create programs for their campers. The camp can share their own videos or PDFs or choose something from the shared content library. We think this is a great way for these ministries to reach campers and their families this summer.” – Joel Winchip, Executive Director PCCCA
The portal brings a secure environment for content to be hosted, and for campers to interact. After sign up, a facility can customize the look and feel of their portal, choose a subdomain, and create summer programs. Programs can be anywhere from day camps, to week-long, to multi-week endeavors. Content can be live-streamed or pre-recorded videos, downloadable projects or pdfs, and can cover a variety of topics. Check out this example of a summer program set up for Camp Fun.
The summer camp season is a vital source of income for many camps and conference centers. The Camp Portal brings an opportunity for facilities to retain some income, while meeting the needs of campers.
“We know how important the summer camp season is for many smaller camps and conference centers, and just how meaningful the camp experience can be for kids, so we wanted to help create a way for summer camp to still happen during quarantine.” – Michael Gyura, founder of Worship Times
Do not feel limited by the words ‘summer camp’ or ‘Presbyterian.’ The portal can be used by anyone in need of a secure site for summer programming. Are you looking for ways to bring Vacation Bible School, Retreats, or Mission trips to your congregation? Do you run summer programs for scout groups, neighborhood parks, or community groups? The Camp Portal can work for you, too!
“Ten denominations have endorsed the Virtual Camp Portal for their camps. I am truly impressed by the ecumenical collaboration that is happening during this critical time in the history of our camps.” – Joel Winchip, Executive Director PCCCA
Worship Times is a full-service digital marketing and communication team that specializes in helping ministries of all sizes and denominations reach their people. During Covid-19 quarantine, we know how important it is to have the best tools at your disposal to stay connected. With over 1,000 partners and even more websites built, we can help you find the digital tools you need to lead your congregation through this uncertain time.