CAN YOU REALLY RUN A QUALITY CAMPING PROGRAM FOR JUST $5?
Yes! In most countries CCI works, the cost of living is much lower than it is in the developed world. For this reason things like food and camp materials are much cheaper which contributes to very low program costs.
In addition CCI does not invest large amounts of money in buildings and other capital projects. CCI strives to minimizes these costs which often lead to substantial, ongoing operating and administrative costs. We believe these programs are best run out of existing facilities (such as schools, community centres and churches) which are familiar to the children and are often vacant at the time of the camping season. Because of these vacancies these facilities are also available for a minimal cost and in most cases are free.
HOW IS MY DONATION USED? We feel a great deal of urgency at CCI to reach the world with a message of hope while doors are open. For this reason our core objectives include pursuing a high level of efficiency and minimizing administrative costs.
HOW DOES CCI SUPPORT SELF SUFFICIENCY IN THE COUNTRIES WE WORK IN?
We believe it is important that these programs “belong” to the local church. When a church takes ownership of these programs we see the effects are positive and long lasting. CCI values indigenous leadership (all programs are led by national leaders) and encourages local financial contribution. Many countries contribute a significant portion of the programs costs (some countries as much as 100% of program costs are funded from within that country.) Churches that initially are unable to contribute financially toward the cost of these programs often are able to contribute within a short period of time (1-5 years) because of the sustainable church growth that results from these programs.
About the Camps
WHAT IS THE CHURCH’S INVOLVEMENT IN RUNNING A CAMP?
The church is responsible for:
1. Recruiting campers from within their community – Campers are typically recruited from within a small radius of the church that hosts the camp. This makes the follow up effort easier for the churches that host camping programs. Churches typically recruit between 20-100 campers per week.
2. Recruiting staff from within their church – CCI feels it is important that all church members contribute to the ministry of the church – including youth. In many cases youth have been overlooked to contribute in a significant way. Camping programs like these are a perfect opportunity for youth to take leadership roles and contribute in a significant way to the ministry of their church.
3. Hosting the camp program – When the camp is running CCI has little involvement in the program itself. The church is responsible for the day to day details of the camping program.
4. Follow up – Weekly follow up programs are a critical part of CCI programs. The local church is responsible for maintaining this important relationship with the campers they reach out to.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK OF CAMP LOOK LIKE FOR CHILDREN IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD?
From country to country programs may look slightly different. However, in each country these camping programs will be a balance of recreational times (which give camp leaders the opportunity to build solid relationships with their campers) and teaching times (where campers learn about the hope that can be found in a relationship with Christ.)
ARE THESE CHILDREN FED AT CAMP?
Yes! We believe it is important to offer nourishing meals and snacks at our camping programs.
HOW DOES CCI FOLLOW-UP SO MANY CAMPERS ON A WEEKLY BASIS?
CCI partners with indigenous churches who are committed to the task of following up each and every camper. In fact, it has been exciting to witness these churches using these follow up programs to reach even more children in their community.
About the Churches
DO THESE CHURCHES FACE PERSECUTION?
While the doors for this ministry have been wide open we have seen concerning opposition to many of these churches who faithfully reach out to children and their families. We believe that there is great urgency in our task and encourage everyone to consider how they could partner with indigenous churches who are effective in reaching their communities.