The Power of Camp

Posted by Christine Szekeres in Director's Blog on February 4, 2014

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It goes without saying that I love camp. I fondly remember being shipped off to church camp for 3 weeks each summer. I remember running free those weeks, not missing home one bit, and having the time of my life. What I didn’t realize back then was that camp played an important role in the development of my confidence and independence. When I was a kid (back in the 70’s and 80’s) indoor play was reserved for only the coldest of days so parents didn’t face the same challenges parents face today.

CCCA’s campaign, The Power of Camp, is all about educating parents on the challenges kids face in this fast-paced, technology-crazed world. The below infographic, courtesy of CCCA, lays out these challenges and shows the role that summer camp plays in helping kids thrive and unplug.


SAMBICA is a proud member of the CCCA. Even if you don’t send your child to SAMBICA this summer, we hope you send them to one of the many excellent CCCA camps. Families can search for camps on their site.

CCCA National Conference WOW’s

Posted by Christine Szekeres in Director's Blog on December 19, 2013

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Last week, I was blessed to attend the 2013 Christian Camp Conference Association (CCCA) National Conference held in the beautiful Colorado Springs. We stayed at the magnificent Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. As a former employee of Walt Disney World, guest service and WOW factors are very important to me. Upon arrival, I was blown away with the bellman service and a room that was no doubt bigger than my own house! The resort and staff NEVER ceased to impress and exceed my expectations. As the new Event Planner at SAMBICA, I was reminded that the simplest details and ideas are what bring the biggest smiles to our guests.

Each day was jammed packed with various sessions and workshops. I definitely scored with the ones I chose to attend.

Hospitality Training Session: We toured the Broadmoor facility while learning loads of information and fun facts. After the tour we discussed surprises the resort provided and affirmations of what our locations already accomplish.

72 and a Half Ways to Double Your Sales: I don’t think I have ever written 72 bullet points in such a short amount of time! The ideas were simple, quick changes and additions that statistically increase sales drastically.

Maximizing Alumni (Programs & Capital Campaign Involvement): WOW! I know envy is one of the seven deadly sins, but boy was I envious of the presenter’s success with alumni. Granted, she has been working exclusively on her camp’s alumni program for eight years, but a girl can dream can’t she?

Being the “newbie” on the job, I did a lot of what most would call “brown nosing” but what I call “networking.” I was able to make connections with previous employees of SAMBICA, professionals in all areas, executive directors in Jamaica (future mission trip?), and celebrities, including Miss Canada!

Our last evening was such a treat! We were able to have dinner and watch various performances at the Olympic Training Center. Meeting athletes with dreams and ability to compete all over the world was very inspirational. Towards the end, I was able to slap on some boxing gloves and go a few rounds with Queen Underwood, the first lightweight boxing female to represent USA in the 2012 Olympics.


Although the conference was only 3 and a half days, the amount of speakers, workshops, and activities was incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed being a photographer for the conference to help capture “A Day in the Life of a Conference Participant.” Ever since I arrived back home, I have been busy emailing and connecting with various camps and new friends. Already, I am planning on paying my way to the next year’s conference. From 3 degree weather to the Sunshine state, Orlando will be the destination in 2014!

Written by Ashley “Schrute” Nicholson

Ministries Director Joins Team

Posted by admin in Director's Blog on June 19, 2013

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We are pleased to announce the arrival of the camps new Director of Youth Ministries, Matt Woll. Matt’s experience is in maximizing scalable ministry leadership systems, and is joining the team to help develop the camp’s 12-month youth ministry and internship programs. Prior to SAMBICA, Matt served as Executive Pastor at SouthLake Church in South Portland Oregon, served for 4 years on the executive leadership team at EastLake Community Church in greater Seattle, WA (seeing the church grow from 1,000 to 5,000 attenders during his time there).

Prior to working in vocational ministry, Matt spent 6 years as a touring and studio musician, earning a gold record for his work with BEC Recording Artist Jeremy Camp. Matt has also served as modern music director at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, and as youth and music director at Christ the King Community Church in Bellingham, WA.

He’s been married to his wife Wendy for 16 years, and loves music, movies, and playing/coaching sports with his two kids Cooper (10), and Ava (7). We are thrilled to have Matt join the team as we continue to focus on inspiring youth to a relationship with Jesus Christ … or as my friend called it; the Jesus rescue mission.

Inspiring youth to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Posted by admin in Director's Blog on May 23, 2013

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The other day we were hosting a group of 6th graders at the camp and I met some of the moms who were here to chaperone the trip. As I was talking to the ladies one of them shared how she had been a camper at SAMBICA in the 7th grade.

Her story was how she was curious about GOD and almost as a test to see if HE really was “real” she prayed a prayer. She had found out another girl from her school was also signed up for SAMBICA during the same week and this girl was someone she was not particularly excited about getting to know.

GOD does know best and sure enough she and this girl from school ended up in the same cabin. The exciting part of the story was both found GOD that week at SAMBICA and she shared “we actually found out the two of us had a number of things in common”.

My favorite part of her story was what she shared changed her life forever. “Our Junior Counselor was from Bellevue High and after camp she stayed involved in our lives, coming to games, writing to us, and getting together occasionally to answer questions we had about continuing to grow our relationship with GOD.” She shared this set a path she has continued on to this day as she now invests in the lives of her own children and other young people.

I so appreciated her story because it captures what SAMBICA is all about to the youth in this community: “A Light on the Lake”.

We hope you like the new website and are so looking forward to providing your children and teenagers the best summer ever!!

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