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Christian Camping International Records

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Constitution/By-Laws/Organizational Structure

Executive Director Files

International Operations

International Divisions

Financial Records

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Christian Camping International Records, 1955-1996 | College Archives & Special Collections

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Christian Camping International Records, 1955-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1958-1986

ID: SC/055

Primary Creator: Christian Camping International (1950-)

Extent: 62.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1993

Subjects: Camping - Australia., Camping - Brazil., Camping - Canada., Camping - Congresses., Camping - Europe., Camping - Japan., Camping - Korea., Camping - Latin America., Camping - New Zealand., Camping - Philippines., Camping - Religious aspects., Camping - Societies, etc., Camping - South Africa., Camping - Standards., Camping - Taiwan., Camping - United Kingdom., Camping - United States., Christian Camping International., Church camps., Church conference centers, Religious camps

Forms of Material: Annual Reports, Correspondence, Financial Records, Legal Documents, Minutes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of Christian Camping International provide a good overview of the administrative workings of the organization in its first forty years. The legal and organizational structure are documented in the first series.

  Correspondence and reports for CCI’s two earliest executive directors are housed in the collection providing highlights of the organization’s leadership.

The International Operations series provides a look into the growth of CCI into an international organization. This series contains general files, minutes, correspondence and conference and convention materials.

One of the largest portions of the collection documents the international divisions. Roughly four linear feet of files contain files on divisions in the global south (e.g. Australia, Brazil, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Philippines and Southern Africa). The US division is also documented in one linear foot.

The publications of CCI are also documented in the collection measuring nearly three linear feet.

Two latter accessions, though exhibiting files from various series, were retained as a single series: Topical and Vincent Craven files. The Topical files are evenly split between correspondence and reports on finances or meetings. The Craven files contain correspondence with a wide-range of international divisions.

Biographical Note

Christian Camping International (CCI) traces it beginnings to a meeting of 13 camp/conference center directors at Mount Hermon Conference Center in California in November 1950. They were called together by Dr. Fulton Lytle, Dr. Walter Warkentin and Graham Tinning to discuss mutual concerns for Christ-centered camping. Because of increased interest, in 1951 at Hume Lake, California, Western Conference and Camp Association (WCCA) was formed.

The Western Conference and Camp Association grew to be the largest association, even producing a bi-monthly magazine, Camp Life, with a circulation of 5,000, and an annual yearbook. WCCA's membership rolls included camps in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Latin America.

At the same time, other groups of camp leaders were forming across the U.S. and Canada, the oldest being the Association of Bible Conferences and Camps (ABCC), initiated by Gordon Purdy. Purdy, director of Park-of-the-Palms in Florida, drew representatives from many camps and conference centers to his annual meetings held each February.

The Evangelical Camping Association (ECA), led by Carl H. Gunn and Robert E. Nordstrom, and the Fellowship of Christian Camps in Canada (FCCC), led by W.E. Brown, saw the opportunity to expand and strengthen Christian camping by merging with the larger WCCA, which occurred in 1960. In 1961 the Midwest Camp and Conference Fellowship (MCCF), led by Justin H. Dix and Don Carpenter, also joined the WCCA.

In order to form a more representative organization, to portray more accurately the 450 member camps and conference centers, a founder's convention was held in early 1961 in Chicago. Later in October, at the annual meeting of the WCCA, its name was changed to Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA), serving as a California based worldwide organization, in order to better reflect its constituents.

In February 1962 the ABCC disbanded and encouraged it members to join the new international CCCA, whose executive director was Graham Tinning (who provided the organizational impetus). The value of an international fellowship became increasingly evident, and in February 1963, when CCCA incorporated the word "International" was added to its name. In 1968 Christian Camp and Conference Association International was shortened to Christian Camping International (CCI). In 1970, through a generous gift, 108 acres of land on the lower Fox River in Illinois was received for the building of a headquarters and model camp. This site was named Dickson Valley in honor of its donors, Homer and Alice Dickson of Yorkville, Illinois.

March 1963 brought the first international conference at George Williams College in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, attracting 524 delegates. These conferences were held bi-annually as international conferences until 1979.

With an ever-growing organization, changes were necessary in the structure of CCI. As other associations from other nations joined CCI the role of the U.S. organization was diminishing. Therefore, the structure of CCI became nationally oriented, thus making the U.S. organization one among many with equal standing among other national associations. The national groups, formally called divisions and recognized as autonomous associations, and an Associations Representatives Forum was established to govern CCI. As these changes brought modifications for the U.S. association, it was necessary for an Illinois not-for-profit corporation to be established to hold the international property. Dickson Valley Corporation was formed in February 1988, to manage the camp/conference center to honor its commitment to the Dicksons to establish a local camping ministry. CCI trustees transferred incorporation of CCI to the U.S. association, to facilitate autonomy, in 1989. The overhaul of the CCI structure has brought pleasing results, according to motions presented at meetings in 1988 and 1990.

Administrative Information

Repository: College Archives & Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 21 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Personnel files or memoranda marked confidential requires research authorization from the CCI Executive Director.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: The records of Christian Camping International came to the Special Collections through the assistance of Dr. George "Bud" Williams beginning in 1993

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Christian Camping International Records (SC-55), Wheaton College Special Collections, Wheaton, Illinois.

Other Note: The records of Christian Camping International highlight the work of this international camping association and its constituents, particularly at the higher levels of administration.

Other URL: http://www.cciworldwide.org/


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Constitution/By-Laws/Organizational Structure],
[Series 2: Executive Director Files],
[Series 3: International Operations],
[Series 4: International Divisions],
[Series 5: Financial Records],
[Series 6: Publications],
[Series 7: Media],
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Series 2: Executive Director FilesAdd to your cart.
Tinning, 1958-67; Oulund, 1968-(75?); Stenberg 1985-6
Box 2: Executive Director (Graham Tinning)Add to your cart.
Box 4: Executive Director (Brad Stenberg)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: ReportsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reports (10/1964-2/1968)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Reports "View From the Bay Window" (Undated)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Reports "View From the Bay Window" (1/17-12/31 1969)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Reports "View From the Bay Window" (1/26-12/31 1970)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Reports "View From the Bay Window" (1-12/31 1971)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Reports "Fox River View" (2/8-12 1972)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Reports "Fox River View" (1/8-12/11 1973)Add to your cart.
Box 3: Executive Director (Ed Ouland)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Reports "Fox River View" (2/12-12 1974)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reports (1/22-12/31 1975)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reports (1/15-12/31 1976)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Reports (1/12-12/31 1977)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reports, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Reports (2-12/31 1978)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Reports, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reports (1/10-9/14 1979)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Reports, 1979Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General correspondence (4/85-11/86)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Trustee correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 3: John Schone correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Trustee executive committee (11/84-10/85)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trustee minutes (11/84-10/85)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Board materials (11/85-12/86)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Finances (12/82-12/85)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Association issues, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Association models, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newsletters, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Notebook 1970-90Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: NewslettersAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence (Undated)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence (1/17-12/2 1959)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence (1/3-12/20 1960)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence (1/3-12/19 1961)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence (1/9-11/27 1962)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence (4/13-9/21 1964)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence (3/27-12/23 1965)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence (4/13-6/16 1966)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence (1/20-12/7 1967)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence (1/4-10/10 1968)Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Newsletters (1-8/15 1975)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence (Undated)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence (1/2-1/7 1969)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence (4/30-10/15 1971)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence (1/16-12 1972)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence (10/23-5/24 1973)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence (2/19-12/2 1975)Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence (1/16-7/7 1976)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence (2/25-12/23 1977)Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence (1/23-12/18 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence (8/28-12 1979)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Written WorksAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Written Works "Planning Model For Christian Camps"Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Written Works "Can a Counselor Improve His Role?"Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Written Works "Camp Administration", 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Written Works "Guidelines For a Creative CCI Section, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Written Works "Christian Camping Educating Packet", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Written Works "How to Have a Successful Camping Convention" '73Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Written Works "Proposed Supplement to International Manual of Operation" (6/14/77) & "Testimony Before Subcommittee on Compensation, Health & Safety"Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Written Works "Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Child and Human Resources Development of the U.S. Senate"Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Constitution/By-Laws/Organizational Structure],
[Series 2: Executive Director Files],
[Series 3: International Operations],
[Series 4: International Divisions],
[Series 5: Financial Records],
[Series 6: Publications],
[Series 7: Media],
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