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2017 Apparel

This year you can order and pay for you apparel online and we will have it ready for you at camp.  There will be extra items you can buy directly out of the canteen, but to guarantee we will have your size in stock, please order online before June 19th! If you need to have your item mailed to you, please email the camp with your name, items ordered, and address.  Shipping is extra.

2017 Prayer Month of May

Prayer Month of May for CCA!

I give credit to the Holy Spirit and believers who work in its shadow for all that is done in people’s lives at CCA. Prayer is invaluable in our mission at camp; I covet your prayers through the whole year, as the work never stops.  This month is set aside especially for prayer over the camp.  It’s in these months just before July that most of the ground work happens in preparation for the camp programming. Let us acknowledge the One who gives us ALL good things and ask Him to work mightily in the lives of everyone who will come to camp this year. Below is a guide you can use. I would encourage you to pray on your own, with the person next to you, and in your churches. Let us all come humbly before the Giver of all things good. Thank You! -Phil

Week 1: Deans, counselors, worship leaders, and all camp staff, hired and volunteer – For their work to be fruitful and blessed. That they would have eyes to see God working all around them.

Week 2: Campers – For Christ to work powerfully in their lives. For the chains of sin to be broken. For boldness and courage to live like Jesus.

Week 3: Leaders – For vision and wisdom in shaping the future of camp. For guidance in using the time of those who work at camp well. To see strengths in others and delegate responsibilities well.

Week 4: That God will make all things new at camp, restoring relationships, melting hard feelings, and giving new purpose to lives.

2016 Prayer Month of May

Prayer Month of May for CCA!

I believe all our best efforts are for nothing if we do them apart from God. This month, let us acknowledge the One who give us ALL good things and ask Him to work mightily in the lives of the young and old who will come to CCA this year.  Below is a guide you can use to pray for the camp this month.  I would encourage you to pray on your own, with the person next to you, and in your churches.  Let us all come humbly before the Giver of all things good.  Thank You! -Phil

Week 1: Deans, counselors, worship leaders, and all camp staff, hired and volunteer – For their work to be fruitful and blessed. That they would have eyes to see God working all around them.

Week 2: Campers – For Christ to work powerfully in their lives.  For the chains of sin to be broken.  For boldness and courage to live like Jesus.

Week 3: Leaders – For vision and wisdom in shaping the future of camp.  For guidance in using the time of those who work at camp well.  To see strengths in others and delegate responsibilities well.

Week 4: A prayer of thanksgiving for all that God has done and will do through the ministry of CCA.

2016 Camp Banquets

Please join us at our fundraiser banquet near you!  Lunch will be provided for only $5 per person, and there will be an opportunity to give more during a time of offering.  All the funds raised will go toward our campers in financial need, as well as this year’s special bring-a-first-time-friend-for-free opportunity.

Enjoy an afternoon of food, worship, information about the upcoming camp season, slides from last year, personal testimonies and more!2016 Camp Banquet Flyer

2016 Brochure Mailing

Bring one first time friend for free

for our fifty-fifth anniversary!

Any returning camper may bring one friend to their week of camp free of charge (First Chance, Elementary, Intermediate or Senior) in celebration of CCA’s 55th anniversary!

The free friend discount value is for the early camp registration of $255. After June 30th, a $20 fee applies. Friends should use the coupon code “Friend” when registering online. One free first time camper friend per returning camper. Canteen is extra.

2016 Brochure P1

2016 Brochure

2016 Fundraisers Letter

2016 Woodland Letter

2016 Calendars

We have ordered calendars for 2016! They have all our pre-planned events on them and are full of pictures relating to camp.

Please consider a donation of $20 to the camp for one of these beautiful calendars.  You can email with your name, address, church (optional) and how many calendars you want.  You may send money through PayPal to the same email, or you can mail your check to our PO Box listed in our contact information. Be sure to include a short note with the information requested above.

Or if you attend Nesconset see Yvette; Holbrook see Nicole; Maspeth see Annmarie; Taconic see Ben; South Nassau see Paul; and Woodland see Philip.

2016 Calendar Cover

Help Record CCA’s History

Remember that summer when you really encountered God in a new way at camp? That time the Dean made everyone do that crazy activity? When you got baptized or made a commitment to work in ministry? Or that quintessential worship night? What do those memories mean to you? How have these memories impacted your life? Share it with us! We would love to compile old group pictures, videos, and stories into an ongoing log of the camp’s history, in honor of the camp’s 55th anniversary. There are currently some photographic gaps that we would love to fill. If you have any memories or stories relating to the foundation, development, or evolution of the camp over time, those would be especially appreciated. We will have a digital as well as physical copy at CCA so we can all enjoy and reminisce with each other. Please include all the information you have with each memory you send in, such as the date, names of those involved, significant events at that time, etc.

Send to:

Rebecca Pennington
6323 VT Rt 30

Jamaica, VT 05343

or: Subject: CCA History

Cellphone Q&A

Phones at camp: a Q&A

Question: Are cellphones allowed at camp, and if not, why?

Answer: We do not allow cellphones at camp for any camper attending an event that is for people 18 and younger. This has been the rule for many years, since the time electronics have been small enough to bring to camp. Older camp rules specifically mentioned no boom boxes! Recently, smartphones have become more prevalent among the younger generation. With apps that keep people connected, entertained, and give a sense of security, it has become more challenging to enforce this rule. The camp board has discussed the cellphone rule several times and has carefully weighed the pros and cons. The biggest reason for not allowing them is because they distract from the main purpose of camp. The strength of camp that rings true every time is relationships. Most people love camp because it strengthens one more of these three basic relationships: our relationship with God’s creation (nature), our relationship with people, and our relationship with Jesus. It has been observed that using a smartphone can mimic a deeper relationship and therefore cause us to miss real-life deeper relationship opportunities right in front of us. A secondary reason is camp security. While it is easy to make the argument that campers are safer with cellphones because of connectivity, there are also some less obvious points which have led us to believe our campers are safer without their smartphone while in the closed environment of camp. Because campers are never left unsupervised, we are able to effectively and immediately handle situations that arise. In addition to counselors, the nurse and camp director are always available 24/7. This system is many times more effective than using a phone to contact parents, friends back home, or fellow campers that are much more limited in their ability to provide immediate care. The nurse or manager will always contact the parent when something is in question. Also, because of the nature of smartphones and their ability to connect with the world, this potentially allows one ill-intentioned camper to cause undue damage to other campers. In conclusion, we have decided that campers are safer while at camp without their cellphones and more effectively connected to God and friends with no electronic device for the short time at camp.

Question: What is your policy on handling cellphones?

Answer: At registration, we will ask campers if they possess a cellphone or other electronic device. We prefer that the parent takes possession of any device at this time, otherwise we will lock it in a safe place until the last scheduled event on the day of camper pickup. We are not responsible for theft, but we will do our best to protect from it. In the event a camper wishes to contact their parents or workplace, they may ask to use the camp phone which will be made available to them, or they may use their phone for such cases at the discretion of the manager. In addition, if devices or chargers are visible during the camp session, they must be turned over. We will not perform random searches of camper belongings. A camper that refuses to comply may be sent home as is the case with any camp rule.

Question: How can campers take pictures if they can’t have their phones?

Answer: Digital cameras that do not connect to internet are allowed. Film cameras are also allowed, such as the disposable kind. Disposable cameras may be purchased at the canteen when available. In addition, we take a group photo and print a copy for every camper for every week of camp, and also take photos throughout the week and post them to the camp website.

Still have a question? Contact us here and we will be glad to answer you.

Summer Camp News!

2015 Camp Poster v2

A reminder that we have two work weekends just before the start of camp, June 19-20 and June 26-28.  The former is a special weekend for planting and baking, in addition to other work projects.  If you are skilled in any of the building trades, we will use your expertise!  General labor is needed, as well!  There will be something to do for anyone who is willing to work.  Among other things, expect to process firewood, dig, and do grounds work, fine carpentry work, and cleaning.  Email for more details and to let us know if you will be attending.

If you will be attending Elementary Week as a camper, our dean Vicki is requesting you bring a white T-shirt that can be painted on during a special game!

We would like to announce that for the FIRST TIME EVER, we are going to allow COLLEGE FRESHMAN to return as campers for SENIOR WEEK. We are calling it “CCA GRADUATES.” While you will still be campers, there will be a higher responsibility expected of you to be a LEADER to the other campers and assist your counselors when needed. We are very excited to have you all back this year and we are expecting a great turn out!

To all our campers, please REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BIBLES! The Bible app does not count in this instance because, as most of you already know, you will be required to leave your phone with your parent or check it in at registration. If you don’t have a Bible, that’s okay, we will hook you up!  You may want to bring a snap camera as well; we will sell these in the canteen, but do not rely on this, as supplies are limited.  In addition, there will be a staff member dedicated to taking pictures.  So have no fear! High quality digital pictures will be available so you can use them to blow up your social media when you get home!

Please send your forms in as soon as you can to help us plan for your week of camp.  Also, don’t forget there is a price increase after June 9th.

View our full calendar by clicking here!

Click here to obtain a registration form!

Does your church have a camp flyer on its bulletin board? Print one off of our forms tab!

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!!!

2015 Prayer Month of May

Prayer Month of May for CCA!

Everything we do at CCA is focused on a relationship with Jesus. And the key to a healthy relationship is good communication. This is why we wish to dedicate the month of May every year to prayer. Below is a suggested prayer schedule you can use as a personal guide or to lead prayer in your church.

Week 1: Deans, counselors, worship leaders, and all camp staff and volunteers – For their preparations, and that they would be able to minister effectively and grow personally.

Week 2: Campers – For Christ to work powerfully in their lives.  To get to know their creator in a deeper more meaningful way.

Week 3: Leaders – For Vision and Wisdom in shaping the future of camp.  For strength to persevere under pressure.

Week 4: God would be honored – That God would receive glory in everything that happens at CCA: in the planning for camp, during camp weeks, and after campers go home.

2015 Spring Work Retreat

Spring Work Retreat!


CCA is excited to announce the Spring Work Retreat. This retreat an awesome opportunity to spend a weekend serving and working for God.

Cost: $25 per person. This covers lodging, all meals while at the camp, and all activities.

Who: The spring retreat is for students in 7th – 12th grades.  We are also looking for some adults to lead work projects!

What: We will spend the weekend getting the camp ready for the upcoming summer season, plus we will enjoy lots of camp fun, including crazy camp games, worship in the chapel, and campfire.

Bring: Usual stuff that you would bring to camp, including clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Oh yeah, don’t forget your pillow and sleeping bag or bed sheets and blankets. Be ready for cool temperatures at night.

When: May 15 – 17. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm and ends at 11:00am on Sunday, May 17th.

Please send in your registration form ASAP, and if you have any questions, please contact or 265-299-3611.

2015 Spring Retreat Flyer


Please return registration and payment to:
Catskill Christian Assembly
P.O. Box 1131
Madison, CT 06443

2015 Camp Banquets


Camp Banquet!

We are excited to announce that we will be having our annual camp benefit dinner in two locations this year!  There will be a baked ziti / pasta dinner at $5 a plate, as well as a special offering that will be used to renovate Girl’s Cabin One. We hope that all our campers, and anyone interested in finding out what camp is all about, attend. There will be music from Exit 61 and a presentation.

2015 Camp Banquet Flyer

If you’re interested in helping provide dessert at either location, please email the camp:

2015 Camp Banquet Flyer

2015 Calendar

This year one of our alumni has made a calendar with camp photos and important camp dates on it.  A package of calendars was sent to each of the supporting churches with a suggested donation of $20 per calendar.  The demand for calendars turned out to be much greater than expected, and requests for more calendars have been made.  So now you get another chance to get a 2015 camp calendar!

2015 Calendar Image

How to order your calendar!

Email with the following information: First and Last Name, mailing address, church name (optional) and how many calendars you would like.  Write “2015 Calendar” in subject title of email.

Orders must be emailed by Februrary 14th!

Calendars will be mailed directly to the mailing address given or delivered to your home church for distribution there.  We will do our best to get the calendars to you by March, but some delays may be out of our control.

A suggested donation of $20 can be given separately through Paypal or mailed by check (see donate tab) to cover the cost of the calendar and shipping.

2014 Family Weekend


Family Weekend

Download Registration Form Here

Labor Day Weekend – Begins Friday, August 29 with registration and a hotdog roast over an open fire at 6:00pm. Ends Sunday, August 31 with lunch. However, for a small fee, families may choose to stay another night and enjoy the rest of their vacation together in the Catskill mountains. Be prepared to bring your own food for the remaining time or eat on the town.

Fun for all ages! We will have chapel sessions, campfire, and activities, as well as free time for you to spend as you wish. During free time, you may want to go to the creek, go for a hike, or visit one of the nearby towns or landmarks.

If you would like to secure a room for your family, please send in your registration ASAP. Rooms and cabins will be reserved in order of registration, and tent camping is also encouraged.

Dean: Philip Russo             Speaker: Scott Solimine

$70 per individual or $190 per family; $15 to stay Sunday night

Forms can be mailed to: Catskill Christian Assembly, PO Box 138, Derby, CT 06418

Or if you wish to register electronically you may type your information into the PDF form (using a supported PDF viewer) and email to: Payment may be sent via PayPal to same email.

Download Registration Form Here