Board Training Event (BTE)

NOTE:  Registration is now available!

To register, please log-in to the members area.  After you login, select "Register for Fall 2016 Events."  Then, please update your personal information.  Finally, click on the links to the left in the members section for the appropriate event and complete your registration.  


Next BTE

Dates: November 4-7, 2016

Location:  Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center in Ashland, Nebraska

Fly Into:   Omaha Airport (OMA)   Arrival before 3:30 p.m. on Friday Nov. 4;  Departure after 10:30 a.m. on Monday Nov. 7th.  Airport shuttle fee round trip = $10.00 per person

Cost: 3 nights, 8 meals, snacks, linens and full program

  • Double Occupancy = $450.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy = $550.00 per person

Cost Incentive: Send 2 or 3 board members = 1/2 price for the Executive Director to attend.  Send 4 or more board members = Executive Director attends for free.

2016 BTE Faculty:   Penny Christensen, Executive Director, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio;  Bob Baker, Executive Director, Lutherhaven Ministries, Idaho; and Andrea Scofield, Executive Director, Camp Lutherwood Oregon.

From Carol Joy Hollling, our conference site

To Our Guests With Special Dietary Needs:

The Food Services staff at Carol Joy Holling Center aims to provide creative and delicious dining experiences for all of our guests. And, we want to be supportive of our guests who are unable to enjoy some of our offerings due to certain food intolerances or allergies. In those cases, we ask our guests to be sure to use discretion in deciding what food choices to make at each meal. Even though we cannot guarantee that specific ingredients or allergens are not present (we do not have separate kitchens to prepare allergen-free items), we want to do our best to accommodate your needs. So, at your request, we are happy to always have the following replacement items available for you:

  • Plain Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Gluten Free Roll
  • Vegetarian Burger on a Bun
  • Soy Milk

Many times guests with specific allergies or dietary needs choose to bring their own special food items to supplement what we serve. Of course, we support those decisions and are happy to provide refrigerated space to store those items for you.  Typically, our menus are planned one week ahead and our team will gladly make them available for you to help you make your food decisions. Please contact me if I can help you better prepare for your time with us.

Adam Payson

Chef and Food Services Manager


Board Training Event (BTE) is open to all camp personnel with a special focus on Board Members.  Seeking a great way to get some basic information about non-profit camp and conference center board management?  BTE is for camp professionals and board members who want to more more about being responsible managers in the non-profit world of Outdoor Ministries.  Faculty will bring years of OM experience and professional consulting to the table.  If this sounds great, then we invite you to join us for the Board Training Event (BTE)!!  It will have a concentration on Board function and role as well as strategic visioning.

Purpose of Event

To provide organizational leaders (board members) with an intensive learning experience in core areas of outdoor ministry administration, legal and financial responsibilities, organizational visioning and a clearer understanding of a board member’s role within an outdoor ministry organization. 

Goals of Event

Participants will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the core areas related to outdoor ministry governance.
  • Be challenged to think about board member roles and how the organization can impact telling the greatest story ever told.
  • Develop action plans for your ministry related to course content.
  • Experience fellowship and support while building a network of board members through intentional small group community.

Target Audience

Individuals who have interest in governance of outdoor ministry organizations and are seeking new ideas to strengthen their boards and ministries.