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Award for outstanding leadership in Christian camping presented to Ed McDowell by Christian Camp and Conference Association

Christian Camp and Conference Association

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) created the Ed McDowell Award for Outstanding Leadership in Christian Camping and presented it to the award’s namesake, Ed McDowell, during the organization’s national conference in December 2022.

McDowell has spent his life involved with Christian ministry and has been the executive director of Warm Beach Christian Camps and Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington, since 1995, which serves more than 90,000 guests each year. The camp is also home to The Lights of Christmas, the largest Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest.

McDowell has served as a board member with CCCA for more than 15 years, the last nine of which have been as board chair. In addition to his role at Warm Beach and the CCCA board, McDowell has worked with CCCA to develop and direct a program called Thriving Boards, which offers specialized coaching and consulting to Christian camp and conference center boards across the U.S.

The award, presented to McDowell by CCCA’s president/CEO, Gregg Hunter, recognizes the Christlikeness, humility, collaboration and wisdom of a leader in the Christian camping movement, and was named after McDowell because he exemplifies those qualities.

“These traits are hallmarks of Ed’s character and his service to Christian camping across the country,” Hunter shared. “He’s done so much for and has been a blessing to Christian camping, CCCA and countless leaders who have worked with him over the years.”

Upon receiving the award, McDowell said, “I’m grateful for so many colleagues in Christian camping who have poured into my life and are worthy of this recognition.” He went on to say, “There is a host of people who invested in my life, and I’m forever grateful.”

In future years, the Ed McDowell Award for Outstanding Service will be given to others who exhibit the key traits and will carry McDowell’s name in honor of all he’s done.


About CCCA
CCCA exists to maximize ministry for member camps and conference centers. CCCA offers a search portal that allows parents, guardians, churches and youth leaders to find a camp based upon activities, amenities and locations. Visit to learn more.

Penny Hunter
Christian Camp and Conference Association
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