How Camp Works

 

One of the hallmarks of how we do camp in Young Life is that instead of kids going, meeting a counselor, having a great time, and coming home by themselves, Young Life Leaders go WITH kids to camp, come home WITH kids from camp, and continue developing and deepening relationships often to get to turn around and go with them again in 6 more months.  This repetition and relational approach allows our mentors to have maximum impact over the years in the life of a kid!  Camps are built to be "Leader-Centric" so that every element of the camp from the shape of the tables in the dining hall to the schedule are particularly engineered to drive relationships for the leaders with the kids they bring.  Every camp will also include an experience called "cabin time" where kids, with their friends and leader, get to talk openly and freely about their life stories, how they are processing and understanding the content of a camp experience, and deepen relationships. Despite the high adventure, belly laughs of skits and games, and activity of a camp property, cabin time is regularly the thing kids talk about the most.


Young Life camp is a vital extension of the work we do every week in and around local schools that helps us deepen relationships over time. 


SNOW CAMP

MIDDLE SCHOOL: 

For our middle school friends, snow camp is offered for 6-8th.  The content of this weekend is a basic understanding of the life and person of Jesus.  Kids get to go with their leader and friends and not only hear from speakers but interact in 'cabin time.'

HIGH SCHOOL:

Snow camp is offered for 9-12th grades with campaigner groups often doing a weekend either in lieu of or in addition to the big snow camp weekend.  The content of this weekend is a basic understanding of the life and person of Jesus.  Kids get to go with their leader and friends and not only hear from speakers but interact in 'cabin time.'

SUMMER CAMP

MIDDLE SCHOOL: 

Summer Camp is offered for kids completing grades 7-8th.  Sixth Grade WyldWeekend is offered for kids completing 6th grade.  Part of this reasoning is that becasue we don't have alternative camp experiences for these age groups like we do with high school (see below), we want to limit the possibility of a kid getting what is essentially the same content 3 years in a row but still offer something amazing.  Sixth graders still get an excellent exprience that is designed to deepen their relationship with their leader but still keeps significant parts of camp "special."  For 7th and 8th graders, the content of the camp week or weekend is a basic understanding of the life and person of Jesus.  Kids get to go with their leader and friends and not only hear from speakers but interact in 'cabin time.'

HIGH SCHOOL:

The content of our program builds on itself.  Because of this, it's ideal to have a freshman follow these experiences all four years but for any student attending camp for the first time, they would start at Year 1.  While students can go back to the Year 1 camp a second time, this is often an exception that is only allowed if that particular student is wanting to take some of thier friends who weren't able to attend a prior year. 

     -Year 1 Hear the Story: Week Long Young Life camp (often at Castaway Club in Minnesota or Lost Canyon in Arizona).  The content of this week is a basic understanding of the life and person of Jesus.  Kids get to go with their leader and friends and not only hear from speakers but interact in 'cabin time.'

     -Year 2 Going Deeper: Week Long Backpacking or Kayaking Trip with RMR Backcountry. This trip is designed to take the content of what they received at a typical week long Young Life Camp and go deeper.  These trips are often limited to 14 which allows us to grow not only in our personal friendships but in our personal engagement of the content. 

     -Year 3 Lifestyle of Service: Serve on a month long Work Crew assignment at a Young Life camp.*  We hope that this experience teaches our students about a lifestyle of service.  Often they are serving fellow high schoolers from other parts of the country and in effect are giving those kids the amazing experience that they had when they first went to camp in Year 1. 

     -Year 4 Know who you are and the World you're heading into: Welcome to our week long Senior Trip - often happening over spring break.  Be it Belize or Seattle, this trip is engineered to engage a spiritual gifts inventory, Myers Briggs, Strengths Finder test, and often to help kids have a firm grasp of their individuality and identity before leaving the community they've grown up in and heading off to college.  Often, we want to also help them engage an international vision for the world and help them understand not only the local impact they are invited to have in this next season of life, but the global impact they are also capable of as they 'graduate' from high school and from our program. 


*Work Crew is an incredible and difficult service job.  High Schoolers are eligible to be selected for being a dining hall server, on the outdoor crew (landscaping), in the pits (dishwashing), in the laundry room, or on the tawashies (housekeeping).  Students wishing to apply must first complete area training.  Information about work crew comes out in late January.  Contact your team leader for details. 

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