We often talk about the effects that off-site ministry can have on someone’s life. Maybe they get baptized, find their ministry calling, or make a ton of new friends. Anything can happen! And as camp season draws closer, I can’t help but think of all the moments that will happen this summer. But in my reflection, I have realized that we never talk about how it affects the staff. There’s no denying that the superheroes of camp are the ones that work it. However, we often overlook what the experience holds for them.
So, we questioned some kids and teen camp staff members about the ways in which this work has changed their lives, as well as the reasons why they chose to start and keep coming back. Here’s some of the responses:
“From being a camper to then being able to serve at the place that helped me find a deeper relationship with God! It’s hard work, friendships you will keep forever, and a time in my life I will never forget!” - Aislinn
“Summer staff is an amazing experience. It is a great time to learn new things, meet new friends, and serve in the kingdom of God.” - Austin
“Every year the saying is: ‘This is my last year.’ or ‘No, I am not coming back.’ And then you’re 4 years deep as a returner. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did!” - Bre
“Summer staff opened many doors for me as well as amazing friendships. God has most definitely blessed me through doing work as summer staff.” - Callie
“Being there has fostered so much growth in my life. It’s a place of healing, of love and friends!” - Emily
“Summer staff was a life-changing experience for me. Working in a camp environment with the same group of young adults for the whole summer was rewarding, humbling, and fun!” - Hannah
“Working on the summer staff was an unforgettable and irreplaceable experience for me. It taught me so much about myself through the fulfilling work, amazing people and weekly Godly encounters. It was truly a life changing experience.” - Olivia
“I was able to learn many new skills and experiences! I have gained lifelong friends that I stay in contact with even after a few years!” - John
“God spoke to me in so many ways through the leadership and the servanthood that was demonstrated by fellow staff members. Every experience helped me grow into the person I was created to be.” - Sonya
Summer camp is such an amazing experience for everyone involved. Whether you are thinking about going as a guest or a staff member, you will be affected by summer camp!