I recognize that there have been approximately one million articles written about working at camp. You’ve already read that it will change your life, you’ll make amazing friends, you’ll have so much fun, blah blah blah. Those things are very true, and I’d be happy to tell you how they all apply to me, but there’s something else you need to know.
Jesus is, among other things, an amazing teacher. He is one of those teachers that I love learning from. His heart is for his students and his words guide us to freedom and life. Most of all, I love the way that Jesus teaches. He asks us to follow him, put our hands in, and be a part of what he is doing. With the disciples, Jesus had so much to teach them. He could have sat them down in a classroom and written “Christianity 101” on the blackboard (minus the fact that those didn’t exist yet). He could have given them a guidebook and went on his merry way. Instead, he said, “just come with me and let me show you.”
I think this is the way Jesus hopes we will seek him; that we would be hungry to learn and desire to imitate him. I think he hopes we will be like disciples. Think of the way their lives – and the world – were radically changed because twelve dudes were willing to go and do. I’m sure they weren’t all instantly psyched about it. I imagine at least a few of them said, “Listen Jesus, I’ve got some stuff going on. I have bills to pay, fish to catch – I’m sure you understand.” But Jesus still asked them to go, because there was work to be done and he had things to teach them.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
Working at camp is a lot like being a disciple. I would say it’s one of the closest modern interpretations of that gig. In a lot of ways, you have to be willing to walk away from what makes sense. You have to put down your nets. You have to leave what you know. In bold truth – you may be making a decision that is not financially, academically, socially, or emotionally practical. But I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that’s what Jesus expects of us. He wasn’t an “easy button” kind of guy. Poor Peter had to follow Jesus out onto open water for Pete’s sake (please laugh). All you have to do is buy some Chacos, get a watch tan, and go change lives.
If you hear God whispering and know that something needs to change in your life this year, please work at camp. Give up your excuses. Hear Him calling and go. You’re going to have an amazing time. You’re going to make THE BEST friends. You will be uncomfortable, challenged, and changed. But you also get to learn to live like Jesus. You get to show radical, unchanging love and share unfathomable freedom. At camp, you have the opportunity to introduce people to life in the light of God. You will cast out darkness in the name of the Lord. You will invite joy and change into broken lives. You will show the world what it looks like to live in grace and peace, the way that was always intended for us.
God has something for you. I think it might be at camp.
These are a couple of our friends that reached out to us in search of disciples for this summer. There are many, many others. If you have any questions about working at camp, feel free to reach out. We’d love to help you find your new home.
Youth Haven – Michigan & Arizona: https://www.youthhaven.org/summerstaff
UCYC – Prescott, AZ: https://ucyc.com/jobs/summer-staff/
Forest Home – Forest Falls, CA: https://www.foresthome.org/about/employment/
(This camp also has some pretty rad full-time positions open. Let us know if this is something you’re interested in and we’ll get you details.)
If you are also a camp looking for summer staff, leave some info in a comment!