“The Summer Leadership Team is the heartbeat of summer camp. The love and dedication they bring transforms camp from a bunch of buildings into sacred soil where the Holy Spirit is able to move freely through the lives of young people.”
Anyone can spend a summer. How can you make one worth the wait?
The summer leadership team is a group of young people who dedicate nine weeks of their summer to serving Christ and the young people of Florida. This long and storied tradition has stretched back to the first summer of camping in Fruitland Park in 1948. The Summer Leadership Team plans and implements all parts of summer camp programming, under the supervision of our year round staff of camp ministry professionals. They serve meals, lead worship, facilitate small groups, clean the cabins, and guard lives, all while serving as fine examples of young Christian men and women.
We are looking for passionate individuals willing to join this legacy of service, are you looking for a summer experience you will never forget?
How to join the Summer Leadership Team
- Apply – Information on due dates and applications will appear here.
- Interview – New team interviews will take place in person, returning team interviews can be scheduled locally or over the phone.
- Paperwork – After reviewing all applicants we will select the Summer Leadership Team and inform them via email. Your employment is not finalized until all paperwork has been submitted.
Who can apply for the Summer Leadership Team?
The Leadership Team experience is open to any young adult who has just graduated from high school or is in college. Application is open to all, but applicants should remember that this is a United Methodist summer camp ministry. Applicants should have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, a desire to work with children and youth in a Christian environment, and be able to discuss their Christian faith journey.
What is the application process?
All team members must fill out an application form. The application form includes questions about experience, education, activities, special talents, essay questions, and reference forms. Each applicant is required to provide four references and ensure that each reference form is submitted by the deadline. List four, excluding relatives. Former employees, pastors, spiritual leaders, roommates, Professors and teachers are acceptable. You may only use one friend/roommate as a reference.
Applications are not considered complete until all reference forms have been submitted.
All applications will be reviewed and those chosen will be interviewed to move to the next stage of the application process. New applicants (having never served on Team before) will be asked to choose from one of two Camp Preview Weekends. These will be held at the Warren W. Willis UM Camp in February 2019, and will provide the applicant a chance to become familiar with the ministry of the summer camping program, as well as the site itself, and others that they may be serving with. During this weekend each applicant will also be interviewed. Out of state applicants can request a phone interview. The interview will include questions about a person’s faith, experience, reason for applying, etc. Once the application and interview have been reviewed by the selection committee, all applicants will be sent a response via e-mail around the second week in March. Each year approximately 100 young people are selected for the Leadership Team. Some applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a position becomes available.
What are the responsibilities of a Team member?
The Leadership Team provides for the day-to-day operation of the summer camp program. Each Team Member is assigned to be a camp counselor for one of the four age-level camps: Day Camp (rising 1st-6th graders, here for the day time only), Elementary School Camp (rising fourth to fifth graders), Middle School Camp (rising sixth to eighth graders) and High School Camp (rising ninth to twelfth graders). Normally team members who have just graduated from high school are not assigned to work with High School Camp. Assignments are made weekly. Each regular camp session runs from Monday afternoon to Saturday morning.
As a Team member one can expect to:
- Attend a mandatory 11 day staff orientation and training.
- Be co-cabin counselors with other team members assisting in supervision of campers at night and leading cabin devotions. (normal ratio of one team member to 6 or 7 campers).
- Co-teach small group sessions with either an adult volunteer or another team member. Small group sessions occur twice daily and include activities, discussion and Bible study. An ample curriculum is provided.
- Lead and participate in large group games.
- Co-lead craft and skill groups with other team members. Skills include: canoeing and sailing, outdoor games, archery, nature skill, ultimate frisbee, etc. Craft and skill groups meet daily for approximately an hour.
- Participate and supervise campers during daily morning Praise Time and evening worship (select team members also lead music for these activities).
- Have time for one-on-one conversation and ministry with campers.
- Lead and supervise low ropes course experience.
- Supervise pool activities (lifeguards only).
- Serve for one week on the Team Work Crew.
- Training and orientation is provided and required for each team member. (for dates on training see below)
TEAM members are expected, after being trained, to:
- Be flexible
- Have a servants heart
- Have a clear understanding of liability and safety issues
- Be able to work with other team members
- Be able to responsibly fulfill above duties
- Be able to share their faith journey with campers and other team members
Select team members may also be assigned to specialty camps and/or Trip Camps, which include: Creative Spirit Camp (this camp gives campers opportunity to participate in drama, dance, musical theater, visual arts and worship band); Suwannee River Trip, and Wilderness Week (a week of outdoor activities like rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting, hiking, caving, etc.).
What are the benefits of being a TEAM member?
- Opportunities for Christian leadership and personal spiritual growth.
- Opportunities to meet and serve with 90-100 other young people from across the country and the world.
- Room and board is provided throughout the summer assignment. (meals are provided by the camp facility; housing is in modern air conditioned buildings)
- Salary of approximately $1450 (less tax reductions). Team members will be paid every two weeks. Team members who serve multiple summers receive an extra $100 for each summer served.
- Weekly Laundry service provided.
- Two weekend breaks and weekend visitation policy (information regarding this will be given out upon acceptance onto team).