Learning how to serve to lead
What is the Youth Leadership Program?
It is a comprehensive training program for youth who would like to serve, develop leadership skills, and grow in their relationship with God. It is for youth who are at least 15 years old, but have not yet turned 18 by June 1st, and are willing to put their heart and effort into the program.
The Purpose of the Program
To train young people how to be servants, leaders, and disciples.
To help campers transition from being a beneficiary of Men-O-Lan’s ministry into staff members who give back to the community.
The Structure of the Program
The program runs for four consecutive weeks. Participants will spend one week in the Kitchen, one week in Resident Camp, one week with a younger group in Day Camp, and one week with an older group in Day Camp. Participants will not stay overnight during their training, except for their week in Resident Camp.
Youth leadership participants will watch, shadow, and assist counselors and other staff members. They will participate in hands-on activities, complete assignments, while gain understanding of the behind-the-scenes of the ministry. The group will regularly discuss their experiences with someone on the Leadership Team and participate in devotions with other Staff. Individuals will receive feedback and evaluation after the different phases of their program.
How can one enroll into the program?
To be considered for the program, candidates must fill out an application online, provide a professional (i.e. teacher) and a church letter of recommendation, and participate in an interview. After completing these steps, our Camp Leadership Team will make a decision on their enrollment into the program.
The benefits of the program
The most important benefits are receiving mentorship, gaining experience, developing life and leadership skills, and forming relationships with other staff members. In longer terms, those who participate in and excel at our program, will have a better chance obtaining a position on our Summer Camp Team when they are eligible by age to apply.
What we expect from our participants is to be eager to learn, enthusiastic for the mission of Camp, and have a positive attitude at all times. To stay in the program they have to actively participate in the ongoing events, and be great role models to campers and staff members. They are expected to abide by Camp rules outlined in the Summer Staff Handbook.
The cost of the program
The cost of the program is $100 for the four weeks. Please note that this fee is non-refundable.