Lead life-changing adventures while mentoring volunteer summer staff
Applications for Summer 2023 are available now!
Summer Interns at Camp Bighorn get to spend two months leading adventures and speaking into the lives of campers and volunteers. This role is highly relational and involves a lot of technical skills. Your first responsibility is to build relationships with our volunteer Summer Staff, which includes leading devotions from Scripture, modeling integrity, and finding creative ways to have fun together! By helping these young leaders follow Jesus, you create a healthy environment for ministry and play a big part in the spiritual growth of all the campers and guests at Camp Bighorn.
In recognizing that everyone is gifted uniquely, Summer Interns will have opportunities to rotate through a variety of leadership roles throughout the summer. Opportunities are based on interests and aptitude, and might include organizing gear in the pro shop, preparing food in the kitchen, leading adventures, and more.
May 31st - August 16th, 2023
Training + Eight Weeks of Camp + Staff Retreat
All interns will arrive on May 31st, with training to begin the following morning. Summer Staff arrive on June 4th and Summer Interns will help lead their training. Once summer camp comes to a close, there will be a three-day celebratory staff retreat to recognize all your hard work!
Availability for all of summer is a key component when considering applicants. Anyone anticipating an absence is still encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants who are available for the full term.
Applicants must be 18 years or older, or have graduated High School, by May 31st, 2023. If you are younger than 18, please consider applying to serve as Summer Staff.
Applicants are not expected to have all the answers about Jesus. They are, however, expected to display confidence in their walk with Jesus and show a faith that is rooted in God’s Word. These characteristics are foundational, and it is okay to share how you have matured in your faith journey. Applicants should carry a genuine love and passion for God's people, both inside and outside of the Christian faith.
The mission at Camp Bighorn is to steward environments that are conducive to the work of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and developing Kingdom leaders. Summer Interns get to create these environments for young leaders, and this is crucial for sharing the hope of Jesus with our guests. If you have a desire to invest in a small group of younger Christ-followers, this might be the spot for you.
The Summer Intern position is a very active, dynamic role, and volunteers must arrive in good physical health. Typical activities include hiking, belaying, swimming, climbing, lifting objects overhead, and carrying bulky equipment as far as one mile.
While these activities are typical, volunteers may still be accepted even if they cannot perform one or more of these activities. For example, someone with good physical health might not be comfortable with heights. In this case, they might be accepted and asked to serve in water-based activities instead of setting up rock climbs or working in the aerial adventure park.
Applicants will also be required to complete a medical release form before arriving for training on June 1st.
Ideally, Summer Interns will be returning alumni who already knowing the ins-and-outs of Camp Bighorn. While prior experience at Camp Bighorn is preferred, it is not required, and individuals with similar leadership experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
At Camp Bighorn, adventure means stepping into anything with an unknown outcome. For some, this means getting to the top of a climbing route. For others, it could mean putting on the equipment and attempting to trust it. "Challenge by Choice" is a baseline philosophy used to invite campers into challenge without forcing someone into fear or uncertainty. Creating a safe environment for campers is a top priority, and it is important to provide this opportunity for campers to try something new without coercing or pressuring them into it.
Beyond adventure safety, all volunteers 18 years or older will be required to complete a background consent form. Summer Interns spend a significant amount of time with minors, and this policy helps ensure all adults serving at Camp Bighorn are legally qualified.
Each Summer Intern who completes the full term of summer camp will receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of summer. Your time and energy is valuable, and this is a small way to say "thank you" for sharing your talents at Camp Bighorn.
Just as God invited you to join Him in ministry, you can invite others to do the same. In addition to the $1,000 stipend, Summer Interns are able to raise support.
This additional support can help cover other expenses while you serve and is optional for Interns. If you decide to raise additional support once accepted, an easy-to-share donation page will be set up in your name. Further information on support raising will also be made available to you. God is faithful to provide for our needs, and this a wonderful opportunity to see him at work in your life and later share all the amazing stories with your community.
1. Read everything in your application and answer every question thoroughly.
2. Sign the Camp Bighorn Statement of Faith, Staff Policies, and Staff Commitment Pledge.
3. Complete the Medical and Liability Release Form.
4. Provide your three references with a link to the Summer Reference Form (emailed to you after submitting your application).
5. Submit your Application by April 24th, 2023 (spots can fill quickly so apply early).
6. Prepare for a follow-up email to schedule a phone interview.
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