Volunteer Cabin Leaders & Day Camp Volunteers

Volunteer Cabin Leaders and Day Camp Volunteers are a vital part of the ministry at Youthfront Camp. Each summer, parents, grandparents and others with a heart for kids join us in providing our Youthfront Camp experience. You, too, can experience the best of camp and see our mission in action: play, worship and swim with us…plus a chance to indulge in our famous camp ice cream! 

One of our goals as a camp ministry is to support volunteers as they minister to the youth who come through our camp. We believe that the work volunteers do with young people is extremely valuable to their spiritual development. We love seeing the impact our volunteers have on both our campers and our Summer Staff.

Volunteers are critical to our ministry at Youthfront Camp. While most will admit it was tiring at times, we also hear consistently from our volunteers that serving at camp was one of the most rewarding experiences they’ve ever had. There are several ways you can serve, and in every case, you’ll be partnered with one of our trained staff. 

VOLUNTEER CABIN LEADER

This role serves as the second adult in our overnight camping program cabins. A trained Youthfront Summer Staff Cabin Leader is the primary adult and directs the daily activities and camp experiences. The Volunteer Cabin Leader provides another caring adult in the cabin and assists with cabin experiences, participates in all camp activities with the campers, and comes alongside them in their fun and faith journeys during the session. Volunteer Cabin Leaders are asked to commit to the full session of camp for which they’re volunteering.

VOLUNTEER DAY CAMP LEADER

This role serves as a second adult for camper small groups in our Day Camp program for 1st-5th graders at Camp LaCygne. A trained Youthfront Summer Staff Day Camp Leader is the primary adult and directs the daily activities and camp experiences. The Volunteer Day Camp Leader provides another caring adult for the camper group and assists with camper experiences, participates in all camp activities with the campers, and comes alongside them in their fun and faith journeys during the session. The Day Camp schedule is approximately 8am-5pm inclusive of the bus ride to camp. Volunteer Day Camp Leaders are asked to commit to a full session (week) of camp, rather than just one day, if at all possible. 

 

Interested in volunteering at Youthfront? 

FAQ’S

What is the cabin like?

We have air-conditioned cabins at both of our camp locations. There are bathrooms and showers in each cabin, and campers sleep on bunk beds. Most cabins accommodate up to 16 campers and two leaders.

What are the sleeping arrangements for overnight camp?

Cabin Leaders share a Cabin Leader room with one bunk bed and private bathroom with a shower that is separate from the camper accommodations.

What about meals?

All meals are provided, and adult leaders eat with campers in our dining halls at camp. Meals are offered buffet-style, and we have the ability to provide gluten and dairy free options for each meal.

What do I bring?

For overnight camp, besides your clothing and personal toiletry items, you will want to bring bedding for a single bed and towels. We have a suggested packing list we will send you ahead of your session, which will also include the theme of your session’s HYPE nights (where campers and staff dress up or bring costumes).

Do I need to have a camper enrolled to volunteer for a session?

No! We welcome anyone with a heart for this ministry to serve. You do not have to be a camp parent or grandparent. Often, our camp alumni enjoy coming back to spend a session as a volunteer leader. 

If my child is a camper, should I volunteer to be in his/her cabin or group during their session?

This is a personal preference, and we’re happy to discuss this with you. Middle and high school students often have deeply personal reflection times in the cabin together after worship. If you feel your student would be less likely to share or engage if you are there or facilitating, we’re happy to place you as a leader in another cabin. You will still have time with your camper during many of the free time sessions and other activities.

What’s the camp schedule (will I get to sleep or shower?!)?

For overnight camp, our lights out and wake up times vary by session based on camper age. We’ll be sending you a basic schedule for the session you sign up for in Spring 2022. We strive for campers to have enough rest time, and our staff and leaders help ensure lights out and quiet times are adhered to in the cabin.

Is there any training required?

All volunteers must pass a background check, which will be part of your volunteer application paperwork. Youthfront’s Child Protection Policy guides all of our adult/camper protocols, and on or prior to your session, we’ll provide you with training on those important rules that protect both youth and adult staff. Other than that, all you need is a heart to serve! Our staff will ensure you have the information you need anytime you help facilitate cabin programs and activities.

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