Teen Staff Important Information

Want answers to your questions about Teen Staff? Here you go!

How much does it cost to Teen Staff?

Each Teen Staff session is a nominal $35 fee with a deposit of $10. It costs much more than that to run our Teen Staff program, but through a combination of fees, support funds, and other fundraisers, we are able to make up the rest of the costs of meals and expenses at camp, hiring full-time staff to invest in students, and opportunities for year-round program activities. We are excited to share more soon about how we are expanding the Teen Staff program and fundraising opportunities!

How old must I be to serve as Teen Staff?

You must be at least going into the 9th grade in fall of 2023.

What positions are available for Teen Staff?

You can see all of the positions by clicking this link: Teen Staff Position Descriptions

We need lifeguards, kitchen workers, snack shop workers, and others. When you register, you will have the opportunity to choose the roles that you are most interested in. If you Teen Staff more than one week, your job may vary from week to week or remain the same. 

How can I become certified for lifeguarding?

To lifeguard at camp, you will need current certification in lifeguarding, First Aid, and CPR for the professional rescuer. Youthfront will offer multiple certification trainings for all of those in the spring. You are required by the American Red Cross to be 15 years of age or older by the end of your training dates and your certification will last 2 years. If you are interested in becoming certified, please indicate so on your Teen Staff Information Form and it will be discussed in your interview. If you have any further questions please email Colton Laptad at claptad@youthfront.com.

If you’d like to get certified on your own, you can contact Emma for help in finding trainings in your area, or the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross at (816) 931-8400 or info@kcredcross.org for dates and locations of classes. For Ellis certification contact the Liberty Community Center at (816) 792-6009.

Lifeguards are eligible for a $75 discount off their Teen Staff sessions. Certification costs are covered by Youthfront through training offered by Youthfront. We give VERY high priority to students who are eligible for lifeguarding.

Do I need to attend other Youthfront programs for High School students to serve on Teen Staff?

You do not have to attend any of Youthfront’s High School programs throughout the year to be a part of Teen Staff. Although you are not required to attend each year, we highly encourage that you consider attending a High School Retreat or the Croc Missional Journey to have the best experience in our Teen Staff Program.

When do I need to have my Teen Staff registration completed?

Although there is no deadline for Teen Staff registrations, submitting by May 1 will increase your chances to serve your desired weeks. We will begin making assignments in the spring and have most of our sessions filled by the time camp starts. Register now!

When do I need to arrive and depart camp?

Arrival and departure times vary depending on the camp session. Leading up to your session, you will receive Important Information emails letting you know what time you need to be at camp on the first day. Early arrival is not permitted. Departure time on the last day depends on camper departure and the completion of cleanup. Do not plan to leave early unless it has been pre-approved by the Teen Staff Director. We need you the whole week! 

What should I bring with me to camp?

PLEASE BRING clothes for hot days and cool nights, clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, closed-toe shoes, a dark t-shirt for the waterslide, modest swimsuit, towels, bedding, toiletries, sun screen, bug spray, water bottle, Bible, journal, pen, games, and musical instruments.

DO NOT BRING weapons or fire starting tools of any kind, including Airsoft guns, paintball guns, knives, lighters, matches, candles, fireworks, laser pointers, vape pens, etc.

Can my parents be assured of adult supervision at camp?

Yes! Our Child Protection Policy ensures adult supervision at all times. The Teen Staff Supervisors serve as your coordinators and advisors. As Teen Staff, you should get to know them. They want to be a source of encouragement and spiritual guidance to you.

Can I be a part of Teen Staff for more than one week?

Yes, you may register for as many Teen Staff sessions as you would like. We do our best to adhere to a “2 weeks on – 1 week off” rule. 

If I am on Teen Staff two weeks in a row, can I spend the weekend at the camp?

No, we close our camps on the weekends. If you live a great distance away, make plans to stay with a relative, friends, or a family in the area. 

Does Teen Staff meet requirements for community service hours for my school?

Yes, Teen Staffing counts toward community service hours. Bring any necessary paperwork with you to camp and the supervisors will fill them out on the last day of the week. You will be eligible for up to 50 hours for a week of service at camp.

Why does my registration status say Waitlist?

Once a Teen Staff session and location is full for a specific gender, we will accept waiting list reservations. After you are assigned to a waiting list, one of the following will happen:

1) If a spot opens up because someone cancels or transfers sessions, we will contact you about moving to registered status.

2) If we are over capacity, we may offer you the opportunity to transfer to another Teen Staff session.

Please note that a $10 transferrable, non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place on the waiting list.

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