IMPACT Program Overview:
Camp David is offering an internship opportunity to young adults ages 17 & up who want to develop as leaders and make an impact. This 9-12 month program is a purposeful and intentional time for interns to serve, gain work experience, identify their strengths and passions, and to become better equipped to face challenges and overcome them.
IMPACT Program Intent:
IMPACT interns should have hands-on experience that allows them to have significant involvement in working as a team member, mentoring, serving groups, running a non-profit organization, and developing their unique strengths and passions. They should be challenged to grow spiritually, emotionally, and vocationally.
Desired Outcomes- An IMPACT intern should leave the program having:
- Gained skills in working with different types of people
- Learned their personal leadership style in a team context
- Practiced conflict resolution and devolved shared vision
- Learned hands-on mentoring skills
- Participated and led in Camp David’s “Front Porch” program, a weekly after-school program
- Gained skills in hosting retreat groups
- Gained experience in facilitating group experiences from learning service with a smile to leading Team Initiatives
- Learned basic skills for keeping facilities running
- Gained confidence when leading work teams and other service groups
- Experienced handling a high level of responsibility
Running a Non-profit Organization
- Learned time and task management
- Learned organizational communication skills
- Experienced working within a budget
- Experienced working within a mission driven organization
Developing Strengths and Passions
- Gained useful vocational skills based on personal interests- examples: public speaking, journalism, sales and fundraising, graphic design, photography, equestrian, or construction and maintenance
- Set goals based on their own unique strengths and passions
IMPACT Participants will report to the Staff Ministries Director, who will provide direction and oversight to the various projects and leadership opportunities. The SM director will strive to assign areas where the participant has particular interest and gifting in, however participants are expected to learn the basic inner workings of the entire camp program. In facilitating this, IMPACT participants may be assigned by the director to work under the supervision of one of the camp’s full-time team members to accomplish a team goal (example: help the Office Manager with quarterly bulk mailings).
Work Schedule & Time Off:
IMPACT participants are expected to serve a 30- 40 hour work week, which would typically be a 5 day, 6- 8 hour per day schedule. Adjustments to this schedule will be needed to accommodate hosting weekend retreat groups, or presentations at churches and fairs. When required to work a weekend, Mondays will be given off for rest. Generally, each participant will have one or two days off each week. Each week’s schedule can be different and may require long hours due to the craziness of the camp seasons. You will receive major holidays off. You will need to schedule any other days needed off 4 weeks in advance to give ample time for responsibilities to be covered.
Projects will be service in nature and many will be hands-on. Examples of projects could include office work, video production, assisting with horse riding lessons, maintenance, construction, organizing fundraising & staff events, recruiting staff and making presentations about the ministry, mentoring young people, leading service teams, and hosting group retreats. Some of these ministry opportunities will be on the campground, while others may require some travel (at the camp’s expense).
Food & Lodging:
IMPACT participants will be provided with room and board at the camp, or other arrangements can be made. A food budget can be provided for interns to do their own shopping and cooking. The facility will be expected to be cleaned regularly and properly cared for (lights turned off when not in rooms) to be good stewards. All visitors would need to be cleared with the directors.
You are encouraged to raise personal missionary support for your spending money and to cover any personal expenses such as cell phones or car insurance. You will be responsible for your own health insurance. If you must earn some income, there is a possibility you could work a 30 hour week for the camp, and have a small part-time job on the side, but this would require a long work week for you and the specifics would all need to be discussed and worked out so that it is a win-win for both the camp and the participants.
Note: Participants must be self-motivated!