Camp Grandparents, Aunties or Uncles
20 years and older (older is better!)
Reports To: Assistant Camp Director
Who you serve: Campers and camp staff
Responsible For: Loving the campers, writing them letters, reading bedtime stories, and assisting camp program.
Main Goal: Enhance the camp experience by lending a listening ear, giving hugs, and speaking words of encouragement.
- Spend time alone with the Lord everyday; be in the Word!
- Be available to the campers, and ready to listen to them. If possible, talk personally with campers about God and answer questions they may have.
- Take advantage of “teachable moments” such as helping a frustrated camper see the bigger picture.
- Write letters to campers every day. Stationary and stickers will be provided. Tell the campers that you are praying for them, that they are loved, share a Bible verse, and if possible tell them something good you observed about them. You will need to hang around the campers throughout the day to notice things about them. Some ways to do this are:
- Participate in camp activities
- Sit with the wagon teams during meals or evening chapel
- Hang around the hammocks or carpet ball tables and talk with the campers
- Help with Morning Rotations according to your interests and where there is a need. Examples: craft time, nature program, senior camper service projects.
- Read bedtime stories each evening. You will be assigned 2-3 teams to read to, depending on how many grandparents are on staff. You will need to pick out which book you want to read, and familiarize yourself it before story time.
- You may need to help sit with campers when they are homesick or tired, or need time-out.
- You may help in other areas of camp that you enjoy such as serving in the kitchen, teaching a class, or doing maintenance jobs.
- Encourage the staff– be available to listen and give advise, pray with troubled staff, and praise the staff often.
- Fill out Camp Evaluation on Friday afternoon.
- We know there is a lot on this list. Please let us know your limits, and what you can physically do. If you find yourself in over your head, we are a team, so let us know.
- Please take care of yourself -your value is being there more than doing. Don’t burn yourself out.
- Pray, pray, pray; the campers, counselors, and entire staff need your continual prayers on their behalf.
Grandparents (and Aunts & Uncles) Schedule
7:00 Get up, get dressed
7:30 Personal Devotions
9:15 *Help with Morning Rotations
1:00 Write letters to wagon teams, choose bed time story to read later
2:30 *Free Time
4:00 Be a part of the Group Activity- sit with campers or cheer them on!
6:00 Camp Activity
7:00 Evening Chapel– Worship together
7:35 Free Time or Chapel
8:30 Begin reading bedtime stories
9:30 Free time or retire for the night!
11:00 Lights out completely
*Some grandparents like to take a shift as Kitchen Crew either in the morning or afternoon, so their schedule is different.
We will give you 5 staff camp shirts to wear each week, and you can wash them on the weekends. At the end of your volunteer time, we ask that you return the shirts. You will receive a camp theme shirt at the end of your time of service as our gift to you.
- Pants, shorts and other casual attire
- Modest swimsuits
- Sneakers and casual footwear
- Sleeping Bag and pillow
- Towel and washcloth
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo toothbrush, etc)
- Watch, Bible, notebook, and pen
- Jacket and long pants for cool evenings
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat
- Girls camps only-bring a nice Sunday outfit to wear for the Princess Dinner.
- If you desire, you can bring some of your own stationary and stickers for writing letters.
Please take your laundry home and remember to initial your items so you don’t loose your favorite jacket!
Camp Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles need to fill out the entire Staff Application, even if they are only coming part-time, because they will be working directly with the children.