1. I’m Bored!

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    How many times do you think you may hear these two words this summer? Yes, your kids get bored. Yes, they hope you have a solution to their boredom. You’ve given all of the obvious answers, and they aren’t buying them anymore. What if you gave them (and you) a week apart? A week where someone else gets to provide the plan for the day, the activities, the food? Even greater, what if they came back from that week as better people? Now, that’s a plan any parent should love. Check out camps available this summer at You can even search by activities and amenities to find the best camp for your kid.

    Bored no more! What a great summer this is going to be!





  2. Google Study Says These Skills Top Employers’ Lists

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    Many college students set out to find corporate internships for the summer with hopes of gaining experience, making connections and preparing for life after college.

    But what if there was another opportunity that helps students develop sought after soft skills, gives them an edge for the next step in their career—and happens to be a lot of fun?

    Working at summer camp provides incredible opportunities for driven college students to grow into leaders. Emerging adults just need a space to practice and hone the skills employers are seeking.

    Research on Google’s top employees showed characteristics for success are:

    1. Being a good coach
    2. Learning to communicate and listen well
    3. Possessing insights into others (including others with different values and points of view)
    4. Having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues
    5. Being a critical thinker and problem solver
    6. Being able to make connections across complex ideas [1]

    Camp is a place where all of these soft skills can be forged. No matter what role you might hold at camp, you will have responsibilities. Others will look to you to step up and make the call. You will be an influencer, a leader and a team player. There are few environments that can produce such a range of skills and breadth of experiences like camp. Make the most of your summer, and apply at


  3. Next Gen Leaders Work Here

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    Where will employers find tomorrow’s leaders?

    Paul Hemp, senior editor of Harvard Business Review and Linda Hill, Harvard Business School professor, tried to answer this question several years ago. They recognized that employers are searching for the kind of next gen leaders who will emphasize collaboration and create contexts that allow others to flourish. Employers are seeking employees who have experience leading rather than learning about leadership from the sidelines. Hemp and Hill concluded that volunteering and serving can be great ways for people to get practical experience leading.

    Serving at camp is an incredible setting for forging tomorrow’s leaders. Guiding campers through weekly activities, pointing kids to Jesus, organizing games, planning meals and speaking in front of groups of people are all practical ways that camp offers a unique leadership training ground. Summer staffers serve within a mix of working relationships, or what Linda Hill calls a “web of interdependencies.” It’s at camp where true collaboration and a spirit of teamwork are fostered—which is a big part of leadership. No man is an island, and knowing how to work well with others, listen to feedback and humbly serve are all aspects of learning to lead.

    The variety of situations camp staff will encounter requires leadership on the spot. Camp staff will learn to wise make decisions quickly, take responsibility and live out their values. Camp is where leadership is learned not through a lecture, but through practice.

    If you’re looking to get firsthand leadership experience that will prepare you for the next step of your career, apply at


  4. Emerging Adults Benefit from Working at Camp

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    If you’re between the ages of 18-25, you’re probably asking some of the same life questions teens are asking. And your response might be, “Hold up. I already went through that phase.”

    There is new research indicating emerging adults go through a similar identity exploration process, much like teens experience. “Emerging adulthood is proposed as a new conception of development for the period from the late teens through the twenties with a focus on ages 18-25.” It’s a time to reevaluate some of life’s big questions, such as “Who am I?,” “What decisions are mine to make?,” “Where and with whom do I fit in?,” and “What is my trusted source of truth?” [1]

    Working at camp invites opportunities to answer those questions. With new experiences both learning and leading, rubbing elbows with coworkers from different walks of life, and doing work with a purpose, working at camp can be a significant contribution to this developmental stage of life. You’ll be surrounded by a community that supports you, and you’ll gain skills you can use the rest of your life.

    Spending your summer in a camp setting isn’t just for teachers or those going into ministry. Whether you get to be a lifeguard, a videographer, wrangler or camp counselor, camp offers real-world experiences to help you develop as a leader.

    Camps are hiring, and they are looking for students like you. Go to

    [1] Matlock, Mark. “Pulse on Next Gen” presentation. Dec. 4, 2017.

  5. This Could Be Your Office This Summer

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    Some summer jobs require clocking in, sitting behind a computer screen and wheeling around in an office chair for the majority of the day. What if you could choose a different way to spend your summer? What if waterfronts and backwoods were your office instead?

    Serving at summer camp allows you to be outdoors—and get paid. Sunrises and sunsets become backdrops for your day-to-day activities. You can land a job as a horse wrangler, boat driver, ropes course staffer or an outdoor educator. Going outside is a job requirement, which can benefit you greatly.

    Researchers have studied the positive effects of nature for years, noting anxiety levels decrease and temperaments improve just after 30 minutes outdoors. Doctors instruct their patients in ecotherapy to focus on the sounds of birds chirping, visuals of trees and leaves, and sounds of streams and rivers to alleviate stress and improve their immune systems.

    If just 30 minutes makes a difference, imagine how spending an entire summer outside might change your life. Imagine:

    • Fewer distractions from technology
    • More physical activity
    • A stronger immune system
    • Greater brain cognition
    • Lower levels of depression and anxiety[1]

    Don’t waste your summer indoors. Work at camp. Your future self will thank you. Apply at



  6. What Employers Look For

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    So you need to find a summer job? You’re looking for a way to spend your summer that propels you into the next step of your career—and it’d be great if it wasn’t boring.

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    What if the best career move you could make this summer led you to work at camp?
    Investing your summer in serving at camp will offer ample opportunities to practice the soft skills your future employer is looking for. And it could be the most epic summer of your life.

    What are soft skills and how can you improve yours?
    Forbes contributor Caroline Beaton says top employers want to hire job seekers who have traditional soft skills including “leadership, communication and collaboration.” Through Beaton’s interviews with more than 100 top HR managers, recruiters and CEOs, she found four key soft skills employers say are essential in the modern workforce. Emőke Starr, head of Prezi’s PR department, says they look for employees “with a solid foundation of soft skills and trust so that the rest can be built upon it.”

    You want to be competitive in the job market, and honing your soft skills can set you apart from other applicants. Serving at summer camp paves the way for developing the following soft skills.

    Attention in a distracted culture is rare, yet necessary for an organization’s next hire. Camp is an ideal setting for young leaders to learn to pay attention to detail. Counting campers, managing time by staying on the camp schedule or preparing meals for hundreds of hungry guests all require attention and initiative. Balancing these responsibilities proves you can follow through with a variety of tasks.

    Beyond a degree
    While college brings its own benefits, employers desire outside experiences to contribute to a candidate’s resume. Working at a camp allows students to gain leadership skills, practice customer service and exhibit critical thinking—daily. After spending your summer learning from trusted leaders and growing in your gifts, you will have real-world examples of how you exhibited sought-after skills.

    Agility might often be overlooked, but leaders say it’s one of the most beneficial soft skills to have. Learning to overcome challenges and adapting to new situations becomes a huge asset to a team. At camp, you’ll learn to be flexible as schedules change or a camper gets homesick.

    Humility goes a long way. As with any job, there’s a learning curve. Having a humble attitude and a willing spirit to learn benefits both you and your employer. During a summer at camp, there will be times you’ll need to ask for help and rely on your leaders and coworkers. Learning to collaborate with those who can share knowledge becomes a practice you can implement in any career.

    Of all the ways you could spend your summer, working at a summer camp provides the soft skill training your next employer will value and you’ll have unique, real-world experiences to help further your career. Apply at

  7. Four Ways Nature Contributes to a Better Life

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    Camps and retreat centers offer direct access to nature—and in incredible locations! Mountaintops to waterfronts, these scenes in nature create a sense of wonder. It’s one of the trademarks of a true camp experience, and spending time in nature, as studies have shown, can improve your life.

    Here are four ways being in nature develops a better quality of life:

    Say hello to happiness
    The London School of Economics and Political Science conducted a study to find links between well-being and surrounding environments. More than 20,000 participants used a mobile app, which would ping them at random moments. They found 93 percent of the participants’ waking hours were spent indoors or in vehicles. Yet when surveyed through a mobile app over the course of a year, “on average, study participants [were] significantly and substantially happier outdoors in all green or natural habitat types than they are in urban environments.” 1

    You’ll think smarter
    “Scientists are quantifying the effects of even small doses of urban nature not only on our moods and well-being but also on our ability to think—to remember things, plan, create, daydream and focus.” 2

    Nature evokes wonder
    Having a child-like curiosity can make us look at the world differently, and as one professor says, treat others better in the process. “I think we can say pretty certainly that having a little bit of awe every day in your life would make you happier, kinder and more compassionate,” University of California, Irvine, psychologist Paul Piff, says. 3

    Nature helps us rest and reflect
    When was the last time you didn’t hear the lull of traffic or the pinging of your phone for a few hours at a time? In an over-stimulated culture, we can forget how much our minds and bodies need a break from all the distractions. “Come to the woods, for here is rest,” John Muir once wrote. 4

    Carving out time at a camp or conference center may be exactly what you need to improve your quality of life.


  8. Secret to An Energetic, Epic Summer

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    Vince stared at the clock’s sluggish secondhand. It was almost here. Then the final bell rang, ending the school year and welcoming the long awaited days of summer.

    Instead of spending this summer with postures slouched toward mobile devices and veg’ing on the couch, Vince and his friends will experience an energetic and epic summer at camp—being active for hours and making memories to last a lifetime.

    More Than Fun and Games
    While camp offers tons of ways for kids to have a blast, there are more benefits than fun and games. Physical activity supports greater cognitive function. So while Vince and his friends play an intense game of capture the flag, they are involuntarily improving their brain health.

    Being active produces more neurons in the hippocampus—the part of the brain that consolidates learning and memory formation. Exercising also increases “the connections among existing pathways,” and enhances “brain organization and integration.”[1]  When brain circuits are pumping, there are significant improvements in memory and mood. [2]

    Abundant Activities
    At camp, Vince and his friends have the chance to be with friends their own age while participating in ridiculously fun activities. They might choose to spend time on the waterfront canoeing, swimming and waterskiing—or better yet, being launched off a giant blob into the water.

    Afternoon pickup games on the court are a staple at camp. Playing basketball, dodge ball and volleyball gets kids moving and allows them to develop a better sense of teamwork and sportsmanship—lessons that are hard to teach when they’re at home on a laptop.

    Vince can look forward to color tag, ultimate Frisbee and soccer, played in an open field with fresh air and sunshine. Or he and his fellow cabin mates can embark on a nature trail or an extended hike with other campers. Exploring nature is a must-do summer activity, and many camps are located in beautiful, scenic locations ideal for adventuring.

    Find a Camp Today
    Whatever activity kids might be interested in, there’s likely a camp for it, and chances are, they will remember their weeks at camp more than time spent in front of a screen. Narrow down your search to find a camp at

    [1] Mitchell, Debby. Learning Through Movement and Music: Exercise Your Smarts. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2011. Web.



  9. Camp is Good for Your Brain!

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    At camp, kids are given opportunities to participate in activities that boost brain development. According to Scholastic’s Parents & Child magazine, here are a few tips to help kids have healthier brains:

    Movement gets the brain going.”[1] Physical play is a hallmark of camp. Campers get moving, participate in new games and adventures, and have plenty of time for free play.

    Stress disables learning. Cortisol, a hormone that kills off connections in the learning and memory parts of the brain, is produced during trauma.”[2]  One of the benefits of camp is that it provides a reprieve from the stress many students face today. They are given time in nature, time away from peer pressure and stress, and get some quiet time to reflect. Camp is a place where kids can just be kids.

    Music boosts learning.”[3] At camp, kids sing around the campfire, sing in group gatherings and even sing at the table. Music helps campers build memories but, according to Scholastic, it also improves spatial orientation and mathematical thinking.


  10. The Impact of a Camp Counselor

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    Camp counselors play a distinct role in the summer camp setting. They are the leaders. Mentors. Mediators. Parents-away-from-home. And they can be some of the most influential people in a young person’s life.

    Whether it’s teaching kids how to make friendship bracelets, playing in the pool with hundreds of wild campers, or having deep conversations, camp counselors get to share their hearts of gold with impressionable children who never forget them.

    Counselors serve.
    They teach.
    They listen.
    They put in long days of hard work.
    They problem solve on the spot.
    They give their summer breaks to help rowdy campers get to know Jesus.

    The impact these leaders have on youth is tremendous. Campers observe how their counselors interact with other campers and staff members when things are going smoothly, and when times are tough. In a way, counselors pave the way for the next generation—showing them how to serve well, work hard and play hard. Many camp staff leave their summer gig inspiring campers to be counselors one day.

    Are you interested in working at camp or know someone who would? Go to to find a job.