Our Annual Summer Staff Fund & THE WAY Discipleship Program
Our summer staff receive weekly stipends provided through the generosity of donors who support the Avis & Gerri Summer Staff Fund, named for our 58-year staff veterans who have faithfully served the guests and guided our young staffers each year. The goal for our 2016 A&G fund is $20,000 and will help compensate our 20 summer staff workers (12 teens ages 14-17 and 8 young adults 18+) over 10 weeks of our heaviest guest activity on the grounds. In 2016, LeTourneau is launching a new discipleship training program for our summer staff called “THE WAY.” Based on John 14: 5-6, our summer staffers will be led into a deeper relationship with the LORD by helping establish students in their faith, building up their trust in the Word, and giving them boldness to live out the Gospel. During their 7-10 week summer ministry, every summer staffer will have daily opportunities to be led into a deeper relationship with the Lord. They will participate in personal and corporate devotions, regular worship, personal accountability, book studies, and constant interaction with mentors. These students will have a chance to gain some expertise in many camp jobs and earn an invaluable Christian work ethic. New this year, and available to those who qualify, will be the opportunity to be camp counselors during LeTourneau’s six weeks of Summer Children’s Day Camps.
We thank God for connecting us with those willing to serve in hands-on roles that are often physically demanding. Each spring and summer, we continue to seek responsible teens developing godly maturity as servant-leaders, and welcome referrals from pastors to fill the annual summer staff roles. In addition, we are blessed in 2016 to welcome three young men who will be developing youth ministry experience in select youth leadership roles on our summer staff. An internship program for college-age students which will be an extension of THE WAY will begin this fall. Please contact director Jamie Fischer at the camp office at (585) 554-3400 for more information about our summer staff program THE WAY and the new internship program extension.
Regular Summer Staff Positions generally include:
- Wait staff
- Cook assistants and dishwashers
- Certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
- Maintenance and groundskeepers
In addition to the training received in these service roles, youth also gain increased knowledge of the Bible through daily devotions with staff leaders such as Avis and Gerri. As these dear ladies state: “For a number of years, we have chosen a chapter from the Bible to memorize. We trust that as they hide God’s Word in their heart, it will be a training lesson for their future life.”