Even though it’s the middle of winter and summer is still months away, plans are already underway for the South Georgia Conference Summer Camps at Epworth By The Sea.
College students interested in a summer serving in ministry are invited to apply to be counselors at Camp Connect on St. Simons Island. As a camp counselor, students will minister to hundreds of youth and children throughout the summer while making lifelong friendships with other staff members. As a paid position, staff members on the Leadership Team will commit to eight weeks of service which will include serving at mid-high and elementary camps. The summer will run from May 29- July 22, 2012.
“We’re looking for people who have a passion for ministering to the younger generation,” said Jim Towson, camp director and associate director of Life Span Ministries with Connectional Ministries. “Our camp counselors need to be people who care and want to be Jesus to the kids and show them who He really is.”
The Leadership Team provides for the day-to-day operation of the summer camp program. Each team member will be assigned to be a camp counselor for Elementary Camp (rising fourth to sixth graders) and Middle School Camp (rising sixth to ninth graders). Assignments are made weekly. Each regular camp session runs from Monday afternoon to Friday after lunch.
Benefits of being a Leadership Team member include opportunities for Christian leadership, personal spiritual growth and serving alongside college students from across the state and beyond. Compensation ranges from $2,000 to $2,400, based on experience.
“I’m hoping to really invest in the counselors, to help them grow their leadership capabilities and to help them grow in their spiritual walk,” Towson said. “I Hope that when the summer is over they have a lot of individual leadership experience and also a better understanding of who they are and how they are created. I want to teach them not just how to work with kids, but also show them how the Lord created them uniquely and how they can use those gifts for the Lord.”
Additional information and applications are available online. The Leadership Team experience is open to any college student who has completed at least one year of college. The application deadline is March 1.
The summer camps are sponsored by the Connectional Ministries Office.