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Training for First Time leaders at Young Life Camp.

What Young Life camp is this?

What Young Life camp is this?

Are you going to Young Life Camp as a leader for the first time this summer? Welcome to one of the best experiences of your life. It is a privilege and honor to take kids to Young Life Camp as leaders. Don’t miss this opportunity!

8 Ideas for first time leaders at Young Life Camp.

  1. Pray like crazy. No one else in the lives of your kids you are taking to Young Life Camp this summer may be praying for them. You might be the only person who is praying for your kids. Their place in God’s kingdom is hanging in the balance. This should drive us to pray for kids even more. Pray like their salvation depends on it.
  2. Get some rest. If you do Young Life Camp right as a leader, you will be exhausted by the end of the week. If you need to sneak away for a quick nap during the week or some down time, do so. A rested leader is a better leader.
  3. Think like a leader, not a camper. If you went to Young Life Camp as a camper, you know how amazing and life changing a week of Young Life Camp can be. One of the biggest shifts for younger Young Life leaders at Camp, is to move away from their own camp experience to be solely focused on the experience of the kids you are taking to Young Life Camp.
  4. Ask Questions. The are no dumb questions. The only dumb questions are the one you don’t ask. Almost every part of Young Life Camping is done on purpose and has a reason behind it. If you don’t know why we are doing something at Young Life Camp, ask someone. This will help create a bigger picture for the week of camp for you and your kids.
  5. Bring extras. Bring extra clothes, extra food, extra bug spray, extra gum, extra medicine, etc. There is a huge chance kids will ask for it. If you bring extra stuff, when kids ask for it and they will, you will have it on hand and won’t have to go hunt it down.
  6. Go hard at camp. Don’t miss the opportunity God has presented to you for being a leader at camp. You or another leader, spent countless hours getting kids in your cabin to camp. We owe it to them to spend as much time with kids at camp as you can. You should be exhausted by the end of the week. Free time is free for kids, but not for you. Use free time with your kids to build relationship.
  7. Know and articulate your own testimony with excellence. One of the most powerful tools for the Gospel is our own testimony. Why is it so powerful? Because, Jesus has captured our hearts and transformed our lives. Jesus wants us to share our own story. If kids ask about your own testimony, don’t you want to be able to share it with excellence? If you can excellently articulate your own testimony in 2-3 minutes, with joy and excitement, you have created a powerful tool.
  8. Have a plan for what happens after Camp, before you get home. When you get off the bus you will be greeted by friends and family that miss you. You can let days or even weeks go by without interacting with the kids you spent so much time and energy building relationships with at camp. If you have a plan for follow up and interaction before you leave for camp, you have accountability for after camp. Also, make sure to communicate your plan to your family & friends.

Jesus is proclaimed in ALL we do in Young Life Camping.

Young Life Camping is laser focused on one outcome, to present Jesus to the best of our ability to lost or disinterested kids. From the camp staff & volunteers to the camp program & speaker to other kids and/or leaders in your cabin, we are proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ during a week of Young Life Camp to kids.

As leaders at Young Life camp, kids will respond to what we do as much as what we say. Kids are watching you at summer camp. Jesus will use you to speak the love He has for them into kid’s lives. It maters on what we do and how we portray Jesus with our actions at summer camp.

What advice would you give to first time Young Life leaders at camp?  Leave a comment!


The Gospel is NOT simple. Why do we try to make it simple?

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It drives me crazy when Young Life leaders say things like, “the Gospel is simple” or “we have a simple Gospel”.  When we say statements like that we devalue the Gospel.  When I read Scripture, nowhere do I see the Gospel being simple.  Nowhere did Jesus say come and follow me, it will be easy.  We need to tell the Gospel as the Gospel, nothing more and nothing less.

The Gospel will divide families.  Jesus is clear that families will be divided over Him.  Those that believe and those that don’t believe.  Kids in your ministry might hear about Jesus, become a follower of Jesus and their parents or friends might disown them.  That is not simple.

Matthew 10:34 – “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

The Gospel will make you give up things.  Think of the story of the rich young ruler.  Jesus asks him to give up everything sell it to the poor to come and follow Him.  The rich young ruler’s stuff is more important to him some things than Jesus.  Jesus might not ask us to give up everything to follow Him, but He will ask us to give up somethings.  You can’t say giving up things to follow Jesus is easy or simple, can you?

Mark 10:17-31 – 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?”27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

The Cost of Following Jesus.  There is a cost to follow Jesus.  A man comes to Jesus.  Jesus tells the man to “follow Him”.  The man says he needs to go and bury his father.  Jesus tells the man to leave his dead father, for the dead can bury the dead.  Jesus wants us to be living things, not dead things.  For the sake of the Gospel, people around you might not understand why you are doing what you are doing.  But are you doing these things for the approval of man or for Jesus?

Luke 9:57-62 – 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him,“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said,“Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Do you think the Gospel is simple?  Why or why not?  Leave a comment.