Have you gone to Young Life camp as a leader already this summer? Are you connected to your kids after camp? Do you need some help reconnecting with Young Life kids after camp?
Are still going to camp in the future this summer as a leader? How should you construct a Day 7 area meeting at Young Life camp? How do you bring the moment from a week of Young Life camp to starting the fall?
This is my video conversation with Brian Summerall from Ministry Strategy and we tackle these specific subjects on bring the moment and vision of Young Life camp home to Young Life Club in the fall. Brian travels all over the world training Young Life leaders and staff. Take sometime to watch the video. It will be well worth your time!
Brian talks about:
- Your Young Life area meeting on Day 7 of camp.
- Bring Young Life camp momentum home to your own Young Life Club back home.
- Create and cast a vision to have kids help own the Young Life ministry back home.
- What your schedule and pre-Club schedule for the fall should be.
- If you went to camp already and did not get an opportunity to do this, Brian gives you some step to start with.
If you have questions around this subject or other subjects with Young Life, we are here to help. Leave a comment.
One of the most important conversations you will have during your Young Life ministry year is at summer camp during your one on one conversations. It can be a scary thing to go into these conversation and not feel prepared. We hang
Start the process here:
Camp gives you enough time with kids to go deep in conversations like you might not be able to very often at home. So prepare yourself to go deep. Plan on having several significant conversations with kids during the week — on the walk to the ropes course, sitting around the pool in the afternoon, in the bathroom while you brush your teeth. Look and pray for open opportunities to ask kids questions about themselves. As the week progresses, plan on having at least one significant conversation where you sit down and ask each of your young friends individually if they would like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Some leaders actually schedule 30-minute appointments with kids at the end of the week to make sure they don’t miss the opportunity to talk. If you feel comfortable with that much structure, go for it. Whatever you do, make sure you give each kid the opportunity to answer the question, “Would you like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?” or “What’s keeping you from coming to Christ?”
One on Ones
At the end of the week you will have the opportunity to do a one on one with kids in your cabin. If you are the only leader in your cabin you will do a one on one with every kid in your cabin. If there are multiple leaders in your cabin, then you will split the kids up and do one on ones with a specific group of kids.
Let kids know that you will be doing one on one’s with them at the end of the camp week. A good time to do this would be before cabin time on day 3 and no later than cabin time on day 4. If kids know that they are coming it will seem less creepy to them. A great way of telling them is, “we love hanging out with you guys so much we would love to get to know each of you individually on a more personal level”. Kids want other people to know their personal story. What better way than during a one on one is there to hear their story?
We want to walk away from a week of camp knowing where each kid stands in a relationship with Christ. In our one on one times we encourage and challenge kids with out manipulation. We don’t want to be forceful with kids about a relationship with Jesus Christ, but we want to be encouraging them to take the next step in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Tips & Tricks for One on Ones during Camp:
- Tell kids you will be doing One on Ones at the beginning of the camp week and why your are doing One on Ones. This helps make the end of the week, when One on Ones start, less awkward.
- You can have kids sign up for times to meet you and the location to meet them for your One on Ones. You will need a plan on how to get all of your One on One conversations in during the week of camp. Female leaders & kids need longer times to meet than male leaders & kids. Make sure to allow enough time to have the best conversations in One on Ones you can, to be present and not to be rushed.
- Sometimes for guys it helps to do something at the start of your One on One conversation. Play frisbee golf, basketball, etc; to start your One on One. When the conversation goes deep, stop what you are doing, find a place to sit right there and go deep with kids.
- Keep notes during cabin times and you can reference these notes during your one on one time at the end of the week. During your one on one you can say something like, “You said this in cabin time, what did you mean by that?” or “You said this in cabin time, could you expand more on that?”.
- Give kids the opportunity to receive Jesus into their lives. You may have to help them through their prayer, especially if they have never prayed before.
- Always pray at the end of your one on one with a kid. It is this prayer where kids can pray a prayer of salvation or you can pray for them. Ask for specific prayer requests!
Sample Questions to use in One on Ones:
- What do you think about this week so far? What has been the biggest surprise?
- What have you learned about yourself this week?
- When have you felt closest to God in your life?
- Do you see yourself any differently here than you do at home? In what way(s)?
- Have you heard anything new about God this week? What did you hear and what do you think about it?
- If you could ask God one question and be guaranteed an answer, what would it be?
- Do you relate to any of the people in the role play? Which ones and why?
- Has your view of Jesus changed at all this week? How has it changed?
- What questions do you have about what you’ve heard this week?
- Have you ever considered entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ?
- Would you like to begin a personal relationship with Jesus?
- What is keeping you from beginning a personal relationship with Christ?
Download these Young Life summer camp One on One conversation guide:
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Being prepared for Young Life summer camp as a leader is one of the most important things you can do. We owe it to Jesus and to kids to be the best leaders we possibly can be at summer camp. If you have been to Young Life summer camp as a leader multiple times or if this is your first time, training is vital.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!