Summer Staff Application Info
A Note from Big Jon
We can’t do what we do without great kids like you. So, please do not take the decision to apply for a summer position at Woodlands lightly. Approach it with much prayer. I do. I pray for months that God will build our team from the first position filled to the last.
You may be thinking, I’d love to work at camp, but…I’ve got a school bill to pay…or I should probably take summer classes…or I need to think about my career…or I have a boyfriend/girlfriend back home. As you pray, keep it simple. Don’t try to make it make sense or connect all the dots or make the dollars add up before taking the first step. Instead, ask God one simple question – Lord, where do YOU want me to serve You next summer? Period. God has a plan for you…a preferred future (Jeremiah 29:11). And God, who is not bound by time and space, is currently present in that preferred future. And He alone knows the steps necessary to get you from where you are to where He wants you to be. So don’t get hung up on finite details – include the only One who knows the future in the process. Put all your confidence in Him without depending on your limited understanding of situations, circumstances or dollars. Actively seek His will. If you do, His promise to you is that He will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
There are likely several months still before summer, meaning it’s tempting to think about the potential that a “better opportunity” might arise. If God leads you to apply, do it and don’t look back. As Shaunti Feldhan says, “Keeping your options open leads to anxiousness because you are worrying about the what-ifs or ‘What am I missing?’ You’re unsettled. There’s an uncertainty, and that certainly leads to a lack of peace. Whereas if I’m all in, I’m committed; it makes it easy. There’s peace because that’s the only option. Knowing there’s an eject seat will always contribute to dissatisfaction.”
If God does provide for you to come on board for the summer of 2017, I can promise you one thing—this will be one of the most incredible, impactful, unforgettable chapters in your life. You will be stretched, you will grow, you will experience community like you have never seen, you will be part of something bigger than yourself, you will fall in love with God’s Word, your relationship with God will reach heights of trust, dependence and intimacy that you never thought possible…and you’ll have the time of your life doing it!
Once again, pray earnestly and fervently. If you think there’s even a possibility that God may be calling you to serve at Woodlands, please go to woodlandscamp.org/apply. Applying doesn’t commit you to anything…it simply gives God the green light to open a door if He so chooses. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing what amazing things God has planned!
For the KING,
Big Jon, Director & CEO
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Mission, Vision & Values
mission: to inspire and equip this generation to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
vision: to provide an unforgettable camp experience where the presence of God drowns out the world & its influences.
values: our core values are to love, honor and serve God first and others before ourselves.
In nearly every arena of life, there is a bull’s-eye. A goal. A definition for success. Clarification of a win. They exist in sports. They exist in business. They exist in ministry. They exist at Woodlands.
As a potential applicant, we want you to know up front what we are all about. We want to inspire and equip each camper and staffer to…
To follow Jesus.
First and foremost, it is our desire to present Jesus as irresistible, and in doing so, inspire and equip our campers to decide for themselves to follow Him. They are not forced or cajoled or manipulated or dragged down an aisle kicking and screaming. They are, however, presented with the gospel and given every opportunity to decide for themselves.
To love God’s Word.
We believe that God’s Word is so powerful that it can transform those from the inside out who are disciplined enough to pour it daily into their heart. So we set aside time and provide a plan for our campers to develop the habit of reading and memorizing God’s Word each day. Then we send the plan home with them to equip them to continue their new habit throughout the rest of the year.
To live responsibly.
Somehow culture has duped this generation into thinking that “I have the right to be irresponsible”, “YOU don’t have the right to hold me accountable”, and “YOU are responsible to clean up the mess resulting from my irresponsibility”. At Woodlands, campers are challenged to live responsibly. They are expected to make wise decisions, to play by the rules, to clean up after themselves and to be on time. To love, honor and serve others before themselves. To take ownership of their attitudes, words, stuff and jobs. They make their bed each morning and pick up their stuff. They help clean their cabin and their bathroom daily. They are inspired to exercise responsible living here at camp to help equip them to live responsibly away from camp.
To give generously.
We want our campers to learn the joys of living life with open hands, not clenched fists. That God’s desire for them is to hold loosely to earthly things. That they are managers of the resources God has entrusted to them, not owners. So each week, they are given an opportunity to give a portion of their spending money to the Lord. Our campers have given to underwrite Bible translation efforts; they have sent thousands of Bibles to parts of the world that are hostile to God’s Word; they have funded a week of camp for children living on a remote island in the western Pacific; they have funded an orphanage in Kenya; they have paid for at-risk kids to attend Woodlands on scholarship, have an unforgettable week and hear about Jesus!
To have the most amazing, incredible, UNFORGETTABLE week of their lives!
We want the experience of our campers to be life-changing from the inside out, but we also want them to have FUN! That’s why we have a giant swing and zip lines and water slides and a blob and a euro-bungy and a jet ski and paintball and a dome and crazy games and zany cheers and super cool shirts and incredible coffee and… We want this to be the best week of their lives. Because we have learned that if we can create an environment that engages their senses, then we are much more likely to be able to engage their hearts. And that’s what we are all about!
Bull’s-eyes are important. Maybe you could help us hit ours!
Statement of Faith
We believe the sole basis of belief is the Bible, God’s infallible, written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
We believe there is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
We believe Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. We believe He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. We believe He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. We believe He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own.
We believe man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. We believe salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justified them in His sight. We believe it is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.
We believe the Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He continually indwells believers from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. The fullness, power and control of the Spirit are appropriated as believers yield their lives by faith to His desires.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement.
We believe at physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.
We believe Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
We believe it is the call of the Lord Jesus Christ for all believers to love God through a personal relationship with Him, to love others by proclaiming the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The ministry of Woodlands Camp is committed to this call by pursuing the priorities of:
- Worship: glorifying God through public praise and personal lifestyle
- Discipleship: initiating and developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Workmanship: equipping lives to effectively serve Christ and minister in this world
- Leadership: launching ministers to guide present and future generation
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Woodlands and what is it like?
Woodlands is located in Cleveland, Georgia, about an hour northeast of Atlanta. It is a 131-acre portrait of rolling hills, forests and a beautiful, spring-fed lake, all situated in the foothills of North Georgia's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.
What qualifications do you look for in prospective staff members?
Woodlands hires 66 extraordinary college students who are following wholeheartedly after Jesus and are passionate about inspiring & equipping the next generation to do the same.
How does the hiring process work?
The process begins with an application and a personal conversation between you and a member of the Woodlands recruiting team. We then check with your spiritual & occupational references, set up a phone interview and submit your information for a national background check. Most importantly, we pray fervently throughout the process and ask God to build our summer team by guiding our hearts with wisdom and discernment, by connecting us to the right prospective staffers and by leading us to offer them the right positions.
How many people does Woodlands hire for the summer?
We will hire 66 college students for Summer 2017, including 30-40% veterans from previous summers and 60-70% rookies.
How much will I make at Woodlands?
You will receive a stipend of $1,300 ($100/week) for the summer. In addition, you will receive $300 in a FUNforgettable Fund that will help make your summer with us incredibly fun and unforgettable!
Can I use a summer at Woodlands as an internship?
Absolutely! If your school allows it, we will be happy to do whatever we can to help you get credit.
When does Woodlands' summer season start and finish?
All staffers must arrive by 5 pm on Sunday, May 14. The summer ends on Saturday, August 5. That gives you approximately 2 weeks at the beginning and 2 weeks at the end of the summer to be at home.
Am I required to attend Training Camp?
YES! It is a time to prepare your head, heart and hands with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to accomplish all that God has called you to do here at Woodlands. It is also a great time of camaraderie-building with the other staffers.
What age group will I be working with?
You will have the opportunity to work with kids ages 6 to 18.
How many kids attend camp each week?
Approximately 350 campers per week attend our programs.
What kind of spiritual impact does the camping ministry make?
In today’s culture, the average kid spends 7-9 hours a day connected to media and technology, often filling their hearts with toxic messages and their minds with noise. Camp is one of the few places left on the planet that kids have to come disconnected. That creates a 7-9 hour void in their lives. We then get to fill up that void with an unforgettable experience, with an incredible staff of godly mentors and with the teaching, preaching, reading, memorizing and modeling of God’s Word. And THAT is a recipe for life transformation! In addition to the campers, however, your life will be changed forever! You will see God's hand at work every day, and you will be challenged and stretched spiritually like never before.
What are the weekends like during the summer?
Weekends typically begin after lunch on the week's last day of camp and run through Monday morning. The purpose of this time off is to rest, refuel, renew your focus for the next week, bond with other staffers and have fun! Some weekends will include staff outings, and other weekends are free for you to do as you choose.
I'm in a wedding this summer. Would I be allowed to go?
Yes. We understand that you are at the age where many of your friends are getting married. We will do our best to accommodate if you areIN weddings, but we must be notified before the summer so the necessary adjustments can be made.
What is the schedule for the summer?
May 14-24 - Training Camp
May 25-27 - Pee-Wee Camp
May 29-June 2 >> Junior 1 • Xtreme Jr 1
June 5-9 >> Junior 2 • Xtreme Jr 2
June 12-16 >> Junior 3 • Xtreme Jr 3
June 19-23 >> Junior 4 • Xtreme Jr 4
June 26-July 1 >> JH 1 • Xtreme JH 1
July 3-8 >> JH 2 • Xtreme JH 2
July 10-15 >> JH 3 • Xtreme JH 3
July 17-22 >> Teen 1 • Xtreme Teen 1
July 24-29 >> Teen 2 • Xtreme Teen 2
July 31-August 5 >> Teen 3 • Xtreme Teen 3
Is there somewhere I can look for additional information?
Why, yes there is. I'm glad you asked. Please visit us online at woodlandscamp.org for a smorgasbord of additional info and pictures! You can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo.
I’m interested – how can I apply?
Please go to woodlandscamp.org/apply to apply!
Pee-Wee Camp is an overnight program for 6-8 year-olds and runs Thursday afternoon to Saturday morning. Pee-Wee Camp will take all of the fun, excitement and spiritual focus of Junior Camp and boil it down into 40 hours! Campers will play games, swim and experience all of the other unforgettable elements of Woodlands while being taught some incredible truths from God’s Word. It is a great program for younger siblings of current Woodlands campers who are ready for their chance to go to camp or for campers who want to experience summer camp without committing to a full week.
Woodlands’ Junior Camps are for 8-11 year-olds with sessions running Monday through Friday. Junior High Camp is for 11-13 year-olds and runs Monday through Saturday. Campers will square off in some wild and crazy games, Scripture memory and various other activities throughout the week in hopes of seeing their team victorious in the end. Above all, however, our desire is to see each camper leave camp with their trust in Jesus as Savior and walking humbly with God.
Relationships are key in Woodlands’ Teen Camps (ages 13-18). All activities are centered around the cabin unit. Individual cabins compete as a team in various sports, cabin cleanup and Scripture memory in hopes of being crowned Camp Champs. This format encourages participation by all campers, a great sense of camaraderie among cabin-mates, and a wonderful opportunity for a close-knit relationship between camper and counselor…all of which sets the stage for campers to take that next step in their relationship with God.
Woodlands’ Xtreme program is not for the faint-of-heart. Campers and Xtreme staff will sleep in hammock shelters in the woods in a setting that is best described as Survivor meets Swiss Family Robinson. They participate in regular evening camp services and take day trips doing different Xtreme sports (e.g. horseback riding, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, rappelling, etc.). This will afford great opportunities to make new friends, develop unforgettable memories, enjoy the beautiful scenery of North Georgia and get to know the God who created it all!
SALT (Service And Leadership Training) is a three-week, service-based leadership training program for kids who have shown the desire to take their walk with God to the next level. It is a small program (four boys and four girls per session) and will include a book study, individual discipleship and hands-on service opportunities. Our desire is for the Woodlands staff to invest themselves in our SALT campers and for the SALT campers to invest themselves in what God is doing here at Woodlands.
At Woodlands, we believe that what we do in moderation, campers will do in excess. This principle reminds us that we have a responsibility to lay our own freedoms aside for the sake of the kids that come to camp who might be distracted by those freedoms. Because of our desire to minister to the most people possible, we have established some guidelines that will provide a week of undistracted fun and focus on the Lord. Just so that we are all on the same page, we want to be upfront about some things we are going to require of you so that the gospel can be preached to all we encounter without distraction.
The safety of our campers and staff is extremely important to us. To ensure the highest level of safety, all staff will follow Woodlands’ regulations regarding curfew, automobiles, and will be prohibited from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or any illicit drugs while employed at Woodlands. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or any other issue that may keep you from safely performing your job, please delay applying until you have experienced full healing.
We know that many wholesome college students exercise their freedoms to dress and act with creativity; however, many parents do not want their adolescent children to do the same. Therefore, in our desire to avoid causing conflict between parents and their children, we have chosen to take a conservative approach to our dress, appearance and behavior. We limit our freedoms in order to impact the most kids and parents possible for Christ.
In order to free you and your campers from distractions, cell phones and other media devices (tablets, MP3 players, game systems, laptops, radios, etc.) may only be used during weekend time off.
With a staff family of nearly 90 and 3,700+ campers, our ministry represents many denominational backgrounds. To promote “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” we ask our staff not to teach, promote or practice interpretations of any doctrinal issues which have historically acted to bring disunity and division within the body of Christ. Once again, we choose to limit our freedoms in order to impact the most kids and parents possible for Christ.
Positions, Missions & Descriptions
(click the following hyperlinks to watch videos detailing these positions)
- Mission: To glorify God by inspiring and equipping each camper to follow Jesus
- Description: The heart of Woodlands is our counseling staff. You will be a mom, dad, teacher, coach, mentor and friend. You will pour your life into 12 lives each week by building character, making memories and creating moments of unforgettable. You will build lasting relationships and reflect Christ in all you do and say. You must be faithful, patient, selfless, energetic, compassionate and willing to be stretched by God.
- Mission: To glorify God by enabling the counselors to rest, refuel and renew
- Description: Your main ministry is to the counselors. You will fill in for counselors during their weekly break, giving them the opportunity to refuel. You will also have a short opportunity to interact with and impact hundreds of boy or girl campers.
- Mission: To glorify God by inspiring and equipping each camper to be servant leaders for Jesus
- Description: A SALT counselor takes being a counselor to the next level. You will have four campers for three-week sessions and will model and teach servant leadership. SALT counselors must have counseling experience at Woodlands and a LOVE for discipleship.
- Mission: To glorify God by challenging campers to depend on Christ
- Description: You are Bear Grylls. You will have the opportunity to spill over into 9 campers each week in the middle of God’s beautiful creation. You must be faithful, selfless, energetic, and compassionate with a love for the outdoors (including creepy crawlies) and have an Xtreme appetite for adventure.
- Mission: To glorify God by building and maintaining resources that facilitate a missional focus
- Description: You are the caretaker of our facilities. Every day, you will find yourself fixing, building, cleaning, setting up and doing many other things to keep Woodlands running smoothly and looking beautiful. During your time at camp, you will be challenged and encouraged in your walk with the Lord as you work and fellowship alongside other guys who are also committed to serving the Lord with their hands and feet.
- Mission: To glorify God by serving excellent food with extraordinary service
You are the hero of camp as you prepare and cook unforgettable meals that will put smiles on every camper's face. Lots of cooking experience is not required, but a teachable and willing heart is a must. This position will also allow you to be discipled, challenged, and encouraged as you serve behind the scenes in the kitchen.
You are the hands of camp as you help make our dining hall run smoothly and efficiently by serving our campers three delicious meals a day. You also help to make the meal experience UNFORGETTABLE! This position will allow you to be discipled, challenged and encouraged as you serve behind the scenes and work alongside a team of like-minded individuals. Responsibilities include serving meals, washing dishes, setting and clearing tables, working in the camp stores and assisting a counselor with their campers. If you have a heart to glorify Christ through service and desire to grow in your personal walk with the Lord, then this position is a perfect fit for you.
- Mission: To glorify God by capturing the unforgettable and impactful moments of camp
You will capture the smiles, laughter, memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. You will interact with all areas of camp as you capture these unforgettable moments. You will need experience working with digital cameras, computer editing software and have an eye for capturing unforgettable moments.
You will capture, edit and produce a highlight video of the camp experience each week. If you like to see life behind the lenses, then this position is for you. Along with the photographer, you will run around camp capturing all of the unforgettable memories of the week. You will produce and duplicate a 12 to 15 minute highlight video of each week of camp. This video is shown at the end of the week and each camper leaves with a copy on DVD. You must have experience in using digital video cameras, video editing software (Adobe Production Suite for Mac) and telling a story through film. All equipment needed is provided by Woodlands.
You will work alongside Program, Worship and Media, as well as camp speakers. You will run sound for Program at games, meals & Skitsophrenia, as well as sound, lighting and ProPresenter for chapel services.
- Mission: To glorify God by compassionately caring for physical needs while promoting health and safety
- Description: You are compassion in action. You have the privilege of caring for physical needs, setting the stage for spiritual needs to be met. Health assistants have a great opportunity to put into practice the medical skills you are learning in nursing school. Responsibilities include assisting the Camp RN in providing quality health care to campers and staff, administering medication and transporting sick or injured campers or staff to medical facilities. Applicants are preferably a nursing major and must have clinical experience.
- Mission: To glorify God by creating unforgettable to cultivate open hearts
- Description: You create unforgettable. You must be creative, high energy, fun loving and hard working. Your responsibilities include game setup, execution and teardown, Skitsophrenia planning and production and facilitating various Woodlands attractions and camp stores.
- Mission: To glorify God by magnifying the Lord Jesus through a balance of music, Scripture and prayer
- Description: You have the privilege of leading hundreds of campers and staff into the presence of Jesus each day. You must be an accomplished guitarist, have a good stage presence and a heart for and understanding of corporate worship.