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SALT Session 1 - June 5-23 - ages 15-18 - $690  
SALT Session 2 - June 26-July 15 - ages 15-18 - $690  
SALT Session 3 - July 17-August 5 - ages 15-18 - $690

SALT (Service and Leadership Training) is a program geared toward mature high school students who have previously come to Woodlands, who are passionate about living for God and who are ready to take their spiritual walk and leadership skills to the next level. They will be discipled intensely and will have the chance to serve along side our staff at meals and during various service projects. They will get to see what goes on behind the scenes at Woodlands, and hang out with the staff on weekends. The SALT counselors spend time with the SALT campers teaching them and guiding them through sessions and book studies as they discover what it looks like to step out and follow God with their whole life, as well as how to become a Godly servant leader.

Welcome Letter

Dear Applicant, 

Thank you for your interest in experiencing what goes on behind-the-scenes at Woodlands Camp! Perhaps, you have a desire to serve at a camp someday, or perhaps you just desire to see your walk with God take the next step. Whatever the case, we would like to give you a small taste of what really goes into making one week of camp successful while providing you with two of our best counselors as mentors and teachers during your three week stay here. 

The SALT (Servant and Leadership Training) program is designed to provide mature high-school students with the opportunity to experience God like never before by serving others and by becoming a leader. Woodlands Camp uses everyday camp situations to develop strong leadership qualities and foster meaningful conversations in order to help you grow in your Christian walk. 

Please take the time to pray diligently regarding whether or not God would have you apply for SALT this year. It’s not an easy program. While it is so rewarding, it also involves a lot of hard work. Space is always limited, so please discuss this opportunity with your parents and if you feel God may be calling you to serve on SALT this summer do not hesitate to apply. Woodlands Camp wants you to be in the program where God will be able to change your life the most!

If you believe God wants you to serve as a member of SALT, please see the apply section at the bottom of this page for more information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jevans@woodlandscamp.org. Thank you for your interest & I hope to hear from you soon! 

For The King, 

Jacob Evans
Head of SALT
Woodlands Camp
jevans@woodlandscamp.org

Mission

 Mission: To inspire and equip campers to become servant leaders for Jesus.

Packing List

  • Bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towels (2-3)
  • Toiletries (bring more than you think you will use! We shower a lot here.
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Sun Screen
  • Letters and stamps if you'd like to send mail while here
  • Medication (in original or pharmacy-labeled container)
  • Alarm Clock! (you will not be permitted to use your phone during the week)
  • Tennis shoes that you don't mind getting dirty
  • T-shirts (lots of them! You can do laundry on the weekend, but you'll go through more shirts than you think)
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Laundry Detergent (more than you think you'll need!)
  • Flashlight
  • Camera (optional, but nice since you can't use your phone during the week)
  • Swimsuit (girls - modest one-piece or a two-piece that meets in the middle; guys - boxer-style)
  • Bible, pens, notebook
  • Cell Phone and Charger (will only be permitted to use this on the weekends)
  • Watch!! You will want a waterproof watch!
  • Water Bottle! It's so important to stay hydrated! 

Things that aren't required, but past campers recommend bringing.

  • A purse - girls, we go on weekend trips and sometimes it's just nice to have a purse along!
  • A few nice outfits (cute shirt, jeans, skirt) for weekend trips
  • Snacks - trail mix and granola bars are a camper's best friend
  • Hammock - we do sell them in our trading post if you want to get one once you're here!
  • Running shoes - morning runs are a nice way to start of a day of camp
  • Modest tank tops - no racer backs
  • Shower basket for your toiletries
  • Shower shoes (rubber flipflops) - we do clean our showers well, but you can never be too safe
  • Chacos!! Our staff wears these all the time
  • Small-ish backpack (like a Kavu) to carry a water bottle, bible, notebook, etc in throughout the day
  • Blankets - it gets chilly at night
  • Swim sorts for swim time - while campers are not required to wear swim shorts, all of our summer staff do.
  • Sweatpants and a light jacket or sweatshirt - sometimes it's cool here in the morning and evening
  • More modest shorts
  • Makeup - girls, sometimes it's just nice to feel girly, even at camp!
  • Cuter shoes for sunday dress 
  • Nail polish supplies
  • Hat/sunglasses

What NOT to bring

  • Tight-fitting clothes of any kind, race back tank-tops, t-shirts with sides cut out, two-piece swimsuits that don't meet in the middle, revealing one-piece swimsuits
  • Body rings (body piercings)
  • Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, knives, fireworks, firearms
  • Sports equipment that could endanger others. No skateboards, longboards, bikes, scooters, paintball/airsoft guns, bats, etc
  • If you have any questions about what you can and cannot bring to camp, please email office@woodlandscamp.org 

General Information

General

- Tennis shoes are required for many activities.
- Undergarments must always be covered by outer garments (i.e. no boxer shorts or bra straps showing, including sports bras).
- No clothing should be worn that promotes ideals that could be offensive or that are not consistent with the values of Woodlands (including profanity, alcohol, tobacco, drugs or other worldly ideals).
NOTE: Our goal in developing a dress standard is to be both modest and practical. However, dress standards can often be a source of tension, especially among girl campers. In today’s society, the “less is more” mentality is displayed through low cut jeans and shorts, tight or revealing tops and short shorts. Please understand that Woodlands is committed to protecting the innocence of your child while they are in our care. With this in mind, we will ask campers who are inappropriately dressed (wearing articles of clothing not consistent with Woodlands’ dress standard) to change. We appreciate your sensitivity to this subject matter, as it is our goal to create an impactful, unforgettable camp environment that is free from distractions

Boys

- Modest length, loose fitting shorts or pants (our standard is that shorts come within 4” from the top of the knee when standing).
- Shirts with the sides cut out are not acceptable.
- Boxer style swimsuit; must fit appropriately.
NOTE: Guys, your standard for hair and facial hair is the same as our summer staff since you will be representing Woodlands on opening and closing days. The standard is as follows: Hair must be neat and professional in appearance (off the collar, off the eyebrows, no more than halfway down the ear). Sideburns must be trimmed to be no longer than the bottom of the earlobe and of consistent width on the sides from top to bottom. Long hair, ponytails, dreadlocks or cornrows are not acceptable. Guys must clean shave on opening and closing day of each week. 

Girls

- Modest length, loose fitting shorts or pants (our standard is that shorts come within 4” from the top of the knee when standing).
- Spandex, yoga pants and leggings are only acceptable if shorts are worn over them.
- Modest, loose fitting tops. Tops should not expose cleavage, midriff or undergarments and should have straps at least 2" wide. Strapless tops, halter‐tops and racer backs are not acceptable.
- Modest, one-piece swimsuit with straps. Swimsuits with low-cut tops, high-cut sides or cutouts are not acceptable. Tankinis are acceptable, but the top and bottom MUST stay together.
NOTE: Girls must have natural looking hair. It does not need to be your natural hair color, but it does need to be natural in appearance, since you will be representing Woodlands on opening and closing days and we want you to look sharp, like our staff!

Sunday

- Dress appropriately. Nice jeans, khakis, or dresses are acceptable. Just look sharp.

Vehicles

All SALT campers must leave their personal vehicles parked and unused during the entire three-week session. SALT campers may go off camp with staff but either a SALT counselor or director must be the one driving. If they are unable to drive and you need to leave camp for some reason, then you may leave camp with a second year staff member IF your SALT counselors know you are going and have granted you that permission. 

Money

We ask that you hand in any money that you bring to the office when you arrive. This minimizes the risk of any of it getting lost or stolen. The office will put your money into your account to be used at any point in the trading post. if you need money out of your trading post account during the week, you may come to the office and request to withdraw money. If it is for the weekend, you must let the office manager or SALT director know that you need to take money out of your account before Thursday evening. 

Weekends

This year, we will be having activities and trips planned for SALT on the weekends! Also, meals will be provided. You don't need to worry about bringing money for meals or transportation, but if you'd like to bring some spending money or snack money we do recommend it. 

Laundry

We provide washers and dryers at no cost to you, however we do not provide laundry detergent or dryer sheets. Feel free to bring your own, as you will have time to use the washers and dryers on the weekends. 

Contact Your Camper

When your camper arrives, they will be asked to turn their phone into the office during the week (just like our summer staff is required to do). They will receive it back and may use it over the weekends, but during the week you will not be able to contact them via phone. If you would like to send your camper mail, feel free! You may mail letters or packages to the following address. Please be sure to also include the following information:

   *Camper Name*
       *Week of camp*
       1242 Old Blue Creek Road,
       Cleveland, GA, 30528

Emergency Contact

If there is ever an emergency, please feel free to call our office at 706-865-0853. We are open from 8:30-5:30 on normal business days. If it is after hours, please contact our after hours emergency contact number: 706-865-0853x122

Medication

The parent/guardian of every SALT camper must complete a medical form and submit it online before arriving at camp. You may do this for your camper by logging into our website, clicking on your campers itinerary, clicking on your campers name, and then clicking on the medical form tab under your campers name. If you need any help with the medical form, please call our office at 706.865.0853.

Please do not pack medication. All camper medication must be turned in to our health assistants at check-in. Only our health staff is allowed to administer medication. Our health center stocks basic over-the-counter medications (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.) and first aid supplies. It is not necessary to send these unless your child needs them on a regular basis.

Apply for SALT

2017 SALT Applications are now closed.

Applications for SALT 2017 are closed. Feel free to read through the details below to get an idea of what our process looks like! If you have any questions, you may contact Jacob Evans at jevans@woodlandscamp.org or call our office at 706-865-0853 Ext 104. 

Before you apply for SALT, please read through all of the information above. It is very helpful and will help you make a more informed decision. Then, please take some time to pray. Ask God if this could possibly be the opportunity that He would have for you this summer. If you believe He is leading you to apply, then please do.

How to Apply for SALT

Step 1: Application Form

SALT 2017 Applications are now closed

Fill out the SALT application form. You should receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of applying. If you do not receive this email, contact our office. There may have been a problem submitting your application. 

Applications for SALT 2017 are now closed as of January 31st at 11:59pm. If you have any questions, please email me at jevans@woodlandscamp.org

Step 2: References

Once we receive your application, we will send your references an email containing a reference form for them to fill out. Please tell your references to be looking for this email and to fill it out as soon as they can. Your application will not be considered until we have the reference form from both of your references. 

Step 3: Video

Submit a 2-4 minute video via Vimeo answering the following questions and following the instructions below:

Your application is not considered complete until I have received your video submission

  • How to create a vimeo account.
    • Go to www.vimeo.com
    • If you do not already have an account then you will have to make one, but don't worry because it is free.
      • Click the small green box in the upper left-hand corner that has the word "join" on it. 
      • Type your full name, email, and password then click create account. 
    • Make/edit your video and upload it under your account. 
      • The questions you need to answer 
      • Click upload and choose the video that you are uploading.
      • Title the video whatever you want.
      • IMPORTANT! - Under the privacy option, make sure and choose from the dropdown menu "Only people I choose can see this video."
      • IMPORTANT! - Once the privacy option is set, make sure and enter my vimeo username, which is jevans@woodlandscamp.org. I will not be able to view your video if you do not share it with me. 
    • Make sure you share the video with me!
    • Once you submit the video and your application is completed then you are finished with the application process. I will be following up to schedule a phone interview with you soon. 
    • Also, you have the opportunity to help cut the price down with scholarship opportunity.
  • Questions you need to answer during your video. 
    • State your name, age, and what you want to do when you grow up.
    • We have a lot of teens that apply for SALT. Why should you be chosen over the other applicants? What sets you apart? (This is a chance to let us know why you'd be an asset to our SALT program! Let us know what you can offer!)
    • What made you want to apply for SALT?
    • How did you hear about SALT?
    • What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
    • What is your favorite hobby/passion?
    • Show off a random talent! (Feel free to have fun with this one. Be as creative as you'd like!)
  • If you have any difficulties or cannot submit a video for any reason, please contact me at jevans@woodlandscamp.org

Step 4: Phone Interview

After we review your video, I will be calling you to set up a brief phone interview. This is the last step in the SALT application process. It's just a casual phone conversation allowing us to connect and ask any follow up questions we have after reviewing your application and video. And you should feel free to ask questions of me too!

Step 5: Results

We will contact you in February (before February 20th) with an email letting you know you were accepted or letting you know why we were not able to accept you at this time. Please understand that we do have lots of teens apply for the SALT program. Unfortunately, we cannot accept everyone who applies. 

Price and Scholarship Opportunity

It is our desire to make SALT as affordable as possible. Therefore, we offer SALT campers a chance to earn up to $200 worth of scholarships! To earn the SALT scholarship, you will need to complete two of the six scholarship options below. Each completed task earns you a $100 scholarship from our Jean Galloway Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Instructions: Below are descriptions of the different ways you may earn a $100 scholarship toward your SALT fee. You  may complete two of them. Each one has some sort of written assignment that you will be required to turn in (whether it's a form to fill out and sign, a journal, etc). This must be turned in 2 weeks prior to your SALT session. You may mail it in, fax it, or scan it into your computer and email it to me.

Scholarship Opportunity Options

Quiet Time Journal

Description: Keep a journal of your quiet times between now and the summer. Write the date, the passage read, and the ONE THING you learned from the passage. Of course, you might miss a day here and there, but you must have at least 5 days out of every week (starting at least by March 1st) recorded. 

Submission: Email me two weeks prior to your SALT session letting me know you are doing this scholarship opportunity. Then, bring the journal with you to your SALT sessions to be reviewed. Once I see your journal, your scholarship will be applied (We understand that this journal will be personal. We will not read every day's entry in detail. We will, however, read a few days at random and see that you did record an acceptable amount of days.)

Memory

Description: Memorize one of the passages of Scripture below. You must recite this to a parent, grandparent or guardian. Verses must be quoted word perfect with a max of one one-word help per verse. 

  • Psalm 139
  • Galatians 5
  • Ephesians 6
  • James 1

Submission: You must submit the following form (signed by listener) to the office two weeks prior to your SALT session. (click here for required form)

New Testament Reading

Description: Read the entire New Testament between now and your SALT session (does not count if you have already read it. If you have, you must re-read it between now and your SALT session).

Submission: Submit form (click here for required form) signed by a parent or guardian saying you read it. Must be submitted to the office two weeks prior to your SALT session. Here is a sample 90-day reading schedule.

Church Volunteering

Description: Volunteer at your church a minimum of 20 hours between now and summer. 

Submission: Have a church leader sign a form confirming what you did to volunteer and how many hours you volunteered for. You must submit this form to the office two weeks prior to your SALT session. (click here for required form)

Sample Ideas: A few ways you could volunteer at your church include: volunteering with the children's ministry, teaching a class, leading a small group, working in the nursery, going on visitation, helping out with your youth group...

Mentorship

Description: Find an older Christian whom you look up to and ask them to mentor you. Meet a minimum of ten times before attending SALT. 

Submission: Keep track of the dates on which you met and the content discussed on a sheet of paper and have the mentor sign the sheet when finished. Then, write a short paragraph about some ways meeting with an older mentor was helpful to you. You must submit the sheet and the summary paragraph to the office two weeks prior to your SALT session. They must be submitted via mail, fax, or scanned into a computer and emailed to jevans@woodlandscamp.org. You may not take a picture of the form and send it. It must be a scanned document. 

Leadership Book

Description: Read The Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley and write a short summary for every chapter and then a conclusion paragraph stating how the book impacted your life/action steps you want to take after reading the book. The book is available at a very fair price at amazon.com.

Submission: You must submit the chapter summaries and conclusion paragraph to our office two weeks prior to your SALT session. These must be submitted via mail, fax, or emailed to jevans@woodlandscamp.org.

Reference

If you are a reference, we will be emailing you a reference form to fill out as soon as we receive the camper's application. If you believe you should have received a reference form already and have not received one yet, please contact jevans@woodlandscamp.org or find the reference form here. Campers, after you have submitted your application, please let your references know to be checking their email for a reference form. They will need to complete the reference form before we will move on with your application process. Please contact Jacob Evans at 706.865.0853 or jevans@woodlandscamp.org with any questions or additional input you may have. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications does Woodlands look for in a prospective SALT camper?

Woodlands is looking for campers who have a heart to grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord, a passion for serving others, and leadership potential. Applicants must have been a camper at Woodlands and also be between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. SALT applicants must show a desire of wanting to grow spiritually while also showing the traits of a potential Godly leader. 

When does SALT start and finish?

session   arrive for check-in at office             pick-up                       camps in progress (camper age)
SALT 1    June 5 at 11am                               June 23 at 9:15am                Junior 2-4 (ages  8-11)
SALT 2    June 26 at 11 am                            July 15 at 9:15am                 Junior High 1-3 (ages 11-13)
SALT 3    July 17 at 11am                              August 5 at 9:15am               Teen 1-3 (ages 13-18)
** Please note: You may not arrive before the arrival time listed. Please contact our office well in advice if, for some reason, you need to request to arrive at a different time than listed. 

What does the SALT program look like?

A normal day for SALT consists of serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with both extra service projects and spiritual sessions in between the meals. They will also serve in the trading post in the evenings and also attend most chapel sessions. SALT also takes trips on the weekends to promote bonding as well as providing an unforgettable experience.

Where will I be staying?

You will be sleeping in the SALT chalet: a cabin where you, the other SALT campers, and your SALT counselors will be making home for your three weeks with us. 

May I go home during the weekends of my stay? May my parents or friends come here to visit?

Unfortunately the answer to both questions is NO. During the duration of your 3-week stay, you will not be allowed to visit home or have your parents or friends visit you. We want you to be completely focused on being here for the three weeks, not focused on your friends or family back home. You only have three weeks to bond with the other SALT campers and impact people here, so we want to help you not get sidetracked from that. You will receive phone access on the weekends, so you can keep in touch with them that way!

What are the weekends like during SALT?

The weekends officially start after lunch on the last day of camp for that week. The purpose of weekends is to rest, renew, bond with other staffers and SALT campers, and have fun! This summer, we have organized activities and trips for the weekends! Be prepared to leave camp. Meals will be provided but you may want to bring some spending money. 

How much money will I need to bring?

You will need to bring enough money for whatever you plan to buy in the trading post during the duration of your 3-week stay. This summer, meals will be provided for you even on weekends, however we recommend that you bring extra money for the weekends for snacks or a run to Wal-Mart for anything you may have forgotten. 

What else should I be sure to bring?

Work clothes and work shoes (you might get dirty!), modest one-piece swim suit, bedding for a standard twin mattress, beach and bath towels (we recommend 2 of each), Bible, journal, pen, toiletries, laundry detergent (we provide washers and dryers at no cost to you, however we do not provide detergent or dryer sheets), and a nicer outfit for church on Sunday, though the local churches tend to dress more casually. You may bring a cell phone for the weekends, but will be required to turn it in to our office during the week, just like our staff is required to do. NOTE: We are not responsible for protecting your valuables from theft or damage. We highly recommend you do not bring valuable items to camp. Click here for an extensive packing list.

Can I bring my car to camp?

Yes, however once you check in you will be asked to park your car and leave it there until the last day of your session when it is time to leave. We will also ask to keep your keys in the office just in case we need to move it at any time. 

For more information, please contact Jacob Evans at 706.865.0853 or jevans@woodlandscamp.org.