You can expect your summer here at camp to be fun, but more importantly it will be a rewarding one. Many staff leave the summer claiming that they have had the best summer of their lives. Not because they loved paintball, friendships, or the water park, but because they served others. You will spend your summer ministering to children, teens, and young adults on behalf of Jesus. While this is tiring and emotionally exhausting work it is only for a season and the spiritual growth you will experience is tremendous. Everything that you put into the summer will not be vain but for the Kingdom of God.
Working at a camp is hard work. If you’re a counselor you’re working around the clock at various jobs. It can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. You do receive time off for a couple hours each day and it is expected that you use that time to recharge. Maybe this means spending time with God or maybe you just need a nap. I understand that it’s hard so we try to give you the time and care you need to recharge. But like I said this is some of the most rewarding work you can do.
We live in an intentional Christian community here at Camp Istrouma. That means that we strive to follow Jesus’ example in all that we do. We don’t pretend to be perfect. In fact we do the opposite; we admit failure and wrong doing so that we can grow in Christ and as a community. We strive to follow the life that Christ intended for us. Our community here attempts to be authentic. We meet people where they’re at and walk with Jesus towards his calling on our lives. There is no need to put up a front of who we’re supposed to be; to do so is giving into the world. We long to be a community modeled after Galatians 5:16-23 (read below. no. really. go read it.)
Camp is also a great place to explore and learn how to do ministry. Jesus calls us all to live a life of a minister. For some that means going to seminary and for others that means going into the business world; neither is greater than the other. I know of no better training field for ministry then at a camp. You lead real people on their walks with God in a supportive environment of other believers on a similar journey. The great advantage of Camp Istrouma is that ministry is happening around the clock; we don’t have to wait for Sunday. We get to spend 24 hours a day with people asking God where he is working and where we can participate in his ministry.
If you agree with the statements above, I hope you choose to join our staff this summer. You can find the application in the link below. I look forward to receiving it.
Camp Istrouma Staff
Galatians 5:19-23 The Message
16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?
19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.