Motivated camp staffs want to grow as disciples in Christ. The camp staff training they receive helps them grow and accomplish your mission. Good training simplifies for them what they need to know, or for some, it filters from their knowledge what is most important for camp ministry. I’ve included a brief check list of what to include in training and a list of final thoughts.
Ask this question to help focus your training. “If you had to train your staff in one day what would you teach? … Three days? … One week …” For small camps with volunteer staff this question is crucial. Camps with limited resources may also have limited time and be forced to focus. Well developed camps must resist a training program that becomes cluttered and inefficient.
What do we teach them?
- Your history/ministry values/purpose-outcomes
- How we value people
- The basics of life transformation
- The basics of how to live the Christian life
- How to counsel using scripture
- Necessary health and safety policy
- Your program specific stuff
- What team/unity/body/family looks and operates like
- Regarding policy, keep it simple. Group policy areas together to prevent long list of don’ts. Write an overview of each area, state policies simply, and summarize the heart of each issue.
- Train with the intent to freely give responsibility. This makes disciples, build character, and ministry ownership.
- Keep past camp stories as examples from year to year for illustration of works and what does not.
- You teach to touch the heart of staff – in turn they teach and touch the hearts of campers.
- Tweak your training and manual every year.
- Redo your manual every five years to keep your program fresh and uncluttered.
When you train your staff to be disciples, your program expands in ministry as young people begin to engage in the great commission. If you train them to simply do a job, you’ll trap them into work performance that may never connect with the heart of ministry.
Please contact me if I can help you develop or focus your staff training.