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The Wilds C.A.M.P. Program

C.A.M.P. stands for Camp Apprenticeship and Ministry Practicum and is designed to give young adults the true camp experience! The program runs from August to May.

C.A.M.P. is primarily designed for young adults who are college age or recent college graduates. Because it is a paid position, only a limited number of positions will be available each year, and decisions for the upcoming year will typically be made in March.

No matter where God leads you, the C.A.M.P. program is sure to give you a broad ministry experience that will be helpful in your future occupation. Through the unique benefits of camping, CAs will develop their interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and philosophy of Biblical ministry. The intent of the program is to equip CAs to become more grounded in the Bible and versatile in ministry.

If you meet the qualifications, we would love to have you join the crew! Keep reading for more information, or click below to apply!

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About the Camp Apprenticeship and Ministry Practicum

The three goals for C.A.M.P. participants (whom we affectionately call CAs) are:

1. Know Camp

CAs will receive an all-around experience of The Wilds by working in a variety of camp departments—from program to Dining Hall operations, they will learn how camp really works.

2. Know and Develop Gifts

C.A.M.P. will challenge CAs mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually. They can experience the joy of serving God in a fast-paced environment with a group of like-minded young people.

3. Know God

It is the desire of The Wilds that CAs grow in knowledge of the Bible and closer to their God. CAs will receive encouragement and advice from staff members and various opportunities to share God’s love with campers.

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Because C.A.M.P. is designed to give the CAs an all-inclusive camp experience, the program is divided into three tracks to provide a variety of opportunities. CAs will typically spend two weeks on each track before rotating to the next. By the end of the practicum, CAs will have a broad understanding of all aspects of camp.

Program Track

In this track, CAs will have extensive contact with campers. During school camps, they will act as a school host/hostess, with the purpose of building relationships with the campers. In addition, CAs will assist in operating the various program activities (Giant Swing, Climbing Wall, Land Trolley, etc.) and program services (The Snack, Cool Beans, General Store, Craft Shop).

Dining Hall Track

Working in the Dining Hall gives CAs an opportunity to serve campers with one of the most important jobs on the campsite—preparing and serving food! Working with an efficient crew, CAs will learn how to prepare and serve food, clean, and run the Dining Hall.

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Operations Track

In this rotation, CAs will experience the work that goes on behind-the-scenes at camp. Jobs may include (but are not limited to) cleanup, laundry, office, landscape, maintenance, and construction. CAs will learn practical skills which will be useful to them, no matter what ministry they go to next.

Spiritual Growth

Opportunities for spiritual growth abound as CAs learn from a variety of sources. Ministry trips, accountability partners, small group Bible studies, top-notch speakers, and godly relationships are intentionally placed into the schedule. CAs are also encouraged to take an active role in a nearby local church and to cultivate their own personal relationships with God.