The Faith Camp Staffternship is a hands-on service and learning opportunity for 18-24 year old individuals at any point in their high-school, college, or post-graduate career. The servant leaders who occupy this unique role serve as both interns and as Faith Camp staff alongside the individuals who serve in the typical staff role.
All Staffterns must have a servant’s heart, be devoted to the ministry of Faith Camp, exhibit enthusiasm for junior high ministry, strive for and maintain a well-founded personal prayer life, and must possess a personal commitment to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Application Due: January 27, 2020
Prospective applicants should read this description in its entirety.
All applications will be processed by the Faith Camp Coordinator team. In addition to completing the application, you are required to have one letter of recommendation submitted on your behalf before the application deadline. If you have staffed with us in the past three years, the letter of recommendation is optional. It is best if you ask this individual to write your recommendation early, even before you submit your application. No late applications will be accepted.
The Staffternship begins part-time upon acceptance to the program. When accepted, Faith Camp Staffterns are expected to work a minimal five hours a month remotely; it then begins in earnest on June 24th where Faith Camp Staffterns begin their Stafftern formation. From that date through July 29th, Staffterns will be living in community full time.
When living in community, Staffterns will have a few personal days during the five weeks of their commitment. For the remainder of that time, however, Staffterns are expected to join in the community life formed by other Staffterns and the Faith Camp Coordinators. Meals will be eaten in common, and a guys and girls space will be the living quarters at Stillwater Catholic Retreat Center (The old Camp Woodmen facility).
All Faith Camp Staffterns are expected to have a spiritual support base who will support them in their ministry through prayer and fasting. Additionally, Staffterns are encouraged to find a financial support network for their ministry. Faith Camp will provide fundraising materials and a fundraising platform to each Stafftern to help him or her in the fundraising process.
Staffterns are asked to raise no more than $3,250 for their commitment to Faith Camp (any money raised in excess will go to Faith Camp’s operational fund). Donations will be held by Family Missions Company until June 14th, at which point each Stafftern will incrementally receive the donations that (s)he has raised as a stipend (up to $3,000). Each Stafftern’s support base make it financially viable for that individual to serve in this role.
Note: If any Stafftern should withdraw from the Staffternship program before (s)he fulfills his or her role, the funds that (s)he raised will be kept by Faith Camp, as they were donated to support this ministry. To be clear, any Stafftern who withdraws from the program will not receive the funds (s)he raised, as these will be donated to Faith Camp in their entirety.
Important Dates & Staffternship Work Schedule
Application Due: January 27th
Stafftern Move in Date: June 24th
Staff Retreat: June 26th-28th
Work Week: June 29- July 3rd
Faith Camp Week One: July 6th-10th
Faith Camp Week Two: July 13th-17th
Faith Camp Week Three: July 20th-24th
Available Staffternship Positions
One guy will be chosen to serve as the Apostle to the male Disciples and Team Leaders during the weeks of Faith Camp. This individual must exhibit leadership, supervision, and exceptional interpersonal skills. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have attended Faith Camp in the past, and who exhibit an understanding of this role’s importance in camp.
One girl will be chosen to serve as the Apostle to the female Disciples and Team Leaders during the weeks of Faith Camp. This individual must exhibit leadership, supervision, and exceptional interpersonal skills. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have attended Faith Camp in the past, and who exhibit an understanding of this role’s importance in camp.
Lead Music Minister
Write this year’s theme song, lead music ministry practices, and select the songs for the weeks of camp. Lead all praise and worship during Faith Camp and Staff Retreat. This position may also serve as a cabin leader.
Music Ministers (up to 2)
Serve in music ministry under the guidance of the Lead Music Minister. Attend practices and guide praise and worship during Faith Camp and staff retreats. This position may also serve as a cabin leader.
Take photos and video during the weeks of Faith Camp, videotape the Program dance, and be available for any other Faith Camp events. This position may also serve as a cabin leader. This individual must provide his/her own camera and video equipment.
*Applicants to this position must upload 5 sample images and a 30 second sample video with application.
The ministry of Faith Camp is blessed with the presence of children. The main purpose of the Child Care Stafftern is to provide for the children of Faith Camp who are not yet of camper age. The Child Care Stafftern will assist the Faith Camp Family with their children during the weeks of camp during major events, event set up, talks, and wherever else is needed. They will also be on hand to provide child care for any camp volunteer who is in need of that; this could include child care for speakers, kitchen volunteers, and other camp personnel.
Design skits for Faith Camp and direct them during camp. Create and oversee program games. Aid in the creation and oversight of activity programming during the week.
Assist the head coordinator(s) of camp. Field phone calls, run errands, keep schedules, and ultimately serve to aid the coordinators throughout the week. Must maintain confidentiality. Preference given to those who exhibit organizational and interpersonal skills, and who feel comfortable speaking with parents and volunteers via phone or in person.
Oversee medical supply organization and distribution before and during camp. Be present to assist in the distribution of medicine at key times. Be prepared to help in the case of medical incident or accident. Serve as the camp’s medical volunteer on site. This position must have some medical experience or training (nursing or medical student encouraged; CPR or EMT experience acceptable; etc.).
The tech support Stafftern will be in charge of creating all slide presentations, updating music lyrics for music ministry, assisting music ministry with sound/AV needs, creating a meal time playlist, running media during all general sessions, and communicating with speakers to assess their technical needs before their talk.