*Please read the information below before clicking the link at the bottom of the page for the 2019 Summer Leadership Team Application*
Applications must be submitted before Monday, January 7th, 2019 for New and Returning Team Members.
Applications must be submitted before Monday, December 3rd, 2018 for Support Team Members
The summer staff of the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp is made up of over 100 high school graduates and college students from around Florida, other parts of the country, and the world. We believe that these students have been called by God to be in ministry. When you watch them interact with the campers, and with each other, you can see the love of Christ shining through them. These camp counselors, known as, “team”, give 8 weeks of their lives in service to others. Before camp begins there is a week of training where the team is brought together to learn the tools needed to make this camp the best it can be. They have gone through a comprehensive interviewing and selection process, and have been screened by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They serve as cabin counselors, craft/skill leaders, small group leaders, they lead games, give devotions, and do so much more. Applications to serve on the team are available each year in October.
Leadership Team Employment Information
Below you will find information and links that will help inform you about the team experience. We hope you will prayerfully consider how God is leading you. A link to the application is at the bottom of the page.
Who can apply for the Summer Leadership Team?
The Leadership Team experience is open to any young adult who has just graduated from high school or is in college. Application is open to all, but applicants should remember that this is a United Methodist summer camp ministry. Applicants should have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, a desire to work with children and youth in a Christian environment, and be able to discuss their Christian faith journey.
What is the application process?
All team members must fill out an application form. The application form includes questions about experience, education, activities, special talents, essay questions, and reference forms. Each applicant is required to provide four references and ensure that each reference form is submitted by the deadline. List four, excluding relatives. Former employees, pastors, spiritual leaders, roommates, Professors and teachers are acceptable. You may only use one friend/roommate as a reference.
Applications are not considered complete until all reference forms have been submitted.
All applications will be reviewed and those chosen will be interviewed to move to the next stage of the application process. New applicants (having never served on Team before) will be asked to choose from one of two Camp Preview Weekends. These will be held at the Warren W. Willis UM Camp in February 2019, and will provide the applicant a chance to become familiar with the ministry of the summer camping program, as well as the site itself, and others that they may be serving with. During this weekend each applicant will also be interviewed. Out of state applicants can request a phone interview. The interview will include questions about a person’s faith, experience, reason for applying, etc. Once the application and interview have been reviewed by the selection committee, all applicants will be sent a response via e-mail around the second week in March. Each year approximately 100 young people are selected for the Leadership Team. Some applicants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a position becomes available.
What are the responsibilities of a Team member?
The Leadership Team provides for the day-to-day operation of the summer camp program. Each Team Member is assigned to be a camp counselor for one of the four age-level camps: Day Camp (rising 1st-6th graders, here for the day time only), Elementary School Camp (rising fourth to fifth graders), Middle School Camp (rising sixth to eighth graders) and High School Camp (rising ninth to twelfth graders). Normally team members who have just graduated from high school are not assigned to work with High School Camp. Assignments are made weekly. Each regular camp session runs from Monday afternoon to Saturday morning.
As a Team member one can expect to:
Training and orientation is provided and required for each team member. (for dates on training see below)
TEAM members are expected, after being trained, to:
Select team members may also be assigned to specialty camps and/or Trip Camps, which include: Creative Spirit Camp (this camp gives campers opportunity to participate in drama, dance, musical theater, visual arts and worship band); Suwannee River Trip, and Wilderness Week (a week of outdoor activities like rock climbing, rappelling, white water rafting, hiking, caving, etc.).
What are the benefits of being a TEAM member?