For the health and safety of our community, CRISTA Camps has made the difficult decision to close our Island Lake and Miracle Ranch properties until May 2021. Please check back in Spring 2021 for an update on our GAP Program.
The CRISTA Camps Gap Year program exists to develop the next generation of Christ-centered leaders through transformational experiences, vocational discovery and discernment of calling.
This 9-month work/study program is highly experiential and challenges recent high school graduates to own and apply their faith, while furthering their education and gaining workplace skills. We accomplish this through our four program distinctives: discipleship, hands-on learning, vocational training, and adventure.
We desire that each and everyone of our Gap year participants to live a life surrendered to Jesus Christ. Discipleship is infused in every part of the Gap year program. Additionally, we have consecrated specific times, intentional relationships, and disciplines for the purpose of drawing near to God. Gap year students engage in weekly bible studies and a local church. CRISTA Camps staff members and their spouses forge an ongoing mentor relationship with program participants. We also practice spiritual disciplines like fasting from technology, journaling, and Scripture study.
The Gap year will be a definite break from traditional education. We believe that one of the best ways to learn is through experience. Gap year students are active participants in their learning whether the team is joining up with CRISTA’s seven ministries, serving with our community partners, or touring colleges and tech schools. Tuesday classes cover a wide range of subjects from team building, emotional intelligence, personal finance, resume writing, and many more.
Here we put the “work” in work/study. CRISTA Camps Gap year students make up a portion of our guest services team. Four days a week are set aside for housekeeping and facilitating guest group activities like archery, boating, field games, high ropes, dirt bikes, and paint ball. Our supervisors offer individualized performance feedback to keep Gap year participants on track with their vocational goals. This vocational training model keeps program costs low while Gap year students gain valuable certifications and customer service experience.
We use adventure and challenge as a tool for team bonding and personal growth. Gap year students start and end their experience with overnight wilderness trips and halfway through the year we go on a missions trip with one of our sister ministries, World Concern or Christian Veterinary Mission. In addition, they’ll have time to plan their own excursions. It takes between 2-3 hours to find beaches or mountains or even Canada.