High School Leadership
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 High School Leadership Program.
At Miracle Ranch and Island Lake, we are passionate about training leaders. You will use and continually develop your leadership skills throughout your life as you follow Jesus Christ – showing love to people in whatever ways God directs you.
High School Leadership Program
Our High School Leadership Program is designed for students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, who have an active faith in Jesus Christ and who desire to serve Him with their time and develop an understanding of servant leadership. Mentored by college-age leadership staff, our high school staff serve side by side in crews with our resident and day-camp programs. During our traditional camp weeks, high school staff have the opportunity to work in cabins with the campers and counselor.
Miracle Ranch also has a Wrangler-In-Training (WIT) program as part of the High School Leadership Program. The WIT program allows high school students to work alongside the wranglers while also being discipled by horsemanship staff, and given leadership opportunities during horsemanship classes and activities. This position is designed for students who have a secure understanding of their faith and demonstrate a consistent spiritual life. Students will grow in their faith as they practice basic horsemanship skills and learn to use them in their Christian witness.
Island Lake also has a Biker-In-Training (BIT) program as part of the High School Leadership Program. The BIT program allows high school students who have an interest in motorcycles and mechanics to serve alongside and be mentored by the dirt bike instructors and program leaders. A Biker-In-Training will be given leadership opportunities during our dirt bike activity sessions as well as be trained on basic motorcycle maintenance and mechanics. Applicants are expected to represent Jesus Christ well on and off the motorcycle. A Biker-In-Training will grow their faith as they practice riding and mechanical skills and learn to use them in their Christian witness.
Leader-In-Training (LIT) positions are available for 3-4 week sessions.
Wrangler-in-Training and Biker-In-Training positions are designed for all three sessions.
High School Leadership Program Information
High School Leadership Core Pillars
The foundation of the High School Program is formed by 3 Core Pillars:
The High School Leadership Program empowers participants to meet the needs of others, to steward resources, and to develop emotional maturity through involvement in daily Dining and Housekeeping crews.
The High School Leadership Program concentrates on building a Christian foundation for life with the goal of maturing in faith and attitude through Daily Group Devotions, Daily “Personal Study Times,” and weekly “one-on-ones” with High School Program Leaders.
The High School Leadership Program helps develop excellence in performance through assistance in the areas of Guest Services, Recreation Services, Co-Counseling, and Teamwork.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to apply?
Applications go live in December, but applications are accepted until all positions are filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications and references before the High School Leadership Weekend in April.
I was a Leader In Training / Wrangler In Training at camp last year. Do I need to apply again?
Yes, you must complete a new application and submit new references each summer.
When will I find out if I was accepted into the program?
Applicants are considered for positions when they have submitted their initial inquiry to the program, completed the form questions sent via email and three references have been received . Once the application process has been completed (including the 3 references), applicants should hear back from us within a few weeks.
What is the High School Leadership Experience Camp / Interview Weekend?
This year the Experience Camp / Interview Weekend is at Miracle Ranch for applicants to both properties. This weekend is designed to give applicants a taste of the program. Applicants will have the opportunity to be interviewed during the weekend and get to know other potential participants. The acceptance decisions will be made in the weeks following. This weekend is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged for applicants.
What does the schedule look like for each week?
Each day participants usually serve on one Meal Crew and one Activities Crew. Participants also take part in daily Bible studies, summer staff meetings, daily quiet times and weekly one-on-one meetings with their High School Leaders. Typically students in the program are off from Saturday afternoon until Sunday at 1pm. If participants would like other time off during their sessions, this can be worked out with the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.
What if I can’t stay for a whole session?
We encourage all participants to commit to one session or the whole summer, so that consistency is maintained and our curriculum objectives are met. There are many circumstances where we can arrange for sharing a session or working around a preferred week off. Please apply and these concerns can be brought up in the interview process.
Where will I be staying while at camp?
At each property, students stay in gender specific housing, with the college age High School Leaders that will be mentoring them.