The Jack Geer Internship Program | A Legacy of Passion, Adventure and Love for the Lord
The Jack Geer Internship Program at CRISTA Camps continues a legacy of passion, adventure and a strong love for the Lord that has impacted generations of campers at CRISTA Camps. Our intensive program is named for Miracle Ranch founder Jack Geer, a man who was instrumental in acquiring the first CRISTA Camps property in 1962—through a series of “miracles”—and who served faithfully through work and prayers until his death in 2015 at 100 years old.
At CRISTA Camps we have always held a deep admiration for the dedication Jack Geer showed to serving his community, and our Jack Geer Internship Program honors his legacy by continuing the work he started faithfully so many years ago.
CRISTA Camps’ year-round internship program is designed for people who are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and desire to join our staff in creating an environment where staff, volunteers, and guests can experience Christ each and every day.
Internships at CRISTA Camps are a life-changing experience; a time where each intern grows spiritually, personally, relationally, and professionally, coming away more energized and prepared for a lifetime of service. In addition, interns experience many facets of the Christian Camping world and can gauge if they see it as a career.
CRISTA Camps is committed to making the year-round internship both challenging and rewarding. Much will be asked and much will be given as we carry out CRISTA Camps’ mission of proclaiming the gospel while building servant leaders.
What is expected of a CRISTA Camps intern?
Much will be asked of each intern and much will be given, as they serve Christ in a community of believers.
- Interns will be involved in Bible study, small groups, worship, sharing and fellowship, all while living and working at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch.
- The interns’ responsibilities and expectations will build through the school year and culminate in the summer with leadership opportunities among the summer staff.
- Interns will be challenged to look beyond themselves and serve each other, guest groups and the mission of CRISTA Camps.
- We ask each intern to serve by giving their time, energy and resources for the duration of the internship. The full-time camp staff also desire to give back by generously giving time, energy, grace, resources and opportunities to each intern.
What is the focus of a CRISTA Camps internship?
We take discipleship seriously and hope that through mentorships with those further in the journey, our interns will be able to dig deeper in their spiritual growth and be equipped to disciple others. Interns meet collectively and in small groups, which are designed to be times of exploration into eachother’s lives, and will be key in creating a community defined by love and truth.
A component of discipleship is leadership development. We believe that building the next generation of leaders is one of the most important things we can do. Jesus invested in twelve disciples as the future of the Church. We want to continue that tradition by challenging the interns to understand and grow in their leadership potential. Through many opportunities and challenges, interns are given fertile ground to grow in their ability to lead.
Community—with God and with others—is central to our journey as Christians. We desire for our intern community to be one where they are challenging each other be more like Jesus. This program will include up to 16 interns, who spend their year living, eating and working together. Living in such a unique communal environment is both a blessing and a challenge that requires selflessness. Interns will grow in their understanding of what it means to build deep, caring and healthy relationships with others.
In our current culture, the gap between being teenager and becoming an adult is continuing to grow. We want to reverse this trend by walking alongside the interns as they discover their God-given passions and skills.
Our interns serve in various roles that contribute greatly to the overall mission and vision of CRISTA Camps. Our interns are trained and expected to work in all areas of CRISTA Camps operations. Interns will also be receiving aptitude and gift/talent testing in addition to their performance reviews. The combined results along with personal dialogue will be used to help each intern explore vocational opportunities within ministry. Our desire is that each intern would complete his or her internship with a more clear sense of God’s calling in their lives.
When does the internship program start?
The year-long internship program starts and ends at two different times of the year, between January and December and September and August.
What internship positions are available?
Interns serve in most or all of the following areas; additionally, each intern will work as a team leader in 1-2 of the following areas depending on his or her skills, gifts and personality:
- Administration (scheduling, registration, pre-camp communication, etc.)
- Adventure Activities (ropes course, team building, paintball, waterfront, etc.)
- Horsemanship (feeding, cleaning, wrangling, etc.)
- Housekeeping (cabin turnover, laundry, general cleaning, etc.)
- Kitchen (food-prep, store operations and inventory, meal service, etc.)
- Maintenance (general repairs, landscaping, vehicle operation and maintenance, etc.)
- Marketing (design, recruiting, events, etc.)
- Trail Bikes (instruction, maintenance,marketing, etc.)
What does a normal day/week look like for an intern?
Interns work at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch and live in gender-specific housing (primarily based out of Miracle Ranch). During the school year, interns spend one day each week focused on spiritual growth by participating in Bible studies, one-on-ones, and personal time with the Lord. In addition, interns spend five days each week working in their camp department and enjoy one day off without camp or internship responsibilities (local church involvement is strongly encouraged and accommodated where possible).
What is required to apply as a CRISTA Camps intern?
- 21 years old or older
- Possess a valid state issued driver’s licence
- *Associate’s degree or equivalent experience
- *Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
- Relevant certifications i.e. Red Cross Life Guard, Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Levels, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Levels, etc.
- Horse experience
- Dirt bike experience
*One year of relevant experience may be substituted for each year of require education on a case by case basis
Do CRISTA Camps interns receive a salary and health insurance?
In addition to the invaluable life experience, year-round interns will be paid a small monthly stipend. Interns also receive room and partial board during the school-season and complete board during the summer camping season.
Health insurance is not provided with the internship.
What can I expect in terms of housing and meals?
Intern and gap year participants live together in separate male and female housing. Free laundry facilities are available at both properties.
Males share a cabin at Miracle Ranch. The cabin comes equipped with 1 shower, 1 toilet, 3 sinks, twin bunk beds, couches, dressers, and under bed storage. Cabins are heated in the winter but do not have air conditioning. While at Island Lake, males will stay in the 3 bedroom (twin beds), 2 bath staff house with kitchen, washer and dryer, winter heating, and no air conditioner.
Females live in Sweetwater at Miracle Ranch, a dorm style housing unit. Interns and gap years will have at least one roommate. Rooms come equipped with twin bunk beds, dressers, and hanging storage. The community bathrooms and lounge are shared spaces. Sweetwater lounge includes a freezer/fridge, coffee maker, sink, and sitting area. Dorms are heated in the winter but do not have air conditioning. While at Island Lake, females will stay in the 3 bedroom (twin beds), 2 bath staff house with kitchen, washer and dryer, winter heating, and no air conditioner.
Food & Meals
Food is provided for gap year participants all year round. Food allergies or intolerances can be accommodated. Meals will be in the dining hall while guest groups are in session. Access to leftovers and special gap year food is available when guest groups are not in session. Gap years can also cook food in the camp kitchen
How do I apply?
The CRISTA Camps Internship is not for everyone. It is not for people who want a vacation. It is not an escape from reality. It is not for people who want to be spoon-fed. Its not about you.
The CRISTA Camps Internship is for servant leaders. It is for people who want to push themselves to do hard things. Its for those who want to face challenges head on. Its for people who embody our core values. It is about sacrifice. Are you up for it?
- Submit an initial application by August 11th
- First interview with the Assistant Gap Year Director
- Submit 3 references
- Second interview with the Gap Year Director
What is the CRISTA Ministries Doctrinal Statement?
- We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
- We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
- We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative sacrifice; and all that truly repent of their sins and believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and His ascension into heaven and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
- We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, bodily return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
What is the CRISTA Camps Community Covenant?
The CRISTA CAMPS Community Covenant is an outline of some community principles we as a community are committed to adhering to in order to cultivate a Christ-Centered, Highly Professional, and Service-Driven environment. In an effort to represent Christ to the world and live in a way that is above the reproach of believers and non-believers, we ask our interns to commit to
- Abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis products, and illegal narcotics, on or off property for the entire nine month commitment.
- Embracing and embodying the traits of a CRISTA leader: Christ-centered, highly professional, and service driven.
- Joining a local church community and attending services when possible.
- Maintaining the CRISTA Camp’s Rule of Three, which prohibits members of the opposite gender from spending alone time together. The Rule of Three also applies to all camp staff when interacting with campers regardless of gender.
- Pausing the development of any new or pre-established romantic relationships (e.g. refrain from moving from single to dating, dating to engaged, etc.) throughout the course of the year.
- Using phones and technology in ways that include and edify the community. Interns will participate in a mandatory 30-day tech fast (abstaining from phones, computers, televisions, video games, etc.) We will keep each other accountable to refrain from escapism, addiction, and exclusion.
- Maintaining CRISTA Camps cleanliness standards in their own living spaces. Living spaces will be inspected on a regular basis. Everyone is required to participate in regularly cleaning their living space. Any damages will result in the loss of one’s $100 housing deposit.
Breaches in covenant will result in disciplinary action by the Intern Program Team. CRISTA Camps reserves the right to terminate internship participation if a participant intentionally or repeatedly violates the community covenant.
Apply to be a CRISTA Camps Intern
Applications for the 2019 internship program are due August 11th.
Please fill out the online application by clicking below.