The CRISTA Camps Internship Program
Submit your application for Fall 2020 Internships by August 1st, 2020 and Spring 2021 Internships by December 1st, 2020!
The CRISTA Camps Internship Program exists to develop qualified ministry leaders through service-driven hospitality. This 12-month internship program is the perfect opportunity for a recent college graduate passionate about camping ministry. Interns will gain the skills and experience necessary to become full-time camping and ministry professionals. Our program is built on CRISTA Ministries core values: Christ-Centered, Highly Professional, and Service-Driven. We want to see our interns living fully surrendered to Jesus Christ, committed to achieving excellence in performance, and passionate about meeting others needs.
Challenge & Fortitude
Its common for those wanting to work in camp ministry to serve multiple summers without ever experiencing full-time, year round camp life. Many who are unprepared for the pace of camp ministry experience burnout. The CRISTA Camps internship is structured to build one’s skill and capacity to endure the marathon that is camping ministry. Our interns experience the camping ministry equivalent of boot camp to give them the skills and confidence to juggle future challenges unique to this field, like creating boundaries when you live where you work, repeating years of intense summers, experiencing recurring temporary community, etc.). It is a season of living what you learned in school and doing hard things alongside amazing people who also love what you love. This experience focuses on developing future camping leaders, but can also be beneficial for people pursuing para-church or youth ministry.
The most important aspect of the internship program is spiritual growth. We are all on a journey of learning to be more like Jesus, not to please God, but to live like he meant us to live. We believe the Bible is central to our spiritual growth, therefore, we spend time in God’s word as a community whether we’re sitting down for morning staff devotions, intern classes, or men and women’s Bible study. Each of our interns are paired up with a mentor who checks in regularly to provide encouragement, support, and accountability. As a community, we gather for family dinners and bi-monthly staff gatherings to fellowship with one another.
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 camping ministry. Our desire is that each intern would complete his or her internship with a clear sense of God’s calling in their lives and practical skills that will serve them in their future endeavors. These practical skills may include hosting guest groups, creating program or curriculum, facilitating outdoor education, building teams, and housekeeping.
What is expected of a CRISTA Camps intern?
- 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.
When does the internship program start and end?
The internship has two options for start dates: fall and spring. Interns must commit to 1 year of service to officially complete the program.
|Cohort||Application Deadline||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall 2020||Aug 1st, 2020||Aug 24th, 2020||Sept 7th, 2021|
|Spring 2021||Dec 1st, 2020||Jan 6th, 2021||Dec 18th, 2021|
What are the differences between program, equine, and dirt bike interns?
Horse interns are fully immersed in the day to day operations of the barn. They are responsible for daily chores, barn up keep, rodeos, trail rides, riding lessons, keeping horses in shape and assisting in horse therapy. There is an opportunity to specialize in either horsemanship, barn management, or equine therapy. It is common for interns in the equine track to use this year to acquire their hours for certifications in Therapeutic Riding Instruction through PATH and Standard Instruction and Instruction of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) through the CHA. The equine track is only available to interns with previous horse experience. A skills assessment will be necessary before acceptance into the equine track.
Program interns are deeply acquainted with all aspects of the guest experience from hospitality to activities to the camp store. They are responsible for hosting guest groups, executing camp programming, leading and assisting in camp turnovers, maintaining and facilitating camp activities, recruiting staff, campers, and volunteers, and completing special projects. There is an opportunity to specialize in specific areas of camp like hospitality, program development, recruitment, volunteer coordination, sales, marketing, and business and accounting. Special circumstances may allow for interns to earn academic credit through their university but advance notice is necessary. Program interns will come away from their experience with certifications in Life Guarding and Ropes Course Facilitation.
Dirt Bike/Program Track
Dirt Bike interns know all the ins and outs of trails, bike maintenance, and lessons while filling in programatically when there are no dirt bike needs. They are responsible for coaching both riding and mechanic fundamentals, inventory management, motorcycle maintenance, volunteer/staff management, and facilitating safety in the context of the sport of dirt bike riding. Expectations include time wrenching on bikes, helping facilitate all dirt bike sessions, involvement with monthly 4M (Motorcycle Mechanic Men’s Ministry) gatherings, keeping track of maintenance needs, and, of course, leading a safety & Jesus-focused culture at the bike barn. The dirt bike/program track is only available to interns with previous motorcycle experience and a willingness to learn bike maintenance. A skills assessment will be necessary before acceptance into the dirt bike/program track.
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, five days each week working in their camp department and one day off without camp or internship responsibilities (local church involvement is strongly encouraged and accommodated where possible).
What are the application requirements?
- 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 (if applicable)
- Dirt bike experience (if applicable)
*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 stipend or health insurance?
CRISTA Camps Interns receive a $600 monthly stipend to cover incidentals in addition to free food, lodging, and certifications in high ropes, life guarding, food safety, and CPR/first aid. Stipends increase to $800/month in the summer months due to the increased volume.
Health insurance is not provided by CRISTA Camps. We recommend finding a provider in the Washington area. Check out these resources for more information:
What can I expect in terms of housing and meals?
Intern and gap year participants live together in separate male and female housing. Our interns have a home base out of Miracle Ranch(15999 Sidney Rd. SW, Port Orchard, WA 98367) and frequently travel to our second property, Island Lake (12500 Camp Ct NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370). Depending on traffic, these properties are about 35-45 minutes away from each other. 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 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 intern 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 intern food is available when guest groups are not in session. Interns 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. It is not about you.
The CRISTA Camps Internship IS for servant leaders. It is for people who want to push themselves to do hard things. It is for those who want to face challenges head on. It is for people who embody our core values. It is about sacrifice. Are you up for it?
- Submit an initial application for Fall 2020 Internships by August 1st, 2020 and Spring 2021 Internships by December 1st, 2020
- First interview with the Assistant Intern Director
- Submit 3 references
- Second interview with the Intern 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. 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 2020 internship program are due August 1st.
Please fill out the online application by clicking below.