The Top 5 Reasons Why Working at a Summer Camp Should Be Your Next Summer Job

Attention college students! Summer is just around the corner and it's time to start thinking about your summer job options. Here are three to consider:

Option #1 — You could go for a job that pays the most money, but is that really the only thing that matters to you this summer?

Option #2 — You could move back home and work some odd jobs. It's definitely nice to be back home, but will this do anything to prepare you for life after college?

Option #3 — You could look for an opportunity that will provide you with practical, real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. And guess what? You'll still get paid!

So, what's the perfect opportunity that combines practical experience, personal growth, and a chance to impact young lives? Working at a Christian summer camp like RVR!

Here are the top 5 reasons why this should be your next summer job:

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1. Improve Your Leadership Skills

Developing leadership skills is crucial for any career, and working at a Christian summer camp like RVR can help you learn and practice leadership in a unique and effective way. As a Counselor, Program Director, or Crew Chief, you will be responsible for supervising and mentoring campers, leading activities, and making decisions that impact the entire camp community. This experience will accelerate the development your leadership skills, which will be valuable in any future job or career. Additionally, you will meet Christian leaders who can mentor and guide you both personally and professionally, and make connections that could benefit you in the future.

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2. Grow in Your Faith

Working at a Christian summer camp like RVR can also be a transformative experience for your personal spiritual growth. You'll participate in a variety of group activities, Bible studies, worship services, and other spiritual experiences alongside your fellow staff members, and you'll have the chance to share your faith in Jesus with campers. Being in charge of mentoring a group of young people can often be a significant catalyst for your own spiritual growth.

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3. Make a Positive Impact on Young People

At a Christian summer camp like RVR, you will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people. As a role model, you can show campers what it means to live out their faith in day-to-day life while demonstrating the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You'll help campers grow in their faith and confidence as you lead them through a variety of unique camp experiences. And as is often the case, the memories students make with you at camp are among the most meaningful in their lifetimes (they will tell you this years later!).

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4. Build Lasting Relationships

Working at a Christian summer camp is a great way to meet new people and build lasting relationships. You'll be part of a tight-knit community of staff members who share your Christian faith and values, and you'll have the chance to form deep life-long friendships with your fellow counselors and program staff. You'll also have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with campers who are desperately in need of a spiritual mentor and friend.

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5. Have Fun!

Finally, working at a Christian summer camp is just plain fun! You'll spend your days outside, enjoying the beauty of God’s creation while participating in exciting activities like zip-lining, paintball, horseback riding, swimming and so much more. You'll have the chance to try new things and challenge yourself, and you'll be part of a community that values laughter, joy, and true Christian community.

It's a no-brainer! Choose a summer job that will not only help pay (some) of your bills, but more importantly, provide you with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Consider working at a Christian summer camp and make this your best summer ever!

Jon Bisset

Jon is RVR's Executive Director and President of Peter & John Ministries. He brings a lifetime of experience to Christian camping and ministry.more