The GPS Christian Camp Internship spiritually Guides, Prepares, and Shapes
ministry-minded individuals. Many people see the value in, and feel a calling into
camp ministry; however, they lack the experience and guidance to
follow that calling. The GPS camping internship program is a yearlong apprentice experience
that equips students for their ministry mission. If you have a passion to serve in
summer camp, youth, or outdoor leadership ministry, and desire to gain invaluable
experience— meet GPS.
At RVR we desire to develop the next generation of ministry minded Christ-followers.
Our goal throughout the duration of the GPS program is to disciple the GPS students in four areas:
The main goal of GPS would be to guide you spiritually. We work toward this goal together in various ways, including
making it a priority every week as a group to spend time together either directly in God's word,
working through a book study, or partaking in beneficial classes together.
Spiritual growth also comes through practice! As you learn and start becoming more involved in the programs
RVR offers to guests, you will have more and more opportunities to practice serving and contributing to the
spiritual growth of others as well.
The GPS program exists to develop the next generation of ministry leaders.
That being said, we dedicate our time and resources to developing our interns
professionally to help launch them into their careers when the program ends.
Here are some of the vocational growth opportunities you will get to take part
in during your internship:
Guest Services & Programming —
All interns are part of the RVR Program Team and will spend a large portion
of their time providing unforgettable experiences and services for our
outdoor education program,
retreats (programmed and rental), and
summer camp programs. Interns help to manage the property,
create programs, and run many aspects of a guest group experience throughout the year.
Trainings & Certification —
Interns will also have the opportunity to pursue numerous trainings and certifications
related to camp ministry during their time at RVR.
Hands on experience is a big part of what we do at RVR. During the internship
each intern is assigned a specialty based on their interest, skill set, and needs of the program.
Everyone at RVR’s main job is guest services, think of specialties as your second job at RVR.
Specialties give you a chance to focus on a specific niche in camp ministry while working
alongside experienced camp professionals.
Classes & Conferences —
Interns get even more experience, knowledge, and connections through classes and conferences.
Classes are taught by our gifted staff and many topics related to the field of camp ministry.
Past class topics have included human resources, marketing, development, staff recruitment,
and strategic planning, to name a few. Interns will also get a chance to attend a
camp conference during their internship!
Christ not only grew in favor with God (spiritually), he also grew in favor with man
(relationally). Ministry is primarily people centered, and the GPS camp internship offers
countless ways to grow in this area. Guest services is a big part of what we do at RVR
(and with over 10,000 annual guests, that’s a lot of people-interaction), and we share our
methods and caring culture with GPS students as they gain skills to better relate to guests.
Interns will grow relationally as they work side by side with our full-time staff and fellow interns.
Interns work and live together, which creates strong community and opportunities for growth.
Interns will learn conflict resolution as well as skills to affirm and love their fellow interns.
At RVR, we work hard and we play hard. We believe that recharging is
necessary and can be a lot of fun. Interns will experience
several group trips throughout their year as a time to “get away” and have
fun as an intern family. Past trips have included: kayaking/canoeing camping trip,
escape rooms, Assateague Island, and white water rafting, to name a few.
RVR offers an array of benefits to provide for and meet the needs of
our GPS Camp Internship participants during their year of service & learning with us. Click
on each of the following to learn more:
Communal housing is provided for all interns.
Interns are on RVR’s meal plan. That means they receive a monthly grocery card to help offset their food expenses.
When RVR’s kitchen is open to serve guest groups, interns are welcome to join.
RVR interns receive a small bi-monthly stipend for the duration of the program.
GPS participants are off for major holidays and receive paid time off to be used at their discretion
with the approval of their supervisor.
Students participate in RVR’s staff retreat, a camping conference,
and intern outings/trips.
The goal of many of our students is to gain knowledge of summer camp.
Not only do you receive these skills, but have the opportunity to implement
them during an RVR summer.
RVR's staff strives to be a group of innovative leaders in the field of camp ministry.
The training and experience they offer is second to none and is a
huge benefit to interns.
There are two separate housing units; split between male and female
interns. Interns will live with roommates in shared housing that includes a bathroom, living room, and kitchen.
Utilities are also included for free.
There is no typical week. Interns schedules revolve around our guest groups.
A week will consist of these elements: serving guest groups, preparing RVR's
property, opportunities for professional development, and Bible study.
Our program understands the importance of getting into the Word, and that’s why we commit
to be in the Scriptures as a team at least once a week. This time may look different depending on the season.
Some weeks we may be in a bible class, others we may hear a devotional or be working
through a group bible study together. No matter the method, it’s always a great time to
grow closer to God and to each other.
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