The Camp Staff Experience at Camp Impact is an 11-week opportunity to serve as a camp counselor in Allendale, South Carolina. Camp Impact is a summer camp hosted by local churches in the Allendale community. All camp staff will coordinate programming for the summer as students from Grace Church help provide weekly hands-on support. In addition to working camp, the experience includes pre-camp training and a camp staff retreat in Greenville, South Carolina.
Grace Church partners with Fairfax First Baptist Church and Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church to facilitate Camp Impact, a six-week summer camp for children ages 5-12 in the Allendale community. Campers spend their day playing sports, taking part in activities like an Escape Room or making slime, and learn about the love of Christ through small group time and chapel. With new volunteers each week, every day of Camp Impact looks different than the day before!
We understand there are a variety of things you could do with your summer; from internships, jobs in your hometown, or even summer school, we understand how you spend your summer is important to you. However, we truly believe there is no better way to spend your summer than investing in things that are eternally significant.
Through the summer staff experience, you will be stretched and challenged in new ways. You will grow in your relationship with others as you live in community with other summer staff and form lasting friendships. You will learn more about yourself as you consistently serve campers, families, and short-term mission teams. You will learn how to do ministry with others as you lead various areas of camp. Most importantly, you will grow in your relationship with the Lord as you experience a dependence on him that can only come from giving your life away in the service of others. Your eyes and heart will be opened to his goodness, his faithfulness, and the work he is doing in Allendale.
The experience lasts 11 weeks, which includes pre-camp training, camp set up and break down, and the camp staff retreat at the conclusion of camp.
Staff will begin their time at Grace Church in Greenville for training and planning, and spend the following eight weeks living in Allendale, SC. At the end of camp, staff will return to Greenville for a camp staff retreat.
May 20, 2019 - July 31, 2019
"Camp Impact brought me to a place of dependence upon God that I had never experienced. Working in Allendale for six weeks opened my eyes to the idea that God is doing much bigger things than I could ever imagine doing on my own. Instead of working to attain my own value and significance in this world, I was able to experience the worth and value that comes from giving your life away for his name to be known. A truly humbling summer that I am incredibly thankful for!”
“Looking back on my summer in Allendale, I can see how I got to be apart of something that was so very clearly bigger than me and anything I could hope to achieve on my own. Whether it was through having enough craft supplies or simply watching the kids have fun with a game, God’s faithfulness was evident in so many ways! Getting to have a small part in what God is doing in Allendale was humbling and exciting, and it left me incredibly thankful I got to be on staff this summer at Camp Impact!”
“Living and working in Allendale was such an incredible experience. My favorite part about the program was being in Allendale for an extended period of time versus just a week. Over the course of the summer you get to develop relationships with those you are spending day in and day out with. I was sweetly reminded of how the Father delights in knowing his people personally as I found joy from getting to know campers. I am confident you wouldn’t regret spending your summer at Camp Impact. God will truly meet you in the midst of camp craziness and draw you to himself.”
Camp Impact is held in Allendale, SC. However, the Camp Staff Experience will begin and end in Greenville, SC with pre-camp training and a post-camp staff retreat. All summer staff will report to Greenville by Monday, May 20 and will officially conclude the program on Wednesday, July 31. Additionally, camp staff will have the week of the 4th of July off.
Yes. You must be 19 years old or completed one year of college by May 20, 2019. Additionally, priority will be given to applicants who have been a part of developmental programs and/or biblical community at Grace Church.
If you don’t quite make the cut in regards to age, contact Lauren Sowell at [email protected] and ask about our high school internships at Camp Impact!
Camp staff works a 7-hour day of camp Monday–Friday. Additionally, there will be team meetings that take place on Sunday afternoons that are mandatory for each staff member to attend in order to prepare for the following week of camp. Outside of camp hours, staff will also meet together on certain weeknights for development training, staff devotionals, and small groups.
Applications for the Camp Staff Experience are accepted year round. Camp Staff positions will be filled on a rolling basis as we prepare for the upcoming summer program.
After you have submitted your initial application, you will receive a camp questionnaire that allows us to get to know you a little better. At this point, if selected, you will move forward with an interview. All positions will be filled and applicants notified by March 1, 2019.
During the application process, you will have a chance to indicate which position you are most interested in serving as. However, as we try to accommodate your request, we ask that you be flexible and prepared to serve in any position at Camp Impact.
Yes! You will receive approximately $250 / week.
Camp Staff will also be expected to raise $1,000 of outside support to help cover staff housing and program costs.
During the short stay in Greenville, each staff member will have a host family to welcome them to Greenville and provide a place to stay! However, in Allendale, camp staff lives in gender specific houses in the Allendale and Fairfax area.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to work another job or take summer classes in addition to your time at camp. Life at camp can be demanding, and we want each staff member to be able to focus solely on their responsibilities in Allendale and serving well throughout the summer.
A Camp Director is responsible for all oversight of Camp Impact. They oversee and maintain camp structure, including scheduling, culture and policy, as well as lead camp staff.
JUNIOR COUNSELOR SUPERVISOR
The Junior Counselor Supervisor serves as the supervisor for those participating in our Junior Counselor Program. Junior Counselors are ages 13-18, and act as “camp staff in training.”
Curriculum Counselors are responsible for the development and implementation of all spiritual curriculum and small group time. These staffers will be working towards making sure summer camp has a lasting impact and the campers leave the summer knowing more about Jesus.
Activities Counselors will be responsible for the scheduling and planning of all non-sports related activities to help make the camp educational, inclusive, and a memorable experience for the campers.