The backbone of our camp ministry, senior counselors are charged with forming relationships with their campers and creating an atmosphere conducive to rest and growth. Each senior counselor receives a weekly stipend and is required to spend three weeks in their role on campus + training. Senior counselors must be at least 18 years old and have been out of high school for at least one year (no recent high school graduates). All senior counselors must be able to travel to Coldstream for required dates.
Our Senior Counselors Are...
Senior counselors work in teams of 2-4 counselors per cabin, providing spiritual leadership, a safe, fun environment, and room for campers to grow and try new things. The senior counselor position also entails significant involvement in creating the daily schedule, teaching Bible seminars, and leading electives. Senior counselors set the standard for all other staff and work closely with the Youth Camps Director and Intern to make each week of camp fun, safe, and educational. All of our senior staff also undergo training in CPR and First Aid certification during training.
Each counselor works with a cabin of 6-12 campers, making relational growth their first priority. Counselors spend all their time with their campers- meals, devotions, games, and chapel! Counselors are encouraged to pour in to their campers and show them the love of Christ as tangibly as possible: through service, words of affirmation, and quality time. Many campers return year after year simply to continue the relationship with their special counselor!
Above all, senior counselors commit themselves wholeheartedly to the transformational Gospel of Christ, and should expect to be changed just as much as the campers they serve. "But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:27-28).