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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105

The purpose of LAMP is to empower participants with leadership skills and Spirit consciousness to live mission-focused lives in God's kingdom. The leadership skills include goal setting and achievement, responsibility, respect, communication, conflict resolution, developing relationships, decision making, handling failure, and creativity...while being mindful of Christ's example, the Spirit's presence, and God's will.

Camp WaMaVa provides a safe, supportive environment where participants can learn and practice these skills through activities, discussion, and mentorship. They will create, plan, and conduct real programs. Being a summer camp setting, many opportunities will focus on leading children, though considerable time will be spent learning/leading with fellow LAMP participants, counselors, volunteers, and camp administration. Examples of LAMP activities include developing large group recreation games, leading campfire skits/songs, presenting devotionals, administering arts & crafts, assisting counselors, mentoring campers, and determining camp program content.

Though the LAMP program is conducted within a camp setting, it is designed to provide lifelong leadership skills that serve all parts of life: at home, as a coach, at church, with youth groups, in the community, professionally, and even as future parents. This program is not simply a fun way for long-time campers to maximize their WaMaVa experience. It is for highly motivated, hard-working individuals who can appreciate the challenges and complexities of leadership. It is for those who feel called to exemplify Christ not just as a person, but as a leader.

LAMP is a unique opportunity for some serious fun. Serious in that there is real work and responsibility to ultimately be Christ to our campers. Fun in that the work focuses on the joy of children, valuing those around you, working with incredible friends, being a light (er, LAMP?), and enjoying the blessing of WaMaVa life in the beauty of God's creation. You learn some serious life skills with constant, encouraging feedback along with significant time of personal reflection. It's a way to further discover who you are, who you are becoming, in supportive place where people care about you.

LAMP applicant requirements and process:

  • Participants must be rising 2022 11th or 12th graders or 2022 high school graduates

  • WaMaVa leadership will respond to your application with follow-up questions & to setup a phone interview

  • Training includes written pre-camp reflection and planning assignments prior to June arrival (approximately 15 hours spread out between May 1 and your camp arrival)

  • Program length is 2 and a half weeks: 

    • June 15-18: Orientation and training 
      (depending on school schedules, orientation may be delayed/shortened)

    • June 19 - June 25: Week 1, all LAMPs participate this week

    • The second LAMP week will either be Week 2 (Jun 26 - Jul 2) or Week 3 (Jul 3 - Jul 9). We split the LAMPs into smaller groups for their second week for optimal leadership opportunity and mentorship.

    • Participants must also attend Week 6 as a camper (July 24-30)

Note that the LAMP program is not a Counselor-in-Training program. Leadership and mission focus are its primary objectives. Camp counseling is one of many goals that a LAMP participant may choose to pursue. The program's skills are meant to be applied toward the spiritual calling of each participant...whatever that calling may be. LAMP is a significant commitment of time and work, so please carefully consider your desire before applying.

LAMP application period has closed.

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