Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
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 2020 11th or 12th graders or 2020 high school graduates
Applications must be received by February 15, 2020. Selected applicants are notified by March 15, 2020.
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 15-20 hours spread out between April 1 and your camp arrival)
Program length is three weeks:
June 17-20: Orientation and training
(depending on school schedules, orientation may be delayed/shortened)
June 21 - June 27: Week 1, all LAMPs participate this week
The program's final week differs by individual. You will be assigned a week between weeks 2 through 5 and paired with another LAMP participant.
Understanding individual family summer plans, there is flexibility in the final week assignment. However, the applicant must commit to June 17 - 27.
Participants must also attend Week 6 as a camper (July 26 - August 1)
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. It may be a mature decision to choose to junior staff* and/or camp another year. The extra time and experience may make the program more meaningful should you apply next year.
*LAMP participants are not permitted to be junior staff members at any point during the summer. However, if applying for LAMP and not selected, you are eligible to apply for junior staff.
*The LAMP program is not designed for multi-year admittance. Former LAMPs are eligible to apply as junior staff or senior staff (if age/grade permits)