Camp Chaplain

The main responsibility of the camp chaplain is to provide leadership and direction for the camper bible studies. The leader will receive a package from the Camp Administrator with the curriculum for the bible studies. The leader will plan the studies for the appropriate age level of the campers, including instruction, discussion, and related activities. The leader should consider the use of music, art, and other activities as ways of exploring the biblical themes. Before camp begins, the leader should co-ordinate with the camp director to ensure that all needed materials are available. The bible study may be conducted in one large group or materials may be provided to the counsellors for small group use (or some combination of large/small group activities).

In addition to leading the daily bible studies, the leader should be prepared to lead a short (5 minute) introduction to the bible study theme during Morning Watch each day.

The leader should make themselves available to assist camper groups in planning the evening vespers services.

The leader should make themselves available to the staff and cabin leaders for spiritual support and direction during the week, including giving leadership and support for daily staff devotions.

The leader should participate in the other camp programs (e.g. campfires, vespers, games, etc.) and meal times so as to meet and get to know the campers.

The leader should assist with planning the closing worship for the final morning at camp.

Ideally, the Chaplain should arrive at the camp on Sunday afternoon (around 1:00 p.m. if possible) and stay at the camp until the end of the camp program week (usually Thursday afternoon).