What have you learned makes a serving experience or camp a great one?
- Going is not enough: “…we don’t just want them to go, we want them to grow.”
- Be a trip mentor: “A trip is a great place to develop a long-term, life-changing relationship with a student.”
- Have a purpose for the trip: “What do you want your students to look like when they return?”
- Inspire spiritual growth: “Students will feel a need for God while on the trip, and this is a great opportunity for you to introduce them to spiritual disciplines”
- Find teachable moments: “…mix a student’s experience with the truth of God’s Word.”
- Challenge students: “… [it[ starts with challenging the top performing students."
- Get sleep: “Trips become increasingly ineffective as team members become tired.”
- Add value to your adult volunteers: “… the number one problem I see over and over again is adult volunteers who have no idea what they are doing on the trip. They come because youth trips need adults, but beyond that they are not sure why they are there.”
- Remember Boundaries = Love: “Don’t give students what they want; give them what they need.”
- Stay connected to God: “You can’t impart what you do not have.”
I think Doug is spot on. Just last month we had a major difference in a serving camp experience because of the investment we made into our adults, which in turn helped them better invest into students.
Which of his points most stands out to you?
Is there anything you would add or subtract?