Written by Amy Vander Kamp, West Michigan YFC

The YFC Camp tagline: Where Everything Changes couldn’t be truer. The truth is that lives are changed at camp, and we want you (and the students) to have the best experience possible! Here’s a helpful top five list for you as you prepare for this amazing week at camp.

5- Recruiting Students
This is where the fun begins! Make sure that every student in your community that could go to camp gets the opportunity. Plan every building time, appointment, small group, student interaction that you have with the idea of sharing this opportunity with them. Keep extra information sheets and forms in your car at all times. You never know when an interaction with a student could turn into them wanting to go to YFC Camp. You will be amazed at what students end up going! Check out this resource for some helpful tips along the way: http://www.yfc.net/resources/download/camp-leader-training-guide/214/

4- Recruiting Cabin Leaders
If you don’t have the right people on the team or they are not trained sufficiently, everything will suffer.  Be mindful of the 1:5 or 1:7 leader to student ratio, and begin recruiting early on. Before YFC Camp, get all of the leaders together and help them catch the vision. Make sure that you, as a leader, are training and encouraging them along the way. There are multiple training resources here: http://www.yfc.net/camp-old/leader-online-training/

3- Preparing Parents
Be prepared! Make sure that you have all of the forms ready, all of the details in place, and that the parents are assured that a professional is running the show. Holding a parent meeting before the trip is a great way to solidify their trust in you. Be sure to be properly prepared to answer their questions about: transportation, background checks on leaders/ training for leaders, packing lists, emergency numbers, camp rules etc.

2- Preparing Yourself
Be prepared to work hard! This week will bring up some challenging conversations with students; you will wake up early, and go to bed late. In the weeks before camp prepare yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and come up with a team that will pray for you throughout the week. Remember that “The best picture students get of Christ at camp is the one framed by you.”  (Molly Ramseyer)

1- Expecting God’s Movement
God uses this week in ways far beyond our comprehension to bring students and leaders closer to Him. Pray fervently for God to prepare the hearts of everyone involved in YFC Camp this year. Make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunities to see His mighty hand transform students’ lives, and your own through this great experience!

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