2. TRAINING MATERIALS

COUNSELOR/STAFF TRAINING #1

1. When was the last time you have shared the Gospel with someone? Without looking at the picture below can you go ahead and say it? Have you ever tried to explain the Gospel to a child?

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2. Everyone one of us at some point encountered God. We all have gone and are still going through a spiritual journey of our own. For some of your your journey started long ago when you were a child. 

Take the time to remember how you came to God and how you experienced Him as a child or an adult. How you feel about your conversion is exactly how you will be explaining it to a kid. 

Just like us kids go through spiritual journey as well, it is on there level of course, but it is still a journey. It is an honor for us to join them and be part of their walk. 

Consider 5 ways of joining a child on a spiritual journey:

  1. Through sharing Bible stories on the level they can understand;
  2. Through answering questions they might have about God and building concepts of faith;
  3. Establishing trustworthy relathionships;
  4. Showing God's love;
  5. Being a role model.

3. When working with children we have to be very considered of their age. There is a very big difference in preaching the Gospel to a 6 year old that cannot understand the that Santa Clause is not real and to a 13 year old who has already formed their opinion about God. 


COUNSELOR/STAFF TRAINING #2

TEAMWORK

Let everyone contribute to the discussion.

When you're meeting together, it's important that everyone has a chance to speak; try to not cut off anyone.

Listen well.

In addition, it's important to actually hear what your team arise saying. Often, you may be thinking hard about the project and want to jump in with what you have to say. However, in that time you spent thinking, you haven't heard what someone else is saying. Make sure you take time to hear each other out, as otherwise, you'll never be on the same page. If you find your mind drifting on an idea, write a quick note down, then refocus on what other people are saying.

  • Remember to make eye contact with the person who is speaking and lean in towards him or her. Put away anything that might distract you as well, such as your cell phone or laptop.

  • You can also try nodding your head while the person is talking to show the person that you are listening.

  • Avoid interrupting the person while he or she is speaking. Wait until he or she has finished to ask questions or make comments.

Don't shut down ideas.

You may be set on one idea. In fact, you may think it's the only way to work through a situation your team is facing or a problem you're working on. However, you can't just shut down other people's ideas. For one, it will keep them from wanting to speak up later. More importantly, someone may have a better idea if you give it a chance to develop.

Ask questions and seek to understand.

It is important to ensure that you understand what the speaker is trying to express. One way to ensure that you are on the same page as someone else is to ask questions. This may help you to avoid conflicts due to misunderstandings.

Do what you say you're going to do.

Reliability is one of the main components of being a good team member. If you don't follow through with your work, you're dragging the rest of the team down.

Find your niche.

Everyone has something to contribute to a team. You know what you're good at, and you can use that to make the team better. For instance, if you are good at organizing, offer to help oversee the paperwork for the project to help keep it on the right track.

Be willing to do the dirty work.

While you should play to your strengths, you're not always going to be given the prize jobs in group work. No matter what task you're working on together, everyone is going to need to do some of the grunt work. Be willing to dig in and do what needs to be done to finish the project.

Don't criticize a method just to criticize it.

That is, if someone does something a way you wouldn't do it, analyze the situation before you jump in to "fix" it. You may realize that the method they are using is just as effective, even if it's not what you would do in the same situation.

Be respectful.

Of course, you're not always going to like everyone you work with, and you certainly aren't required to like them. However, it is important to treat the people in your workplace with respect and professionalism. Throwing fits or getting in arguments with people you don't like is unprofessional and will slow down the team's work significantly.

Realize it's always your job.

When you're not in a team environment, your job description may be fairly well defined. In a team environment, you may need to jump in to help in areas that aren't exactly in your job description because someone else needs the help. Being willing to help out makes the group work more efficiently and builds good will.

Show enthusiasm.

If you're excited, you'll get others excited. When you're working together, that excitement can lead to better results, as you're all motivated to do your best on the projects you're working on. On the other hand, if you constantly criticize or talk down about a project, that can be catching, too, and it can bring a project down.

Take time to get to know your team.

Remember that no two people are alike, and that each team player has strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. Knowing what makes your teammates tick is necessary to develop strong and productive working relationships, where you complement each other rather than work against each other.

TIPS FOR SERVING IN KIDS MINISTRY

Four Ways to Become a Better Volunteer or Leader

  1. Be available to kids.
  2. Be relational. You may not be perfect, but kids desire to know you as well as you know them.
  3. Have a consistent walk with God. Pray and read God’s Word daily.
  4. Be transparent. Let them see your walk with God. Share your wins and losses with them.

Do’s and Don’ts of Student Ministry

  • Don’t try to be their buddy.
  • Don’t cross the line.
  • Do love kids right where they are.
  • Do build strong, lasting relationships with kids.

COUNSELOR/STAFF TRAINING #3

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

The busiest time of day for you will be during the rotation activities, when all the groups rotate from one activity to another. The following are all the activities and the directors.

POOL:  This is self-explanatory. The children will swim each day Monday – Friday in the swimming pool. We have lifeguards who are certified lifeguards and certified in First Aid/CPR. You may bring pool balls and floats if you’d like. Please be actively involved with your kids during this time.  Keep in mind that your children will need sunblock. One counselor must be on dry land at all times- not on their phone, but actually watching the kids. This is a rule.

SPORTS:  These are activities will take place either in the gymnasium or out on the field. The activities could vary from soccer games to the sack race. The counselor are required to participate with the kids.

CRAFTS:  Mark Donets, Vika Kosova, and Anastasia Kovalenko will lead and show the children how to make various arts and crafts. This is lots of fun and allows your children to cool down inside.  Please participate with the kids and help them out, 3 people cannot do everything and control all of your kids!

WATERSLIDE:  During this time, the kids will have the chance to go on the waterslide, which will be supervised by a leader. Absolutely no unsupervised swimming in the lake! Groups 1 and 2 will have a choice to go to their rooms if they like. Counselors please take an active part during this fun time, activity leaders cannot handle everything alone.  

GROUP WATER GAMES: This year we are having group games again.  This will be led by Yulianna Opalchuk and Liza Strizhkov. The games will only be for 30-45 minutes and will include water games and team building activities.  Please be active in participating!!!

GROUP TIME: Use this time wisely to go over the daily lesson, prepare for presentations, to have devotional time with your kids, to get to know your kids more, or to clean if necessary.

MUSIC: This is an activity where your kids will learn how to sing new songs. We have to tell you in advance, that this is a very disciplined activity where the kids must listen to the choir director - Katie Kravtsov along with the help of Natalie Chenkov and Jessica Paliy. Please help her organize your kids during this time.

BONDFIRES: Bondfires are an activity where your group will bond, have fellowship, have snack and spend time together. Make sure to keep a close watch on them at this time. Especially make sure that the little ones don’t get too close to the fire or run away.

SNACK TIME: Each group will have a designated box. You are responsible for making sure that the box gets put back in its designated place. No box = no snack. Snacks will be served twice a day, around 3pm and 9pm.

BOWLING: This activity is also called “human bowling.” The activity will be set up as a slip & slide, with pins at the end. The kids will go two at a time, seeing who can knock down the most pins. Counselors, please take part and help out in this activity.

CAMP GAMES: Each camp group: younger, middle, and older camp, will participate in group games. They will be involved in team building, relays, water activities, etc. Please participate and help out in this activity as there will be around 100 kids per camp game.

RULES

  • Stay with your campers at all times.

  • Help your campers at all activities. The activity directors cannot handle all the kids by themselves.

  • Make sure your campers follow the camp rules. You are their guardians during camp, so keep control of your team.

  • Look over the list of your campers and pay extra attention to those that have any medical or allergy complications (perform a body check every night for rashes, bug bites, scratches, or anything suspicious - suggestions, put kids in line and ask them).  

  • Bring your counselor packet with you to camp for reference.

  • Put sunscreen/bug spray on your campers according to the event.

  • Please make sure that your campers take showers and change their clothing (parents provide clean clothes for a reason).

  • From time to time check camper’s bed and clean if necessary.   

  • Personal time: Each counselor can take 1 hour out of the rotation activities for your own personal time. But, only one counselor at a time from each team can be off.

  • No cell phone use. If you need to call someone, please do this on your own personal time. Never talk on the phone or text message in front of the children.

  • Keep the dorm rooms clean.

  • Use main entrance for cafeteria; you are not allowed to use the side doors.

  • Staff and Counselor curfew:  2:00 a.m. Please be respectful and obedient as you have made the choice to come serve and not fellowship only.

  • NO DATING during camp.

  • Dress appropriately, in a Christ-like manner. Girls – shorts must be mid thigh-length, no mini-skirts or spaghetti strap tank-tops, one piece only during swimming (shorts and tank top is an alternative). Guys no walking around shirtless.

  • Follow the schedule and arrive to all activities on time.

  • Ensure camp is a positive experience for all campers.

  • Build a sense of team unity and camper morale.

  • After the evening meetings, at least 1 person has to stay in the room with the kids.

  • Please have your kids wash their hands before eating.