Thank you for taking an interest in the Leadership in Camp Ministry (LCM) internship program. Through this program, Timber-lee offers a unique nine-month paid internship that provides hands-on training designed specifically to equip participants with ministry, communication, and leadership skills that are invaluable to a career in Christian camping, outdoor recreation, the education field, and many others.
With the use of interactive educational instruction and training, field experience working with school groups and youth retreats, and a Christ-centered community, Timber-lee will provide the right environment needed to take ministry minded individuals to the next level of both personal and professional growth.
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Timber-lee is located on over 600 acres in scenic Southeastern Wisconsin, and is home to one of the largest residential Outdoor Education and youth retreat programs in the Midwest. The LCM interns have the advantage of working closely with many different aspects of these programs, thus gaining knowledge by hands-on experience, as well as learning directly from numerous seasoned professional staff.
Apart from having a role in teaching, planning, and organizing classes, activities, and events for Outdoor Education and youth retreats, our interns participate in conferences, camp tours, guest lectures, and various other learning opportunities throughout the year; all within the realm of a Christ-centered community.
Our internship runs from mid-August through late-May with time off allotted for a Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Although the program formally concludes just after Memorial Day, we encourage interns to join us by influencing within our summer camp program through several key roles.
During the program, interns have an influence within the Outdoor Education program through teaching/facilitating classes and hosting guest groups. The OE program runs throughout the entirety of the program year, but peaks during the fall and spring. From the start of the program, interns are able to select a specific departmental track of concentration according to skills and interest. Those departments are as follows:
Throughout the program year, interns help in the planning, preparing, and implementing of over a dozen of Timber-lee’s youth group retreats. A handful of retreats in the fall serve as some introductory training that provide a stepping stone for the 9 weekends of winter retreats that our interns run called winterXtreme.
Interns are provided with on-site housing, most meals, and a bi-weekly pay.
$8,000 - Anticipated Intern Gross Income
-$1,600 - Program Costs (includes administrative, classes, travel expenses, etc.)
$6,400 - Anticipated Gross Income (after program cost deductions/payments)
$2,970 Room & Board Value
$10,970 Total Compensation Value
We select individuals who are passionate about helping others grow in a closer relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit working in them. It’s our desire that our interns will leave with lasting memories and close friendships, have numerous valuable learning experiences, and a deeper spiritual life.
*Have a sincere love for God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
*Be able to fully participate in the entire duration of the program, August through May
*College graduate preferred
*Between the ages of 21 and 25
*Have enthusiasm for contributing to a learning and teaching environment
*Possess excellent communication skills and the ability to teach and lead a group of students
Your LCM experience will be intertwined with the overall purpose, vision, and mission of Timber-lee; spiritual transformation, learning experiences, meaningful relationships, and significant memories.
Interns are provided with opportunities to better understand themselves through various personality tests and metrics that can help with identifying their own unique gifts and temperaments. The program itself is built around the idea of being a Christ centered community which enables growth in the areas of interpersonal communication and relationship building, and a deeper understanding of the importance of a closer personal walk with Jesus.
Networking is a part of the LCM program through exposure to camping professionals both at Timber-lee and throughout the Upper Midwest region. Timber-lee provides several opportunities for camp tours to local and regional camps throughout the program year and for an extended period of time in March.
Additionally, an intern will be exposed to the following opportunities to:
- Teach in an extensive Outdoor Education program serving approximately 10,000 students each year
- Plan, organize, lead, and evaluate over a dozen retreat programs throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring
- Attend a regional Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) Sectional Conference
- Participate in weekly seminar-based classes covering personal and professional development and training
- Obtain certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and NASP Archery
Our desire is to maintain a Christ-centered ministry empowered by the Holy Spirit. All Timber-lee staff members are encouraged and expected to pursue a daily personal walk that reflects a commitment to Jesus, seeking to please Him in every phase of their lives.
Scripture sets the overall parameters for Christian community, which includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, tolerance, and self-control.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecc 4:9-10)
Through this concept of Christian community, the LCM intern will have the opportunity to develop deep relationships with people who may be quite a bit different than they are. Working, living, learning, and worshipping together will provide for interpersonal understanding that can be a vital asset to future life situations.