LCM Internship

WELCOME

Thank you for taking an interest in the Leadership in Camp Ministry (LCM) internship program. Through this program, Timber-lee offers unique nine, five or four month paid internships in four different areas that provide hands-on experience designed specifically to equip participants with ministry, communication, and leadership opportunities that are invaluable to a career in Christian camping, outdoor recreation, the education field, and many others.

Through field experiences 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.

For questions contact Tom Parsons at tomp@timber-lee.com, 262.642.7345 x256

The Timber Challenge (TC) department is responsible for the delivery of Timber-lee’s challenge course programs. This includes our 900’ zip lines; 23-element two-level high ropes course; 40’ climbing tower; and a variety of outdoor recreational offerings including archery, canoeing, and cross country skiing. Successful candidates will spend 28-30 hours per week gaining practical hands-on experience guided by established leaders in the outdoor adventure industry.

Documented instructor hours can be used for practitioner/manager certification in various industry associations. In addition, interns gain experience in youth retreat program planning and implementation as they live and learn about year round camp ministry.


The Science Education Center (SEC) at Timber-lee is a state-of-the-art 14,000 sq. ft. facility that houses more than 75 species, ten indoor classrooms, and more than 35 different interactive displays. Successful candidates will spend 28-30 hours per week gaining practical hands-on experience in teaching and leading groups of students ranging from pre-k to 8th grade (predominately focusing on 5th -6th grade) in a variety of environmental science and outdoor skills classes.

A SEC-based intern has the opportunity to walk away with enough skill and philosophy to build an outdoor education program from the ground up. Interns are provided experiences in management of natural communities and natural area restoration work. In addition, interns gain experience in youth retreat program planning and implementation as they live and learn about year round camp ministry.


The Saddle Horn Ranch (SHR) is home to Timber-lee’s 45+ horses, animal farm, and leather craft and blacksmith shops. Successful candidates will spend 28-30 hours per week gaining practical hands-on experience in the saddle guiding trail rides, on the ground caring for the horses and other farm animals, and in the classrooms teaching students how to safely maneuver on and around a horse. Interns will also learn how to operate our tractor to drive hayrides, teach leather craft projects, and explain the role different types of animals play on a farm. While training is provided, SHR interns must have experience and be comfortable both on and around horses, and also possess the ability to work in all types of weather. In addition, interns gain experience in youth retreat program planning and implementation as they live and learn about year round camp ministry


Successful candidates will spend 28-30 hours per week gaining practical hands-on experience in ministry areas and youth camp programming as they live and learn about year round camp ministry. Youth Program Interns are also assigned to one of the activity area departments that is best suited for their interests and assessed skills.

LCM INTERNSHIP BASICS

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.

SEASONAL SPECIFICS

Our internship runs from mid-August through late-May with time off allotted for a Thanksgiving and Christmas break. There is also a 4-month option from mid-August through mid-December, and a 5-month option from January through May. Preference will be given to those candidates selecting the full 9-month option.

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. Throughout the program year, interns help in the planning, preparing, and implementing of over a dozen of Timber-lee’s youth group and parent/child retreats.

FINANCIAL DETAILS

Interns are provided with on-site housing, most meals, and a bi-weekly pay.

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

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. 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 this through seminars, workshops and visits to other camp settings and facilities.

COMMUNITY LIFE

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. Interns will be encouraged to pursue God, serve others, care for oneself, and to celebrate the many gifts God presents each day.

Interns are provided community, recreational, and spiritual focused opportunities throughout the year to experience spiritual transformation, significant memories, learning experiences and meaningful relationships.

Interns are provided a single occupancy bedroom within a residence that has a shared furnished kitchen and other common spaces.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

Specific Requirements

*Have a sincere love for God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

*Be able to fully participate in the entire duration of the selected 4, 5 or 9 month 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