Interested in our Discipleship program but you don’t know what to expect? Here is some more information:
Our focus is on the spiritual formation of young people—teaching them who God is and who God made them to be. This spiritual formation will happen through conversations, book studies, Bible studies, guest speakers, personality tests, worship, prayer, time alone with God, service opportunities, and more. This program is designed to help teenagers make their faith their own and learn how to rest, work, and be in a world that is so full of sin.
Our hope is that each and every teenager in the program will come to a greater understanding of God’s love for them and what it means to follow Jesus in the midst of a broken world, as well as for each person to develop more fully into who God has made them to be. We will cover many different but related topics by inviting a variety of guest speakers to help the teenagers get a wider perspective on many topics.
During this program there will be day trips to a variety of organizations to get more hands-on experience serving God and others. Some of the organizations that you will be likely to visit are Why Not City Missions in Brantford or The Gleaners. This community involvement will be a good opportunity for participants to have a greater variety of experiences, as well as an opportunity for them to apply what they have learned.
One of our favourite parts of the program is the time when you will be working alongside our staff to co-counsel our grade school campers and special needs guests.
The teenagers may be a co-counsellor in the overnight Munchkins program (grades 1-3), overnight Adventure Camp program (grades 4-9), Day Camp program (grades 1-9), or Special Support/SPEC programs (for adults with disabilities). There are even opportunities to work in the kitchen or on maintenance!
This is a great way to develop leadership, try new things and gain experience with how to be a staff member at camp in the future.
The DISC program looks great on any resume, especially if you are interested in being on staff at Camp Shalom one day. You will also receive a larger salary as a staff member at camp if you are a graduate of the DISC program.
Camp is all about having fun. In this program, you will typically go camping for a few days, play games, and experience all the excitement of camp such as swimming and fun songs. Because of the small group in this program (usually 4-10 campers) there is a lot of flexibility to learn and do what your group wants, so the fun often varies year by year.
Sample Weekly Breakdown
Week 1 – Three-day camping trip, bible studies, guest speakers, day-long service and learning trips, leadership training.
Week 2 – Bible studies, guest speakers, day-long service and learning trips, leadership training.
Week 3 – Service and learning trip!
Week 4 – Co-counsel with Special Support programs, Day Camp program, or help out with Kitchen or Maintenance.
Week 5 – Co-counsel with Special Needs programs, Munchkins program, Adventure Camp program, Day Camp program, or help out with Kitchen or Maintenance.
Week 6 – Co-counsel with Special Needs programs, Munchkins program, Adventure Camp program, Day Camp program, or help out with Kitchen or Maintenance.