Since I’m currently smack dab in the middle of Spoke Folk Massachusetts 2011, and in the middle of a stretch of four weeks involving three different youth ministry related trips and camps, here’s a list of random thoughts about Summer Youth Ministry in lieu of a regular Friday Five post.
- Summer trips and camps rarely go exactly as planned. Being flexible is key.
- Take advantage of the extended time you have to interact with youth during summer trips and camps. I’m a huge fan of camps and retreats because they afford me opportunities to build relationships with kids in ways that could take weeks or even months during the school year.
- Taking care of volunteer chaperones is so important on summer trips. They’re probably using vacation while you’re getting paid to be there. Let them know how much you appreciate them.
- Every trip is different. Every experience is different. Try not to compare apples to oranges.
- Enjoy the time that you get to spend away from your desk and e-mail. Seriously. You get paid for this?