Friday Five: July 1, 2011

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.

  1. Summer trips and camps rarely go exactly as planned. Being flexible is key.
  2. 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.
  3. Taking care of volunteer chaperones is soย 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.
  4. Every trip is different. Every experience is different. Try not to compare apples to oranges.
  5. Enjoy the time that you get to spend away from your desk and e-mail. Seriously. You get paid for this?

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