Hiawatha Youth Leadership is an opportunity for current 10-12th grade students to grow and develop as leaders while attending a week at Camp Hiawatha with younger students. Leadership is not a one-time activity, so youth leader applicants will have attended Camp Hiawatha as a camper at least once, and will have been active in the high school youth program for at least one year, in addition to making a continuing commitment to the RLC youth program and leadership development opportunities through the following year (excluding graduating seniors). Youth leaders will also display a growing Christian faith and theology, be caring, welcoming, inviting, and affirming of all, show a willingness and eagerness to work as a team, and live a drug- and alcohol-free life.
Attendance at the following events is required for youth leaders:
- A pre-trip meeting for all Hiawatha participants via Zoom (offered on May 23 at 1 p.m. or May 26 at 6 p.m.)
- A leaders' planning meeting that same week of May 23 (date/time/location to be determined based on the youth leaders' schedules)
- Camp Hiawatha: June 27 - July 2, 2021
Applications are due by Mar. 31. Completing this application does not guarantee your spot on the youth leadership team. The number of youth leaders is determined by the number of camper registrations, space constraints, and Covid restrictions. Applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of your selection by the end of April. Your $100 payment and health form are not due until your selection has been confirmed.
**Due to Covid, some parts of the Hiawatha Youth Leader program will look different than previous years.**
- Transportation will not be provided to and from Camp Hiawatha. However, Abby and Audrey will send out cabin assignments early so as to facilitate carpooling with your cabin "Covid bubble."
- This year Camp Hiawatha requires a self-recorded pre-trip health screening. This health screening includes taking your temperature and marking down any symptoms for the two weeks preceding the trip. You must provide these records or you will not be able to attend Camp Hiawatha. More information about this requirement will be provided during a pre-trip meeting which you must attend via Zoom on either May 23 at 1 p.m. or May 26 at 6 p.m.
- In previous years, youth leaders have been assigned a cabin group with whom they participate in Hiawatha programming. Covid restrictions will constrain cabin sizes and therefore youth leaders might be assigned to a separate leader cabin and "Covid bubble". In this case, leadership opportunities will naturally look different than previous years.
While exact leadership opportunities are still in development in partnership with Hiawatha staff as we adapt to Covid restrictions, these are some of the activities you may look forward to as a youth leader:
- Being an active and enthusiastic role model and participant in regular Hiawatha programming
- Leading a Rubbaboo (small-group Bible study)
- Assisting with Campfire (large-group assembly and worship)
- Leading a Grover or Journey (all-camp fun and educational activities)
- Leading a Wattape (cabin devotional)
- Peer Ministry Leadership (PML) training
- FUN with your fellow campers and youth leaders!
Please contact Audrey (email@example.com) with further questions. We look forward to having you join us as a youth leader at Camp Hiawatha this summer!