- volunteering at camp -
What are staff saying
My favorite thing about last summer was getting paired with Cheeto and Chuud during Jr. High weeks and watching our camper turn to Jesus.
One of my favorite memories from the summer was the last worship night when we all worshiped our hearts out together.
God taught me that community is so important as a follower of Jesus. No matter where you come from, there are good and bad influences. Surrounding yourselves with other believers grows your faith even more.
God has taught me how to love others even when it's difficult, and I’ve learned to be obedient to Him and what he commands me. He’s also taught me to trust His plan for me.
God taught me this last summer to trust in Him and turn to Him with everything, and that prayer works!
What I love about being in Leadership is being in the unique position of creating a community of people that care for each other and a culture that serves the Lord. I also love the opportunity to develop my leadership abilities and learn what it means to lead people. I would encourage anybody who desires to grow their relationship with the Lord and your impact for His Kingdom to consider joining Leadership.
My experience at camp this summer was LIFE CHANGING! It was the most fun thing I've ever done, and I got to meet a lot of great people. It was so much fun to serve the Lord and be with friends all day.
It was a learning experience, learning more about God, learning more about working with people, and especially learning how to be there for people who are having bad days because you are all family, and you are each other's shoulders to cry on when you work there VERY FUN!
My experience at camp this summer was like hanging out with all of your best friends every day for 3 months straight without getting tired of them
Camp really opened my eyes to how Christ can work through us in the weirdest and most fun ways that we don't even realize! It was always so fun and exciting. Even in the more serious moments, there was always something about being in the camp community that was so uplifting and gratifying.
Volunteering at camp was the best choice I've ever made; it allowed me to grow in faith and make new friends! It felt like I was repaying what had been given to me through the camp.
Working at camp this summer was amazing! It was great to be with the staff community and make new friends throughout the summer, and the atmosphere at camp is awesome. It's so joyful and wholesome!
My experience at camp was the best part of my whole year. This past summer was my second year working at camp; it has changed my life so much mentally and spiritually, I have made so many friends that I Made many memories with, and I will cherish them with me for the rest of my life.
This last summer at Trout Creek was one of my favorite summers ever! I love working at Trout Creek! It's been one of the biggest times of growth in my faith and my life. It's such a cool experience to be able to lead others to Christ or push them in their growth while you are also walking them alongside them in your relationship with Christ. The past two summers with Trout Creek have been a very important part of my life that I will never forget!
If you have never worked at camp before, I would highly recommend it because of how much it grows your relationship with Jesus, the friendships you make, the memories you make, and the growth that you as a person go through. I would never trade my experience at camp for anything else.
This past summer was probably one of the best years I have spent at camp, it was so much fun and I'm so glad I got the experience to work on staff. I am so lucky to have gotten to build close friendships with the awesome people at camp and grow in my relationship with God!
My camp experience has given me a deeper and more intimate relationship with God, and a better understanding of who our awesome God is.
My life has been transformed by camp in many ways, specifically during my crew year for someone who was totally a introverted homeschooler to making friends all summer long, and just diving into the Word.
My absolute favorite part of TCBC is the community you get to be apart of as a staff member.
I have met so many people who amaze and inspire me at camp. Every summer I go to camp I leave in awe of the new ways that I have seen Jesus work. Not only am I given the chance to speak into the lives of young people, I am challenged in my faith and get to learn from the people around me. Being in creation, with no electronics and people who also love Jesus gives me the space to really listen to what the Lord has to say. I have learned how to take the teachings of God and really learn and understand them.
- parent testimonials -
What Parents say about their kids working at camp
I have had two children on staff at TCBC. I noticed a spiritual growth spurt in both our children upon returning. They also developed new lasting friendships that were good influences on them. Both of these benefits were what we pray for to be developed in their lives and so the thought of them being gone much of the summer was an investment in their lives that have paid big dividends. We all want our children to follow the Lord and carry out their faith. TCBC is on the job training where that takes place.
Our family has three daughters who attended Trout Creek Bible Camp as young campers many years ago. Their positive experiences at camp strengthened their desire to return in their teenage years to serve as volunteer summer staffers. As a parent, this was difficult that first year as it keep them away from home six of seven days each week from June through August. But as that first summer progressed for each one, we saw so much change in the girls that the adjustments our family made to accommodate camp paled in comparison to the growth in each one of our teens. From work ethic to creating bible studies to personal spiritual growth, the advantages were noticeably visible to both our family and other families that came into contact with my daughters in the fall. For five consecutive summers our kids have volunteered their time and their talents to TCBC summer staff. Over that duration, they have developed strong bonds of relationship with other like-minded teens who desire to serve the Lord and share their faith. As parents, isn’t this exactly who we want our kids to hang out with all summer? As the girls now begin to graduate college and head into adulthood, these relationships made with other staffers remain strong as well as their “servant hearts” created leading others at Trout Creek. Watching our children walking with the Lord, and holding a young camper’s hand while doing it, is exactly what every parent desires!
All four of our kids have volunteered multiple summers at TCBC. We have considered it one of the greatest discipleship, maturing, and service opportunities in their lives. Without exception, the experience has benefited each of them (3 boys and 1 girl) spiritually, relationally, and helped shape a better attitude at home. Lastly, we found an unexpected benefit - each one fo them came home with a whole group of CHRISTIAN friends to talk to and hang out with outside of camp. This was simply not available to them, at this level, here at home. I actually feel like serving at TCBC is a better choice than attending camp once they get into High School.
“Mom, how can I pray for you?” was what I heard as I picked up my son, Pacer, from camp for his short weekend break. It brought tears to my eyes and so I shared with him and he shared with me. He told me that he was learning that he needed to care more about others than himself and was going to start doing that by praying for others. This is one of the most vital things that my son has learned while working at camp and why allowing him to spend three summers has been a privilege and blessing, not a burden.
God has answered a specific prayer through our daughter’s time at TCBC. Sending a girl that prefers to read books over spending time with large group of people, to live in a cabin with 10+ other girls for an entire summer scared me to death. She, on the other hand, stepped into that situation and there God met her with amazing personal connections. I prayed that she would at least bond with her crew leader and God answered! Above and beyond that, He gave her close friends and a love for the entire group of crew girls. God answers prayer at TCBC!