Tulsa Summer Camps : Able to Serve

Michael Stairs: Hello my name is Michael stairs and I am the Summer Camp director at Camp Loughridge and we’re here today talking about Summer Camps Tulsa, Tulsa Summer Camps. There are a lot of great camps in Tulsa but I want to tell you about Camp Loughridge and what we’ve got going on this summer . Specifically, I want to talk about a special program that we have for kids who are ages 13, 14 and 15.

There’s a gap at Loughridge between kids who come to camp and kids who are able to serve on staff. Campers are ages 6 to 12 and staff, the earliest that someone can be on staff is 16. We’ve got this gap period of 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds and 15-year-olds that we wanted to create a program for. In other Summer Camps Tulsa, they may call them CITS; counselors in training. But what we wanted to do was really break that down and take a better look at what that means.

I think that this is a program unique in Tulsa Summer Camps and something that’s different that no one else is doing especially for this age group.

This is going to be a very interesting program for that middle school kid who is looking for something more than just a Summer Camp experience. I want to talk to you about the three legs of our program; first of all the program is called CREW. It’s a leadership training program. CREW stands for character, responsibility, equipped and wisdom. Those are the four things that we believe that every leader needs. They need to have good character. You can count on them. They’ll do what they say. They’re going to be people of integrity.

They need to understand responsibility and they need to begin, especially at this age of 13, 14 and 15. It’s time for them to begin to become familiar with what the weight of responsibility feels like on their shoulders, that they’re in charge of something, that someone is counting on them to do  something that no one else is going to do and if they don’t do it, then that surely will not get done.

We believe that that’s important for a child today to start learning what that weight of responsibility feels like because they will feel that way for the rest of their lives whether it’s on-the-job or in the family or in their community or at church or at school or wherever. That’s a responsibility is something they need to become very familiar with  .

Then the W is wisdom. Obviously to lead in today’s world, you have to make some tough choices and sometimes it’s not the choice between good and bad but it’s between good and better and maybe between better and best. Understanding what that wisdom is all about is one of the key tenants of the CREW program. We’ve got C-R-E-W which stands for CREW.

Now, the CREW program is a unique in Tulsa Summer Camps because number one, it’s a leadership training program and number two, it’s for these 13, 14 and 15-year-olds.

We want to bring in up to 10 kids for a two-week sessions, and they’ll be equal parts, leadership training service and camp or a discipleship program. We’ll be doing, they’ll have time spent in their tribes with counselors where they’ll learn about what it takes to be a counselor. This is probably the counselor in training aspect of what they do.

Then they’ll be a service, and we’ll talk more about service on another podcast, and then they’ll have some actual leadership training and that’s what I wanted to take a few minutes and talk to you about right now.

What will we do to actually train these kids in leadership? Well, we’re going to do a number of things. In the afternoons, they will come away, they will be kind of pulled out of the normal camp program and they will attend a class of their own. There will be made up of– they may be in a classroom. They may be outside. They may be doing some team-building.

They may be doing some problem-solving, but one of the things that I’m really excited about is we’re going to be using a book called Discover Your Strengths and understanding their own strengths and they will be able to take an online test that will help them determine what their five core strengths are. Not only that, but how those strengths set them apart and make them different.

It’ll be one of those opportunities for a child who is right at the cusp of building their own independence and realizing who they are apart from their family, apart from their mom and dad, apart from the nuclear family that they’ve grown up in. Who are they when they’re on their own? What is that look like? What are the strengths that they have? What are the weaknesses they have and how do they how does their personality mesh and intertwine with the personalities of those people around them?

What are certain personalities or strengths that they may struggle with?  Tulsa Summer Camps What are certain personalities that they may just naturally gravitate toward? These are all things that we’re going to really focus on.

I’m really excited about this program because to think that we’re going to be able to do this with 13, 14 and 15-year-olds is an incredible opportunity because the age of these kids. There are lots of leadership programs for high school and even college age kids but we want to try to catch kids earlier than that and give them some basic training on what it’s like to be in leadership and what does that actually mean.

Now, one of the things that we’re also going to be talking a lot about because Camp Loughridge is a Christian camp and we believe wholeheartedly in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in the sovereignty of God, we believe that we are born with a purpose, that God creates us for a purpose. Sometimes, I think we feel that there is a specific purpose that He’s created us for and other times we feel like there’s a lot of purposes out there, we just need to pick one and go for it. We’re going to talk a lot about destiny Tulsa Summer Camps .

We’re going to talk a lot about what it means for us to be drawn every day by something bigger than ourselves. What does that feel like? What does that look like to have those kinds of things and why does that keep us on track?

Without destiny, without that sense of purpose, sometimes we’re really prone to wander and where we waste a lot of time doing things that really don’t matter in the big picture. They don’t have anything to do with our purpose or we choose things that actually distract us from our purpose. What a great opportunity to teach this to 13, 14 and 15-year-olds instead of waiting until– oftentimes, people don’t realize their real purpose in life until much later.

Sometimes, people never do realize what that purpose is. I think that this is an incredible opportunity that we have that I think is unique among Tulsa Summer Camps. That it’s a Tulsa Summer Camp program at Camp Loughridge, leadership training for 13, 14 and 15-year-olds, and I’m excited about the prospect .

The goal is to get at least or I should say at most 10 kids every two weeks. It’s a two-week program, a 10-day program and we will take up to 10 kids for each session. We’ll have four two-week sessions this summer and these kids will come and like I said in the morning. They will spend their mornings with camper tribes assigned to a counselor so they get a sense of what it’s like to be in the tribe and what kinds of things a counselor has to do. That’s the counselor in training part of this program.

Then over lunch, they will spend some time in service. We’ll talk more about service on another podcast. Then in the afternoon is when they will undergo this leadership training. But we are wholeheartedly believe that in leadership training. We believe that we are called to be leaders.

Kids even at a young age can be called to be leaders in their school and grow up to be leaders in their community, in their churches, in their neighborhoods, at their companies. So much about this is just training on what it means to be a good citizen. We want that to be the backbone of our program, and we believe that that makes us unique among Tulsa Summer Camps, offering a program like this for 13, 14, and 15-year-olds called the CREW program, Loughridge CREW. My name is Michael Stairs. Thank you for tuning in. If you have any questions about the CREW program, you can find all the information on–

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