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Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:11-16

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
Titus 2:6-8

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
1 Corinthians 6:12-13

There are so many encouraging statements like the ones above that highlight the tremendous impact that we can have on those around us. But with these great possibilities comes great responsibility. As a summer staffer, you have the privilege of ministering to campers and fellow staff. In this role, we have to watch closely, as Paul says, all that we do. Everything we do is a statement about us, Sky Ranch, and the God that we serve. We want to be clear about all expectations that we will ask of you during your time at Sky Ranch, so we’ve included the main ones:

LOVE GODScholarships Session 5 2013-126
Love God. In everything you do, in every moment of the day. Period. Let this idea engulf you. It will change the way you function and at Sky Ranch, this is of the utmost importance.

Are you ready for this? Are you ready to leave pride behind and jump at the opportunity to show our campers the joy of being who God created us to be (this may take the form of a counselor challenge requiring a pie in the face, or leading the cabin in the ‘perfect’ cabin cheer, or doing the ultimate burrito down the water slides). Are you ready to take a water noodle and duct tape and create an hour of fun or a roll of foil and an old stuffed animal and make the ultimate cabin mascot? Our summer staff creates an environment where campers feel safe and loved; a place where they don’t feel like an afterthought, but that they are the most important thing. One of the best things about being summer staff is giving each camper the opportunity to have a conversation with a Godly man or woman (that’s you) that will challenge, motivate, and encourage the campers in their own pursuit of God. If you want to use your summer to make a difference in someone’s life, the come join our Sky Ranch family!

Safety is another way that we LOVE on our campers and fellow staff. Our hope is to create the safest environment possible through our rules, policies, and procedures. We will set limits on cell phone and computer use as well as implement a nightly curfew. Sky Ranch does prohibit all summer staff from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs during their employment with us which includes time off and vacations.

In our desire to be “all things to all people”, we will ask our summer staff to limit a few of their personal freedoms concerning hairstyles, clothing, tattoos, and other outward physical accessories and fashions during their time with us. We want to err on the side of a mainstream conservative in these issues to “offend the least” and win the most. It will of course, limit our rights to speech, but the victory is far more worthy in the end.

Below are a few important dates for all Sky Ranch summer staff. If you have any summer commitments that will conflict with these dates, please let a Summer Camp Manager know as soon as possible. If a conflicting commitment arises after you have received an offer from us, we will need to know immediately.

       Van and Launch Camp DFW, Texas Dates:
       Staff Training – May 14th – May 28
       Full Summer – May 28 – August 12
       First Half – May 28 – July 1
       Second Half – July 2 – August 12

       Cave Springs, Oklahoma Dates:
       Staff Arrival – May 14th
       Staff Departure – August 14th

       Ute Trail, Colorado Dates:
       Staff Arrival – May 13th
       Staff Departure – August 13th

       Horn Creek, Colorado Dates:
       Staff Arrival – May 13th
       Staff Departure – August 13th