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SpringHill

Target Sports Instructor

May - August 2018 • Seymour, IN

What I liked

I loved being able to do sports I love while teaching and engaging kids from 7-17! I was able to not only teach them about bows, guns, and markers but about Jesus. We connected every activity back to the Bible.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Be prepared to be challenged, physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are many tough weeks but it is all worth it in the end.
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Area Director

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved being able to work with and lead people of all ages. I got to work in the middle school camp center, but my main focus was leading the college students.

What I wish was different

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Summer Camp Staff

May - August 2020 • Evart, MI

What I liked

The community was an amazing support system and despite the virus, we still got to provide a lot of kids a great experience! I loved our team and the effort that was put into the whole summer, and I loved being able to be in different locations and attend different churches.

What I wish was different

That the virus wasn't around - typical, I know, but it affected SO much of our summer and created additional stress that was not needed for our team and for the parents of the kids that attended.

Advice

Learn to be vulnerable and accept help - burn out is real and it's overwhelming. Others are there to support and uplift you. Let them.
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Camp Counselor

July - August 2020 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

The people and the ministry

What I wish was different

Better preparation before camp starts.

Advice

It's really hard work, but it is most definitely worth it.
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Area Director

June - August 2020 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I like how the camp was able to even make camp happen this year. With SO much planning, the directors made it possible to craft a safe environment and really just teach thousands of kids about Jesus in the woods. Take away all the lights, the bands, the craziness and just sit with some kids in the woods and it reminded me of my own childhood. I really liked the community and the relationships that I built this summer. When you think of a job, you don't prioritize the friendships you'll make. This is like an added bonus.

What I wish was different

I wish the salary was different. Because it's a non-profit, the amount we make is pennies for the job we have to perform.

Advice

To do it. Step out of your comfort zone and apply for that higher position, and do not be afraid!
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Cabin Counselor

June - August 2020 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved the community and atmosphere at SpringHill camp, as nearly all the staff were incredibly friendly, welocming, and helpful. They also did a tremendous job of balancing fun activities with intentional time devoted towards the Lord, as they had a big focus on relationships, not only with the Lord, but with each other as well.

What I wish was different

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Camp Counselor

June - August 2020 • Evart, MI

What I liked

They came up with an effective plan to allow children and Teens to still have summer camp experience while in the middle of the pandemic.

What I wish was different

I wish at times we had more counselors per camper.

Advice

You need to be able to come up with a new plan on the fly, especially when more than one thing goes wrong.
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved getting to know and serve the kids in an impactful way. Helping them through new situations at camp showed me how much I love helping children and what techniques work. I learned so much that it is hard to put into words.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have known how much of an impact I had during my experience rather than after. It was hard to see the hard work paying off during the summer, but after summer was done, I could reflect on the work I did.

Advice

Use your creativity to make impactful experiences for you and the kids! They will never forget dressing up in a silly costume, or how they put shaving cream and paint all over their counselor. Be yourself, and you will find where you fit in.
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General Counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved the mission and values that SpringHill holds. Also, being able to connect with kids and Jesus at the same time. Wow, my dream job for real.

What I wish was different

The communication with counselors could use some improvement.

Advice

Don't come in with any expectations! Also, it doesn't matter what level your faith is that! they will take you as you are, love on you, and help you grow!
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Inclusion counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I got to spend every second of the day sharing the love of Jesus with kids. In my position I had the opportunity to work with kids with disabilities to show them that they could do everything they set their minds to. Not to mention I got to spend all summer outside having fun!

What I wish was different

I wish there was more preparation for the end of the summer, it was difficult to transition out if camp mode and out of spending intentional time with God all of the time.

Advice

Be ready to let go of control and trust that there is a reason for your work. It is the best job I have ever had but it was also the hardest summer of my life.
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Summer Leader

July 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved being around the campers and having the opportunity to witness them grow in their faith.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the chance to be there longer!

Advice

It’s a busy schedule, and you have to be prepared to be flexible!
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Inclusion Counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved being able to give campers the best experience possible and grow in my own faith.

What I wish was different

I think everything was great. I would relive that summer if I could

Advice

If you are at all interested in this, do it. It is such a great experience, teaching kids about God and His love while making sure they are having fun.
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Camp Counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

Working with kids who have special needs, growing in my faith, growing as a leader, being able to be myself, planting the seeds for younger children in there walk with Christ.

What I wish was different

The pay.

Advice

Be yourself no need to put a mask on.
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Day Camp Counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I liked the Christian community that grew throughout the course of the summer. There was a Christ centered emphasis in every aspect of the camp. I grew my faith beside fellow believers of the same age and I got to travel and meet some great people!

What I wish was different

I wish that there had been more time for personal reflection, and openess with leadership.

Advice

It is so fun, but also exhausting! I would recomend working here, but don't do summer classes at the same time. You won't be able to enjoy it as much. Take advantage of all the opportunities that come with traveling!
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High adventure counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved getting to work with kids and getting to work on high ropes courses

What I wish was different

Hecticness of the schedule and we were very understaffed

Advice

Know that it'll be a very hard class
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Camp Counselor

May - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I fell in love with each group of campers that I had the opportunity to lead each week. I worked with 1st-3rd grade boys for 5 weeks. One week I had the opportunity to lead freshmen girls, and the other two weeks I got to go to Chicago and Indiana to lead at day camps! I enjoyed the community and the friendships that I built throughout my summer. I gained many leadership qualities that will benefit me once I become a teacher.

What I wish was different

I wish that the food was more filling and nutritional! You are constantly serving each day that you have campers, so sometimes it can be hard to take time for yourself.

Advice

Every person should experience camp in one way, shape, or form. There are business internships, writing internships, photography jobs, counselor jobs, and so much room for growth.
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Summer Counselor

June - August 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved fulfilling my dream to do this. And just growing in my confidence with interacting with people especially kids, and learning to be a leader well

What I wish was different

It was a bit big for m liking. There were so many people and often I felt overwhelmed with the size of the camp.

Advice

I think everyone should experience something like this, especially at an age like ours, you can learn so much about yourself and really learn how you interact with challenges and kids
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Camp Counselor

April - July 2019 • Evart, MI

What I liked

I loved being able to share the gospel with kids from all around the United States. I worked specifically with kids with special needs, and it was a great program.

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been stronger leadership.

Advice

It’s not for everyone— but if you keep in mind that you are serving Christ, then it is all worth it.
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Social Media Intern

June 2018 - May 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved working for a Christian business rooted in faith with a mission to bring kids to Christ. I enjoyed working with the marketing team and learned so much from the marketing director there. It was also really exciting to work in such a high paced atmosphere and get to be responsible for all of their social media. I also got to have a huge role in raising over $25,000 for scholarships, a Christmas initiative to bring more kids to camp, and a recruiting campaign for staffing next summer's counselors.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to learn from other roles in the business.

Advice

Don't be afraid to make suggestions, your ideas are valid and your employers value fresh perspectives.
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Customer Service Area Director

May 2017 - August 2019 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

When working for SpringHill, you build such a community on your team. It is such a hard work and such long hours, but is totally worth it. I grew more in my leadership and character than I could have in a classroom.

What I wish was different

I wish that financial compensation would have been better.

Advice

If you want to get outside of your comfort zone, serve some kiddos, see some new cities, and ultimately give your summer to serving God, then this is the job for you!
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