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The Post-High School Years
are all about finding your place in the world. They are
about stepping out from the comfort zones of your
youth and wrestling with who you are becoming. It
is a time of growth and of trying out your dreams. It is
a time when you are making important decisions and
taking actions that just might set the course for the
rest of your life.
Don't get too spooked by
the the phrase "professional ministry" now . .
. Do you have good memories of a favorite camp
counselor? Are there any crazy Youthworks staff members
you remember? Have you met people who have traveled to
foreign countries through the church? All of those folks
were doing ministry of one form or another . . . you
could be doing that too!
If you've ever found
yourself uttering the phrase, "I'd like to be a
Pastor" or "I wonder what it is like to be a
Youth Director," then this is the time to try it
out! We've compiled a list of camps, youth
organizations, and other opportunities you should
consider checking out!
Summer Camps ●
Youth Organizations ●
Social Justice Organizations
Wapo based out of Amery, WI Lake Wapogasset
Lutheran Bible Camps Inc. run camp at Wapo, Ox Lake,
Luther Dell, and the Boundary Waters. If you didn't know
this already, Wapo is the camp SOTV sends hundreds of
kids to every summer! Several SOTV members have worked
as summer staff at Wapo as well.
Camping Ministries is
based out of Appleton, WI. They operate three camps
throughout central Wisconsin, near Green Bay, Waupaca,
and Wausau. Some of SOTV's Youth Team worked on summer
staff with Crossways.
Water Ministries is a Lutheran camping
organization based in Michigan. They offer residential,
adventure, and service programs through their camps at
Michi-Lu-Ca and Stony Lake.
Lutheran Bible Camp is located near
Kalispell, Montana. Flathead offers a variety of
residential and adventure programs each summer,
including a sailing trip SOTV participated in several
years ago. Also, members of the SOTV family have worked
at that camp as well.
Ranches of the Rockies are based out of
Fort Collins, CO. They include adventure and residential
camps at Sky Ranch and Sleepy Owl Ranch in addition to
service oriented Four Winds programs.
is a youth service organization based out of
Minneapolis. They run dozens of service trips at
locations all across the country. Every summer, SOTV
sends hundreds of youth on Youthworks trips!
Encounter is a Roseville based youth and
music ministry organization. In addition to sending
teams of musicans out across the country and globe,
Youth Encounter also coordinates regional Youth
Congresses and Quakes.
Volunteer Corps is based in Washington
D.C. They offer year round volunteer positions in cities
all across the country. SOTV members have spent time
serving with LVC in the past.
for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian
organization dedicated to providing a simple, decent
place to live for everyone. SOTV has a long history with
Habitat in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Kansas City.
Habitat has campus
chapters at many colleges across the country. They
also offer year long service opportunities through the Americorps/VISTA
is a national community service
organization with hundreds of opportunities for
year long service available all across the country.
Corps is a United States Government Agency
dedicated to spreading the values of peace and
friendship around the world. Volunteers agree to a two
year commitment in a variety of settings around the