The Camp Ernst Crew Program is a leadership experience for those entering the 10th grade in the Fall.
The crew program is designed to help foster responsibility, positive learning, teamwork, initiative, and a caring attitude that crew members will be able to use in and out of camp. To achieve this, the crew will participate in trainings, leadership rotations, guest speakers, and experiential service learning during their two week stay. They will form a tight knit group with the other crew members as they work together to complete a variety of tasks throughout their stay.
The Crew sessions for summer 2017 are listed below. Please note that Crew members stay at camp for the complete two week session (they do not go home on the weekend between their first and second week).
- Session A: June 11-24
- Session B: June 25 - July 8
- Session C: July 9- 22
- Session D: July 23 - August 5
- Wrangler Crew 1: June 11-24
- Wrangler Crew 2: July 24 - August 5
- Add on Week 9 Crew (for those who completed a two-week session): August 6-12
The cost for the crew program is $450 for the two week session and an additional $125 if you choose to add on Week 9 Crew.
The Crew's primary responsibility during their two week stay will be to perform an assortment of jobs throughout the camp. These tasks include cleaning dishes, serving food, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping, mopping, working on facility projects such as clearing trails and painting projects, and picking up trash. These experiences are used to develop the leadership skills that will be beneficial in the future summers at camp and other future endeavors.
Crew also finds time for the classic camp fun you may remember as a camper. Their college-age leaders will schedule time at the ropes course, lake, and pools. There will be opportunities for creek hikes, campouts, campfires, night hikes, mountain biking and much more. Crew members will attend opening and closing campfires as well as the Camp Ernst Party every Thursday. Crew members will also be given some opportunities to assist with camp-wide programming.
The crew participants have their own set of counselors who supervise them throughout their two week stay. These counselors, also known as crew leaders, schedule time for crew members to do all of the classic camp activities like the ropes course and lake, plan fun evening programs, and help foster friendships and a sense of community amongst the group. These college-age counselors are committed to helping young people develop into caring, responsible leaders. Counselors go through a week long training program as well as regular in-services, and are trained in all the basics including first aid/CPR, bully-prevention, and child abuse prevention, as well as how to help kids make friends and work together.
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