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A Unique Calling

In Soma Team, campers learn about their unique gifts and calling within the Body of Christ, having experiences to learn and to use their gifts regardless of their position or circumstances in life. Likewise, they learn to value and celebrate the gifts and contributions of others within the Body of Christ. As a capstone to the Leadership Development, Soma Team campers are encouraged to apply the leadership skills they have acquired over the years. Soma is a live laboratory, including the opportunity for feedback, coaching, and development opportunities. 

Soma registration looks a bit different than your previous Leadership registrations. There is just one Soma option to choose from during registration because we will be assigning your session to you based on two things: your preference and the needs of camp. We’ll ask for your first and second choice later, but for now just go ahead and get registered!

 

**Applications submitted after December 31st will be considered on a needs-based availability.**

Soma Training
If unable to attend, there will be a make-up training session available.

May 30 - June 3

Session 1
Begins Week 1 of Summer Camp

June 3 - July 1

COST

$300 per week ($1200 total)

Session 5
Begins Week 5 of Summer Camp

July 1 - July 29

COST

$300 per week ($1200 total)

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Program Elements

Your Unique Calling

Students who apply, interview, and are accepted will be assigned an area of specialization for training and service, where they will work alongside the NLR summer staff. 

Ropes Tech

RIT’s will serve alongside our summer ropes team. They are supported by the lead techs and our challenge course manager. Responsibilities include helping run the ropes activity classes, facilitating team building for Nehi, day camp climbing wall and screamer, and other nighttime responsibilities as assigned (canteen, etc). RIT’s continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. After training in this role, Somas can expect to walk away with competence and confidence in basic ropes course procedures, facilitating team building, and running activity classes. RIT’s must turn 18 by the time their assigned session starts. All RIT’s and ropes staff must attend summer ropes training (dates TBD).

Counselor

While a CIT does not bear quite the full weight of the responsibility of a counselor, CITs are fully involved in the cabin and are the co-pilot for the lead counselor. Each CIT will be paired with an experienced summer staffer who will help guide them in their role. CITs are supported by their co-counselor and SALs. Responsibilities include cabin group leadership, counseling opportunities, and developmentally appropriate spiritual leadership. CITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, relational ministry training, and counselor training. Applicants should note that availability of the CIT position is more limited than the other areas.

A/V Tech

AVITs will serve alongside our worship leaders and audio/visual team. Soundcheck, stage preparation, slide presentation, MCP, Flock Fiesta, chapel, and leadership chapel are the avenues in which AVITs serve the campers and staff. It is through managing the media needs of chapel, amping up the party in MCP Live, and creating an environment conducive to worship for campers and staff that AVITs contribute to the Body. AVITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. AVITs should have a basic understanding of analog sound boards, stage set up, and presentation software (e.g. MediaShout or ProPresenter).

Lifeguard

LITs will serve primarily as a lifeguard at both the waterfront and pool. LITs have the privilege of interacting with almost all facets of New Life Ranch whether it is summer camp, staff, day camp, or leadership development. They are fully incorporated into the group of summer lifeguards and will be supervised by the summer Head Lifeguard. Responsibilities include teaching during activity class times, general pool and creek maintenance, lifeguarding when swimming areas are open and other nighttime duties as assigned. LITs will walk away from this experience with a greater understanding of risk management, basic life support, and working in a team setting. LITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. LITs will need to be lifeguard certified through the American Red Cross.

Worship Leader

WLIT’s will serve alongside our summer worship team. They can expect to practice with the worship team, provide vocal/instrumental support to MCP, Flock Fiesta, chapel, and leadership chapel, lead worship when comfortable, and take on other nighttime responsibilities as assigned (canteen, etc). WLIT’s can expect to come away from this role with greater confidence in leading worship and a stronger theology of worship. WLIT’s continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Candidates should possess some vocal/instrumental aptitude with the desire to grow and develop their theology of worship. Applicants should send in a video playing and/or singing 3 songs (a verse and a chorus for each).

Canteen Retail

CRITs serve alongside and are supervised by the summer canteen managers. Responsibilities include helping fulfill care package orders, running the mobile day camp canteen, restocking food, drinks, and apparel, general canteen maintenance, and serving guests and taking orders while the canteen is open. By the end of the session, CRITs will have gained a basic understanding of retail operations, good customer service practices, and the operation of the Square point-of-sale system. CRITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training and relational ministry training. Preferred CRITs will understand and enjoy organization and customer service.

Wrangler

While WITs do not bear the full weight of responsibility of a wrangler, they are fully involved in activities surrounding the barn. WITs are supported by the summer wranglers and our horsemanship coordinator. Responsibilities include teaching during activity class times, day camp pony rides, assisting with trail rides, general care of the horses, and help around the barn. Ideally, WITs would observe and assist the first week, co-teach the second week, and lead an activity class the third week. WITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Prior experience with horses is recommended but not required.

Photographer

PITs are supported by New Life Ranch’s media team and supervised by our media communications coordinator. PITs can expect to spend their days taking photos of activity classes, MCP, free time, cabin challenge, theme days, and leadership development. Quality photos will be posted on New Life Ranch’s website. PITs can expect to develop their photography skills in a professional setting and add to their portfolio. PITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Preferred candidates will have a basic understanding of digital SLR photography. PITs must provide their own camera and submit a photography portfolio to shark@newliferanch.com.

Maintenance

MIT’s will serve alongside our summer and full-time facilities teams. They are fully incorporated in meetings and morning devotionals. Responsibilities may include general camp maintenance, grounds keeping, barn maintenance, etc., as well as other nighttime responsibilities as assigned (canteen, etc). MITs also have the opportunity to help facilitate Nehi work crews. MIT’s continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Prior experience is a plus but by no means a requirement. Applicants should have a desire and willingness to work within a team structure.

Activities

AIT will work closely with the Rec Tech and the Head of Activities to facilitate numerous summer camp activities. Responsibilities include daily rec sweeps, activity set up & tear down, and activity instruction. By the end of the session, AITs will have a basic understanding of risk management in the activity setting, coaching & instruction, and group facilitation. AITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Preferred candidates are able to quickly pick up new activity skills and instruct others in an age-appropriate manner.  

Food Service

KITs are fully incorporated into the group of summer staff assigned to food service. KITs are directly supervised by the full time food service team. Responsibilities include food preparation, service and cleanup, and supervision of temporary kitchen staff. By the end of the session, KITs will have a better understanding of a high volume kitchen, food safety, and maintaining work ethic in a high energy environment. KITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training and relational ministry training. KITs need to be ready to follow directions, work with a team, and serve campers and guests in a manner that will glorify Jesus Christ. 

Day Camp

DCITs work closely with the Day Camp SAL to facilitate Day Camp programming. Responsibilities include preparing booklets, buttons, shirts, etc. for each week; assisting with daily arrival and departure, activity classes, lunch and snack times; Flock Fiesta; and whatever else needed by the Day Camp SAL. By the end of the session, DCITs will have gained a basic understanding of program operations, activity facilitation, and elementary-age children. CRITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training and relational ministry training. Preferred DCITs will balance executing and relational tasks and possess a professional attitude. 

Hospitality

HITs will work closely with our summer Hospitality Assistant to create a clean and welcoming place for our campers and guests. Responsibilities include washing and sorting lost and found, restocking cleaning supplies, coaching Nehis on housekeeping chores, occasional camper laundry, and general cleaning needs in camp. HITs will gain a better understanding of guest services, commercial cleaning, and servant leadership. HITs continue to receive training by engaging in Bible memorization, training in Bible study methods, evangelism training, and relational ministry training. Preferred candidates are passionate about behind-the-scenes service and excited to wade into a mess to be Jesus to others.

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The application deadline for Soma is December 31st.

Soma applicants can apply through our on-line registration system. We also require completion of Timothy Team, two references, completion of essay questions, and an interview before acceptance into this program.

Direct your references to complete the reference forms on your behalf to complete your application. The essay questions will be completed during registration.

 

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