What Sets Us Apart
At Camp Cho-Yeh, we are fully committed to selecting, hiring, training, and equipping young men and women who not only desire to love and lead children, but who earnestly seek to love and serve the Lord.
Everything we do at Cho-Yeh revolves around building and maintaining relationships. Our counselor’s primary responsibility is to not only love each camper with the love of Christ, but to also construct the solid foundation on which campers feel safe, encouraged, understood, motivated, and empowered.
Our counselors serve as the hands and feet of Jesus as they connect with our campers one-on-one, seeking to come alongside them and meet them where they are in their faith. These young men and women are excellent role models who are examples of living out authentic faith.
Our hope is that we would provide and cultivate an environment that allows our counselors to wholly invest into each of their campers. This opportunity is mainly accredited to our 6:1, camper to counselor, ratio.
While summer camp is heavily structured around fun, activities, and programs, we are confident that these are only tools that the Lord has given us to reach campers. The operating force behind all of these things are our counselors. Partnering with these young adults allows our campers to have people to look up to, model after and witness the reflection of Christ.
The search for camp counselors is a rather rigorous and thorough process, which essentially begins as soon as the previous summer is complete! Starting in the Fall, our team embarks upon the recruiting trail where they spend several months traveling through Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana in attempts to seek out the best candidates.
As students show interest, individuals are asked about their beliefs, daily walk with the Lord, experience with kids, hobbies, and why they wish to work at camp. From there, the application process begins, where they must answer extensive questioning regarding their beliefs, work history, education, etc. Once their application is submitted, they must then provide three references of three separate relationships (i.e. pastor, family friend, employer).
As we begin hiring applicants, we focus in on developing the community shared by our staff! Introductions happen, connections are made, and our counselors now have a few months to acclimate to the overwhelming support, excitement, and availability of people to share life with.
While camp is typically viewed as a ministry directed toward the development of children, it is also a highly effective environment for college aged staff. When we bring in young men and women to be counselors for the summer, our hope is to equip them with the Gospel and the ability to identify with children.
Before campers ever arrive, our entire staff spends two weeks at camp preparing to tackle the giant known as “summer”. Hours are spent learning and teaching the Bible study curriculum that they will soon deliver, discuss, and dissect with campers. Full days are devoted to familiarizing our staff with every activity so that they may effectively lead and debrief each one. As well, counselors will go through several workshops that offer knowledge and instruction about communication, leadership, and serving – all of which are led by our full-time staff.