14 11, 2022

Preparing for CSJG

By |2022-11-11T15:55:15-05:00November 14th, 2022|best practices|0 Comments

Every summer, Canada Summer Jobs provides funds for organizations (like churches) to hire youth/young adults (ages 15-30) for paid positions during the summer. Their deadline (although the 2023 edition has not yet been published) is typically in late January; the deadline in 2022 was January 25. With a couple of months before the deadline, some considerations: Review the criteria and timeline established by CSJ. This includes the criteria of eligibility,

14 03, 2021

Evaluating Summer Opportunities

By |2021-03-14T21:50:08-04:00March 14th, 2021|best practices|1 Comment

It’s been just over a year since the first comprehensive lockdown happened. For many of our senior youth and young adults, this was a curveball like no other. Graduations and milestones changed. Work opportunities were in flux. Some students were helped by programs like CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) and CESB (Canada Emergency Student Benefit), although these programs also may have influenced their expectations of what work-life and remuneration means.  For those in school (whether secondary or post-secondary), the expectations of this summer will need to be

1 06, 2020

Considerations for the Summer Months

By |2020-05-30T16:28:51-04:00June 1st, 2020|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

This summer will be different from the ones we’re used to. It will unlike anything we’ve experienced before! With the lingering effects of COVID-19 still around, what might the summer hold for you and your team?  School is cancelled for this rest of this year. (Enhanced e-learning summer school is available, and although some of your students are itching to get into those programs, likely most will not).    Graduations and other celebrations are on hold.  There will be no overnight camps.   There will be significant restrictions to

3 04, 2020

Navigating the Next Few Weeks

By |2020-04-03T15:00:22-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Alvin Lau, best practices|0 Comments

Things keep changing in light of COVID-19. Since March break, youth leaders have been triaging the situation while trying to maintain relational connections with students individually and collectively. What we originally thought would be 3 weeks off is turning into months (at least two since this started) and who knows? Things will look differenteven beyond that. So how do you support your youth at this time?   SCHOOL AT HOME There will need to be a resetting of boundaries and expectations, especially with schools initiating more formal online platforms. The average amount of

23 05, 2015

The Final Push

By |2016-10-31T13:57:16-04:00May 23rd, 2015|Alvin Lau|0 Comments

As we head into the final month before the summer, many youth ministries are looking to finish their ministry season well. Here are some great ways to wrap up: Celebrate achievements: Whether through an online forum or in your final youth meeting, celebrate all the ways God has blessed these students. Perhaps have them write down specific highlights and either post them on aboard for the church to see or

20 02, 2014

Camp Kwasind

By |2016-10-31T13:57:22-04:00February 20th, 2014|guest post|0 Comments

January 1st, I (Rod Vis) started a new position at Camp Kwasind. Over these past two months, I have been reading everything “camp” related I could find.  I cannot count the number of times, while reading, I have said “Wow!”  Time and time again, I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge and concrete evidence that points to the life-long benefits summer camps give our children.  Summer camps have the

20 02, 2014

Camp Burbalac – "A Christian Camp Encouraging Christian Values"

By |2016-10-31T13:57:22-04:00February 20th, 2014|guest post|0 Comments

Camp Burbalac's mission is to provide camping facilities in a Christian environment where campers of all ages can deepen their relationship with God in the beauty and tranquility of His Creation. Secluded in the woods overlooking Big Cedar Lake, we have excellent fishing, swimming, canoeing, sandy beach, diving rock and beach volleyball ... or you can choose quiet relaxation!  Our Sunday services are a great way to fellowship with other campers. Family camping as well as

19 02, 2014

Camp Norland

By |2016-10-31T13:57:22-04:00February 19th, 2014|guest post|0 Comments

CAMP Summer. Bright. Warm. Anticipation. Friendship. Fun. Skills. Water. Swimming. Canoeing. Kayaking. Boarding. Out-trips. Biking. Horses. Climbing. Games. Challenge. Food. Tuck. Campfires. Marshmallows. S'mores. Skits. Songs. Leaders. Mentors. Trust. Leadership. Music. Guitars. Worship. Praise. Teaching. Learning. Thinking. Scripture. Chapels. God. Speakers. Challenges. Christ. Tears. Praying. Laughter. Healing. Growing. Rooted. Life. CAMP BE THERE!

19 02, 2014

Camp Oneida

By |2014-02-19T04:32:16-05:00February 19th, 2014|guest post|0 Comments

Camp Oneida will be opening its cabin doors for its 64th summer this year. We are already planning many exciting activities and events for each camp. With a permanent staff of 14 and hundreds of volunteer leaders, we look forward to making a week of your summer one that you will never forget. Between sporting activities to crafts we offer fun and challenging programs for all ages and abilities. Our

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