What is the Junior Servants (JS) program?
The Junior Servants (JS) program is a two-week long volunteer program for high school-aged youth that focuses on service, leadership development, spiritual growth, and fun. We want this to be some of the best times of your summer…some important parts of your time here will be spent developing relationships with God and others through Bible Study, recreation, team-building activities, cleaning camp, helping in the kitchen, and working alongside a cabin group.
Why should I apply for the Junior Servant Program?
The list is great! Your time will be spent building relationships with counselors, other Junior Servants, and campers from all over the country as you learn to live out your faith through service. Upon completing the JS program, you will have gained valuable work experience that can be significant for you in seeking future employment on summer staff and elsewhere. An added bonus: you get a t-shirt that is designed specifically for those in the JS program and nobody else gets them. These weeks of great memories and growth will last a lifetime and are yours for the taking.
Click here to learn about the Junior Servant Levels.
How much does this cost?
Once you are accepted into the Junior Servant Program, there will be a $75 fee to help cover the cost of the program.
How long is each session?
It varies slightly, based on camp programs offered on weekends. However, programs are typically 14 days long. The 2023 Schedule:
Session A: June 4 – 18
Session B: June 18 – July 2
Session C: July 2 – 14
Session D: July 16 – 30
Session E: July 30 – August 10
There will be a Spring Training session (April 21-23, 2023) that is required for all participants of the Junior Servant Program. This training session covers the policies and procedures of working with youth, developing leadership, and a chance to get to know other Junior Servants that will be serving this summer at Camp. The training session is currently planned to be in person at Camp. However, if necessary distance/online training will be provided. If you are unable to attend the in-person training due to distance, death in the family, or illness, alternate training can be provided.
Who is eligible?
Anyone who has finished at least 9th grade by June of the year they would be serving may apply to be a JS1. Those who have been a JS1, JS2, or JS3 in the previous year may apply to be a JS2, JS3, and Leader in Training (JS 4), respectively, for the upcoming year. Completion of one session does not guarantee that you will be automatically accepted into the program or promoted to the next level. Learn more about Junior Servant levels.
How are JS’s selected?
Once you apply, a phone interview will be conducted, by one of the Lutherhaven staff. Beginning early February, applications and interviews will be reviewed to verify that the candidates are suitable volunteers. Then we will begin placing the applicants into sessions. We desire to have multiple levels in each JS Session. We place the applicants based on the interview, quality of your application responses, references, session preferences, and gender (for housing availability).
When will I find out if I have been accepted into the Junior Servant Program?
The Junior Servants will be notified within a few weeks of completing the application and interview process as to whether he/she has been accepted into the program.
Junior Servants accepted into the program are required to fill out and turn in the JS Acceptance Form to Camp Lutherhaven.
What if I have any other questions?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at the Camp office. We’d be happy to help you with any questions.