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If you are applying as summer staff, please select the appropriate links. All those making application for one of the paid positions should also submit a Summer Staff application.
Camp Sagitawa is evangelical and interdenominational. We choose to set aside differences for the sake of the gospel message.

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What is Sagitawa about? First 5 pages of staff manual
Our Expectations of staff

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Our Discipleship Programs
We equip participants for Christian life through a healthy mix of practical experience and biblical teaching. Participants grow as they serve Enable others to be more effective in their ministry, build good relationships, and behave as team players and as disciples.
SEED Jr SEED Work Crew COLT
Minimum age
(by end year)
16+ 15 16+ 16+
Maximun stay8 wks 3 wks
(probationary)
8 wks 5 wks
Location Moberly Lake Moberly Lake MoberlyLake Trail Rides
Emphasis on Ministry Ministry Service Ministry
Servants, Encouraged, Equipped, Discipled Also see Jr SEED
It reflects a unique and exciting discipleship program with an emphasis on challenge and growth. Successful applicants will be involved in an intense program which includes Bible Study, hard work, character building, skill development and ministry experience. You will also make new friends and share team experiences. Priority is given to applicants who are able to commit to 6-8 weeks.
Objectives:
  • To seek biblical truth and endeavor to apply it to your whole life.
  • To exemplify a Christ-like attitude of service to staff and campers.
  • To support, in good spirit, the traditions and regulations of the camp.
  • To welcome instruction and seek to benefit from it.
  • To be willing to perform ordinary tasks conscientiously and cheerfully.
  • SEEDs apply their learning practically by being involved in the whole camp program. They supervise campers, help teach skills and lead games, activities and chapels. They also help with cleaning, and fill in many gaps to help make the program run smoothly and enabling the cabin leader staff to mentor campers more effectively.
    Applicants
    About 16 students are accepted each summer. Applicants must be at least 16 years old in the year that they apply. We seek applicants who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who enjoy kids. SEED participants may apply for more than one year. Apply early to avoid disappointment. We no longer charge to recover costs for food, accommodations, training staff, and materials.
    Join us this Summer
    SEEDs come with enthusiasm, energy, and so much potential. It is exciting to get to know them and see them grow. Previous participants say that they still think about their experience even many years later.
    Christian Outdoor Leadership Training
    It reflects a unique and exciting discipleship program with an emphasis on challenge and growth. Successful applicants will be involved in horsemanship, developing leadership and teaching skills, growing in their walk with the Lord, learning the value of serving one another, and having a fun while doing it.
    The outdoor setting gives this program a unique feature that many other camps do not have. It is a lot of hard work, but the friendships and decisions made for eternity make it all worth while. COLTS are an important part of our staff, and we are thankful for those that come each summer.
    We try to involve COLTS in all aspects of camp. They will have the opportunity to serve in the following areas: help lead Bible studies, plan and lead chapel services, plan and lead games, help with chores (kitchen, horsemanship, etc.), being involved with the campers, as well as many other little things that help the camp to run smoothly. Our desire is to help these young people become young men and women who desire to serve God with their whole hearts.
    Applicants
    The number of COLTS that come to Trail Rides each summer varies from year to year. We can take up to 5 colts per camp. Applicants must be at least 16 years old in the year that they apply. They can come for one or two camps. Apply early to avoid disappointment. There is no charge for participating in the COLT program.
    Join us this Summer
    Many COLTS come back as senior staff. Many enjoy it and cannot wait for the next summer to come. So come on out and be a part of the staff at Trail Rides for the summer.
    The Work Crew Program is an overflow from the SEED Program.
    If we are lacking SEED applicants, we would ask the Work Crew applicants to be SEEDs so that the main camp purposes are fulfilled. However, when we have enough SEEDs, then Work Crew applicants are able to work on special projects around the camp. They work alongside the Work Crew Leaders, who take direction from the Maintenance Director.
    The program is similar to the SEED Program. The difference is that the Work Crew are focusing on camp service projects, with limited camper ministry experience. SEEDs focus on camper ministry, with a limited time in service projects.
    Please refer to the SEED for other information.
    2016 SEED Schedule
    • Arrive at Camp: 7 pm
    • Training Wkends: June 17-19 and June 24-26
    • Summer Camps: June 30 - Aug 19
    2016 COLT Schedule
    Please contact the respective camps for information on COLT Schedules at Trail Rides, or at HP Wilderness Camps.
    Work Experience for School Credit
    Students can earn credit for work experience while serving at camp during the summer. Talk to your school before the summer begins.
    Application Forms
    SEED, Jr SEED, Work Crew
    Select only 1 application. If planning to split SEED / COLT, indicate it on the SEED app.
    COLT
    Select only 1 application. If planning to split SEED / COLT, indicate it on the SEED app.
    Documented Reference Checks
    We will contact references and send medical forms and authorizations to parents.
    Other forms
    Criminal Record Consents
    Required for all staff and junior staff
    Medical Form
    A medical form is submitted by all staff members to the Camp First Aid.
    Authorization to Leave
    Parent authorization for staff member under 19 yrs to leave camp premises on weekends.
    Bursary Application
    For post-secondary students needing financial assistance for the fall / winter
    Bursary Information
    How the Bursary program works
    After acceptance
    We understand this question. Been there!
    Please read on. One of the documents below may be very helpful.
    Why should I serve at Camp Sagitawa?
    How do I know God's will?
    Summer Ministry Opportunities
    We need many helpers in many different positions. Some serve at the main Camp Sagitawa site, some at Trail Rides, and some on our Wilderness Adventure Trips. Some serve for a week, some for longer, and some for 4 months. See the chart below.
    Just call
    To help for a day or when camps are not in session, no application is necessary. Call the camp office at 250-788-2361.
    Ideas of ways to help
    Mow lawns
    Special Project (We are working on new cabins at the present time.)
    Help out during our Spring or Fall Work Bees?
    Help with an Off-Season Camp Program
    Help with serving a User-Rental Group
    Become a Member
    Serve on the Board
    Help give insight on one of the Committees
    2016 Moberly Lake Site and SWAT
    Leadership Team Training begins
    Staff Training begins
    First Day of Summer Camp
    Last Day of Summer Camp
    May 5, 7PM
    June 9, 7PM
    June 30
    August 19 or 26

    2016 Trail Ride SiteTrail Ride staff are welcome to attend the Staff Training at Moberly.
    Staff Training begins
    First Day of Trail Rides
    Last Day of Trail Rides
    June 29
    July 1
    July 29
    2016 HP Wilderness CampsStaff are welcome to attend the Staff Training at Moberly or at Trail Rides.
    Staff Training begins
    First Day of Trail Rides
    Last Day of Trail Rides
    TBA
    Aug 1
    Aug 14
    Application Forms
    Full Staff Application This form is for all new staff, plus former SEEDs, COLTs and Work Crew Positions
    Returning Staff
    For returning staff, who filled out the Full Staff Application within the last 5 years.
    Temp Support Positions
    This form is for temporary support staff only
    Documented Reference Checks
    We will contact references.
    Other forms
    Criminal Record Consents
    Required of all staff regardless of age
    Medical Form
    A medical form is submitted by all staff members to the Camp First Aid.
    Authorization to Leave
    Parent authorization for staff member under 19 yrs to leave camp premises on weekends.
    Bursary Application
    For post-secondary students needing financial assistance for the fall / winter
    Bursary Information
    How the Bursary program works
    After acceptance
    Food Services Coordinator
    This could become a full time position. The position involves a full leadership of the kitchen, including, but not limited to: inventory, ordering, menu planning, food preparation and storage. Applicants must be team players and willing to be the Head Cook as necessary. Job description available soon.
    Head Cook
    About May 1 - August 31
    The Head Cook leads the kitchen team in food preparation, service and cleaning. The position involves a full knowledge of the kitchen, including, but not limited to: inventory, ordering, menu planning, food preparation and storage. Applicants must be team players. Job description
    Assistant Head Cook (x2)
    About June 22 - August 21
    The Assistant Cooks are team players that function as leaders only when asked to do so by the Head Cook. Applicants should have an extensive knowledge of the kitchen, including, but not limited to: inventory, ordering, menu planning, food preparation and storage. Applicants must be team players. Job description
    Maintenance Director
    June 1 - August 31
    The Maintenance Director serves the camp needs in general maintenance. He/she must have a working knowledge of general facility maintenance, and be willing to be on call for emergencies. Applicants must be team players. Job description
    Student Summer Work Grants
    We also apply for about 8 positions with HRSDC under their Student Summer Work programs. Positions are only available for students who have just finished a year of post-secondary education and are returning to a post-secondary school in the fall.
    Training Full Time Staff
    Paid positions are normally job specific in the areas of training required. As such we will want paid cooks to have their Food Safe 1, and to have experience in leading teams in the kitchen. It would be wise to send in a resume for the area to which you are applying.
    Also, due to the sensitive nature of working with children and youth, all staff will need to sign off on several areas of training before being permitted to serve at Sagitawa.
    Some online training is available - see last tab above.
    Application Forms
    Full Staff Application
    This form is for all new staff, plus former SEEDs, COLTs and Work Crew
    Returning Staff
    For returning staff, but NOT for former SEEDs, COLTs or Work Crew who have not yet filled out the Full Staff Application
    Documented Reference Checks
    We will contact references.
    Other forms
    Criminal Record Consents
    Required of all staff regardless of age
    Medical Form
    A medical form is submitted by all staff members to the Camp First Aid.
    Bursary Application
    For post-secondary students needing financial assistance for the fall / winter
    Bursary Information
    How the Bursary program works
    After acceptance
    Training can make the difference between a frustrating summer and a successful one. While much of our training takes place on site 8 weeks prior to the start of camp, it is better to prepare ahead.
    • Complete all modules in the "All Staff" tab, as well as any specific to your area.
    • Training modules will be added as they are developed.
    Items will be added as they become available.
    2016 Discoveries for Cabin Leaders

    Items will be added as they become available.
    Items will be added as they become available.
    Why should I be a Disciple of Christ?
    Do you admire Jesus' disciples? These men of leadership were able to maintain focus and intensity while teaching a message that was not well accepted in their day. Most of them died for their faith. Did you know that they began as weak, timid and selfish?
    Then they spent three years with the Son of God.
    Jesus didn't take them through a textbook education. He talked with them as He went from place to place. He showed them how to reach out to people. He showed them how to love.
    But the most lifechanging of the lessons had little to do with the miraculous or the teaching. It was more likely about watching Jesus respond to the world around Him. They saw Him tear up as He encountered unbelief. They saw His strong desire to spend alone time with the Father. They saw Him reach out to care for someone when he was exhausted. They watched as He poured out His life on the cross and offered forgiveness in return.
    And so, by inviting you to come as SEED, we want to challenge you to not only learn from what Jesus did, but to also do what He did.
    Junior SEED Program..
    We will accept a maximum of 2 Junior SEEDs each week. Participants must turn 15 sometime in the current calendar year. They are accepted for a maximum of 3 weeks, but each is probationary upon the previous.
    Dear Applicant..
    I am pleased to send you an application. Please enter the process prayerfully. We offer successful candidates an opportunity to live and experience discipleship ministry. Our desire is to equip the team to motivate others to follow Christ, as we model a practical and effective ministry. The benefit is life-long.
    Please note that the Criminal Record Consent forms are part of the application process. It must be completed and returned to the camp. A more full explanation of how this process works is provided under the 'Forms' tab.
    Note to younger applicants: Young Offender legislation does not protect anyone from having to complete a criminal record consent. It only protects the method in which specific details on the record are released to camp.
    We look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Sincerely in Christ;
    Gary Pryzner, Director
    Experience and Qualifications..
    We welcome applications from people with no previous camping experience, as well as from seasoned staff. Your commitment to Christ, your desire to share His love, and your ability to learn and teach various activities are most important.
    Applications are accepted from those 18 and older who know and love Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord, relate well to children and youth, and have a desire to be involved in a self-giving ministry.
    We Value our Staff!

    Moberly Lake Site

    Christian camping is no small feat! Imagine 96 campers at a lake setting, lots of recreational equipment, and 6 days away from home. Now imagine a smooth running program, a need for safety and the added possibility of inclement weather. We depend on our volunteers, and we train them to care for kids in every situation, while keeping spirits up with exciting ideas.
    Each summer we look for about 55 volunteers to provide a quality camping experience for kids, youth and families. Many staff members are post- secondary students, while others take time off work, or give holiday time to help out. Our staff come from many of the provinces across Canada, and some have come as international students. Our volunteers commit 1-16 weeks. They work hard and are appreciated.

    What do we provide for our volunteers?

    Camp Sagitawa provides food, accommodations, laundry facilities, internet access and a camp T-shirt all at no cost to any of our staff. Each person receives just over an hour per day of personal time and 1.5 days off per week. Staff needing reimbursement for travel to and from the camp should keep receipts and turn them in for reimbursement. Contact the camp office about our policy on maximum amounts.
    Our 5 week Leadership Training or 3 week Staff Training, coupled with the summer experience is recognized by several Bible Colleges for credit. We teach skills, camper care, basic counselling, teaching methods, youth dynamics, team training, communication techniques, accountability and discipleship. The benefit of the training is life long, and the investment made in others' lives has eternal rewards.

    Trail Ride Site

    Though the Trail Ride site operates at a smaller scale, trained staff are still needed. We look for about 15 volunteers to work with about 25 campers per session during the month of July. We offer about one day of training prior to each session. We strongly encourage our staff to join the training sessions at our Moberly Lake site.
    Spiritual Dimension..
    The Christian camp offers exciting, unique opportunities for communicating Christian faith for several reasons:
    1. The setting for living is definitely changed (away from home, usual friends, and the regular pattern of life), creating a natural tendency to think more deeply about the meaning of life.
    2. The majesty and beauty of the Lord is continually shown from natural surroundings.
    3. Living with a consistent, growing Christian cabin leader creates many opportunities to develop friendship and trust, to reveal the reality of Christ in life, and to share what "Christ has done for me."
    4. Christ living in each staff member is the essence of Christian camping. The cabin leader lives with campers, and is therefore the natural person to communicate the practicality of a living relationship with Jesus Christ. This lays both heavy responsibility and joyous privilege on each staff member, demanding a daily disciplined lifestyle and commitment of time to campers. It requires that cabin leaders are trained in responsibilities and communication techniques. Other staff are provided as a resource and coach for cabin leaders, providing materials, ideas and encouragement.
    Training & Finances..

    Training & Commitment

    Though we look for a core staff to stay the whole summer, we also welcome those who can only stay for a portion of that time. Our Staff Training is a pre-requisite and of great value to you.
    We are serious about summer ministry. Serving Jesus Christ at camp can be very demanding; yet it will benefit you for a lifetime, and the rewards are eternal. We want you to look back on your summer with a thankful heart for the work you so willingly put into this summer. Our 3 weeks of Staff Training will prepare you for that.
    We want to disciple you, to challenge the way you think, and to encourage you to new spiritual growth. You will develop many skills needed to carry out your ministry (i.e. archery, climbing wall, teaching, leadership, effective discipline, Bible studies, leading campers through decisions). Our Staff Training together with the practical experience of summer is recognized for credit by some Bible schools in western Canada.

    Finances

    We are a mission organization and therefore are unable to pay salaries to summer staff. However, if you are a student continuing your education in a post-secondary college/university, you may be eligible for to apply for assistance through our Bursary Fund Program. Information is included in this package.
    If you are not a student and have monthly expenses that need to be taken care of while at camp, please ask about options.
    Our desire is that people ministering at the resident site not be out of pocket due to mileage and other expenses. Please ask how we can help.

    Prayer Partners

    We believe that prayer is vital to a successful ministry. Once accepted, staff are asked to find 10 people who will commit themselves to pray for their ministry at Sagitawa every day. Please prepare a written list of addresses or contact emails so that you will be able to keep in touch with your prayer base.
    Why Should I Serve at Camp Sagitawa?
    There are many camps doing the work of the ministry in many locations around the world. Camp Sagitawa is one of those places, and we reach a group of people that live in this area. People do not need to be called to serve, because Jesus has already commanded each of us to serve one another. So why Sagitawa?
    There are many things that make Sagitawa unique, but the greatest of them is the campers and staff who attend here. We are a team. We often average a staff return rate of well over 60%. We love our staff. We build into their lives through mentoring, accountability and discipleship. We are committed to be your friend and fellow servant in the gospel for life. And we value you as a person and want to see you develop your God given potential.
    This doesn't mean it is easy. But it does mean that we are committed to work with you.
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    POSITIONS @ MOBERLY LAKE
    Support staff late June late Aug8 wksPd
    Program Staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Mentoring early May late Aug16 wks-
    Support staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Mentoring early May late Aug16 wks-
    Area Leader early May late Aug17 wksPd
    Support staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Mentoring early May late Aug16 wks-
    Support staff July-Aug July-Aug1 wk-
    Support staff July-Aug July-Aug1 wk-
    Program Staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Support staffearly May late Aug16 wksPd
    Support staff July-Aug July-Aug1 wk-
    Support staff early May late Aug16 wks-
    Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Support staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Support staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Program Dir. early May late Aug16 wks-
    First Aid early June late Aug11 wks-
    Support staff early June late Aug11 wks-
    Program Dir. early May late Aug16 wks-
    Admin Dir. early May late Aug16 wks-
    Mentoring early May late Aug16 wks-
    POSITIONS @ SWAT CAMPS
    Admin. Dir. early May late Aug16 wks-
    First Aid early June late Aug11 wks-
    Area Leader early June late Aug11 wks-
    Program Dir.early May late Aug16 wks-
    POSITIONS @ TRAIL RIDES
    Support staff 1-3 wks-
    Program Dir. 3 wks-
    Support staff 1-3 wks-
    Mentoring 3 wks-
    Area Leader 1-3 wks-
    Program Staff 3 wks-
    First Aid 1-3 wks-
    Program Staff 3 wks-
    Admin. Dir 3 wks-
    Support staff 3 wks-
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