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S.A.L.T. Crew: Fueling Service and Leadership

Welcome to the heart of our leadership journey – the S.A.L.T. Members! S.A.L.T. stands for "Service And Leadership Training," and these amazing individuals are the dynamic force of our second program step. Picture them as the superheroes of the camp, dedicated to spreading the gospel to younger kids with passion and purpose.

In the camp universe, S.A.L.T. Members are the sidekicks to the Camp Counselors, tackling whatever tasks come their way with dedication and excellence. They're the go-to team for the Program Director too, assisting in setting up games and learning responsibility and leadership on the fly.

The S.A.L.T. Members aren't just a backup crew; they're the ones holding the fort when a counselor is unexpectedly out sick. Trained with the same rigor as the counselors, we trust them to keep the campers in good hands.

Calling all awesome teens aged 16-19! Join the S.A.L.T. crew and dive into a week of meaningful work. But it's not all about the hustle – we want our S.A.L.T. Members to have their chill time too. Whether during the camper's God and I Time or a counselor-approved break, daily quiet time is encouraged.

To ensure your spiritual growth and encouragement, we gather the S.A.L.T. crew during the day for a devotion session. The time may vary each week, but it's all about exploring what it means to live a life dedicated to serving Jesus.

 

At Ponderosa, we're not just a camp; we're a safe haven where the staff genuinely cares about your growth and flourishing in Jesus' name.

Come be a part of building awesome connections with fellow teens and campers while rocking the service scene and bringing glory to the Lord!

Key Responsibilities/Expectations: 

  • The applicant must know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior

  • The SALT Member will be paired up with a camp counselor to lead 8-10 campers per week.

  • The SALT Member will yield leadership to the camp counselor when the counselor is present. 

  • The SALT Member will love, accept, and help introduce children to Jesus Christ and equip them to live lives that glorify God.

  • The SALT Member will assist the camp counselor with the responsibility for the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health of each camper.

  • The SALT Member will assist the camp counselor in supervising their campers’ activities and know where they are at all times.

  • The SALT Member will assist the program director in setting up games and activities. 

  • The SALT Member will help enforce camp policies, procedures, and rules.

  • The SALT Member will help lead their campers in competing for Honor Cabin and team points.

  • The SALT Member will help mentor their TEAM Member.

  • The SALT Member will be expected to stay overnight all week. 

  • The SALT Member must go home on Friday afternoons but will be expected to return on Sundays no later than 2:45 pm each week they are assigned to work. 

"Being a SALT Member was amazing because I got to share God with kids who wanted to grow in their spiritual walk, or just start their journey with Christ. I got to meet incredible new people who also helped me in my walk. I saw God move in young hearts in so many amazing ways. Being allowed to be part of God's work spreading His word was a real joy for me. I learned so many things, and I hope I can do it again!"

- Ember O'Sullivan

"I enjoyed being a SALT Member because I learned more about Christ, I have fun while doing it, and I built bonds with people. In my opinion, I learned more about myself as a SALT Member than I did as a TEAM Member. Even though sometimes the campers can be difficult, they helped me learn more about myself. My absolute favorite thing about being a SALT Member is Commitment Night (Thursday night). Sometimes the campers will ask me to walk up with them, and say their commitment for them, and that's when I know they trust me, and feel comfortable with me."

-Josh Puckett

"The main reason I like to work at Ponderosa is because I am shown something new about my walk with Christ practically every day no matter how small or big. It might be someone giving their life over to God, or just someone saying thank you. I like being a SALT member because I can talk to the kids when they want to talk to me because I’m usually with them for the entirety of the day. It’s really my favorite thing I get to do all summer."

- Heath Romine

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