Serve on Work Crew

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Sharon Lee on Work Crew at Saranac in 2014.
When you attended Saranac, did you notice that the tables in the dining hall were perfectly set for each meal?  Did you observe that the carpet in the club room was always freshly vacuumed? ​And did you realize that your bathroom was immaculately cleaned everyday?

These tasks and many others were carried out by a group of high school students who volunteered to give up a month of their life to serve s​o that YOU could have the best week of your life! In Young Life,​ we call these amazing volunteers the "Work Crew."

Every summer we need high school students to volunteer to make our camps run smoothly. How about you? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of others? As a month-long volunteer on Work Crew, you'll be surrounded by other people from all over the country who, like yourself, want their lives to count for something and who desire to serve as Jesus did thousands of years ago. The hours can be long and the work tedious, but you will grow in your faith in ways you never imagined possible​. It may even be the greatest month of your life!

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The following requirements are expected of anyone who wants to serve on Work Crew:
  • You must have completed grades 10, 11, or 12 in high school and not yet started college.
  • You must be actively involved in Campaigners or Harvesters.
  • You should consider yourself a Christian and be striving to follow Jesus.
  • You must have previously attended Saranac as a camper with Asian Young Life.
  • You must participate in a Work Crew training course prior to your departure.
You can work at any of Young Life's 20+ camps, but most people from Asian Young Life will be assigned to Saranac, Lake Champion, or Rockbridge. Please note that while we will recommend you for the camp and position of your choice, you may be assigned to work at a different camp doing a job you may not really want to do. It is important that you have a humble attitude and be willing to accept whatever is offered. 

"Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." - Ephesians 6:7


JOBS AVAILABLE

Typical Work Crew jobs include the following:
  • Bakery
  • Dining Hall Server
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Pit Crew (Dishwasher)
  • Roustabout (General Work)
Most Work Crew jobs are open to males and females, however usually only females are assigned to work in the laundry.
HOW TO APPLY

To apply, you must first be recommended by an Asian Young Life leader. Please click the orange button below and let us know you are interested in applying. We'll then get the process started for you. Please be sure to apply BEFORE February 1 of each year.







  
 


PREVIOUS AYL WORK CREW VOLUNTEERS​

Since the year 2006, a number of AYL students have served on Work Crew at a Young Life camp. Here's an overview of what these teens did and where:


Y​​e​ar​​

​​Name

Job

Camp

2007

Jason Kim

Pit Crew

Saranac Village

2008

Joe Lim​

Dining Hall Server

Saranac Village

2011

Avery Rodriguez

Pit Crew/Roustabout

Saranac Village

2013

Soojin Chong

Dining Hall Server

Rockbridge

2014

Daniel Park
Sharon Lee

Dining Hall Server
Laundry

Frontier Ranch
Saranac Village

2​​015

Jeremy Palad
Daniel Pak

Bakery
Dining Hall Server

Lake Champion
Saranac Village

2​​016

Samuel Kim
Jeremy Palad
Han Choi
Christina Wang

Housekeeping
Pit Crew
Landscaping
Dining Hall Server

Saranac Village
Rockbridge
Rockbridge
Saranac Village

 

STILL THINKING ABOUT IT?

Check out this video made by Young Life to give you a glimpse of the amazing time you will have spending a month serving on Work Crew. We hope you'll apply​!

 
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I WANT TO SERVE, BUT WHAT ABOUT MY PARENTS?

We know that asking your parents if you can spend a month volunteering at a camp for no pay when you should be studying for SATs or applying for college may sound like an impossible task, but remember... Other students in AYL have done it, and maybe you can too! After all, you will be credited with approximately 300 hours of community service for volunteering on Work Crew, so that is certainly a big selling point. Furthermore, you will have a unique and genuine experience that could be the basis for an interesting college essay or interview topic. Contact your AYL leaders, and they will give you some practical tips on how to get your parents' support.
 
​Most importantly, pray about whether or not you should serve. Maybe high school is not the best time... Perhaps you should wait until you are in college, and then you can serve on Summer Staff, which is almost identical to Work Crew except that it is for college students instead of for high school students. In any case, do not make any decision in haste; pray, talk to your parents, and seek wisdom from people you trust.

"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you." - Psalm 37:5
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