ABOUT C.I.

Christmas Institute (C.I.) is an annual 5-day Christian youth retreat based in Southern California. C.I. runs from December 26th—30th. It is open to youth and young adults from 7th grade up to college, and is supported through the United Methodist Church.

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Staff

 Responsibilities:

  • Delivers Kris Kringle letters to campers

  • Coordinates meal-mixers 

  • Follows directions of Design Team as needed

  • Participates in delegate activities when not assigned staff-related task

  • Helps set up/take down rooms

  • Assists in activities and preparations

  • Supports activity and worship leaders

  • Leads evening devotion and nightly cabin sharing

  • Builds positive, personal relationships with cabin-mates throughout camp

  • Makes sure cabin is awake and prompt for breakfast or other activities, and obeying lights out

  • Coordinates/facilitates Olympic-Groups and Olympic-Group Games

  • Has attended training and is knowledgeable in UMC Safe Church Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Is (at minimum) 18 years old at the time of Christmas Institute

  • Can successful get background checked for UMC Safe Church Policy

  • Has attended at least two previous C.I.'s (or something similar)

  • Knowledgeable in connecting equipment (or willingness to learn)

  • Has maintained a positive image with peers and exhibits leadership potential

  • Intends to commit of being C.I. staff or leader in the near future

  • Able to create/enforce/model ground rules

  • Able to mediate conflict

Responsibilities:

  • Leads family group sessions and other activities

  • Builds positive, personal relationships with family group throughout camp

  • Supports camp activity and worship leaders, as needed

  • Has attended training and is knowledgeable in UMC Safe Church Policy

  • Helps set up/take down rooms

  • Assists in activities and preparations

  • Follows directions of Design Team as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Is (at minimum) 18 years old at the time of Christmas Institute

  • Can successful get background checked for UMC Safe Church Policy

  • Has attended at least three previous CI's (or something similar)

  • Has been a staffer at least for one year

  • Experience in leading small groups

  • Experience in counseling and giving spiritual guidance

  • Able to create/enforce/model ground rules

  • Has maintained a positive image with peers and exhibits leadership potential

  • Intends to commit a year of being C.I. staff or leader in the near future

  • Able to mediate conflict

Counselor

Design-Team

Responsibilities:

  • Builds positive, personal relationships with campers, staff, counselors and support-staff before, throughout and after camp

  • Supports camp activity and fellow leaders, as needed

  • Has attended training and is very knowledgeable in UMC Safe Church Policy

  • Helps set up/take down rooms

  • Assists in & creates necessary activities and preparations for C.I.

  • Creates/designs every aspect of Christmas Institute well enough to teach and prepare other leaders

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Is (at minimum) 21 years old at the time of Christmas Institute

  • Can successful get background checked for UMC Safe Church Policy

  • Has attended at least four previous CI's (or something similar)

    • had (at least) 1 year as a camper​ (or something similar)

    • had (at least) 1 year as a staffer

    • had (at least) 2 years as a counselor

  • Experience in leading groups and people

  • Experience in counseling and giving spiritual guidance

  • Able to create/enforce/model ground rules

  • Has maintained a positive image with peers and exhibits leadership

  • Intends to commit (at least) 3 years of being C.I. Design-Team leader 

  • Able to mediate conflict

  • Intends to train a counselor into becoming a Design-Team member to prepare in an event the Design Member cannot perform duties for whatever reason