Camp Counselor 101

Every year I have to field the question, “Why should I go to Camp Counselor training if I am never picked” or “Well I went to Camp Counselor training, when will someone call me?”  only to be disappointed by the beginning of the summer when one realizes that they will probably not be called.

Camp Neotez is a unique place in that it allows teenagers to serve as regular camp counselors.  This is not true of most camps.  That being said, there is an increased amount of expectation that directors have for the teenagers who they will need to depend on and work with.

I thought I would share some insight to being a director and some of the challenges I face as well as the expectations I have for my staff.  These are only my thoughts and they do not represent anyone from the Board or other directors.   That being said, it might help you to think through some of these things on a personal level.  I believe some of the points below will not only help you become a better prospective counselor, but a better student, a better employee and better person in general.

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Dads / Moms / Sons / Daughters


Dads – you need to be listening to this! It’s time to step up in our families. It’s time to lead! It’s time to fight for your family! The culture is pulling your family in all directions away from God! It’s time to stand up and say “No More!”

Moms – if you have to listen to this first to encourage your husband, please invest the time! SINGLE MOMS – after you listen to this, let’s talk about options for you.

Sons – this explains the kind of Godly young man you need to be becoming!

Daughters – Don’t settle for less than what God wants to bless you with!

At the following link there is a 4-part series that every parent and child needs to listen to! Parents, you will be blessed! The author of the book What He Must Be If He Wants To Marry My Daughter” is being interviewed

Go to to begin or continue Intentional Parenting

Twilight Series

Below is a note I sent to our parents about the following review of the Twilight Series books and movies. As the dad of 13 & 11 year old girls and a youth minister, I am really curious as to what your thoughts are. (make sure you read the review too).

The Source for Youth Ministry Twilight Review

my e-mail to parents:

Parents – Especially MOMS.

As Wade is sharing in his Sermon Series – “Going Against the Flow”, the flow of our culture is constantly pushing against us. As time passes the current gets stronger. Satan will have us think that being “worldly” is not so bad as long as “I can put it into context” and I don’t really do “those things”. Over and over again in scripture we are reminded that so much of our battle as Christians begins in the mind. If the Evil One can just get us to marginalize our thoughts, we become easy prey (1 Peter 5:8)

Several of you have shared your concerns with me so I have been trying to inform myself (and my family). Below is a review of the most recent pop-culture rave concerning the Twilight Series books and now the movie that is coming out next week. The line in the review that grabs my attention is “Even though the Mormon author doesn’t allow Edward and Bella to have sex before marriage, she may be a bit naïve about what tends to happen when passionate teenagers get alone in a field. From the preview, the movie seems to take it a step further. In one clip, Bella is seen in her underwear kissing Edward in the bedroom. As a parent, how would you react to this reality?”

As a parent, you will have to decide if this is a cue from culture you are willing for your daughters (and sons) to take into her (his) mind. I find that the more information I have when making a decision, the better decision I can make. I hope you will take the 5 minutes it takes to read this review, to better inform yourself so that no matter what decision you make, it’s made on your principles and not what culture says is the norm.

Eph 5:3

Because of the Cross,