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Forest Home Ministries

Videographer

May - August 2021 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved the experience of meeting new people and sharing Jesus with kids each week. It was a very rewarding job.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more training on different camera equipment before I started the first week of camp.

Advice

I would share how important it is to do a job in your field before you finish your degree. It makes you much more certain that your major is the right fit for you and what you really love to do.
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Color team lead

June - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I had endless chances to share the Gospel with campers and connect with them through various activities and grow closer to God together.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been paid more and had some more time to rest. When I accepted this job it was not with the intention to make a lot of money. This camp had an incredible impact on me as a camper throughout my life and I wanted the chance to serve God through this camp.

Advice

Be prepared to work very long days on little sleep and constantly be working.
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Assistant Director

May - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I got to invest into other people on a daily basis.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Outdoor Adventure Recreation Staff

June - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved being able to enjoy my summer being outdoors, while facilitating zip lines & ropes courses for the kids at the camp.

What I wish was different

Been more purposeful with each and every day. Finding ways to go above and beyond my normal day to day job requirements.

Advice

Ask the families and kids questions in order to interact with them and hear their stories. It really makes a difference in their day as well as your own!
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Otutdoor adventure lead

May - September 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

The people! And working in an environment that was so full of the love of Jesus. Of course getting paid to hike, Zipline, and play on high ropes courses all summer was a blast was AMAZING, but what made it even better was praying together as a staff before every shift.

What I wish was different

Sometimes it was a but disorganized when it came to scheduling and duties but that's common in ministry

Advice

DO IT. work at a summer camp at least once in your life, it's a blast and it is life changing.
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Trail Guide

May - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

Serving in kids ministry is very fun, but also fulfilling. You can learn a lot from kids and are surrounded by other people who love God and want to glorify him with their lives.

What I wish was different

More pay

Advice

If you want to grow with your relationship with God, camp is perfect for that. It will grow you and stretch you to become completely reliant on God through the good days and the bad days.
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Programs Assistant

May - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

The kids and the freedom to make decisions.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Really hard work and tiring but so good and rewarding.
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Nationguide

May - August 2019 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I really grew in my faith working at Forest Home this summer. I learned how to work better on a team and got to work with many different people groups and cultures.

What I wish was different

I wish I was more open in the beginning of the summer to my staff becoming another family. I didn’t anticipate the amazing relationships that would be made. I wish I allowed myself to be pursued a little more at the beginning.

Advice

Go into this job not looking for glory for yourself, it rather seek God and His face through the pursuit of others.
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outdoor recreation summer staff

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

everything

What I wish was different

cabin arrangements

Advice

love god and love others
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Camp Counselor

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved the rich community of my staff, not to mention the 11-12 year old kids I had the opportunity to minister to over the summer. While 11-12 year olds are challenging to work with, the experience was incredibly fruitful because of the time, energy, and love I put into seeing those kids grow and mature as young boys and girls.

What I wish was different

Something I wish had been different or improved was having extensive training at the beginning of the summer regarding childcare development and curriculum construction. There was a lot of hands on training, but when it actually came to the day by day, moment by moment experiences we had with kids, there was very little training about how to engage with the age groups we were assigned. A lot of the experience was trial and error, which I was able to figure out. Nevertheless, I would have greatly appreciated more training.

Advice

Clear, honest, and direct communication is the key to success in any camp or workplace situation. Having the humility to approach people directly in times of conflict and success greatly enriched my experiences with people on my staff and with the kids I interacted, whether it was conflict resolution or planning camp events. My advice is to be bold and brave to engage in hard conversations. You will only reap strong and healthy relationships if you are willing to put the time, energy, and love into those people you care about. It's hard work, but it is completely worth it.
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Barista

October 2017 - July 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I liked the environment, my coworkers, the campers, and the experience,

What I wish was different

I don't think I would have changed anything.

Advice

Get involved with the staff! Make connections and memories.
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Health Tech

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

Loved the community and cohesiveness of the Camp.

What I wish was different

Salaries are low.

Advice

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Camp Counselor

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It’s life changing, so it’s challenging and hard sometimes, but you won’t regret going because at the end of the summer your heart is full and you’re a different person.
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waitstaff

May - August 2018 • San Bernardino, CA

What I liked

Great atmosphere and amazing place to be!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Photography Production Coordinator

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I really liked the community of young adults who came together from both local and distant places with the same desires to serve and hearts to learn.

What I wish was different

I wish the accommodations were more beneficial for the temporary staff, and that there were more activities and engagement for the staff on our times off.

Advice

It takes many more hours to take care of staff than to just do your own job, and the focus needs to be outward rather than inward.
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Summer camp

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

Community

What I wish was different

Food

Advice

It was a lot of fun
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Crew Leader

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved the community I was able to build with my staff as we worked towards the goal of bringing Christ to children through the use of fun recreational games and activities.

What I wish was different

Communication among leadership could have been better but it was good

Advice

Be open physically, mentally, and spiritually for what’s coming because you never know what’s coming next in a day of camp (i mean this in the best way possible) .
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Retail

June - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved the environment and the staff memebers at Forest Home. My co workers were patient with learning how to do things correctly.

What I wish was different

I wish they would have been more on top of hiring me and the process been a lot faster.

Advice

Don't live at Forest Home. You get paid so much more if you are an hourly versus residental.
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Counselor

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

Being able to share the gospel with kids.

What I wish was different

Better leadership

Advice

Investing in your own personal relationship with Christ is how to succeed in this job.
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In-Camp Assistant

May - August 2018 • Forest Falls, CA

What I liked

I loved the atmosphere of being in God's creation 24/7. It was constantly amazing to see God's beauty in the mountains of California. I also loved the small, tight-knit community of summer staff that you worked with directly, as a team, to make sure everything gets done for the program to run smoothly. The high school program manager was amazing and always open to hearing how we can improve the experience for campers and fellow staff members so that each week is able to point everyone back to God and what He has to teach them during that week. Forest Home is truly a camp like I've never encountered before. God is doing big things there.

What I wish was different

Advice

Go into it with your heart open to serve. Forest Home emphasizes service and having the properly bent heart to serve God and other people in whatever ways we can. I went in with no expectations, just a heart to learn and to serve, and I can honestly say it was the best summer of my life. And don't go at it alone. You need the community around you and a continued working relationship with God in order to make it through. It cannot be on your own strength.
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