LifeWorks: Leadership Development Program

Are you ready for a rewarding summer that combines fun, faith, and self discovery? LifeWorks is designed with you in mind!

Radical Faith High Ropes

What are the benefits of LifeWorks?

In the whirlwind of college applications, resumes, and interviews, more and more people are realizing the importance of standing out! Colleges are looking for individuals who engage in extramural activities, community service, and unique experiences. The LifeWorks program promotes personal growth and self discovery through hands-on activities and experiential learning. With the LifeWorks program you will:

  • Grow personally and spiritually through small group discussions, daily devotionals, and the support of a welcoming community!
  • Learn new problem solving techniques and principles of team work through our Team Challenge and High Ropes courses.
  • Gain first-hand experience organizing an outtrip with your group. Plan, pack, navigate, cook, camp—use your new skills to overcome real-world challenges!
  • Design a service project benefiting the camp community.
  • Establish lasting relationships with other high school students in the LifeWorks program.

These experiences will be invaluable as you prepare for college, and life beyond! Bulk up your resume with a community service project; acquire an exciting story to write about in an admissions essay! This program is designed to give high school students unique opportunities and memories that will last a lifetime.

Please note! You may register for LifeWorks at any stage. Missed Year 1? No problem, register for Year 2, Radical Leadership.

We’ve got lots of awesome opportunities for 16-18 year olds. Click here for more info on other skill-building adventures!

YEAR 1 Radical Faith        (age 15 or completed 9th grade)

We believe that positive leadership is grounded in faith. Spend time at CW exploring the qualities of a servant leader and growing spiritually among a welcoming community. Learn how a growing faith can guide you through life’s challenges and help you navigate these exciting years of your life. You will have the opportunity to test these lessons on a 3-day out trip along the Au Sable River—paddle, camp, hike, swim, laugh, reflect, and grow with new friends. Will you rise to the challenge and embark on the LifeWorks journey at Camp Westminster? Come and see what God has in store for you.

Comments from past participants:

“On an out trip… it is a model for real life!”
“What I really liked is that A LOT happens in a short time!”
“The [Radical Faith] out trip teaches you how to deal with life and make it work with limited resources- outside the safety net of camp!”

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YEAR 2 Radical Leadership    (ages 16-17)

Radical Leadership Painting Map

Radical Leadership is designed to give youth invaluable skills for the future by providing new challenges and responsibilities. Learn how to work with children and acquire community-building techniques. Conquer the Team Challenge and High Ropes Courses and embark on a wilderness trip hiking and paddling the Manistee River. Cover skills such as packing, map reading, cooking, paddling, tent setup and more. Guided by a dedicated staff chosen for their example as servant leaders, they will push you to strengthen the abilities God gave you.

(Please note: You do NOT have to complete Year 1 to participate in Year 2)
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YEAR 3 Radical Service (ages 16-17) (1 and 2 week sessions available)

Radical Service is designed to maximize your servant leadership potential! Spend about 4 hours each day working on service projects in the community. Assist with activity preparation, beautification projects, recycling and more! Be ready to work hard and do what it takes to make camp fun for the campers! But all work and no play doesn’t fulfill God’s plan…Spend the other activity times working on your climbing, paddling, sailing or other skills- we need leaders with a multitude of skill sets!

(Please note: You do NOT have to complete Year 1 or Year 2 to participate in Year 3)
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YEAR 3 Skills Development (ages 16-17)

Focus on building skills in sailing, climbing, outdoor living and more! A large part of being at leader at Camp Westminster is teaching and sharing these skills with others. Register for skills development and gain experience in these activities while learning the basics of facilitation under the guidance of certified staff. Please note: campers looking for a two-week leadership experience this summer are welcome and encouraged to register for Skills Development and Radical Service. There is a session stay-over option between these two consecutive sessions.
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YEAR 4 Radical Community: Westminster to the World (completed Radical Leadership or completed 12th grade)

“A trip of a lifetime…”      “An unforgettable experience…”      “A rare opportunity…”Raft Building Camas Centre

These are some of the phrases leaders-in-training used to describe their pilgrimage to the Iona Community in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. Camp Westminster values the development of individuals with cultural awareness and international experience. Stay at a breathtaking abbey and live and work in an international community. Gather together for worship, meals, chores, hikes, and reflection with people of all ages from around the world. This capstone piece of the LifeWorks program allows participants to reflect on their personal and spiritual growth over the last 4 years while gaining an invaluable experience abroad.

Because this trip is such a big deal for us at Westminster and for the participants on the trip we take care to select the right group. Applications are considered in the order they are received until the trip is full.

(Contact the director at info@campwestminster.com for more information)
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