What Does CYIA do at Camp Good News?
Later in the summer, CYIA teens are required to attend Camp Good News as camp counselors. Camp Good News is a church camp on Casper Mountain meant for children ages 7-12. As CYIA teens, we will be required to host a cabin of around ten to twelve kids. We will lead these kids around to their activities, supervise them in the cabins, lead them in devotions, sit with them at mealtimes, and play games with them. CYIAers will also need to attend a nightly meeting with the other leaders and staff members. Although it can be stressful, it is truly a great experience.
How Can I Afford Training?
Our CYIA leaders offer many opportunities for fundraisers and support to pay your way to training. This year, we conducted a Pizza Ranch fundraiser, car wash fund raisers, and raffle ticket fundraisers. You can also get support letters and cards here to send to friends and relatives to support you. You are also allowed to pay part or all of the $335 out of your own pocket. If you still cannot afford this fee, contact us to learn more about CYIA fundraisers.
What is Needed for Transportation?
Usually, CYIAers are responsible for getting to River of Life Church to meet up with the team before most events and should be picked up there as well. There will be parking, so CYIAers can drive themselves if we they are allowed to drive. From this church, the team will ride in vans to a 5-Day Club or other event. For the weeks of training and camp, we will again meet at Wellsprings church, and the CYIA leaders will drive us where we need to go.
Can I Have a Summer Job and Do CYIA?
While CYIA does take up much of your time, it may be possible to get a summer job. You are required to spend a week (day and night) at each training and Camp Good News; however, you can take time off from other events to go to a job sometimes. Most weeks we are done with all ministry before noon, so an afternoon job could usually be incorporated. If you still need to work but cannot get a job and do CYIA simultaneously, we still me be able to figure something out. Contact us for more details. Ultimately, you should pray about what decision to make.
"Some of my best CYIA memories are mostly the time I have spent helping kids, teaching them about God, and hanging out with all my fellow CYIA friends. Though it can be hard and a little stressful at times, it is truly an amazing experience. I love every moment of it that we spend together teaching and growing closer to God. I love the way I get to see God work in the kids' life in just one week during clubs.