The Staffer

Hey Everyone!
We are excited that you are coming to work with us this summer. It is going to be an awesome summer of fun as we serve the Lord here at camp. Our theme is “Brand New” based on Romans 6:4, and we trust that God has a great summer in store as we share His truth and love with thousands. This site contains some helpful information as you prepare to come to camp, and as always, feel free to contact me with any questions. 

In Christ,        
Dan Antoine        

dan@okoboji.org or 712-337-3306

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Arrival Details

Lifeguards: Those participating in the lifeguard training should arrive at Okoboji by 6pm on Sunday, May 23. We will eat supper and get settled in. Training begins the next morning. **If you're interested in the free LG training, but did not indicate it on the form, please contact Dan. We can always use more lifeguards, who receive a $20 bonus each week of work.

Leadership: Program Directors and Day Camp Leaders should arrive at Okoboji by 6pm on Monday, May 24. We will begin training that evening.

Senior Counselors and Support Staff: Senior Staff should arrive at Okoboji by 4pm on Saturday, May 29 to check in. Sunday morning is our first summer chapel service and brunch. We will leave to travel to Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp on Sunday, May 30 at 2:00pm, where we will enjoy our first week of training.

**Any Senior staff coming from the Des Moines area or near Ames, may choose to meet us at Riverside on Sunday, May 30 at 5pm. You would then drive your own vehicles up to Okoboji on Thursday night when we leave together.

 

Jr. Counselors: arrive at Okoboji on Saturday, June 5th at 4:00 pm.
**If you are able to join us for week one of Senior Staff Training, we would love to have you. Make sure I know if you plan to attend and when you will arrive.
 

What should I bring to camp?

* Bible

* Alarm clock

* Sleeping bag

* Pillow / bedding

* Summer clothes (t-shirts, modest tank tops, shorts, shoes, sandals…) (Keep in mind there is no formal dress code, but we ask staff to dress appropriately and modestly with care to conceal undergarments). 

* Some warm clothes (we have chilly nights)

* 1-2 sets of dress clothes for chapel and a banquet

* 1-2 sets of work clothes for things like painting, raking, etc.

* Swimming suit (1-piece only)

* Musical instruments

* Toiletries / Towels / Washcloths

* Rain coat (if you actually have one)

* Any sports equipment you want to use (Ball glove, tennis racket, etc.)

* Devotional ideas

* Happy smile

* Servant heart

*Masks - please bring any masks you have. Washing opportunities may be limited midweek, so having multiple clean masks is a good option. 

IMPORTANT

We NEED to have the following...

1. Social Security Card, or Passport*

2. Drivers License*

3. Completed Health Form (button below)

4. Completed Payroll and Tax Forms (button below)

5. If applicable, Any Certificates (Lifeguarding, CPR, etc.)

*Please bring these forms of I.D. (or copies of them) with you. We need these to pay you.

Early Work Option

Each year we have a LOT to do to prepare our camps to be ready for summer, so each year we invite 2-4 staff to join our team early and start their contract as early as May 10. It's a great way to get to know several staff members before the full training starts (not to mention earn a couple extra weeks of salary). Work may include jobs such as mowing, weed whacking, raking, cleaning, setting up picnic tables and patio furniture, painting, office work, and more. Please let Dan know immediately if you're interested in arriving at camp early to help with this important prep work.

Staff Training

Staff training is a time for you to become comfortable with the role of being a counselor, put together skits/Bible studies, become familiar with camp, and to be equipped to serve these youth and families as best you can. It truly is an amazing time, so relax and prepare for an awesome two weeks! Your 2 weeks of Staff Training will include the following

Bible Studies: Pastor Jon Anenson will take us through our daily themes. 
Training Sessions: How to work with youth, how to create Bible studies, what to expect as a counselor, how to put skits together, how to lead large group games and much, much more!
Theme Teams: You will be part of a team that creates skits, Bible studies, theme verses, and “shares” that are used all summer long!
Share Groups: Simply put, it’s a time where you get to meet with others who are part of your staff family. It is a time to learn about each other, pray for one another, and just have some fun.
Quiet Times: YES! We believe it is essential to give you time to be in God’s word and see how amazing His word truly is.
Free Time: Relax with new and old friends, play games, have fun and chi-zill out. 

 

Our staff training time will dig deeply into our summer themes. Check out our On-Site and Day Camp Theme Breakdowns below!
 

What will camp and training look like regarding COVId protocols?

As you all know, COVId-19 has caused nearly every aspect of our public lives to look differently. It has been a continually evolving process to use what we learn and implement what we believe will keep people safe. Camp is no exception. So here is a brief, basic description of our approach to mitigate the risk of COVId-19 transmission, especially as it relates to staff training. More details will be explained at training, and are always subject to further changes. 

  • Arriving at camp healthy and well-rested is the best way to start our summer, for many reasons. Especially during the two weeks prior to arriving at camp, please monitor your own health, taking your temperature daily and paying attention to symptoms of COVId-19. Please get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and try to minimize unnecessary risks of exposure by being cautious when you do go out or avoiding large crowds. 

  • The staff you live with will be a cohort. While you're with only each other, there's no need to wear a mask.

  • While we're outdoors, we don't plan to require masks, and we plan to move outdoors as much as possible.

  • There will be times when we are indoors, passing by each other or working/learning together in larger or mixed groups (meals, rainy days, etc.). This is when we'll require masks. This may include times when traveling as a staff to Riverside and back, whenever more than the cohort is present in a vehicle. So please have your masks ready and available, and plan to have several at camp for the summer. 

 

What is my summer address?

Okoboji

Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

1203 Inwan Street
Milford, IA 51351

(712) 337-3306

 

Ingham

Ingham Lake Bible Camp

2258 450th Ave.

Wallingford, IA 51365

(712) 867-4492

Reminder: All staff will report to Okoboji site for staff training, unless meeting us at Riverside.

Both sites have internet access (computer stations and wireless also) so feel free to bring laptops and devices.
 

Cell phones, laptops, and other devices are acceptable to bring to camp, but CANNOT BE USED WHILE WORKING.
 

What if I need time off?

Many of you have already requested time off. Whatever is on your contract, or has been confirmed by me in an e-mail is what we are planning on. From time to time, we do allow counselors additional time off for prior commitments. Generally, you will have off Friday night after you have been cleared of duties and all day Saturday. Sundays you are encouraged to attend chapel or a different church service before duties resume Sunday at noon. Staff are scheduled several weeks throughout the summer to help with Sunday morning worship/brunch. If you need time off or have a day camp or week of camp on site that you would like to request, please let Dan know. All requests must be approved prior to departure.

 ALL THESE REQUESTS WILL BE TAKEN DURING STAFF TRAINING

 

*Our annual Scandinavian Feast/Quilt Auction is held Friday and Saturday, August 6-7. We need as many staff as possible to help with that weekend. Unless you've already cleared being gone or leaving early, plan to be on site for that event.

*Summer staff are also a part of our Ingham Ice Cream Social on June 6, which is also a designated day for kids, neighbors and families to come explore the camp, have a meal, and meet our summer staff. It's a great way to kick off the summer. This is worked into our staff training schedule, so plan to be there and enjoy the festive day.
 

Staff Discount for Families!

GREAT DISCOUNT!!! -  Full-time and Summer Employees at IOLBC this summer will be eligible for significant discounts for their family members to attend camp. We believe strongly that having your family come to camp will only strengthen your experience, as they can see where you work, who you work with, and what your work is all about. We believe that this is also a great opportunity for your family members to experience God in a new way and grow in their faith. Many staff members in the past have begged, pleaded, and sacrificed so their siblings and family members could come to camp, and it ended up changing their lives. To help encourage you to do so, we have developed a discount for family members of current IOLBC staff members*. Here is a description of the discount and who it applies to.

The discount will be for the following amounts 

  • 40% off the full price of all youth camps

  • $400 discount on family camp

  • Half price on any cabin stay which is outside of a scheduled camp or program.

 

These discounts will be available for the following staff family members: staff members themselves, mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, child, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, grandparent or grandchild

So take advantage of this great offer and share the love of Christ with your family by inviting them to camp this summer. For more info about our summer schedule, visit our youth camp page or our family camp page.

 

To receive the staff discount for family members, please call Sara in the registration office at 712-337-3306.
*This discount will be granted in place of (not in addition to), any other discount currently applied as it far exceeds any current discount offered.  For any other questions regarding this discount, please feel free to contact us. 

Prayer Networking

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” -Ephesians 6:18

Because we believe that it is solely the work of the Lord through his people which accomplishes anything of worth, we are asking each of you to find three people you know who will commit to praying for you and the camp throughout the summer. Please enter their information in a brief form on our prayer partners page. Also, keep them posted about your time at camp and specific praises and prayer requests.
 

Who will I work with?