Hi GenJers! Would you like a glimpse into the world of an iGovern camp counselor?
I’m currently enrolled in an online college class about Service-Learning, which is basically a term that describes a volunteer experience that teaches you something. As part of the course, I need to write a series of blog posts reflecting on my experience as a volunteer and what it has taught me. I can’t think of a more interesting, effective volunteer experience than my work with the Gen J Leadership Corps as an iGovern counselor (yep, the campers aren’t the only ones learning!). It also occurred to me that you might find the subject interesting too – and it’s much more motivating for me to write for an audience than just a professor.
This is the first of a 5-part series about some of the incredible lessons I have learned as an iGovern counselor. I will mostly draw from the most recent camp, iGovern West 2012, because the project instructions asks me to focus on a single specific experience, and it is most fresh in my memory.
Perhaps the best place to begin at is at the beginning: how and why I became a counselor in the first place.
I attended iGovern as a student/camper twice. I came back, because I was thirsty for what I heard at camp: that my life has purpose, that little, nobody me could make a difference, that Christ really could impact and shine through every area of my life to illuminate the world. It changed my life. I came away inspired, and got involved – in politics, in ministry, and yes, in Gen J.
As I “aged out” of Gen J as a student, I wanted to help give others what I had been given. So it was thrilling to hear of a new Gen J initiative: the Leadership Corps. The Leadership Corps is still new and developing, but currently, members help lead the Student Action Teams, assist local Gen J clubs, and serve as iGovern camp counselors. It was exactly what I wanted to do; a way for Gen J alumni to help mentor younger Gen J students and pass on the gift.
I sent in my Leadership Corps application and was accepted. It was the start of a grand new adventure that’s taken me across the country, led me to meet and work with hundreds of remarkable people, and all along the way, taught me a great deal. I’ll share a few of those lessons with you soon.
If you are currently 19 and a member of Generation Joshua, you are eligible to apply for the Leadership Corp. You can learn more and begin your application process here.