We train students (ages 13-19) from across North America and send them on mission trips all over the globe.
Training Camp is held over an eight-day period, beginning the Saturday you arrive, and culminating the following Saturday. Training Camp is a challenging, fast-paced environment designed to give you the tools you’ll need to be successful on the mission field. It is not a “boot camp”; there are no large walls to scale, mud pits to crawl through, or drill instructors screaming in your face. However it is a place where the amenities are basic and life is simplified without the distraction of electronics. It’s a place that God will use to get you ready as an individual and as a team for the work ahead, whether it be in the slums of Sierra Leone, the suburbs of London, or mountain villages of Nepal.
On the last day of Training Camp we have Open House Day. This is when your family and friends are invited to come to Training Camp and tour the camp, observe some of your ministry skills training, and meet the rest of your team. They’ll get to sit down and eat a meal with you, and afterwards join all the teams in a time of worship together.Close
We believe that if you want to arrive at your ministry location ready to serve, then you need a place to transition between home and the field… and Training Camp is that place!
First, Training Camp will give you time to build strong relationships with others on your mission trip. You’ll arrive at your ministry destination, not as a group of individuals, but as a tight-knit team ready to go! Second, you need to have a chance to focus in on Jesus and really get yourself spiritually prepared. That’s a priority at Training Camp! Time is set aside for you each day for studying God’s Word; there will be relevant and challenging teachings, in-depth prayer, and opportunities to gather together with the other teams twice-daily for times of worship. Training Camp is also the place where you will be trained in one of a number of ministry skills, like dance, drama, puppets, and more.
Our trip leaders repeatedly hear of how surprised and pleased the missionaries, pastors, and local believers are at how prepared our teams are. They say our students are willing to serve, are effective in what they do, and because of their positive attitudes, they are an encouragement to everyone they come in contact with. All this begins at Training Camp!
As a result of Training Camp you will arrive at your ministry site:
Upon arriving at Training Camp, the first thing you’ll do is meet your leadership team and new teammates. You’ll then connect with your Staff Discipler and get together with the other members of your discipleship group (gender specific). You’ll be in this discipleship group for the entire summer.
Then it’s time to get settled into your home at Training Camp…a tent! Unless you joined the EuroQuest mission trip, Training Camp will be the only time you’ll be sleeping in tents. We use four-person Eureka Sunrise tents, and place two to three individuals in each tent.
We begin most mornings with a challenge course that you complete with those who are in your discipleship group. There are no individual elements; this exercise is designed to help you learn how to work together as a group - to trust and rely on each other, encourage each other, and in the middle of it all, develop relationships with others you might have just met 12 hours earlier! After the challenge course, your team may be assigned a light work project before breakfast - painting, raking, laying mulch, or maybe carrying brush to the burn pile – you know, giving the camp a face lift!
After breakfast the whole camp will get together to spend time in worship before getting some one-on-one time with the Lord during devotions. After that you’ll gather in your discipleship group to talk about your time in the Word. Once you finish “d-group time”, there will usually be a large-group teaching followed by time to spend in individual teams until lunch. Teaching times are spread throughout the day, in both individual teams and whole group settings.
We utilize the time after lunch to work on developing specific ministry skills that will be used in various ways throughout the mission trip. These include dance, drama, and puppets, as well as preparing skits, VBS programs and more. After dinner it’s back together as a whole camp (that means with participants from all the other mission trips, camp staff, and volunteers) to spend more time in worship and prayer. Afterward, you may meet in your teams, individual discipleship groups, or together for a group teaching time (or all three). That will take you through the evening and to bedtime.
Each day is full, fun, challenging, and focused!Close
Royal Servants holds one Training Camp that all Royal Servants mission trips attend together. It is held about 45 minutes NE of Madison, Wisconsin, in a small town called Pardeeville (you gotta love that name!). This year Training Camp begins when Staff Disciplers come, and ends on Open House Day (dates will be sent out in the prep packet when participants when signed up). The next two days are spent packing up camp and heading to Chicago O’Hare airport for the international flight. Depending on the destination, teams will either leave Sunday or Monday.Close