STAND (Year-long Discipleship Program)

STAND

1 Corinthians 16:13-14: Be on the alert, STAND firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.


What is STAND?

The STAND Discipleship Program is a life-changing opportunity for young men at Haycock Camping Ministries.  STAND is a year-long full-time or part-time program (September-August) with the goal of spurring young men on to a life of faithful love and service to God, their families, their churches, their communities, and the world.  STAND fits perfectly within the mission of Haycock and our historical passion of “Growing Boys into Godly Men.”

Who is eligible to apply for STAND?

Young men ages 18-24 who are believers in Jesus Christ and desire to grow as godly men and servant-leaders are eligible to be STAND Interns (full-time) or STAND Residents (part-time).  Application, references, and an interview are required before admittance into the program.

What is the advantage of being a STAND Intern or Resident?

Taking a year of intentional growth, reflection, and discovery (often referred to as a gap year) is very prevalent in other parts of the world, and its popularity is increasing in the United States.  The STAND Program is a time for a young man to mature spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially before he makes a successful transition to college, the work force, the mission field, trade school, or whatever the Lord has planned for him next.

What will a STAND Intern experience?

  • Teaching, relationship-building, and service experiences that help him grow as a Man of God
  • The opportunity to earn up to 14 college credits
  • Opportunities to run camp programs and manage camp facilities as Haycock strives to fulfill its mission of providing Christ-centered camping experiences that lead people to Jesus Christ and train them to serve Him
  • Active involvement in a local church body
  • One-on-One mentoring and discipleship by a member of Haycock’s leadership team
  • Group and individual Bible/book studies on topics such as theology, biblical manhood, marriage/family, life skills, and more
  • Wilderness trips and other outdoor experiences
  • A year of strong Christian community and encouragement
  • A thorough assessment of areas of gifting, personality, leadership style, interests, and skills in preparation for a lifetime of service to God
  • In the Fall Session (September – December), STAND Interns will intentionally focus on developing the character of a godly man as a life-long pursuit. This session will also include a focus on personal discipline in all areas of life, educational opportunities, wilderness trips, and structured physical training.
  • In the Spring Session (January – May), STAND Interns will take part in mission trips and participate in service opportunities beyond their roles at camp. The goal of this session is to intentionally focus on understanding and applying the qualities of a servant leader in a variety of settings. Interns will also have opportunities to job shadow with local businesses, churches, or ministries.
  • In the Summer Session (June – August), STAND Interns will serve on Haycock’s Summer Staff Team.

What will a STAND Resident experience?

A Stand Resident will participate in many aspects of the STAND Program while working full or part-time or as a local or online student. At a minimum, a STAND Resident will participate in the following, while working around his work or school schedule:

  • Teaching, relationship-building, and service experiences that help him grow as a Man of God
  • Opportunities to run camp programs and manage camp facilities as Haycock strives to fulfill its mission of providing Christ-centered camping experiences that lead people to Jesus Christ and train them to serve Him
  • Active involvement in a local church body
  • One-on-One mentoring and discipleship by a member of Haycock’s leadership team
  • Group and individual Bible/book studies on topics such as theology, biblical manhood, marriage/family, life skills, and more
  • Wilderness trips and other outdoor experiences
  • A year of strong Christian community and encouragement while having flexibility to pursue individual employment or educational goals
  • A thorough assessment of areas of gifting, personality, leadership style, interests, and skills in preparation for a lifetime of service to God
  • The STAND Resident year begins in September and ends in May, though STAND Residents will have the opportunity to serve on Haycock’s Summer Staff Team if their schedule permits

What is the cost of STAND?

The cost to participate as a Stand Intern is $6,975 per year (or $775 per month during the Fall and Spring Sessions-from September through May.)  This fee does not include the costs of the Spring Session overseas missions trip – those funds will be raised separately by the interns during the Fall Session.  All housing, utilities, adventure trip costs, educational experiences, and most food costs are covered by this tuition.  If finances are a concern, candidates are encouraged to use their year-round stipend and summer staff compensation to help pay for STAND and/or pursue raising financial support for this exciting ministry opportunity.

There is no cost to participate in the program as a STAND Resident. STAND Residents are responsible to pay for food, books/materials, and any trips/events that they participate in.

Are STAND Interns and Residents compensated?

On top of free room and board, STAND Interns will receive a $50 monthly stipend for the months of September through May.  During the summer months, STAND Interns will be paid the regular wages of the summer staff position for which they are hired.  Stand Residents will not receive a monthly stipend, but will receive regular wages during the summer if they are hired as summer staff.

What are the graduation requirements for STAND Interns and Residents?

STAND Interns must successfully complete all three sessions in order to graduate from the program. All STAND participants must accomplish all of their assigned objectives. Performance evaluations will be given by Haycock staff to encourage areas of personal growth and responsibility.

How do I apply for STAND?

Young men who are interested in applying for STAND should contact Haycock Camping Ministries to request an application at 610-346-7155 or [email protected].  STAND starts in September and STAND Intern applications must be received by July 31st. Though the STAND Resident year begins in September and ends in May, STAND Resident applications may be submitted at any time and those accepted may join the program already in progress.

 

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