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Director of GAP Year Program

Walkabout Director
Camp Eagle: Rocksprings, Texas

We exist “to inspire Christ-like change through Outdoor Adventure, Authentic Relationships, and Biblical Truth,” and to use our mission to change the world.

The makeup of our community determines a large part of what it is like to live and work here. We have about 80 people who live on-site year-round, consisting of full-time staff, their families, Gap-year students, and Facilitators. Since we are so far from any large towns or cities, all of our full-time staff live on-site. One example of our distance from town is that it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to the closest Walmart in Kerrville. Camp Eagle is a beautiful place with many natural resources but calls for somewhat remote living. Our staff is fairly active and involved in our community and ministry. Generally, we like good food, playing outdoors, and working hard as we are very passionate about our mission statement. We encourage applicants, at a further stage in the hiring process, to visit and ask many questions from various staff about what it is like to live and work here. We are the first to admit that as a community we have many shortcomings but hope to use even those to serve Jesus Christ. Does that sound like something you want to do?

Job Dates: This is a full–time position. The Gap Year season is from mid-August to mid-May, but the Gap Year Director’s responsibilities are year-round.
Department: Gap Year at Camp Eagle
Reports To: Director of Programs
Direct Reports: Discipleship Guide/s and Walkabout Students
Consults With: Maintenance Director, Discipleship Guide, Food Service Director, Retreats Director, School Retreats Director, Retreats Coordinators, Housekeeping Manager.

Job Purpose: The purpose of the Walkabout Director is to utilize all aspects of our mission statement to accomplish its purpose by helping students discover, deepen, and deploy. Walkabout is a nine-month residential gap-gear program for students 18 to 24 years of age that focuses on self-discovery, service, and Christian discipleship. It is the responsibility of the Walkabout director to equip, guide, and train students through Bible classes, mentoring, service, and leadership opportunities. This includes but is not limited to, the following tasks: develop and maintain relationships with Walkabout students, mentor students one-on-one on a consistent basis, lead multi-day adventure and experiential trips, oversee and enforce Walkabout rules, lead Bible studies, teach Walkabout classes, promote the program through marketing onsite and offsite, oversee Walkabout meals, develop and maintain structures that assist Walkabout community living (chore charts, etc), help with Walkabout training, and anything else necessary for successful program implementation.

Pray for the Walkabout students, leaders, and program.
Coordinate the teaching of Walkabout classes and teach class according to desire,
personal skill and knowledge base.
Train Walkabout students in Camp Eagle-required skills according to personal skill and knowledge base.
Facilitate, organize, and lead Walkabout off-site trips.
Provide supervision and accountability for Walkabout-specific tasks including chores, food
preparation and cleanup, cleaning of Walkabout facilities, and other Walkabout
community tasks.
Spend time with Walkabout students. (1) lead weekly Bible studies; and (2) mentor
students in a one-on-one format on a daily basis (except for personal days off).
Spend recreational and/or exercise time with Walkabout students on a regular basis (except for personal days off) and help guide them in decisions about their future.
Monitor and help to maintain a healthy community environment for the Walkabout
Monitor for quality in the Walkabout program in all areas and help remedy areas that need to be fixed.
Help administer discipline to Walkabout students when needed.
Interview and accept students into the program.
Work to reach goals for the program including the number of participants and revenue goals.
Terminate students from the program when appropriate after consulting with the
Discipleship guide and confirmation with the Director of Programs.

Work with the Discipleship Guide/s to create and organize weekly and hourly Walkabout
Develop new program experiences for Walkabout.
Work with Discipleship Guide/s to create systems for Walkabout-specific tasks including chores, food preparation and cleanup, cleaning of Walkabout facilities, and other Walkabout community tasks.
Help market for the Walkabout Program through phone calls, visits, print, e-mail, web, and other media.
Perform any other administrative tasks required for Walkabout program success.
Meet with the Director of Programs for tactical meetings on a regular basis.
Meet with Discipleship Guide/s for a weekly tactical meeting, daily prayer, and team meetings.

Other Duties of ALL Camp Eagle Staff:
Camp Eagle operates year-round. We have guests on the premises almost every day of the year.
Serving guests is our number one priority, and therefore ALL staff must participate in guest service in some capacity. Tasks may include cooking, cleaning, facilitating group activities, running retail locations, general maintenance of the camp property, and work projects as needed. There are often groups here on weekends, and all staff members will be required to work on certain weekends as needed.

Education, Abilities, Skills, Experience:
The “ideal” candidate will have:
Strong sense of calling to lead intensive Christian discipleship for 18-24-year-olds.
At least 26 years of age.
Master’s Degree is preferred in a field of Christian ministry.
Wilderness First Responder Certified.
Ability to lead or help lead Walkabout students in outdoor adventure trips.
Love for the outdoors and outdoor adventure with a preference for outdoor adventure leadership experience.
Willingness and ability to walk with 18-24-year-olds in an invested life-on-life situation over a period of nine months.
Willing and able to live life in the Camp Eagle community.
Ability to help guide 18-24-year-olds in decisions about their future life direction.
Ability to work flexible and often long hours.
Willingness to spend up to 50 days annually leading Walkabout trips.
Ability to confront, encourage, and inspire Walkabout students towards excellence in their
work and lives.
Ability to administer appropriate consequences (using the system of demerits) to
Walkabout students, when needed.
Ability to live in a setting where job duties may fluctuate and change on a daily basis.
Ability to easily communicate with college-age students and other staff members in a professional and polite manner.
Comfortable teaching Bible studies in small group settings.
Administrative and organizational skills.
Ability to professionally represent the Walkabout Program in marketing situations.
Ability to communicate with parents of Walkabout students and sometimes mediate between students and parents.

Work Context: This job will be performed primarily on location at Camp Eagle, but it does require up to 50 days of travel.

Compensation: Annual Salary, On-site housing and basic utilities, medical insurance, 401(k) retirement package after one year, and paid vacation time.

Disclaimer: This job description is not a complete picture of all tasks, duties, or community responsibilities and is subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Director.

To Apply for this position:

Time:  Full-Time Year Round
Salary:  Paid
Category:  Programming



Updated: 6/9/2024 6:27:48 AM

Job Contact:
Adam Betterton
(830) 683-3219

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Why work at Camp Eagle:

Our mission is to inspire Christ-like change through outdoor adventure, authentic relationships, and Biblical truth. Does that sound like something you want to do?

6424 Hackberry Road
    Rocksprings, TX 78880

(830) 683-3219

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