A major part of the Aides summer is spent in various work assignments and assisting with camp activities to gain a better understanding of the camp operations. An Aide has opportunities to observe and learn more about camp counseling, leadership, and support services. A valuable part of the program is learning to live and work together as a group, gaining insight into group dynamics, as they are guided by the Aides Director. In addition, seminars and discussions with the Aides Director and other staff members are designed to prepare the Aides for leadership in the camp program.
The Aides program brings with it an eight and a half week commitment. Only those applicants who can complete the entire program should apply.
The primary goal of the Reaching, Educating, and Caring for Humanity (REACH) Program is to enable teens to develop leadership skills through a service-oriented experience based in a Native American community in South Dakota. REACH offers an exciting opportunity for teen leaders. Located on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, the group will take on a variety of service projects. These may include doing physical labor and developing programs for Lakota Sioux children. REACH heightens participantsí awareness of Native American culture, while emphasizing the importance of volunteer service. Other service opportunities include trail maintenance at Bear Butte State Park,helping to run fundraisers, and volunteering at the Iron Lightning Pow Wow. This program is a six and a half week commitment.
The REACH program is a six and a half week commitment. Only those applicants who can complete the entire program should apply.
The Service Corps is a service-oriented, leadership program that focuses on both the camp and broader community as well as opportunities to observe and learn more about camp counseling, program development and leadership. While in camp, participants will assist in the teaching of afternoon activities, develop programs and work with cabin groups. The Service Corps will periodically be called upon to help with projects that keep the camps running smoothly. Seminars and training events will be scheduled throughout the session to allow participants to learn more about camp operations. The Service Corps will also undertake out-of-camp service projects some of which will include significant physical labor. Participants will be guided by the Service Corps Director. Individuals will be selected for their motivational ability, leadership qualities and teaching skills.
The Service Corps program is an eight and a half week commitment. Only those applicants who can complete the entire program should apply.