Winterfest is a winter weekend retreat that serves as a supplement to YAC. While originally created as a chance to reconnect with YAC friends and a chance to recharge in between summer camps, Winterfest has taken on a life of it's own by serving as an intro to Keystone Youth Ministries. We have had many first-time campers come through our doors to experience for themselves the ministry of God through the Keystone Conference Youth Ministry Team.
Every winter a group of volunteers gather to dynamically combine and uniquely shape the weekend. It is this dynamic that God chooses as his machinery to create change and spiritual progress in the lives of campers. While they and the staff eat, play, laugh, learn, and live together in the special environment called Winterfest, God is at work in an incredible way.
So, what kind of people does God call to work at Winterfest? It’s simple, really. People after God’s own heart. Not people who are perfect. Not people who never make mistakes. Just people that understand that God’s most prized possession is - His people!
Who may volunteer at Winterfest?
Any believer age 21 and over (one year removed from College) who exhibits ongoing spiritual growth and a deep desire to impact teenage lives for Christ is welcome to apply to volunteer at Winterfest. Some of our volunteers were campers themselves, many were not, some lead the youth at their home church, some are parents (or even grandparents). All love Jesus and love youth.
What volunteer positions are available?
Volunteers for Winterfest serve a different purpose than those who serve at YAC in that staff usually consists of those who are chaperoning their groups and there is no difference between cabin leaders and programming staff! The smaller setting and more intimate environment allows all who come as staff to connect with the kids and help with the different games and activities as needed.
Winterfest is run by a group of volunteers known as the Keystone Conference Youth Ministry Team. Inclusion on the YMT is by invitation only.
What is the cost for volunteers?
We do not charge our volunteers to attend Winterfest. We appreciate the time you take from your jobs, families, and busy schedules to invest in an fun and relaxing weekend at camp. However, donations to help defray expenses would be welcomed.
When do volunteers need to arrive at Winterfest?
All volunteers are expected to arrive during registration time at Whitehall Camp. Many times volunteers are serving as chaperones for their youth groups who are attending.
What is expected of volunteers at Winterfest?
All volunteers are expected to lead by example, lead with authority, and lead with encouragement. This includes attending all meals, services, and activities, interacting with all attendees - campers and other staff - in a positive manner, and adhering to the same camp rules to which we ask campers to submit.
How do I apply to volunteer?
Download the Volunteer Application and mail it to Mike Whitney (address on form) by January 11, 2016. All volunteers must also submit a pastor's recommendation with their application. We will look over your application and pastor recommendation and get back to you by January 25th to let you know if you are needed for staff and how you can serve.