- June 20 - August 6
Service Team Overview
Service Team is a small group of high school students who spend the summer learning how to integrate their lives more fully into God's mission in the world. Participants engage in service and leadership opportunities, small and large group worship and study, a close-knit peer community, and deep mentoring relationships with camp counselors. We hope Service Team campers experience God’s love and encounter Him through all of these experiences. Service Team is one of the foundational programs of HoneyRock and one of the premier camper discipleship opportunities.
An application and interview process is required for all participants. If you have questions, please contact our Service Team Coordinator.
Service Team is one seven-week session that coincides with all the other camper sessions of the summer. There are twelve spots available per gender and participants live in cabin groups of six campers and one to two counselors.
Service opportunities: The majority of Service Teamers’ time is spent serving camp. By the end of the summer, Service Teamers will serve in several of the following work areas: the kitchen, the barn, housekeeping, grounds, construction, the office, and the trip kitchen & locker. Every week a small group will also work off camp on a community service project. All work areas are guided by trained HoneyRock staff.
Spiritual focus: Daily morning quiet times, weekly Bible studies, small groups, evening discussions, Saturday large group meetings and Sunday worship are practiced to foster the Service Teamer’s relationship with the Lord and their immediate community. The length of the program allows for trust, friendship, and encouragement to develop between Service Teamers and their counselors.
Leadership opportunities: Many Service Team participants have spent multiple summers at HoneyRock and are eager to have more responsibility. This program offers more leadership opportunities, which include leading worship services for Advanced Camp and 2:22 campers as well as facilitating special events for residential camp. Many Service Teamers will also get a taste of assistant counseling by serving residential camp cabins in their morning activities and routines.
Wilderness trips: Cabin groups participate in one or more local overnight hiking or canoeing trips to build community, learn skills, have fun, and enjoy creation.
Instructional activity areas: Participants have the opportunity to complete intermediate and master achievements in evening activity periods and later serve alongside the activity staff, where they will assist in leading and teaching activity skills toward the end of their summer.
Fun: In addition to a few overnight camping trips, Service Teamers go on some fun outings! Some examples from the past include participating in the Three Lakes’ Fourth of July parade, playing Pickleball and putt-putt and laser tag, spending an evening or two doing high ropes elements, and attending the local ski show.
Registration opens on November 15th.
Service Team Program registration occurs on a first come - first serve basis, but Service Team also requires a special application and an interview for official acceptance. The application process is intended to help both the program leaders and the applicant determine if Service Team is the best fit.
Once you have registered for the program and have paid your deposit, you will receive an application and reference form by email. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Team Coordinator.
This summer all participants in our high school programs are required to provide their own wilderness style sleeping bag. We are no longer supplying sleeping bags for participants out of our trip locker. We are offering participants the option to purchase a new Marmot sleeping bag for $75; this is $20 less than retail stores. We have chosen this bag because it is the ideal sleeping bag for use in all our high school programs. This fully synthetic, 30-degree rated sleeping bag is warm, versatile, durable and packs easily for use on wilderness trips and campouts. If you are interested in purchasing a sleeping bag please check the box on the registration form. Participants will receive their sleeping bag when they arrive at HoneyRock. Each bag will also have a HoneyRock nametag attached to the zipper pull so it can be easily identified.