DATES: June 13-July 2, 2021
AGE GROUP: Those who completed BASIC
For students who have completed BASIC, HomeBase is the unique opportunity to spend three weeks camp, learning more about your specific spiritual gifts, passions, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as learning intensive Bible-study techniques. On top of that, you’ll learn more about ministry at Arrowhead and then be placed in cabins to counsel alongside of one of our summer staff. After finishing HomeBase, you may be able to volunteers as a SOC in the areas of program, counseling, cooking, or maintenance.
HomeBase is NOT a requirement to become a summer staff. This program is primarily discipleship with the added opportunity to volunteer in different capacities at camp while you are still in high school.
WHAT TO EXPECT
HomeBase teaching times will dig deeper into and expound upon the fundamental lessons covered in BASIC, with considerable time spent discussing the marks of a healthy church. Throughout your time in HomeBase, you will also partake in self-reflective activities designed to reveal more about who God has shaped you to be. As a result of these lessons, we hope to begin training you to do ministry on your own. In preparation for your week of counseling, you will undergo many of the same activities that our summer staff experience, including planning and leading devotionals, memorizing Scripture, using evangelism tools, and sharing your personal testimony. Then, during your third week of HomeBase, you will counsel a group of campers alongside our summer staff!
WHY IS THERE AN APPLICATION?
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?
Once your registration, application, and deposit have been received, our program director and their team will review your application. They spend ample time praying about each candidate and discussing the overall dynamic of the group. Once the team has reached a decision, we will send you an email to let you know whether you are able to do HomeBase or not at that time.
DO I GET MY DEPOSIT BACK IF I'M NOT ACCEPTED?
Good question. You do get it back!
WHAT ARE REASONS PEOPLE DON'T GET ACCEPTED?
Another good question. One reason may be that we have already reached our camper capacity. Another reason may be that the leadership team thought it would be better for you to be involved in HomeBase the following year (because of age, maturity, or your relationship with other already-accepted students. For example, sometimes it is really good for a brother and sister to do HomeBase together, but other times, it may be best for the brother and sister to do it different years).
DO I STAY AT CAMP FOR THE FULL THREE WEEKS?
WHAT IF I CAN'T BE THERE THE WHOLE TIME?
Generally, we have seen that students who miss part of the three weeks of HomeBase miss out on valuable learning moments and group development. That said, sometimes it is necessary for a student to leave for part of a day, such as for a family emergency or a school exam. In those cases, we are happy to try to make something work. In all other instances, however, we would ask the student to choose between HomeBase and the conflicting event/function/camp. Please call or email camp if you’d like to discuss a potential schedule conflict with us.
CAN I DO LAUNDRY DURING HOMEBASE?
No. Please pack enough clothing to last you the full two weeks. However, if we do an activity that gets your clothes extremely dirty (such as the swamp walk), we will wash and dry those clothes for you. A good time to do laundry would be when you go home between your second and third week here!
WILL I BE READY TO COUNSEL BY THE THIRD WEEK?
That’s a tough question to answer . . . but we think the answer is yes! And even if you feel unprepared, remember that God does not call the equipped, but he equips those whom he calls. And if you’ve been called to counsel at Arrowhead, he will use you whether or not you feel prepared. Also remember, you are not counseling alone! You will be co-counseling with one of our summer counselors, and have the rest of staff supporting you too.
ARE THERE SPECIAL EVENTS I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Yes. During HomeBase, we will participate in a service project, usually involving outdoor work that may be located off camp grounds. All students should bring appropriate attire that can get dirty. Also, HomeBase students should bring at least one nice outfit to camp, as we will attend church together off site.
MAKING DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
THROUGH CAMP MINISTRY