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Youth Ministry Internship: Cross Bar X Youth Ranch, Cross Bar X Youth Ranch, Durango, Colorado

Organization: Cross Bar X Youth Ranch
Contact Name: Zac Smalley
Position Type: Short-term Missions / Volunteer Internship
Address: 2111 CR 222
Durango, Colorado  81303  
United States
Great For: Great for Christians
Service Area(s): Children and Youth Ministry
Hourly Commitment:
29.0 per: Week
Number of Positions:
Number of Volunteers in this
Position in the Past Year:
One-time / Ongoing Position: One-time Position


Youth Ranch 3 month, 6 month, & 12 month Internship Dates: 1 Year Internship: Variable 6 Month Summer/Fall Internship: May 1st - Nov. 1st 3 Month Summer Internship: May 20th - Aug 20th Requirements Interns will agree theologically with Cross Bar X Youth Ranch The "Biblical Foundation" document can be found on our website. Interns will agree to adhere to these statements of belief and to direct campers accordingly. Interns will uphold and work toward attaining the Cross Bar X Mission and Core Values Mission of CBX: Cross Bar X exists to reach socially and economically disadvantaged youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through providing youth with Christ-centered summer camps. These give CBX a platform for year-round discipleship, outreach events, and involvement in a Bible believing church. Core Values: - In everything we do, we present campers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. - Our desire is that no camper is turned away from Cross Bar X due to a lack of resources. - Each camper receives individual attention. - We foster spiritual growth through discipleship and mentoring. - Campers are encouraged to participate in a Bible believing church. - We seek to provide life skills and opportunity for spiritual growth through experiential education. - We seek to support and enrich the families of our campers. Internship Overview Summer May 20th - Aug 20th Serve as a counselor and support staff during the Cross Bar X summer camp season While counseling, interns will spend 23 hours a day living with campers. Interns will minister to rural and urban youth. When not counseling inters will be on "Support Staff" and will work in the kitchen, assist in leading program activities, and other support duties. Interns will be expected to cooperate in a spirit of teamwork and unity. Interns will show campers Christ´s love in the excitement of camp life. Some of the activities will include leading Bible lessons, one-on-one counseling, hiking, camping, swimming in the lake, ropes course, horseback riding, skits, archery, and bb-guns. It will be the intern´s goal to make sure that each camper has been presented with the Gospel of Jesus Christ before they leave. Responsibilities during the CBX summer program: - Carrying out the camp program with campers. - Looking after the health and safety of campers. - Living with assigned campers day and night. - Developing close, positive relationships with assigned campers. - Promptly attending staff meetings. - Leading or assisting with program activities enthusiastically! - Participating with campers in all camp activities such as backpacking, skits, games, swimming, singing, high ropes course, games, except for assigned time off. - Preparing and teach assigned Bible lessons. - Making time to meet personally with assigned campers. - Being an active part of the support staff when not counseling. This may include dishes, assisting the cook, leading or - Assisting crafts and other camp activities, life guarding, and maintenance. - Openly and honestly share needs and concerns with the Camp Director and/or the Program Director. - Promoting unity by not gossiping, using humor that belittles someone, nor showing disrespect for authority. - At the end of each or during camp, filling out camper follow-up forms and writing camper birthday and Christmas cards. - Presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to campers in both group and individual settings, and make sure each assigned camper knows what the Bible says about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Fall Sept. 1st - Nov. 1st Serve as an instructor and support staff during the Colorado Outdoor Learning School fall season The Colorado Outdoor Learning School is a partner with Cross Bar X Youth Ranch for the purpose of bringing a quality Outdoor Education program to the Four Corners area. We specialize in overnight field trips for 5th grade classes from both public and private schools from western Colorado, northern New Mexico, and the entire Four Corners area. Our two primary areas of focus are 1). Educational development through hands-on standards-based lessons, and 2). Character development through challenge based activities. The Colorado Outdoor Learning School operates on the premises of Cross Bar X Youth Ranch. COLS utilizes the on-site archery range, canoe lake, equestrian program, and low and high ropes courses to challenge students to think beyond themselves, and to work together to accomplish goals as a team, while learning about their own capabilities when they choose to challenge themselves to conquer new goals. The intern will serve in whatever capacity needed as assigned by the COLS director to see that the program runs in a highly efficient and professional way. Responsibilities during the COLS program: - Leading groups of up to 15 students, and be responsible for those students during the time of their trip. - Facilitating challenge activities that include but are not limited to, high ropes, low ropes, zipline, archery, horse-back riding, canoeing, and large group games. - Learning and teaching our standards based curriculum in a fun, enthusiastic way that captures the attention of all types of learners. - Assisting in the kitchen when needed. - Assisting on the dish crew when needed. - Occasionally helping in the camp store. - Writing awards for up to 15 campers highlighting quality character traits that they displayed. Winter/Spring Nov. 1st - May 1st Assist in outreach to campers and their families and camper follow-up during the school year. This can include planning and implementation of retreats and events for our campers locally in Durango, and in the different areas where our campers come from (Denver, Albuquerque, & Phoenix). Outreach will include recruiting campers, leading bible studies, mentoring local youth, and serving the families of CBX campers. This could involve supporting and serving with our partner organizations in Denver and Albuquerque. Assist with leading activities at CBX. Interns will assist with facilitating ropes course, horseback riding, and other activities for groups during the winter, fall, and spring. Serve as ranch hand, maintenance, grounds keeping, and custodial staff as needed year round. Interns will be asked to help out around Cross Bar X In many capacities, not limited to the ones above, in order to assist in the daily operation of CBX. Assist with planning and implementation of Cross Bar X and C.O.L.S. fundraisers. Interns will help with fundraisers for CBX and COLS. Responsibilities may include assisting with marketing the events, donor relations, and assisting with all aspects of the fundraisers. Cross Bar X Youth Ranch's Responsibilities: Cross Bar X will provide housing for interns for the entire year, and meals will be provided during the summer camp and fall outdoor education seasons. For the summer and fall seasons, interns will be asked to work as full time counseling and support staff. They will be expected to put in the same amount of hours, and go through the same training as our seasonal staff. Limited time will be allotted for those taking summer/fall courses to work on studies during the work week, however interns must understand that this time will be limited and that weekend time will be the primary opportunity to study. During the rest of the year ("school year"), interns will be asked to serve for 20-30 hours a week in the capacities outlined above. Cross Bar X will provide time and space for interns to work on their studies, as well as academic and spiritual accountability. CBX staff will train and mentor Interns in every way necessary as they work side by side to be a blessing to campers and their families.

Short Term Mission Trip Details

Additional Detail

For more information, contact Zac Smalley: zac@crossbarx.org -or- (970) 259-2716 ext. 4 Or check out our website www.crossbarx.org

Benefits Offered:

  • Free Undergrad City Vision Tuition
  • Housing or Rental Stipend
  • Paid Stipend

This cost includes:

Length of Trip

One Year

Initially Posted: 03/05/2015
Last Updated: 01/20/2017