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Equipping ministry minded individuals in a Christ-centered camping environment. Preparing participants spiritually and vocationally, while seeking God’s direction for their lives.

Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya desires to develop next generation leaders through the unique setting of Christian camping. Participants will commit to a 17-month long internship that will prepare them as disciples of Jesus Christ in four key areas:

  1. Spiritually: The first priority of CAIRN is to see participants grow in their walk with Christ. We will achieve this through:
  1. Book Study: Readings will be assigned to offer spiritual insight that challenge the reader to grow in knowledge and wisdom.
  2. Weekly Bible Studies: Participants will meet weekly with camp staff members for devotions, prayer, and planning.
  3. Bible Classes: Participants will be involved with both video and in person times of teaching on Biblical issues of doctrine, and OT/NT studies.
  4. Church: Participants will attend a local Bible-centered/teaching church on a regular basis. They will be encouraged to be involved with age appropriate groups within that church as well. 
  1. Vocationally: CAIRN participants will serve as apprentices as they gain training and experience through conferences and serving alongside the different ministry areas of Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya. These areas include:
  1. Programming: Participants will serve alongside experienced program staff as they plan and carry out programs in every season of ministry: retreats for all ages, guest groups, and Summer Camps. From anticipating the needs of guest groups, to facilitating adventure activities, many areas of program training will take place.
  2. Marketing: Participants will come to know the philosophy behind the Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya brand and how to best represent that to both current and potential guests.
  3. Operations: Participants will serve alongside skilled individuals and teams as they maintain, and develop the Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya facilities that God has given us to care for. This will include preparing the grounds for events, keeping an eye for safety in all things, and cleaning the grounds up after each event.
  4. Administration: Participants will be exposed to the administrative tasks that work behind the scenes to make camp ministry possible. Skills will be taught in email, and phone communication, as well as mailings, meeting planning, guest service, and retail service.
  5. Development: Participants will learn about raising support and donor development. They will also participate in events designed to raise funds and management of a non-profit ministry.
  1. Relationally: CAIRN participants will learn of the importance of building relationships with people. They will learn methods that will make them guest-service oriented and able to create a caring environment for others to grow in. Participants will be encouraged to build relationships outside of camp within the community and through their local church experience.
  2. Recreationally: Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya staff work hard, and we like to play hard as well. We will encourage CAIRN participants to be active, healthy, and make wise lifestyle choices. We will encourage healthy rest and time to get away from camp for refreshment. They will also be encouraged to be involved with other staff of Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya during non-work hours and activities.

CAIRN Program Details

Room & Board

Housing will be provided to CAIRN participants. They will stay in motel-style rooms with same-gender participants. 

Meals will be provided to participants at all times when guest groups and/or Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya programming is taking place. Participants will have access to camp facilities to prepare meals for themselves at other times.


CAIRN participants will need to raise $500 support per month for the 17 months they will be active in the program. $2,500 will be placed in account by the participant prior to their beginning the scheduled program dates. A stipend will be provided to the participant every two weeks to help provide for their own personal needs.


Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya does not guarantee employment to the participant at the end of their CAIRN experience. We will help with their search for employment, keeping in mind Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya’s current needs and other camps/organization networks as well.


Application to the CAIRN Program can be done here.

Any questions about the program can be directed to

CAIRN Program Termination

Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya’s Executive Director and/or administration may end the CAIRN program and/or a participant’s involvement with the program at any time, if they have the need to do so.