LEAD Crew Information & Agreement

Crew Expectations 

Crew members are vitally important and are in a unique position to help ensure that all students have a positive and beneficial time at LEAD. The following is provided in order for you to know what is expected of our crew members so that you can best function as part of the LEAD team. For a general job description of Aides-de-Camp and chaperones, see the volunteer page. Please feel free to call the SSI office (517-321-6233) for clarification or questions.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

Crew members are expected to:

  • Fulfill the role to which they are assigned. SSI attempts to place crew in positions of their choosing, but we are not always able to do so. Wherever crew members are placed, we expect them to seek out areas where they can build relationships with the students, to complete any tasks assigned to them to the best of their ability, and to look for additional ways they can serve. Before committing to additional tasks (such as being a trial witness), crew members should seek approval from their primary track leader first to make sure they can be spared during those times.
  • Respectfully submit to SSI Staff and LEAD instructors and serve with maturity and professionalism.
  • Apply discretion when using cell phones, laptops, and other electronic equipment that students are otherwise prohibited from using in certain locations on campus.
  • Use discretion in after-hours activities. Movies shown after lights-out must receive prior approval from the Director of Programs. Keep in mind with any activities held throughout campus that you are representing LEAD/SSI and that we are being allowed to use this campus and want to maintain a good relationship with the university and the employees of the University.
  • Observe a strict curfew of 1 AM.

PROTECTION: Never be alone with a student. This is for your protection as well as the protection of the student.

POLICIES, STANDARDS & EXPECTATIONS: Crew members are expected to abide by our camp policies found under the following tabs on the LEAD webpage.

  • Details and Policies (See “LEAD Policies.”)
  • LEAD Campus Policies
  • Student Conduct Covenant
  • LEAD Dress Code

This is  the standard of behavior for our students, and all crew members should model that behavior. Please be aware of our dress code and pack accordingly as all crew follow the same dress code as the students. SSI staff members are the only crew who will initiate disciplinary actions with students. No other crew members should assume that responsibility. This includes asking students to change if they are out of dress code.

Exceptions:

The following policies apply only to students:

  • Restriction on electronics – Students are not allowed to bring laptops or other computer equipment to camp. Crew members may bring such electronics to camp but should use discretion in using them. If you are intending to do any heavy work, communicate your intentions with SSI as this may affect your ability to serve during camp.
  • Cell phone usage – Students may not use cell phones in certain areas of campus. Crew members are expected to use their cell phones during camp to communicate with each other. Cell phone usage unrelated to camp should be kept at a minimum in front of students.
  • 11pm lights out – Crew members should help ensure that by 11pm students are in their own dorms with the main light off, but crew curfew is at 1am.
  • Running in pairs – Students are expected to run with someone if out earlier than 7am. Crew members may run alone before 7am.

DEVOTIONS: You may be asked to give a devotion one morning. Devotion summaries are prepared for you and we will go through devotions as a group during our orientation before the students arrive.

ROOM ASSIGNMENTS: Crew members are assigned rooms with each other. Due to having a later curfew than students, we do not room crew with other students.

START & END TIME: Crew orientation begins with check-in the Saturday before camp at 6pm. (Crew are welcome to join us for dinner before crew orientation. Dinner will start at 5:30pm, and crew members can arrive as early at 4:45pm to check-in and arrange their dorm room.) On Friday, as students are checking out, crew members will be expected to stay and help with check-out/campus clean-up until students are gone. This is usually around 7pm. Crew may then leave after checking out with an SSI Staff member. If you will need to leave earlier on Friday, communicate with the Director of Programs before camp.

The majority of campus clean-up occurs on Friday night and Saturday morning. We would appreciate any help from crew who are able to stay late Friday night or through Saturday morning. We do provide dinner for all crew who are able to stay Friday evening, and breakfast will be provided Saturday morning.

Crew members are expected to stay on campus during camp (from 6pm on Saturday to 7pm on Friday). Any absences during the week should be pre-arranged with the Director of Programs.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity.

 

CHAPERONE SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

PARTICIPATION: Chaperones will have certain responsibilities each day. These responsibilities are related to the group of students you are assigned to. You will not be required to help for any extra activities but may volunteer if you wish. Unless authorized by the Director of Programs, no activities or work assignments should be scheduled during chapel sessions.

Chaperones are expected to stay on campus during camp. If you need to leave during the week, please coordinate your absence with the Director of Programs.

 

AIDE-DE-CAMP SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS

PARTICIPATION: Crew members will have certain responsibilities each day. AsDC are required to attend teaching sessions with the students unless requested to help with another assignment. AsDC will also be required to attend all other activities, including evening sessions, unless requested to help with another assignment. Unless authorized by the Director of Programs, no activities or work assignments should be scheduled during chapel sessions.

AsDC are expected to stay on campus during camp. You must receive prior permission from the Director of Programs if you want to leave during the week. There are certain times throughout the week that you may not be excused to leave unless it is an emergency.

OTHER: During camp AsDC are expected to refrain from pursuing romantic interests with other AsDC or students. At no time should two AsDC of the opposite sex be alone for extended periods of times and never after-hours. If you are already in a relationship with someone who will be at camp at the same time as you, talk with the Director of Programs about how you should conduct yourself at camp in light of that relationship.

 

TERMS OF AGREEMENT

SSI requires that its employees subscribe to its Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Statement. We ask that all LEAD crew also subscribe to them.

Statement of Faith  

  • The Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God. 
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
  • The Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God and the Savior of all humanity, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life culminating in His vicarious and atoning death through His blood, bodily resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of the Father. He will come a second time at the end of this age.  
  • Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation, which is by grace, through repentance and faith in what Jesus did on the cross.  
  • It is the present ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit that enables the Christian to live a godly life.  
  • There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.  
  • There is a spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Lifestyle Statement 

  • SSI is a non-profit Christian organization representing Jesus Christ. As such, SSI requires its employees/volunteers to be born-again Christians, living their lives as Christian role models (Rom. 10:9-10; I Tim. 4:12; Luke 6:40). Employees/volunteers will conduct themselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding their Christian testimonies. A Christian lifestyle should reflect the biblical perspective of integrity and appropriate personal and family relationships, business conduct and moral behavior. An employee/volunteer is expected to demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principle when an issue arises with fellow employees/volunteers or management.  
  • SSI expects employees/volunteers to maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of moral conduct. Moral misconduct, which violates the bona fide occupational qualification for employees to be Christian role models, includes, but is not limited to, drunkenness, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexual behavior or any other violation of the unique roles of male and female. (Rom. 1:21-27; I Cor. 6:9-20). SSI believes that biblical marriage is limited to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman and we believe in the sanctity of human life from conception through natural death.  
  • SSI employees/volunteers will maintain a lifestyle based on biblical standards of conduct. Failure to do so may result in a reprimand or, in some cases, dismissal. It is the goal of SSI that each employee/volunteer will have a lifestyle where “…He might have the pre-eminence.” Col. 1:18.  

Adapted with permission from www.acsiglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/ACSI-Lifestyle-Statement.pdf 

Crew Information & Agreement

All LEAD crew members must agree to the expectations outlined above and provide an emergency medical contact information. Please complete the form below to finalize your application.
  • By typing my name in this box, I signify the following:
    • I have read, understand, and agree to all of the above. I understand that these are the expectations I am to abide by and that failure to do so will result in appropriate consequences, possibly even being asked to leave.
    • I wholeheartedly subscribe to the Statement of Faith without reservation. I also fully understand the Lifestyle Statement and agree to adhere to it as long as I am volunteering for SSI.
  • By typing my name in this box, I recognize that I may have access to confidential information, including personal and contact information for campers and other volunteers or participants. I understand that this information is highly confidential, and I agree to retain all such information in strict confidence and to use the information strictly in relation to SSI programs.
  • By typing my name in this box, I give permission to Student Statesmanship Institute and Spring Arbor University to use my photograph, video, oral and/or written comments to promote SSI.
  • In case of extreme injury or any type of emergency, please specify the person that you would like us to contact.
  • (e.g., "mother," "husband," etc.)