Volunteers

 

Volunteer with LEAD

 

Aides-de-camp (ADCs) & Chaperones are some of our most valuable assets at LEAD. They play an important role not only in assisting the students and the SSI staff in a number of areas but also serving as role models, setting the standard for behavior at LEAD. They are friends, counselors, encouragers, leaders, and moms and dads away from home. Each summer about 40 of these incredibly generous individuals give up at least one full week of their summer for our future leaders!

For specific information related to each role, see the Chaperone and ADC links below.

Chaperone Information

What are the Chaperones’ responsibilities?

First and second year students (House and Senate tracks) spend the week divided into smaller groups called “committees” (approx. 15 students). You will be assigned to work with a particular committee throughout the week. Chaperones are not required to be “experts” on issues or on government. There will usually be an Aide-de-Camp (“ADC,” a college-aged alumnus who has come back as a volunteer) working in partnership with you who will be able to answer questions about procedure. Because they are former students, they “know the drill” and are a great help to Chaperones. We also spend time before the students arrive to walk you through the bills your group will be working on and to answer any questions you have. ADCs are there to provide experience while Chaperones are there to provide maturity. Other responsibilities include:

  • Possibly leading devotions one of the mornings using the guide that we go through Sunday morning.
  • Assisting with the Mock Committee meetings (perhaps serving as Committee Clerk) and the Mock Legislative Session. Again, we will make sure you have instructions for anything that we ask you to do.
  • Paying special attention when the students have activities off campus (Mon, Wed, Fri) especially ensuring no one is left behind when students are loading onto buses.
  • Checking out the students Friday afternoon.

Because ADCs do the majority of the heavy lifting around the camp, Chaperones are able to have more free time to rest during the busy week.

Beginning and ending times: Volunteer orientation begins with registration the Saturday before each week, starting at 5:15 pm. We use the time before campers arrive for prayer and fellowship as we prepare to be used by God throughout the week. On Friday, once every student has been checked out, volunteers are free to leave. This will probably be around 7:00 pm. However, the majority of campus clean-up will occur Saturday morning. Any volunteers who are able to stay Friday night to help the following day with clean-up would be greatly appreciated.

Want to be a Chaperone? Are you are interested in serving as a Chaperone for one or more weeks during the Leadership Experience? Here is everything you need to know.

  • The cost to volunteer is $140 due upon acceptance. (This year for the first year ever, we are applying our early registration discount to volunteers as well as students! Apply by March 15th to save $30.)
  • Please review the Policies and the Student Covenant, which are given to all the parents and students who register, as well as the Chaperone Expectations below. They lay out the standard of behavior and expectations for our students, staff, Chaperones, and ADCs.
  • After we have received your application, you will receive an email with more information.

Volunteers who faithfully pour into the lives of the students are part of what make the past successes of LEAD so great. We are thankful for your desire to sow eternal seeds into the hearts and minds of the next generation! Questions? If you have any questions about what is expected of our Volunteers or about the application process, email us at programs@ssionline.org or call us at 517-321-6233.

Chaperone Expectations

Chaperones 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 Chaperones so that you can best function as part of the LEAD Team. Please feel free to call the SSI office for clarification or questions.

  • Chaperones are expected to fulfill the role to which they are assigned. SSI attempts to place Chaperones in positions of their choosing, but we are not always able to do so. Wherever Chaperones are placed, we expect them to seek out areas where they can build relationships with the students and to complete the tasks assigned to them to the best of their ability.
  • Chaperones are expected to respectfully submit to SSI Staff and LEAD instructors and to serve with maturity and professionalism.
  • Chaperones are expected to apply discretion when using cell phones, laptops, and other electronic equipment that students are otherwise prohibited from using in the Administration Building.
  • 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.
  • Guests are welcome to come on campus for chapel, meals, or to observe student activities or presentations provided they are not being disruptive or distracting. If a guest is coming on campus for a meal, please be sure to purchase a meal card from the office.

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

POLICIES, STANDARDS, & EXPECTATIONS: Please review the policies page carefully. This is the standard of behavior for our students, and we need our Chaperones to model that behavior. Please be aware of our dress code and pack accordingly. Chaperones are expected to follow the same dress code as the students. Chaperones will not be asked to initiate any disciplinary actions with students, nor should you assume that responsibility. This includes asking students to change if they are out of dress code.

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.

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: Chaperones will room with other Chaperones and/or with ADCs. We do not room Chaperones with students. 

START & END TIME: Volunteer orientation begins with registration the Saturday before camp at 5:15 pm. On Friday, once every student has been checked out, volunteers are free to leave. This will probably be around 7:00 pm. However, the majority of campus clean-up will occur Saturday morning. Any volunteers who are able to stay Friday night to help the following day with clean-up would be greatly appreciated. Do not plan to leave campus between these time without coordinating your absence without the Director of Programs.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity. SSI requires that its employees subscribe to its Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Statement. We ask that all volunteers of LEAD also subscribe to them. 

 SSI’S 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
ADC Information

ADCs are primarily SSI LEAD alumni who no longer meet the age requirements to participate as students. Applicants must have been out of high school for at least one full year, unless other arrangements are made with SSI.

What are the ADCs’ responsibilities?

As you know, House and Senate students spend the week divided into smaller groups called “committees” (approx. 15 students). Unless you are assigned to an Advanced Track, you will be working with a particular committee alongside another ADC or a Chaperone. You should help the students (and sometimes the Chaperone) with questions regarding procedures and help make sure that your students are present and accounted for whenever a new session or activity is beginning and ending.

You can assist the students in helping them find their way around campus, explaining the mock legislature, or providing some instruction about a particular assignment. When working with students, you are encouraged to assist them with their assignments, but you should never do the work for them. Of course, the best way you can help is just being a friend and an encourager to the students.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Possibly leading devotions one of the mornings using the guide that we go through Sunday morning
  • Attending all teaching sessions
  • Assisting with the Mock Committee meetings (perhaps serving as Committee Clerk) and the Mock Legislative Session
  • Paying special attention when the students have activities off campus (Mon, Wed, Fri) especially when students are loading onto buses to ensure no one is left behind
  • Setting up activities for the students
  • Completing office work
  • Checking out the students Friday afternoon
  • Helping clean up campus before leaving
  • Generally helping wherever is needed

Beginning and ending times

Volunteer orientation begins the Saturday before each week, starting at 5:15 pm. We use the time before campers arrive for prayer and fellowship as we prepare to be used by God throughout the week.

On Friday, once every student has been checked out, ADCs are free to leave.  This will probably be around 7:00 pm. However, the majority of campus clean-up will occur Saturday morning. Any volunteers who are able to stay Friday night to help the following day with clean-up would be greatly appreciated.

Want to be an ADC?

Are you are interested in serving as a ADC for one or more weeks during the Leadership Experience? Here is everything you need to know.

  • The cost to volunteer is $140 due upon acceptance. This year volunteers as well as students are eligible for our early registration discount! Apply by March 15th to save $30.
  • Please review the Policies and the Student Covenant, which are given to all the parents and students who register, as well as the Volunteer Expectations below. They lay out the standard of behavior and expectations for our students, staff, Chaperones, and ADCs.
  • After we have received your application, you will receive an email with more information.

Volunteers who faithfully pour into the lives of the students are part of what make the past successes of LEAD so great. We are thankful for your desire to sow eternal seeds into the hearts and minds of the next generation!

Questions?

If you have any questions about what is expected of our ADCs or about the application process, email us at programs@ssionline.org or call us at 517-321-6233.

ADC Expectations

ADCs 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 ADCs so that you can best function as part of the LEAD Team. Please feel free to call the SSI office for clarification or questions.

  • ADCs are expected to fulfill the role to which they are assigned. SSI attempts to place ADCs in positions of their choosing, but we are not always able to do so. Wherever ADCs 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.
  • ADCs are expected to respectfully submit to SSI Staff and LEAD instructors and to serve with maturity and professionalism.
  • ADCs are expected to apply discretion when using cell phones, laptops, and other electronic equipment that students are otherwise prohibited from using in the Johnson Center and Chrysler Building.
  • ADCs are expected to refrain from romantic interests with other ADCs or students. At no time should two ADCs of the opposite sex be alone for extended periods of times and never after-hours.
  • ADCs are expected to use discretion in after-hours activities. In other words, don’t do anything that you would be ashamed to tell Mr. Muffett in the morning! Movies shown after lights-out must receive prior approval.
  • A strict curfew of 2 AM will be observed.
  • ADCs 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.
  • Guests are welcome to come on campus for chapel, meals, or to observe student activities or presentations provided they are not being disruptive or distracting. If a guest is coming on campus for a meal, please be sure to purchase a meal card from the office.

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

POLICIES, STANDARDS, & EXPECTATIONS: Please review the policies page carefully. This is the standard of behavior for our students, and we need our ADCs to model that behavior. Please be aware of our dress code and pack accordingly. ADCs are expected to follow the same dress code as the students. ADCs will not be asked to initiate any disciplinary actions with students, nor should you assume that responsibility. This includes asking students to change if they are out of dress code.

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

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: ADCs will room with other ADCs and/or with Chaperones. Due to the late hours ADCs keep to finish tasks after students are in bed, ADCs may not room with other students.

START & END TIME: Volunteer orientation begins the Saturday before each week, starting at 5:15 pm. On Friday, once every student has been checked out, ADCs are free to leave.  This will probably be around 7:00 pm. However, the majority of campus clean-up will occur Saturday morning. Any volunteers who are able to stay Friday night to help the following day with clean-up would be greatly appreciated.

ADCs are expected to stay on campus from the times specified. They should not plan on leaving campus during the week or before 7:00 pm on Friday unless otherwise pre-arranged with the Director of Programs.

Thank you for your willingness to serve in this capacity.

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

SSI’S 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

Mailing Address:

PO Box 80108
Lansing, MI 48908-0108 

 

Shipping Address:

6011 W. St. Joe Hwy. Ste 403
Lansing, MI 48917
 
Phone: 517-321-6233
Email: ssi@ssionline.org
 
Summer Phone: 989-272-2776