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High School Work Crew

Why should I participate in the Work Crew?

The vision of the program is four-fold. Firstly, it provides students who have enjoyed and grown through La Vida with an opportunity to give back to the program and help enrich the experiences of other participants. Over the years, many participants have expressed interest in a work crew opportunity, and La Vida staff would love to be blessed by that. Additionally, we hope this experience will allow Work Crew participants who have not participated in a La Vida trip to fully grasp the power of this ministry.

Secondly, we would value the opportunity to follow up with participants after La Vida trips. La Vida staff aspire to continue challenging students to grow in their faith, and it saddens us that we do not often have the opportunity to see participants again after their trips.

The third part of this vision stems from a desire to continue introducing students to the concept of intentional community: how we as Christians should be living, loving and growing together without the distractions of technology. The La Vida staff examine and work to create intentional community every summer, and we would love the opportunity to continue to dig into that with former La Vida participants.

Finally, we would like to use this program as a step towards future leadership in La Vida or in other ministries. It will be a great opportunity for students interested in ministry to “get their feet wet” by participating in behind-the-scenes preparation and by practicing group leadership skills. 

To summarize, the goals of the Work Crew program are to:

  • assist Base Camp/summer program staff
  • cultivate spiritual growth and development
  • foster community: living, loving and growing with others
  • provide a step towards leadership in La Vida or other outdoor ministries

What does the Work Crew Program look like?

Work Crew takes place over the course of a full two-week La Vida session. Students will arrive on a Sunday evening, and stay until the next Saturday. They will be a part of helping Sherpas (our wilderness trip leaders) get ready for trips, helping and belaying participants through the ropes course, and doing various work projects around Base Camp.

Outside of Base Camp, they will be involved with service projects for New York State Rangers and/or the Saranac Lake community, and possibly participate in a five-day canoeing and/or hiking trip (we are not always able to make this trip experience happen).

Mixed throughout these activities will be daily personal quiet times, group devotional and debriefing times as well as worship and prayer with the Base Camp staff. There will be time for relaxation and recreation at the end of most base camp days (perhaps with some ice-cream involved . . . .) A more detailed schedule and packing list will be sent upon acceptance into the program.


Program Specifics:

After April 1st, a confirmation packet will be sent that will include a confirmation form, specifics of the session, release and medical forms and packing lists. The forms in this packet should be filled out and returned to the La Vida office by June 1, along with the remaining balance.

Please contact , La Vida’s ADK director, if you have any further questions, or would like to try joining after the deadline. We will accept a maximum of six Work Crew Program students, and if we need to deny a student acceptance because of space or for any other reason, the $100 deposit will be returned.