- How do I apply for Adirondack LT?
- What is the program all about?
- How does LT train students to be leaders?
- Who runs the LT program?
- Who participates in the Adirondack LT?
- When is the Adirondack LT program?
- Where is this LT program located?
- How does housing and food work for participants?
- How much does this LT program cost?
- How does employment with the YMCA work?
- When are the registration deadlines and what are the application fees?
- Is it mandatory that participants work full time? Why?
- Does LT guarantee employment for all participants?
- How are students able to save their summer employment earnings?
- If a participant needs to briefly return home, how does that work?
- Can participants leave the LT program if they have a personal emergency?
How do I apply for Adirondack LT?
There are two different and distinct applications. One through Great Commission Ministries (GCM) for participation in the program and one to the Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks for employment. Acceptance as an employee of the YMCA is mandatory for participation in the program except for GCM employed interns.
- GCM Application | Click here or click the "Ready To Register" at the top or bottom of the LT webpage
- YMCA Employment Application | Click here
Further YMCA Application Instructions
In the paragraph under "How to Apply" click on the link that says "First-Time Emp Packet". You'll need to right-click on the adobe portfolio image that comes up in the webpage and save it to your computer. Then open it from within Adobe Reader.
One important piece you need to make sure you put in the application: at the bottom of page 2, where it says "How did you learn about Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks", please make sure you write in "GCM LT Program". This will ensure the YMCA includes you in our pool of 30 guaranteed positions. However, if more than 30 LT students apply, they will consider your employment based upon a combination of if your LT application has been approved, when you applied (first come, first served), and who fits their employment needs.
Another item when filling out the employment application: the dates of the LT program run from June 18 - August 18. Please make sure you put at least those dates where it asks for your "Earliest Arrival Date" and "Latest Departure Date". If you would like, feel free to write in an earlier and/or later date than these if you'd like to expand your employment time. Just understand that the YMCA will ultimately decide if they'd like to employ you beyond the LT dates.
Don't forget to print and get/mail out your 3 Reference Forms. Your application will not be considered for employment until all three are received at the YMCA.
What is the program all about?
Adirondack LT is an experience our students will remember and cherish for a lifetime. Leadership is a skill needed for life. The world is in dire need of Christian leaders. Christian leadership is based in a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and revealed by Christian character.
The program includes national speakers challenging the students in many areas of Christian leadership and commitment. We have small core groups to facilitate growth and discovery in a special environment. "Projects" are made up of 10-14 people who will spend one day a week in service, prayer and outreach.
Our goal is to provide as many practical leadership experiences as possible to students. It is a "hands-on" program.
The net result of the program traditionally has been more committed followers of Jesus who will have a greater impact in ministry and life.
How does LT train students to be leaders?
In the same way that diamonds are formed as a result of time and pressure, so also the Adirondack LT program creates a challenging environment spanning eight weeks. A combination of full-time employment, teachings, workshops, group ministry activities, and dorm-style living quarters provide just the right challenge and setting for life transformation. We believe this life transformation is key to living as a Christian who has an impact on the world around them. In addition, opportunities are available for students to take on a wide range of responsibilities, from program administration to small group leadership.
Who runs the LT program?
The national program is overseen by a team of pastors and staff from various Collegiate Church Network campus churches around the country. The development of program content and teachings for the Adirondack LT program is developed by the program directors.
Who participates in the Adirondack LT?
This year, we expect more than 30 college students and GCM staff primarily from Michigan State University to participate.
When is the Adirondack LT program?
For Adirondack LT 2013, the dates are June 18 through August 18. This is 8 weeks.
Students are encouraged to extend their work agreements with the YMCA both at the beginning and end if they are able to work longer.
Where is this LT program located?
Silver Bay, New York, in upstate New York state. The YMCA is located within the Adirondack Park on the southeastern edge of the park. The camp is located along the shores of Lake George, reported to be the 3rd cleanest lake in the country. The park includes miles of trails for hiking, either alone or with friends.
How does housing and food work for participants?
The participants will be living in dorm-style rooms with other employees of the YMCA. You are provided with three meals a day in an on-site cafeteria.
How much does this LT program cost?
The Adirondack LT 2013 fees are $695, plus registration fee. Participants pay some at the beginning and payments through the summer. Support raising for this missions training is highly encouraged.
How does employment with the YMCA work?
The YMCA of the Adirondacks employs all our participants and houses them in their dorms. Compensation includes food and housing plus approximately $180 per week in additional wages for 40 hours of work. Every worker is guaranteed at least 40 hours per week.
When are the registration deadlines and what are the application fees?
There are three registration deadlines with corresponding application fees: the early-bird registration and app fee is $25 if you apply by January 15; the standard registration and app fee is $50 by February 15; and the late registration and app fee is $75 by March 15.
Is it mandatory that participants work full time? Why?
As part of the Adirondack LT program, and as part of your employment agreement with the YMCA, each participant is required to work a full-time job.
The reason for this is to provide an environment for meeting and building natural relationships - important for developing the skills you'll be learning this summer. Obviously, most participants will need to earn an income to help pay for LT, school, and personal expenses.
Does LT guarantee employment for all participants?
LT cannot guarantee anyone a job for the summer. Your participation in the Adirondack LT requires that you apply for and receive employment from the Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks. Your hiring is completely up to the YMCA.
How are students able to save their summer employment earnings?
Every LT participant is encouraged to manage their money wisely throughout the summer. There are several factors affecting how much money you will save, such as what type of position you will obtain, how many hours you work, and how much money you spend. Your local staff member will be happy to help you strategize ways to make the most of your earnings at LT.
If a participant needs to briefly return home, how does that work?
Any student can leave at any time during the summer. We recognize that many families have weddings, reunions and other events that happen in the summer. You will need to communicate your planned departure and return information to a ministry leader at LT before leaving, and provide contact information for while you're gone in case of an emergency. We encourage students to find out as far ahead of time about times they will need to leave so that they can let their employer know about needs for time off. It is helpful to include this information when applying for a position so the employer and employee can work out a plan to accommodate their need.
Can participants leave the LT program if they have a personal emergency?
Absolutely! As with a previously-planned event requiring your temporary departure from LT, we will need to communicate your planned departure and return information to a ministry leader at LT before leaving, and provide contact information for while you're gone in case of an emergency.