EFRT – Energy, Faith, Responsibility & Training Student Volunteer Program

Serving on Fircreek Day Camp summer staff is a very fun, rewarding yet difficult calling. It requires 100% commitment and clear focus to it’s cause of loving kids, serving parents and clearing a path to Jesus.

The EFRT Program (pronounced “effort”) invites young High school students, ages 14-17, to work along side the Fircreek (FC) summer staff and share the load by serving in support roles for a 2 week period during the summer. “EFRT” is an acronym for Energy, Faith, Responsibility and Training.

We ask EFRT volunteers to bring vibrant energy to the FC team, allowing their faith to be built through active service to the camp environment, take on responsibility vital to the success of FC Day Camp and to receive practical training for an authentic Christian life.

An EFRT volunteer will benefit from the experience of life in community with the FC day camp summer staff of college students who are investing their entire summer to a great cause. EFRT students will enjoy teaching activities, acting in skits, creative play with kids, operational duties of camp life, program theme development and time to connect with God, themselves and others.

Program Components:

There are three basic components to the EFRT experience. These components are: Ministry Service, Program Activity and Spiritual Enrichment.

Ministry Service:

EFRT volunteers are vital to the overall ministry of FC day camp. Each EFRT will be assigned to a FC counselor for each week of their term. They will assist the counselor with the overall supervision of the assigned “buddy group” making the camper experience safe exciting and fun. EFRTs will also be assigned along with all FC staff to various operational jobs of camp.

Program and Activity:

EFRTs will assist in the various needs of the daily FC program such as facade creation and theme development , skits, event set up and clean up, etc. They will also be expected to assist with Adventure Zone activity class teaching and supervision of campers assisting the Zone leader in carrying out a fun and successful activity.

Spiritual Enrichment:

The evenings at FC are set aside for the spiritual enrichment and refueling of the FC summer staff. EFRTs will attend all evening staff meetings. These meetings include worship, prayer, teaching, discussion of the daily ministry impact as well as community life.

Four, two-week sessions:

The EFRT program offers four, two-week sessions throughout the summer. There is room for about six students per session. The start date of each session is as follows:

  • Session I: July 1-15
  • Session II: July 12-28
  • Session III:July 29 – August 11
  • Session IV: August 12-25

Living Accommodations & Expectations:

EFRT students are required to live at Fircreek Day Camp for the duration of their term of service. Each EFRT volunteer is expected to abide by the Fircreek Summer Staff code of conduct as outlined in the FC staff policy manual while in the program. They will be assigned to a summer staff living group and stay in summer staff cabin’s. All meals will be provided. Most meals are served in the Firs Dining Room with the exception of a daily sack lunch.

Apply Here (please specify “EFRT” on your application)


For further information regarding the Fircreek EFRT program and how to apply, please contact:

Darell Smith, Fircreek Director 
Office:  360-733-6840, x225
Cell:     360-739-8206