STATEMENT OF FAITH AND STANDARD OF CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
There are many opportunities for Christian young people and adults to become Involved in our Summer Ministry. The staff are the spiritual centre of the camp - each individual member from Program and Waterfront Directors, to maintenance, to kitchen/dining, to counsellors and activities' staff, to Nurse and LIT Leaders etc. Therefore a profession of faith in Christ, obedience to Biblical standards and a quality of Christ-likeness are required. The spiritual objectives of camp (as a body of individuals we each seek to exemplify Christ, leading others to Him, and encouraging young believers) will only be achieved as each staff member consistently lives out their Biblical faith.
Pleasant Bay holds to a Statement of Faith;
the Statement of Faith records our corporate beliefs which have their basis entirely in the Bible.
Pleasant Bay also requires a Christian Standard of Conduct based on biblical values;
the Christian Standard of Conduct highlights key areas which promote safety and individual accountability.
It is important that you read these documents below as you will be required to attest on the application form that you have read, understood, and agree with the specific points identified, and also the general spirit of their principles.
Christian Standard of Conduct
Statement of Faith
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In the New Testament, Paul speaks to the young Christian, Timothy, who is ‘a true child in the faith’ - “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Pleasant Bay was founded in 1963 on Christian principles (see Statement of Faith) and remains a Christian camp to this day. Threaded through all the fun of summer camp we share the news with kids that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11 states ‘And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”.
If we are true Christians we have repented of our sins, received forgiveness and ‘become a new creation’ (2 Corinthians 5 v 17); because of Christ’s death on the cross, we have a new status before God. Yet in this life we still struggle with sin, so Christians work intentionally to strive (with God’s strength through reading His Word, in regular prayer and through support of other Christians) to "put them all away" (Colossians 3 v 5-17) , so that we are able to walk worthy (Phil 1 v 27) of who we belong to. We are called to put off the old sinful nature (Colossians 3 v 1-17) and put on the new nature “which is being renewed in knowledge …”.
No matter how long we have each been a Christian, we are all at different levels of maturity in our Christian life often unrelated to our numerical age, and we are all striving against one sin or another no matter how long we have been Christians. While all the areas listed below may not be sinful in and of themselves, at camp, historically there have been situations where more overt guidelines have been needed for all staff to ensure safety and high standards.
The following are key areas where you will need to exercise Christian maturity:
- to abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana (in all its forms), or any illegal drugs;
- to abstain from all forms of pornography whether print or electronic;
- to guard your speech at all times with staff, campers, and before God, which includes bad language, jokes, derogatory comments directed towards and about others, gossip, and all areas of confidentiality;
- to dress modestly and appropriately for the activity including beach wear - e.g. avoid clothes that are revealing, bikinis (even with a t-shirt over the top), and speedos;
- to remove (temporarily or otherwise) any piercings which may impact safety when taking part in specific camp activities. This will be at your own discretion or at the request of the Director;
- to cover any tattoos that could be considered morally offensive. This will initially be at your own discretion or at the request of the Director;
- to avoid situations where you may be alone with a camper at any time of day or night, out of eye-sight or hearing range of another member of staff;
- to restrict entirely any interaction with another member of staff which might be interpreted as a ‘relationship’ by campers, staff, parents etc (either day or night, on or off duty, male or female);
- to ensure that your interaction with campers (and their parents) be of the highest standard of care in words, action and general approach;
- to approach each other with graciousness, patience, understanding, mutual respect, and compassion especially given the demands of long camp days/weeks, while not undermining the standards that are set;
- to recognise that should any of the above require investigation by the Director without a satisfactory outcome then it will result in either a suspension for a specified time, or dismissal.
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