CYIA FAQ

CYIA Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the CYIA FAQ page!!!  Thanks for your interest in our program.  Can’t find an answer to your question?  Please email Doug at office@ceffm.org or call at 701-200-4865

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ABOUT CYIA AND TRAINING

What’s the difference between CEF and CYIA? CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) is the name of the international children’s ministry. CYIA (Christian Youth in Action) is a branch of CEF–the part dealing specifically with teens who teach children.

Can I get paid?  How do I get paid? All CYIA’ers are eligible to be paid for their summer work.  To qualify, they must raise a minimum of $500 towards expenses and must be available for at least four weeks (including training).    Staff may also choose to volunteer their time.  More information about how much you will be paid will be provided at the time of your interview.

What is a support letter? It’s basically a nice, simple letter that explains what you do and asks for prayer and financial support. You’ll send this letter to friends and family members. It might sound tough, but during our training, we’ll teach you how to write one, give you a sample one…and then help you get it started and sent off!

Support raising sounds a bit intimidating.  Have past CYIA’ers had trouble with support raising?    Last year, most of our CYIA’ers found the process a bit intimidating at first, but after sending out their letters in faith and seeing God provide, they realized that it was much easier and not as intimidating as they first thought.  Always remember to trust that God will provide.

When will I find out if I am in the CYIA program? When we receive your application, someone will contact you within two weeks about your application.  If your application meets the minimal requirements and you are a new applicant, we will set-up a meeting with you and one of your parents (if you are a minor).  The meeting allows us to get to know you and to explain some of the basic requirements of CYIA as well as addressing any questions that you or your parents may have.  Returning staff will meet to sign a contract.

What should I pack for training camp? You’ll get a packing list before you leave for camp. Basically, though, bring the necessities (clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag and pillow, Bible) and leave the rest at home (like your comic books, portable DVD players, and phones).

Can I miss part of training? We expect everyone to attend the training day and CYIA Camp. CYIA Camp is especially hard to miss in your first year.  We cover a lot of material during this time, so if you miss even a day, it’s going to take a while to catch up. If you need to miss a partial day or several days (due to a family vacation, wedding, ACT test, etc.), contact Doug at 701-200-4865 immediately so we can discuss it with you.

How many weeks do I need to be committed for?  Counting training week, you need to be committed for at least four weeks.  Sometimes special exceptions can be made.  If you need a special exception, please contact Doug at 701-200-4865 or office@ceffm.org

ABOUT 5-DAY CLUBS 

Where do the clubs happen? Most of our 5-Day Clubs happen in the Fargo/West Fargo/Moorhead/Dilworth area.  Sometimes one team travels for a week to places close-by such as Barnesville and Hawley.

What does a typical day look like?

Here is what a typical day looks like:

9:30 AM – Devotions, prayer, and announcements at a central meeting place.
9:45 AM Leave for our first set of clubs
10:15-10:30 AM.  Teach first club (clubs are 75 minutes in length)
12:00 PM – Eat lunch/travel to next club
1:00 PM – 2nd club
3:00 or 4:00 PM – Last club of the day (Note: most teams are done by approximately 4:15 PM.  If you teach a 4 PM club, you are done at approximately 5:15

How does transportation work? Do I need a ride from club to club? You are responsible to have a ride to the central meeting place at 9:30 AM. We provide all the rides to the clubs.  After the last club in the evening, you are responsible to get a ride home.  On occasion, CYIA’ers are dropped off at home if the club happens to be nearby and if the last club is a long distance away (such as Barnesville), they are dropped off at a central meeting place from which you would need a ride home.

Do I need to bring a lunch? Yes, you do need to bring a lunch with you.  Sometimes teams do go out to eat if it can fit into the schedule.

Can I miss part of a 5 Day club or camp week? If you are going to miss more than one day for a week, please don’t sign up to work that week. If you need to miss a day, please let us know as soon as you can.  If we know in advance, it is possible to work just mornings or just afternoons as long as it for the entire week (M-F).

ABOUT CAMP GOOD NEWS – DAY CAMP

Where do the day camps happen? The camps are at Bethel Church in Fargo.  Overnight Camp on August 7-12 is at Camp Joy in Dent, MN.

What does a typical day look like? See sample schedule below:

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 – 9:00 – Before care (If you are scheduled)

8:30 – All staff arrive for devos and meeting

9:00 – Welcome/Opening Ceremony
9:15 – Activity Instruction
10:15 – Bible Hour/Snack
11:15 – Activity Practice
12:15 – Lunch (Campers bring a sack lunch)
12:45—Personal Devos/Bible Memory
1:15— Swimming on M, W, F; Large Group Game on Tu, Th
2:30 – Elective Skills (Campers offered an array of activities such as crafts, games, outdoor skills, etc)
3:45—Closing Ceremony
4:00 PM—Camper Pick-up
4:15 – Day end (unless on after care)
4:00 – 5:30 PM – After care (if you are scheduled)

Do I need to bring a lunch? Yes, you do need to bring a lunch with you.

Can I miss part of a 5 Day club or camp week? If you are going to miss more than one day for a week, please don’t sign up to work that week. If you need to miss a day, please let us know as soon as you can.  If we know in advance, it is possible to work just mornings or just afternoons as long as it for the entire week (M-F).

ABOUT CAMP GOOD NEWS – OVERNIGHT CAMP

Do I have to go to training to be a counselor at Camp Good News? Yes. We occasionally ask former CYIAers to assist at camp, but all counselors have gone through CYIA at some point.

Can I just counsel at camp and not teach clubs? Counselors are chosen according to age, maturity, and the amount of summer work they’ve done. We want to know that you’re committed, so if you don’t teach clubs, you’re less likely to be chosen as a counselor. First-year/younger (13 and 14) CYIAers do not serve as counselors unless a special need arises; however, they may participate in our one-week Counselor-in-Training program (CIT).

What is the CIT program? It’s a chance for beginning CYIAers to get a taste of camp life without taking on all the responsibilities of a counselor. CITs (Counselors in Training) still get to hang out with the kids; they also get to attend special class times and discussions. CITs are only able to participate in one week of camp; they may not work as a CIT one week and a counselor the next.

MISCELLANEOUS

How are summer interns chosen? Our interns are college-age students who have experience as CYIAers and have shown their leadership, responsibility, and maturity during past summers. They have proven they can work well as staff members. And, they have usually been involved with CEF ministries during the school year–like Good News Clubs or Birthday Parties for Jesus.

Why are cell phones only allowed at certain hours at camp? We move into a camp setting, away from distractions like TV, radio, and the busy world. It doesn’t mean those things are bad; we just need time to focus on God and on preparations for the summer.  There is a phone at camp in case of emergency situations.

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