SALT stands for Service and Leadership Training. It is a program for campers (as well as those new to camp) that have completed the 11th grade. SALT, which is a change from the traditional camper experience, is meant to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to be successful at Camp Crestridge and beyond. SALTs have the opportunity to volunteer their time to assist Camp in its mission. As girls transition into adulthood, this unique program provides the perfect setting for a life-changing summer.
How Do I Become a SALT?
There are 3 steps to becoming a SALT:
1. Apply online by October 1 of your Junior year of HS. (Log in through your parent's account.)
2. Submit a letter of recommendation by October 1.
3. Have a phone interview with a Camp Director.
Anyone interested in becoming a SALT should apply in the Fall of their junior year of high school. If you are eligible for the SALT program, you can access the application through the normal camper registration page. Log in using your parents’ account and select the SALT option when prompted. You will also need to provide a letter of recommendation in addition to your completed application.
We are not looking for perfect, experienced applicants with perfect resumes; we want girls who are willing to work hard, learn, and serve in a way that glorifies the Lord.
The cost of the program is $800 (a quarter of what it would cost as a traditional camper). This money goes back into the SALT program to pay for their trips, entertainment, and basic needs to increase the quality of their time and training while at Camp.
Each SALT group is at Camp for a month - either the first or second half of the summer. Your dates will be determined after you apply, but we take what session you have come to Camp in the past as well as any other summer plans you may have into account.
Where do I send my letter of recommendation?
It can be emailed to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the SALT Program ONLY for returning campers?
No. While many of our SALT participants have been campers, the program is open to young women who have no camp experience at all.
How long does a SALT session last?
SALT serve for a little over 4 weeks, or two camper sessions. These sessions are roughly the month of June (camper sessions 1,2) and the month of July (camper sessions 3,4). SALT participants come in 3-4 days before the session starts for training. The SALT group will stay together during the break between their 2-week sessions and will not need to be picked up.
What are the primary SALT responsibilities?
SALT will be trained and have the opportunity to serve Camp in a variety of ways including responsibilities in the dining hall, assisting during skills and campwide activities, and helping during free time. Additionally, SALT participants are assigned to a camper cabin, where they will learn some of the responsibilities of being a counselor, build relationships with campers, and get a chance to lead a devotion.
When will I know if I've been accepted into SALT?
The application and interview process takes place in the fall and our goal is to inform all applicants of their status by Christmas. This isn't a guarantee and every year is a little different, but that's our general timeline. SALT is not a first-come first-serve process. We take time to interview ALL applicants before deciding on and informing everyone at the same time.