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Our LEAD (Leadership Evangelism and Discipleship) programs are designed to challenge and guide youth in knowing God while gaining a practical understanding of what life looks like following Jesus. It also includes learning to serve in community, having fun in community living, as well as countless opportunities for growing in each participant’s leadership skills.


The Deckhand program is a 2 week volunteer staff experience and is for young people going into grade 10 & 11. Deckhanding is structured around 3 pillars: getting to know Jesus, servant leadership and a life of adventure. In Deckhanding you’ll meet together for sessions, serve in the dish pit, and go on adventures as a group.


The Crew program will not be available in 2021. However, if you are going into grade 12 in September 2021, we would love to have you join our Volunteer Summer Staff (VSS) team. You can find more information about VSS (including how to apply) on our Staff page

Dates and Rates

Registration for the Deckhand volunteer program will open March 1, 2021 at 9:00am.

Applications for Volunteer Summer Staff (VSS) will open February 15, 2021 at 9:00 am.

Summer Schedule
Deckhand #1 July 4 – 18Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$675.00 + GST
Deckhand #2Jul 18 – 28Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$675.00 + GST
Deckhand #3August 1-15Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$675.00 + GST
Deckhand #4August 15 – 29Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$675.00 + GST
Crew #1July 4 – 28Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$1150.00 + GST
Crew #2Aug 1 – 29Boys: Applications Open Girls: Applications Open$1150.00 + GST

A Typical Day at Keats

Being a Deckhand or Crew means:

Learning to Serve. Each day will have opportunities to serve around the camp, whether that be doing dishes, cleaning bathrooms and cabins, or serving meals.

Learning about God. Deckhands participants will have staff meetings with their leaders to dig deeper into their faith. One-to-ones, small groups, and Deckhand only meetings give everyone a chance to explore, to ask questions, and to understand more about God.

Having fun. Each day will have free time, where you can join any activity, head to Mariners Inn for a treat, or just hang out with your friends.


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    Do I have to have done the Deckhand program to join VSS instead of Crew this year?
    No. Although the Deckhand program is a valuable one, we don’t require it for any of our staff.
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    I registered for Deckhand but it says I am waitlisted. What happens next?
    All Deckhands are automatically waitlisted. In March, you will receive an email to sign up for an interview with one of our staff. After the interviews are completed, we will notify all those chosen to participate and register them for you.
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    Why is there a $60 fee?
    This fee will cover return transport from Horseshoe Bay to Keats Camps. Keats Camps will arrange the transport. This fee will be charged after you have been selected for the program, not at the time of application.
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    Can I apply for more than 1 session?
    Yes, however you will only be placed in one session.

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