Retreat Staff Application

October 2022

Dear Friends in Christ,

Are you someone who is excited about your relationship with  Jesus and your Catholic faith? Do you want to help teenagers discover how much Jesus loves them and gain a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith?  If the answer is yes we would love to have you apply to be part of DYMO retreat 2022. 

God has blessed us all with gifts of time, talent and treasure. Please prayerfully consider applying to become part of the DYMO Staff.

We need staff members who love their Catholic faith and are on fire for Christ! We provide 3 staff meeting/training sessions and a weekend staff retreat. The retreat will include team building, prayer, spiritual formation, time for developing retreat presentations, liturgies, and fun! The staff meetings will be held once a month on Sundays between February and May. The training dates are as follows: 

  • Sunday February 20 1:30–4:30 pm Ss. Peter & Paul, GR
  • Sunday March 13 1:30–4:30 pm Ss. Peter & Paul, GR
  • Sunday April 9-10 9:00am (Sat)-11:00am (Sun) Lake Michigan Camp&Retreat
  • Sunday May 15 1:30–4:30 pm Ss. Peter & Paul, GR

Sun.–Sat. June 19-25 DYMO 2022 Lake Michigan Camp&Retreat

We would like to have these positions filled as soon as possible.  To complete the application, you may either click here to download a copy or visit our website at www.dymo.org/registration.  If you choose the printed method, please complete the forms and either mail to the DYMO Ministries Office (address below) or scan & email it back to retreatdirectors@dymo.org.  Please return it back to us by December 1, 2021.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Thank you for investing in the high school youth through DYMO. Your return on investment will be immeasurable!

God has blessed you, 

2022 Retreat Directors:

Brian NovakLaura ZapolnikMike Hurst
3rd Year Director 2nd Year Director 1st Year Director

retreatdirectors@dymo.org

tel. 616.319.1102 (the phone will ring to the first available director)

DYMO Staff Job Description, in brief 

{MI Rule 109 (8)}

Position: Staff Member Responsible to: Retreat Directors

Qualities Needed:

General:

  • understanding of the vision and mission of DYMO Ministries, Inc.
  • ability to work with youth and promote their growth in character, experiences, and insights
  • knowledge of the DYMO program and planning
  • knowledge and experience working with youth
  • ability to guard the health and well-being of retreat attendees at all times

Specific:

  • 21+ years old
  • at least 4 years removed from having been a DYMO Retreat participant 
  • an ability to work in the outdoors comfortably
  • enthusiasm about the Catholic faith
  • dependable
  • ability to work as team player

Responsibilities:

General:

  • oversee a cabin of 8-10 teens 
  • ensure the teens experience a safe, growing, and fun retreat experience
  • work with other staff in a collaborative and supportive manner
  • organize and implement Day Theme/Prayer & Liturgy Team presentations and activities
  • lead a small group
  • volunteer and help with other DYMO responsibilities as needs arise

Specific:

  • review information on teens assigned to you
  • greet teens and families upon arrival and help orient them to the site
  • communicate and enforce DYMO confidentiality policy, rules, and emergency procedures
  • participate in all DYMO retreat activities
  • attend pre-DYMO and ongoing staff meetings and trainings
  • report any suspicion of child abuse to your DYMO Directors and discuss it with no one else
  • help out where needed in any area of DYMO to contribute to the successful operation of DYMO

More details about the expectations of DYMO staff are available in the DYMO Staff Handbook.