Serve at Gauntlet

Ready to make a bold move?

Not only is Gauntlet a life-changing week for students, it’s a faith-building week for volunteers, too! Just ask Brittany Kelly or any of the thousands of volunteers who have taken a week off work to be part of what Jesus is doing in the next generation.

We always have a 4-to-1 student to volunteer ratio, because we care about students and want every student to have a fun and safe trip.

Volunteer applications open in January, but you don’t have to wait to start serving students. You can invest in the next generation every week at Fuse.

You were made for this

The best Gauntlet volunteers are mature Christians, like the ones Paul describes in 1 Timothy 3:1-7. In addition, you’ll want to have a genuine desire to invest in students. Because you will spend a lot of time, as in all of your time, with students.

Other qualities we look for in room leaders: someone who isn’t easily flustered, someone who will communicate well with students’ parents, someone who will be flexible when plans change and decisive when students are at a stalemate.

Finally, great room leaders know it’s a big deal for parents to trust us with their kids. They don’t take that responsibility lightly, and they work hard to make sure students have fun and stay safe.

Your trip to Gauntlet starts at Connect Classes

In Exodus 6:6-8, God promises to save us, to free us, to give us purpose and a family. We want those four things — salvation, freedom, purpose, and family — for every student at NewSpring. 

Before we can help a student trust those promises, we need to know and understand them for ourselves. That’s why we’re requiring every Gauntlet room leader to complete Connect Classes before heading to Daytona Beach. 

If you haven’t been to Connect Classes yet, why wait? Sign up today and see what God has for you when you connect.

FAQs

What time do I need to arrive on Monday morning?

Bright and early! We’ll post the exact time on newspring.cc/gauntlet closer to Gauntlet.

What kind of room will I be in and will I need an air mattress?

You will be in a room with the students you are leading. Students will sleep in the beds, and you will sleep on the floor. An air mattress is key!

Do I need to provide breakfast for my students?

Your student’s parents will be instructed to send breakfast with their student. But it’s never a bad idea to have some snacks on hand.

Will I know who’s in my room ahead of time?

You won’t. Room assignments change constantly. People get sick, plans change, and life happens. As a result, we finalize room assignments after every bus leaves for Daytona Beach.

Can I get a specific student in my room?

You can request students on your room leader application. But due to the number of students and room requests, we can’t guarantee that you will lead the students on your request.

How often should/do I need to communicate with my students’ parents?

You’ll want to text students’ parents when you arrive in Daytona so they have your phone number. Parents love getting regular updates, so try texting nightly recaps of the day. And, make sure you respond to any texts your students’ parents send to you.

How do I lead small group time?

We provide a leader booklet to help you lead students throughout the week. You’ll also attend volunteer training before Gauntlet to prepare you for the week.

How do I handle hard care conversations?

You’ll learn more about navigating care conversations during volunteer training. We’ve also compiled some great resources for you here. If you ever need help leading your room, don’t be afraid to reach out to your bus leader or a Gauntlet care volunteer.

When do I need to record a care form and when do I not need to?

Any time you have a care conversation with a student, you should fill out a care form. You’ll learn more about this at volunteer training.

Who do I go to if I need help?

Your bus leader will be your first point of contact for anything you need at Gauntlet. Once you’re on the bus, they’ll introduce themselves. Make sure you exchange numbers. He or she will be in touch with you throughout the week.

You’ll also have access to care volunteers from your campus. These men and women are here to care for you as well as any students in your room. If you need to talk or pray with another adult at any point in the week, reach out to your bus leader or a care volunteer.

What do I do if I have a student who does not get along with the others?

Your bus leader will help you through any problems that may arise throughout the week. Also, if it’s your first time leading a Gauntlet room, don’t be afraid to ask veteran room leaders for tips on resolving conflict between students.

How do I balance the line of being the leader but making sure everyone has fun?

We want all students to connect to Jesus and have fun at Gauntlet. In order to make this happen, set clear expectations with your students. That way, they’ll be prepared to engage during small group time, sessions, and community groups. And as a result, they’ll have as much fun as possible in each space!

Still have questions?

Email us at gauntlet@newspring.cc.