This year's interns are James "Jacko" Post and John Garland "JG" Wood. They began the summer as co-chaplains at St. Sebastian's Sports Camp. Jacko and JG focused on the Sports Camp theme of "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor" from Ecclesiastes throughout the week: leading the campers in team building exercises as a camp, and debriefing each activity to connect it to St. Sebastian's central message.
Popularly referred to as "chinterns", Jacko and JG will remain at Shrine Mont for the rest of the summer, working at different camps. The camps are eager to have young chaplains that can relate energetically with their campers, but the internship is also a valuable service to the interns themselves.
Two chaplain intern alumnae of note are Susan Daughtry, the head chaplain at camps, and Paris Ball, the Director of Christian Formation and Shrine Mont Camps for the Diocese. Both Susan and Paris are several years into careers devoted to ministry in the Episcopal Church, and both cite their experience as chaplain interns as a crucial step in their personal discernment that led them to ministry. Susan was one of three chaplain interns her summer, and all three interns in her cohort are now priests.
As JG and Jacko continue to serve the campers and staff at Shrine Mont, they may hear a call to seminary and ordained ministry, or to serving as a lay person like Paris, but it's certain that their journey will be enriched by this summer.
By David Churchman