L.I.F.E. Guard

What is L.I.F.E. Guard?

L.I.F.E. Guard is an opportunity available for high school students looking for a service-based faith experience at Akita. The acronym L.I.F.E. means "Last Is First Eternal" and comes from Matthew 19:30: "But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first." This verse is a reminder of the spirit behind the work performed by this group.

In this program, a small group of high school students will devote seven to twelve days to serving the camp, campers, and God. By doing much of the behind-the-scenes work that enables camp to run so smoothly for the campers, the participants learn how to give of themselves without seeking any credit or praise. The "Guard Experience" is ideal for campers looking to give back to the place they love and for campers who are looking for a unique service learning experience.

L.I.F.E. Guard is available for campers entering 10th–12th grades and graduated seniors.

2017 L.I.F.E. Guard Dates and Prices

Age /
Camp Session
Dates* Member
Graduated Seniors only
Session A June 6–18 $450 $500
Entering 10th–12th Grades & Graduated Seniors
Session B June 19 – July 3 $485 $535
Session C July 6 – 18 $450 $500
Session D July 20 - 30 $420 $470
Session E July 31 - August 4 $315 $365
Session F August 7 - 13 $350 $400
  • *Each L.I.F.E. Guard session consists of camp segments. Between each segment, campers leave camp and spend one night at home.
  • Member means the camper, parent or guardian, or grandparent is a member of First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio.
  • For dates & prices of our other summer programs, see Summer Camp or Akita Backcountry.

View a printable schedule of all Summer 2017 programs (PDF)

Registration Rules

Gender Balance

We require at least 4 male and 4 female L.I.F.E. Guard participants in each session in order to create diversity within the group. There are also gender-specific tasks for the participants to complete, such as cleaning the bathrooms and performing maintenance in the hillside cabins.

Multiple Session Restriction

Due to the popularity of the L.I.F.E. Guard program, we do not allow campers to attend multiple L.I.F.E Guard sessions if there is a wait list for one of the sessions. If this is the case, you will be contacted and asked to pick which session you would prefer to be enrolled in. Note: This limit applies only to L.I.F.E. Guard; you are still permitted to attend a Summer Camp or Akita Backcountry session while also being signed up for a L.I.F.E. Guard session.

L.I.F.E. Guard Info Packet

Read this document for many more details about the L.I.F.E. Guard progam.

L.I.F.E. Guard Info Packet (PDF)

More Information

If you have questions about any of our summer programs, please contact our Columbus office at 614.488.0681 ext. 113.