L.I.F.E. Guard

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For questions about registration, please contact our Columbus Akita offices

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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 in the Fall of 2022 and 2022 High School graduates.

2022 L.I.F.E. Guard Dates and Prices

Age /
Camp Session
Dates* Member
2022 Graduated Seniors only
Session A May 31 - June 12 $545 $600
Entering 10th–12th Grades & Graduated Seniors
Session B June 14 – 24 $485 $540
Session C June 25 – July 2 $390 $445
Session D July 7 - 19 $545 $600
Session E July 22 - August 1 $485 $540
Session F August 3 - 11 $455 $510
  • *Each L.I.F.E. Guard session consists of 2 camp sessions. Between each session, 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 as described in the church's Membership brochure.
  • For dates & prices of our other summer programs, see Summer Camp or Akita Backcountry.

View a printable schedule of all Summer 2022 programs (PDF)

2022 Check-In and Return Schedule

Check-in and return for all L.I.F.E. Guard sessions is at First Community Church, North Campus, near Hilliard, Ohio (3777 Dublin Road, Columbus Ohio).

L.I.F.E. Guard campers check-in on the first day of their session, then head to camp on the bus. One time during each session, the L.I.F.E. Guard campers return to Columbus, spend a night at home, then return to the North Campus for another check-in.

C = Check-in;  R = Return

Session A
C: May 31, 5 pm
R: June 5 , 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: June 6, 5 pm
R: June 12, 12 pm

Session B
C: June 14, 5 pm
R: June 19, 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: June 20, 12 pm
R: June 24, 12 pm

Session C
C: June 25, 12 pm
R: June 27, 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: June 28, 12 pm
R: July 2, 12 pm

Session D
C: July 7, 5 pm
R: July 13, 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: July 14, 5 pm
R: July 19, 12 pm

Session E
C: July 22, 12 pm
R: July 26, 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: July 27, 5 pm
R: August 1, 12 pm

Session F
C: August 3, 12 pm
R: August 7, 12 pm
(1 night at home)
C: August 8, 12 pm
R: Aug 11, 12 pm

Late arrivals and early departures from L.I.F.E. Guard must be communicated to the Columbus Akita offices at least two weeks prior to the start of the L.I.F.E. Guard session.

Registration Policies

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 sessions; 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.

Financial Assistance

We do not want cost to prevent campers from attending Camp Akita. We are pleased to offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise be unable to attend. Payment plans are also available through our Columbus administrative offices. Find more information and apply for assistance through our Scholarship Request Form link below. 

Camp Akita Scholarship Request Form

L.I.F.E. Guard Information Packet

For additional information about the L.I.F.E Guard experience, including the philosophy, guidelines and policies, schedule, and suggested packing list, click on the link below:

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

More Information

If you have questions about any of our summer programs, please contact the Columbus administrative offices  or (614) 488-0681 ext. 113.