Knowing the answers to these frequently asked questions will help you be better prepared for the YL Summer Work Experience!

Where are the nearest airports?

Branson, MO

- The Springfield/Branson Regional Airport in Springfield, Missouri (SGF)

- The Branson Regional Airport in Branson, Missouri (BKG) (Limited flights)

Pigeon Forge, TN

- The Knoxville McGhee-Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee

How do I get from the airport to the property?

Send us your flight itinerary and we will have someone there to pick you up!


What is the cost?

Program tuition for 2024 is $900 . This amount will cover housing, cleaning supplies, study materials, t-shirt, group meals, and all required group activities. The tuition may be paid in three payments conveniently scheduled to correspond with your work pay periods. Most participants spend an average of $55 a week on food.

How much money can I make?

Hourly pay for beginning employees is competitive and dependent on position. Most participants receive 40 hours of work per week. However, this can fluctuate to be anywhere from 30 to 50 hours per week. You should prepare accordingly. Lots of free entertainment in each area is available to employees of the parks. Although you can earn and save money during the summer, your personal Christian growth should be your primary goal. Since positions and pay may not equal your capabilities or experience, you should view your job, salary, and total work experience, as part of what God wants you to experience during the summer.

Do I need health insurance?

No, you do not need health insurance to participate in the summer program. We do however strongly encourage having it to cover unforeseen emergencies. If you are not already covered under your own or your parents’ plan, short term insurance can be obtained through Blue Cross Blue Shield.

What should I bring?

  • Driver’s License or other Photo ID
  • Social Security Card (must be original, not a copy)
  • Bedding for twin bed
  • Alarm clock
  • Towel and wash cloth
  • Beach towel
  • Clothes hangers
  • Camera (optiona)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bible
  • 2″ 3-ring notebook
  • Umbrella

What type of clothing should I bring?

Comfortable attire is most appropriate: shorts, T-shirts, jeans, swimsuit, sandals, and tennis shoes. Women may want to bring a couple of casual summer dresses or skirts. Men may want to bring a sport shirt and a pair of casual slacks. The weather is usually warm and humid, so you will not need warm clothes other than a light sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt. Some jobs may require black or brown closed-toe shoes and others may require water shoes/sandals with a heal strap. You will be contacted in advance about your job placement in order to know which shoes you will need.

What should I leave at home?

TV, DVD player, computers of any kind (including laptops and iPads), video game systems, pets, fire-arms, or weapons of any kind.

Can I bring my speaker and/or musical instruments?

Yes, but only if you are willing to let others use them.

Tobacco, alcohol and drugs?

No way! This includes vapes, cigars and pipes.

Can I leave to take kids to Young Life camp?

The parks have agreed to hold your job open for you while you take kids to Young Life camp.

Have more questions not addressed here?

Please call us at: 865-604-9928 or Email Us!

If the Lord should lead you to join us in furthering this ministry, we will greatly appreciate it.

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