AF USA Summer

Housing/Host Policy Manual

General Guidelines

  • For summer camp housing, it is preferred that each coach have their own bed, although this is not always possible and so, when necessary, a bed may be shared.
  • Many of our coaches are from different cultures and family styles of living, and may be young and have not yet developed a maturity seen in seasoned missionaries. If at any time the host family has concerns in regard to the behavior of the coach, the host should first address the issue with them, and if there is further concern contact the host family coordinator.

Host Family Expectations

The host family is expected to:

  • Be aware of the schedule for the coach. This may mean that each evening you will need to review the next day’s schedule. 
  • Provide breakfast and dinner each day unless the coach has a scheduled event to attend.
  • Allow the coach to use the laundry facilities.
  • Include the coach in family events or activities but realize that their days are long and tiring so these should be kept to a minimum.
  • Explain to the coach house rules for using the phone, computer, TV, etc. If there is a computer in the home, the coach will need to know if there is a time limit. While allowing a longer time is fine, all that is needed is ample time to gain access to email.
  • Develop a relationship with the coach.

Coach Expectations

The coach is expected to:

  • Always keep the host family aware of any changes to the original schedule given to them. Each evening review the next day’s schedule with the host family. If a change occurs while at camp a call should be made to the host family to make them aware of that change
  • Find out house rules for the use of the telephone, computer, TV, etc. The coach should limit the time on the computer to the amount of time needed to download and respond to email. Phone calls should be kept to a minimum.
  • Inform the host family of any special needs like food preferences/allergies, sleeping arrangements.
  • Be involved in the family activities. While the expectation is to get to know the family, there is also the need for ample rest.
  • Develop a relationship with the host family, adults and children. If there are children in the home, make possible any opportunity to initiate involvement with them.
  • Actively seek out opportunities to minister to your host family.
  • Don’t spend an inappropriate amount of time at other host homes or out with other coaches when the host family is expecting the coach at home. Host families look forward to and go to a lot of work to prepare for this visit. AF tries to plan very few events for free time allowing time to be spent with the host family.
  • Attend Sunday morning worship service with the host family.
  • Maintain appropriate behavior whether in the home, in ministry or during personal time, leaving a good testimony.