Our Camp & Retreat Ministry program is built on volunteer service. We all have been given gifts to share for the Body of Christ.
- Trained Health Care Providers (MD, RN, EMT, LPN, First Aid & CPR)
- Kitchen workers
- Maintenance workers
- Program leaders
- Song Leaders
- Craft Leaders
- People who love to share nature with children
- People who love children
- People who want to make a positive difference in others’ lives
All of us are needed to make a camping experience the best it can be. It takes hundreds of very special people to make our programs effective. Thousands of lives are influenced by camping experiences every year. Due to the length of concentrated time, the inspiring surroundings, and the effort expended, camping is a significant Christian education experience shaping the lives of children, youth, and adults.
Becoming a Camp Volunteer
- Download a volunteer information form from www.gocamping.org or contact our clergy or Beth Dieker, Camp & Retreat Ministry Coordinator for volunteer information and form.
- Provide two references (if you are new to our camping program or haven’t served in the past three years).
- Attend training and planning sessions offered at the site and with the Dean of your event.
- Commit yourself to the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs of a small group of campers for the length of your camp.
As a counselor, you will be responsible for a group of 4–6 campers. This means being a part of group living, camp chores, informal devotional encounters, and deepening experiences of fellowship. The counselor and campers together turn the events of everyday living into meaningful Christian community.
What it Takes to Become a Camp Counselor
United Methodist, Episcopal or Presbyterian Connection: Some connection to the churches in the camping partnership is helpful, but not required. Certainly you must be in tune with our core process of helping people grow intentionally as Christian disciples—reaching out to all people, beginning or deepening relationships with God, sending people forth in mission, doing love and justice ministries.
Talents and Skills: It is helpful if counselors can lead in areas of handicrafts, music, Bible stories, recreation, nature study, and camp crafts; but the primary prerequisite is a willingness to share God’s love with children and youth.
Age Requirement: Young, middle-aged, and senior adults are all needed as counselors. Our children and youth need the wisdom that comes with maturity, as well as the enthusiasm of younger adults. Our deans seek to pair counselors with complimentary skills and energy levels.
Counselors for primary, younger and older elementary camps are required to be at least 18 years of age or have completed our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. Middle school counselors must be 19 or older, and senior high counselors must be at least 21 years old.
A CIT is a person who is receiving training to be a counselor at a week-long summer camp working with children 7–12 years old. To be a CIT you must be at least a Sophomore in high school and be recommended by your pastor or camp dean.
Training Opportunities: Each camp provides a May or June weekend of leader training at the camp, where you get acquainted with people and facilities, as well as practice necessary camp skills. In addition, camp staffs will also meet at least once for program planning and training with their dean. Participation is also expected at the pre-camp staff time the Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning before your campers arrive.