Frequently Asked Questions
The privileged to change our world by investing ourselves in the lives of children is the best way to spend a summer.
Why should I work at camp?
Many kids’ lives are changed more during their week of camp than they are for the rest of their lives. This is because they are surrounded by a camp staff that truly cares for them. You will also have the opportunity to grow in your own faith, and you will be amazed at the things you will learn and do – skills you can take with you wherever you go. And the friendships that develop will last a lifetime! Being a part of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry provides staff the opportunity to share their faith in meaningful ways. In this special environment, staff have been able to learn and share what it means to live in a Christian community and in the world as God’s people
What are the dates I would be working?
The summer staff is contracted from May 27 until August 12. The summer begins with two weeks of staff training followed by 9 weeks of program. Staff are expected to work the entire summer unless arrangements are made prior to the beginning of the summer. An extended contract through the end of August is possible for applicants who might be interested.
What about time off and Weekends?
The camp week runs from 12:00 p.m. Sundays through 6:00 p.m. Fridays. (Day Camp staff may need to be available Sunday mornings to worship with the congregation they will be serving that week.) Thus, Friday evenings and Saturdays are standard time off for staff. All staff will be required to work 1 or 2 weekends during the summer to help with weekend retreat groups or other program needs. Staff members are also given short breaks during the week.
What is Staff Training?
Staff training will run from May 27-June 8 and is required for all summer staff. It is a time to become familiar with the camp program and to learn the skills that you will need to work with campers. It is an intense learning experience with time for fun and team building with the staff. Leadership staff and Canoe Guides will need to be available starting May 21.
What will my salary be?
Salaries for 2018 start at $230/week for a first year staff member.
Experienced staff and Canoe Country guides begin at $240/week.
Health Care, Waterfront and Leadership staff salaries begin at $275/week.
In addition to your salary, you will also receive room and board. Any work related injury is covered by workers compensation. Beyond this, we will keep you so busy there will be very little time to spend your money, and therefore you will end up saving most of your earnings!
How old do I have to be and what experience do I need?
Counselors must be 18 years of age with a year of college preferred. Canoe Guides must be 21 years of age minimum with a 2 years of college preferred. Support staff must have completed at least their junior year of high school, though a year of college is preferred. Leadership, Waterfront Directors and Health Care should be at least 21 with 2 years of camp experience preferred.
Do I have to know a lot about the Bible, be able to play the guitar, be a lifeguard, know lots of games or be able to start a fire to work at camp?
St. Augustine said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” The love of God is taught through loving others, as well as reading about it. It is through relationships that the Gospel of Christ is spread. The curriculum is important, but we are more concerned about how you show the love you talk about, than how you talk about it. We also want staff that are open and willing to learn new things, as well as committed to sharing their lives with and caring for every camper that comes to our camps. Having the ability to play the guitar, having an endless supply of energy, and being able to start a fire with one match in the rain are simply a bonus!
Application and Reference forms can be found at the bottom of this page.