Summer Ministry Opportunities

…been thinking about it all day and (aside from family, life, and Christ) I am most thankful for the best experience of my life at Bethel Christian Camp this past summer. I made so many friends that I miss more everyday, and I grew in my faith and confidence in ways that I wasn’t ever sure would happen. I am so blessed to have had the entire summer to spend out there and I cannot wait to see my friends again and hopefully do it all over again next summer!  -Sr. Counselor from Summer 2012


Come be part of our TEAM!


Thanks to the Bethel Summer Staff for making this last summer an awesome one, and thanks to all of the campers who came and spent a week with us exploring God’s word and His plan for their lives.  You all are missed greatly!

Below are some of the Summer Positions available at Bethel Christian Camp.  Not all the positions listed below are being sought for this summer, and some may be combined.  This is a summer-long commitment.

Here at Bethel there are many positions that need to be filled in order for the summer to run properly.  Just as the body has many parts, so summer camp has many roles.  What is most important is a willingness to do all work as unto the Lord.  Our goal here at Bethel is to have a unified staff that build each other up and encourage each other as we seek to follow Christ and live in Him.

We believe that each summer we are blessed to be able to minister to the children God sends to this camp. Jesus said “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”  What a tremendous opportunity and blessing we are given each summer.  If you feel God calling you to serve and love children this summer then please fill out an application and send it in ASAP.

I look forward to hearing from each of you.

Tom O’Brien
Program Director

Positions and Job Descriptions

Support Staff:

Kitchen Staff:

Age: 15+  Assist the Head cook in food preparation, work under the direction of the Assistant Cook regarding clean-up and general maintenance of the kitchen.  This is hard work, but with great rewards.

Maintenance Staff:

Age: 15+  Work under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor.  Work includes mowing, weed eating, setting up and moving bunks, camp upkeep, general maintenance, and yard work.

Cabin Staff:

Jr. Counselor:

Age: 16-18 A Junior Counselor must be responsible and mature. They assist a Senior Counselor in a cabin as well as teach activities, run events, and canteen.

Sr. Counselor:

Age: 19+ Senior Counselors must be responsible and mature. The Senior Counselor is the spiritual leader of their cabin as well as a mentor to theirJunior Counselor that works by their side in the cabin.  The role of Sr. Counselor is a vital one.  We are looking only for staff who have a strong commitment to Christ, and can function as friend, disciplinarian, teacher, and role model for their campers.  Sr. Counselors will be responsible for teaching majors and running camp events, but most importantly, they are responsible for the well-being of their campers.  Special skills such as Riflery, Archery, Lifeguarding, Canoeing, and Drama are a plus, but not required.  Ability to accept instruction and work well with others is essential.

Leadership Staff:

Head Counselor:

The Boy’s Head Counselor and Girl’s Head Counselor are responsible for discipleship of the Jr. and Sr. Counselors, planning and running daily camp activities, and general program coordination, and daily bible studies.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have leadership experience within a camp or similar setting.

Maintenance Supervisor:

Direct and supervise the Maintenance Staff in their daily tasks.  Role model and spiritual leader for those who work under you.  Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have experience in maintenance and grounds work.  Drivers license is required.

Head Cook:

Plan menus, order and purchase food, organize the kitchen and prepare the meals.  Experience is essential.

Assistant Cook:

Assist the Head cook in food preparation, and oversee the work done by the Kitchen Staff.  Experience is an asset, but a willingness to learn and a servants heart is most important.

Specialty Staff:

Waterfront Lifeguard:

Certified Lifeguard will be responsible for upkeep of the waterfront area, swim tests, swim lessons, and safety for all that use our waterfront.  Experience and proof of certification required.

Craft Specialist:

Oversee our daily craft time.  Come up with creative and fun projects that Bethel campers can work on during their time here at camp.  Leather Craft, bracelet or necklace making, painting, nature crafts, etc.

Mass Media Specialist:

Perfect for your College Internship requirements!  Mature and talented individual needed to take photos and videos and post them to our various online sites.  Please check out our YouTube page and our Flickr Feed for examples of what we need done.  Submission of work, and proof of skills required before being considered for this position.


Returning Staff Online Application

If you worked as Full Time, all summer long (non-volunteer) staff then fill out this Returning Staff Application.  If you served as a VOLUNTEER then you need to fill out the New Staff Application below.  Returning Staff applications that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for positions.  Please fill out the correct application if you desire to work at Bethel this summer.

Returning Staff ONLINE Application hosted by WuFoo.

NEW STAFF Applications

2015 New Staff

If you feel God calling you to serve and love children this summer then please fill out this online form. This online form is a pre-application screening.

After submitting this form it will be reviewed by the Program Director. Applicants for open positions will be contacted and sent a STAFF APPLICATION via email. Please make sure you give us a current email address that you check on a frequent basis.

Please fill out this ONLINE FORM to inquire about positions.

Summer 2016 Dates

Staff Training: May 30-June 10
May 30: Leadership Staff Arrive
June 1: Sr. Staff Arrive (18+)
June 4: Jr. Staff Arrive
June 10: Staff Training Week Ends @ 6pm
June 12: Summer Camp Starts! Staff Meeting at 3pm
June 12th – July 30th: Summer Camp
July 31st: Final Staff Breakfast and Farewell

Camp will run from Sunday 3pm to Saturday 11am.  Staff will again have one evening off a week from 6pm – 10:20pm.


Financial Information

Working at Bethel is a ministry, not a summer job, and we understand that by choosing to work at camp you are making a financial sacrifice.  By agreeing to work at Bethel you will also be agreeing to send out Personal Support Letters to help raise the funds needed to pay your salary.  As you know, we scholarship many children and often can barely make payroll, or in some cases we have had to pull money from our credit line in order to cover payroll.  With God’s blessing and hard work and cooperation from our summer staff we are hoping that you will be able to raise most of your own support by the time summer rolls around.  Please consider your time at Bethel as Short Term Missionary work, because that is what it really is.  That’s what you really are… a Missionary!  Just as you would have to raise funds in order to serve in another county, we’re asking you to raise what it would take to employ you this summer.  At the time of signing your contract we will contract with you the amount you will make per week.  The base salaries are as follows:

            Sr. Counselor – $200.00 per week (7 paid weeks)

            Jr. Counselor – $90.00 per week (7 paid weeks)

            LIT Kitchen/Maintenance – $75.00 per week (8 paid weeks)

Your ability to earn more will be determined by (1) Years worked at Bethel  (2)  Your education level/experience

Each staff member will be responsible to send out Personal Support Letters that we will provide.  If you are contracted to be paid $100 per week and you raise $75.00 per week personal support, your salary will still be $100 per week.  However, we ask you to put serious effort in raising support for your time here at Bethel as we seek to make camp possible for all children regardless of their economic situation.

***Please Be Aware***:  Any support you raise above your contracted amount will go into the summer staff salary fund.  This is a change from years past, but is necessary due to IRS restraints.

There will be no pay for Staff Training (June 1-12) except in the case of the LIT’s, and their supervisors since they will be working during part of this time.  For the rest of the staff this is simply a time of training in order to better equip you for your summer ministry here at Bethel Christian Camp.

If you have any questions regarding any information contained in this application, or are unclear on any of our policies, please feel free to contact us with your questions or concerns.