Summer sessions at camp are a whirlwind. Everywhere you look, there are people on the go as they participate in all variety of activities. This many people and programs means that Beacon needs a well-trained support system to meet all the core needs of campers and staff (and keep camp looking great!).
Beacon is so thankful every summer to host a team of summer staff who generously give their summers to take care of the nitty-gritty details that keep everything running smoothly. Not only does their work support the front-line work of session staff, but it also allows the full-time staff to focus on their big picture tasks. Together, the summer staff, session staff, and full-time staff create a formidable team.
What’s so awesome about being summer staff?
The tasks and responsibilities of the summer staff team are wide-ranging and tiring. But we believe the benefits far outweigh the challenges! Here are a few reasons why we think you should consider applying:
Skill Development: Learning to use power tools, getting waterfront lifeguarding experience or managing the inventory of the tuck shop are just a few of the new skills you’ll be able to put on your resume. (Honestly: a summer internship has nothing on one summer working at a summer camp - just ask the New York Times)
Spiritual Growth: Beacon is committed to investing in the spiritual walk of its summer staff team. Priority is placed on making time in the busy schedule to spend time individually and as a group in the study and discussion of God’s Word. You will be encouraged to see even the simplest daily tasks in light of your relationship with God.
Incredible Friendships: Serving as a summer staff team member is an intense community experience! Being with your team day in and day out gives you the opportunity to develop deep friendships and godly character traits like kindness and patience.
To understand each of the positions, click below to see a short position description for each summer staff role.
Excited to apply for summer staff? We're glad! Please make sure that you read through the following FAQ before you apply, and contact Alyssa LaRocque (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
How old do I have to be to apply?
A person is eligible for summer staff in the year that they turn 18 years old. Anyone who is not 18 by the start of the camp season will need to sign an extra release form before starting their role as summer staff.
What time commitment is required?
When you serve as summer staff, we need you for the whole summer. Next year, the commitment is from Friday June 28, 2019 to Friday August 30, 2019. This starts at Skills Camp, where summer staff are encouraged to take a course, and ends at Alpha, where summer staff can participate in the Alpha programming while keeping up the basic camp clean-up tasks and waterfront responsibilities.
Prior to the summer, there will be a summer staff training weekend, which takes place at camp from May 31 to June 2, 2019.
Aside from these at-camp dates, summer staff will need to set aside some time in completing online training and any other paperwork requirements.
What will my schedule look like?
No week is ever the same! Take a look at the sample schedule of a recent summer staff member whose role involved maintenance, waterfront and tuck shop to get a flavour of what a Beacon summer would look like in this role.
Can I participate in individual camp sessions?
Ultimately, summer staff is a “behind the scenes” role. This team takes care of the routine details of cleanliness, orderliness, repair and upgrading so that session staff can focus on their campers. Summer staff are encouraged to be mindful of this background role as they do their work.
However, there are many ways that you can connect with campers and staff. Here are a few examples: summer staff who are interested in cabin leading may select one session to participate in, provided that the scheduling lines up with all schedules. Staff with NLS qualifications usually go on the Wilderness canoe trips as lifeguards. Summer staff who run Tuck get to meet literally every kid who comes through camp and help facilitate the campers’ much-anticipated trip to get candy, souvenirs and more.
Is this a paid position?
Officially, summer staff positions are volunteer-based. However, financial support is possible through Friends of Beacon Ministries, who help fundraise on behalf of the summer staff team. All summer staff are also encouraged to raise their own funds through their church or through individual support. Beacon and Friends of Beacon will provide assistance in the preparation of fundraising materials. Details of this support will be provided to the volunteers who are selected to join the summer staff team.
When can I apply?
Applications for summer staff are available starting November 1 each year until December 31. Interviews will be conducted in January.