Summer Staff Positions
Working at a Christian camp is a great way to spend a summer. Summer staff make a lasting difference in kids' lives and also experience a summer they'll never forget. There is no other summer job you can have that will provide the breadth of experience that a camp position offers.
Staff positions fall into four different categories: program, cabin leaders, day camp and support. Each position has its own responsibilities, but all camp staff work together to introduce kids to the love of Jesus and to encourage them to grow in their personal relationship with him. All staff can expect to assist in other areas when needed. Program and support staff also serve as cabin buddies throughout the summer.
If you would like to setup an interview email program@TroutCamps.org. To meet with Trout recruiters face to face you can view our recruiting schedule located on the resources and forms page.
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Please follow these directions on how to complete the application on UltraCamp Instructions on Summer Staff Application. You must "checkout" in order to finish the application.
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The Disciple Team Coordinator directs the Junior and Senior High Disciple Team Program. Each week 35-50 junior and senior high school students volunteer at camp. The Disciple Team Coordinator is the person who schedules, trains, supervises, and leads activities for these students. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
The Program Events Coordinators design and direct all camp-wide activities. Applicants should be creative, comfortable in front of large groups, and be at least 21 years of age.
The Program Events Coordinators: Day Camps lead the TLC Day Camps at different churches throughout Minnesota and Iowa. They will bring a team of cabin leaders to a church and run a week of programming. They will travel each week with TLC as thier home base. Applicants should be creative, comfortable in front of large groups, and be at least 21 years of age.
The Music and Chapel Coordinator is responsible for musical and dramatic leadership in all areas of programming. This includes leading all evening chapel sessions. The Music & Chapel Coordinator also assists the Events Coordinator in leadership of games and evening activities.
The Media/Video Coordinator is responsible for videotaping and photographing camp activities, creating videos using computer based editing equipment, and running the sound system during chapel sessions and special events.
The Recreation Area Coordinator teaches sports skill classes and leads afternoon group recreation activities. This person is also responsible for the care and upkeep of all sports equipment and leading tournaments and activities, and assisting the event coordinators in leading evening activities.
The Adventure Area Specialist leads adventure based activities such as high and low ropes, climbing, zip line, team initiatives, canoeing, mountain biking and riflery. Adventure staff members supervise and teach activities at TLC. Applicants must have wilderness experience and be skilled in some of the above areas.
The Horsemanship Coordinator/ Wrangler is responsible for all aspects of the horsemanship program. This includes teaching classes, leading trail rides, caring for horses and equipment, and handling horses during special events or activities. Applicants must have solid horse skills and proven teaching experience. The Horsemanship Director must be a certified riding instructor or be willing to attend a CHA training clinic before arriving at camp. The Wrangler assists the director.
The Arts and Crafts Specialist directs Trout Lake's Arts and Crafts program. This includes teaching classes and managing the craft shack in the afternoon. Applicants should be creative with fresh ideas and have a variety of artistic and craft skills.
The Lifeguard/Waterfront Coordinator manages all activities, equipment and personnel at both the beach and boat areas. This involves teaching skills classes, managing open swim times. Applicants should be an American Red Cross Lifeguard and at least 21 years of age.
The Lifeguard/Ski Boat Specialist teach morning canoeing, sailing, water-skiing or fishing skills classes and lifeguards during afternoon activities. Staff also maintains and cares for all boating equipment. Waterfront staff must be American Red Cross certified lifeguards or water safety instructors and should be at least 18 years of age.
The Lifeguard/Boating & Swim Area Specialist teach morning swimming classes, lifeguard during afternoon and evening beach activities, and during open swim times. Waterfront staff must be American Red Cross certified lifeguards or water safety instructors and should be at least 18 years of age.
A Cabin Leader is responsible for day and night supervision in a cabin of 8-11 campers. This is the most physically and emotionally demanding job at camp, but also one of the most rewarding. Cabin leading requires someone that can find enjoyment though spending an extensive amount of time with kids and is committed to their growth. A cabin leader should be at least one year out of high school (though some exceptions may apply).
The Head Cabin Leaders train, supervise and support cabin leader staff. They must be able to handle difficult situations such as discipline problems and homesickness. Applicants should have cabin leading experience and be at least 21 years of age.
The Worship Leader is responsible for leading worship for campers and staff. As part of the Day Camp leadership team they design and direct all Day Camp activities, lead a team of 15 group leaders and are part of daily skits. Applicants should be creative, comfortable in front of large groups and be at least 21 years of age.
The Recreation Leader is responsible for leading all large group games and the coordination of recreation equipment and supplies. As part of the Day Camp leadership team they design and direct all Day Camp activities, lead a team of 15 group leaders and are part of daily skits. Applicants should be creative, comfortable in front of large groups and be at least 21 years of age.
The Special Needs Leader supervises and supports group leaders. They must be able to handle difficult situations, including discipline and other camper support needs. As part of the Day Camp leadership team they design and direct all Day Camp activities, lead a team of 15 group leaders and are part of the daily skits. Applicants should have experience working with elementary kids, be creative, comfortable in front of large groups and be at least 21 years of age.
The Program Leader is responsible for the setup and coordination of all needed A/V equipment and other needs for the large group time. As part of the Day Camps leadership team they design and direct all Day Camp activities, lead a team of 15 group leaders and are part of the daily skits. Applicants should be creative, comfortable in front of large groups and be at least 21 years of age.
The Group Leaders are responsible for the supervision of 10 campers in their group. This is the most physically and emotionally demanding job but also one of the most rewarding. Group leading requires someone that finds enjoyment through spending extensive time with kids and committed to their growth. A group leader should be at least one year out of high school (though some exceptions may apply).
The Cooks are generally responsible for leadership and coordination of all kitchen meals, cleanup and special needs. They will gain the knowledge of the basics of food preperation and service. Experience in food preparation is preferred.
The Dishwashers are responsible for cleaning up after meals. This includes washing dishes, mopping dishroom floors and other general clean up. This position supervises and works alongside many high school age staff each week.
The Dining Hall Host/Hostess is responsible for the overall appearance and operation of one of the two dining facilities. This includes preparing tables for all meals and cleaning up after meals. They are responsible for the beverages served at each meal.
The Soda Fountain and Barn Coordinators are responsible for supervising the soda fountain (TLC's ice cream shops). This involves operating and balancing a cash register, supervising younger staff, inventory of supplies, and serving campers.
The Janitorial/Housekeeping staff are responsible for cleaning up various areas of camp including bathrooms, buildings, guest and general grounds areas.
The Groundskeeper is responsible for maintaining the grounds at Trout. They will mow, weed, water and repair all over camp. They are also responsible for washing vehicles.
The Office Assistants are responsible for daily office functions. Tasks include processing bank money, answering and directing telephone calls, sorting mail, processing paperwork and assisting with many other projects.
The Store Coordinator is responsible for supervising and operating the camp store. Duties include operating and balancing a cash register, selling products and candy, inventory and supervision of staff.