Every year hundreds of volunteers serve at Trout Lake Camps. They range in age from junior high students to 90-year-old retirees.
Camp at Trout Lake has happened going back to 1947 thanks to donations of time, skill and sweat.
Every one of those volunteers has joined a legacy that goes back to the sacrifices and contributions of the very first volunteers who made this camp a reality.
If you 18 or older and interested in volunteering this year, click here to access the volunteer staff application. If you are a Jr. High or High School student looking for information about our Summer Discipleship Program, click here. If you have a question about which application you should complete please give us a call, and we will be happy to help.
Volunteers help us drive our mission of communicate the Gospel of Jesus forward. Each year, Trout relies on hundreds of volunteers to help accomplish our mission.
Thank you for your interest in helping us by donating your time and talents. We are always looking for folks with a variety of skills and experiences.
Summer Season Major Needs (Memorial Day–Labor Day)
• Cabin Leaders – Assigned to a Cabin of Boys or Girls for a week of camp. Providing a safe, fun, and Gospel-centered camp experience. Volunteer Cabin Leaders must commit to at least ONE full camp week. Arriving by Sunday at Noon and staying at least one full week until campers leave on Saturday at 10:00am.
• Licensed Nurses – Treats and refer the medical needs of campers and staff during our retreats & camps. must commit to at least ONE full camp week. Arriving by Sunday at Noon and staying at least one full week until campers leave on Saturday at 10:00am.
• Skilled Laborers & Trades Professions – To help us build, repair and remodel our facilities
• Unskilled Laborers – To paint, trace, haul, hammer, etc.
• Kitchen Help – To assist our food service staff in cooking, cleaning, and prepare meals. Volunteer Kitchen staff must commit to at least ONE full camp week. Arriving by Sunday at Noon and staying at least one full week until campers leave on Saturday at 10:00am.
• Housekeeping – Helping keep restrooms, sinks, showers, floors, and windows clean
• Program Help – Red Cross Certified Lifeguards, Craft Shack, Rec Shack, Kids' Class Teachers at Family Camps and more.
• Boat Drivers – To drive campers and staff on or behind one of motorboats
• Drivers – To drive skid steers, Class B CDL – Bus Drivers, Airport Shuttle drivers to pick-up and drop off staff at airports
• Office Help – Assists our office staff in sorting and delivering mail, answering phones, stapling, copy needs, and printing.
Tri-Season Major Needs: (Labor Day–Memorial Day):
• Licensed Nurses – Serve as a first point of contact for any medical needs of campers and staff that arise during our retreats & camps. These events typically run Friday Night through Sunday Lunch.
• Skilled Laborers & Trades Professions – These volunteers help us build, repair and remodel our facilities. We typically build, repair, and remodel when camp isn't being used for events in the Tri-Season, therefore most volunteers work Monday-Thursday during most weeks. The timing is flexible.
• Unskilled Laborers – If you are willing to learn and available, then we can teach you! Unskilled labor includes painting projects, organizing, sorting, landscaping and gardening. Specific jobs and tasks are seasonal.
• Kitchen Help – Assist our food service staff in the cooking, preparation, and clean-up after mealtimes during camps and retreats. These events typically run Friday Night through Sunday Lunch.
• Housekeeping Help – Helps keep our restrooms, sinks, showers, floors, and windows clean and well-stocked during weekend retreats. These events typically run Friday Night through Sunday Lunch.
• Program Help – Craft Shack, Rec. Shack. Assists campers and retreat guests with activity items and cleans and organizes as needed for weekend retreats and events. These events typically run Friday Night through Sunday Lunch.
1. How do I get started to volunteer at Trout?
It helps us to know exactly what skills you have to offer and how much time you have. Taking a look above will give you an idea of where our biggest needs are and what sort of time commitment we are looking for.
Once you have an idea of where are needs are and what area(s) you are most interested in, then you can start the process by filling out a volunteer application.
2. Is there Onsite Housing and meals provided?
Yes, if you are accepted and dates confirmed, you will have housing and meals will be provided during the duration of your time volunteering. However, housing types and accommodations can vary depending on the season, which will be discussed with you after re receive your application.
3. Do you have Housing for me and my family?
Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't. Housing types and accommodations can vary depending on the season, which will be discussed with you after we receive your application.
4. What is involved in the Volunteer Application Process?
Because we are a camp that cares for kids and teens, proper screening of all adults working on grounds is important, which is why we ask for a completed application, references, background checks, and Ministry Safe Online Training. We don't do this to make volunteering cumbersome. We do this to make sure we are protecting our campers.