Summer Staff

Every Spring we hire about 18 high school and college age students in a variety of camp roles to be a part of our Summer Camp program here at SON-Life.

Our goal is to give campers a week of fun through memory-making activities while also challenging them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

You could be a part of this kind of life-changing work by being a member of our Summer Staff!

IMG_7932.jpg

The 2018 Staff

We’re a crazy bunch sometimes, but really, we’re just excited to be doing what we’re doing — getting paid to hang out with kids and share the Good News of Jesus with them. It’s kind of a dream job, really.

You could do that too this upcoming summer!

Camp is one of those places that allows you to help others grow while also growing yourself — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and in maturity.

The overview:

Our team members are energetic, enthusiastic followers of Jesus Christ, who want to work with kids and make a difference in campers’ lives.

Our campers need to see real examples of people living out their faith. Can you be a role model? We're looking for staff members who can demonstrate patience, responsibility, flexibility, cooperativeness, creativity, thoughtfulness, being fun-loving, selflessness, possessing energy, enthusiasm, and endurance, and a huge love for Christ.

We have opportunities for staff ages 15–college.

All positions are paid, using a combination of camp funds + raised support.

With a few exceptions, like 4th of July week, your commitment runs from June 4–August 3.

HOW DO I APPLY?

  Counselor Chelsea is excited for a great week with these ladies. Up next: adventures, games, worship, lunch, swim time, Bible study sessions, funny camp songs, campfires, and more!

Counselor Chelsea is excited for a great week with these ladies. Up next: adventures, games, worship, lunch, swim time, Bible study sessions, funny camp songs, campfires, and more!


Really! We answer LOTS of questions in the Summer Staff FAQ. Take a few minutes and read through it. It's good info. In it we share roles and job descriptions, compensation, mission support, dates of service, and more.


You'll find an online application for first-time applicants and a different one for returning staff. The application process also involves your consent to a background check. We start taking applications in January.


We have a convenient form that you can email to your references for them to complete and return. Easy! Just send them to this link.


The basic expectations of all staff:

  • Demonstrate a sincere, authentic, growing faith walk

  • Maintain a Christ-like attitude

  • Possess a sincere desire to work with children

  • Be team players, seeking unity and understanding in working with groups

  • Seek ways to grow as an employee, in faith, and in character

Curious about the more detailed expectations for Summer Staff?


Get a feel for what a week of camp looks like! This is one of our camp sessions for campers ages 9-13. Cabin leaders have a group of campers each week that they hang out with & play games, lead small groups & prayers with, and build relationships with as we learn more about God's word and how to apply it to our lives.

Support Staff are the team members behind the scenes, setting up games, running skits and songs, making sure we're on schedule, and assisting counseling staff in having a successful week. Our media team ensures that we capture all the great fun we have through photos and video. We also hire kitchen help to prepare meals, serve, and keep our dining hall tidy.

  Here’s a bunch of our 2016 Staff Members hanging out with a group of our teen campers. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s why the weeks go by extremely quickly at SON-Life… we’re having an absolute blast here!

Here’s a bunch of our 2016 Staff Members hanging out with a group of our teen campers. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s why the weeks go by extremely quickly at SON-Life… we’re having an absolute blast here!

  Our 2018 Senior Counselors and these awesome teen campers.

Our 2018 Senior Counselors and these awesome teen campers.

  Drew Timmer oversees our Summer Camp program. He’s who interviews, hires, & trains the staff, as well as leads all team meetings, and various other functions like worship and speed boat driving over the Summer.    Drew’s goal is to make camp a great experience for his staff, equipping them for ministry, and guiding and mentoring all staff over the summer camp season.

Drew Timmer oversees our Summer Camp program. He’s who interviews, hires, & trains the staff, as well as leads all team meetings, and various other functions like worship and speed boat driving over the Summer.

Drew’s goal is to make camp a great experience for his staff, equipping them for ministry, and guiding and mentoring all staff over the summer camp season.

Staff Positions

You can read more about each position in our Summer Staff FAQ.

  • Senior Counselor
    (age 18 or older, preferably with 1 year of college experience)

  • Co-Counselor
    (ages 16 or 17, for 2nd Time High School Applicants)

  • C.I.T. (Counselor-in-Training)
    (ages 15-17, for First-Time High School Applicants)

  • Waterfront Director (age 18 or older, age 20+ preferred)

  • Lifeguard (age 16 or older, age 18+ preferred, coupled with another role, such as Senior Counselor or Co-Counselor)

  • Health Officer (age 18 or older)

  • Program Assistant (age 20 or older)

  • Kitchen Assistant (age 16 or older)

  • Videographer (age 15 or older)

  • Photographer (age 15 or older)

  • Teaching Team Speaker

IMG_2668.jpg

I cannot imagine doing anything different with my summers.

- Ben, Senior Counselor

HEAR IT FROM THE STAFF

The best part about being a camp counselor is learning more about the campers, yourself, and most importantly God. I was able to connect with campers on deep levels. I could pour into them, but also get poured into.
— Allie, Co-Counselor
I love getting to share the work God has done in my life with these campers, because I know that He can do the same work in them!
— Stephanie, Program Assistant
SON-Life Camp is a place of fun, but also a place where God can turn campers’ and staff members’ weaknesses into their strengths!
— Tim, Senior Counselor
God works big at SON-Life! You will be given a lot of opportunities that you would not get elsewhere and you get to be in a community that is actively seeking God’s guidance all Summer long!
— Andrea, Health Officer
I would encourage anyone to work at camp if they want to grow in their relationship with God, being poured into by other leaders, while also being able to pour out into the lives of many campers.
— Ben, Senior Counselor
The best part about being a camp counselor is being able to watch the kids grow. They come in at the start of the week thirsty for knowledge and end the week feeling refreshed. You get to be a part of that growth as a counselor. It’s definitely an experience I wouldn’t want to miss!
— Emily, Senior Counselor

Read more stories about the power of camp here: