Summer Staff (for individuals college age or older)

It's not often in life that we get to evaluate our purpose, map out our future and reflect on our past. As a volunteer on summer staff at a Young Life camp, you'll have the chance to grow personally and spiritually — you'll be surrounded by other people from all over the world who, like yourself, really want their life to count for something.

You'll have a chance to try new things and to spend a month at one of the most beautiful places on God's earth. You'll also be challenged to take your faith to a new level and learn how to serve like Jesus did thousands of years ago.

You'll also find yourself refreshed by hundreds of kids you've impacted during the summer — kids you've helped have the best week of their lives at a Young Life camp.

Yes, it will be hard work, but there's a big payoff — changed lives — yours and the kids you influence.

Summer staff is the volunteer experience for those who have completed at least one year of college (or are of college or post-college age). The summer staff serve the campers at Young Life camps in roles which require considerable maturity and non-verbal witness. Some of these positions are staffing the ropes course, climbing wall, mountain bikes and waterfront.

Want to know more?

Check out this video to hear from those who've experienced summer staff. Feel free to forward this link to any friends whom you would like to have join you in the experience.

How to apply

  1. Young Life camps have openings and are accepting applications for the summer. Check availability of openings.
  2. Apply either online or download and complete the Summer Staff Application form to work as summer staff at a camp. Complete applications should also include the Staff Recommendation for Summer Staff form filled out by a Young Life staff person.
  3. Send this application and recommendation form to the camp office where you wish to work (your first choice). If you completed the online application, it will be directly routed to your first-choice camp. Contact 719-381-1844 with questions.

Summer staff applications will be reviewed for acceptance beginning January 1. Qualified applicants will be accepted into positions based on the order applications are received.

Use the Locator to view a complete list of camp mailing addresses and websites.

*Note: Your first-choice camp will send application/recommendation information to second and third choices. Do not send multiple copies to different camps. This can cause confusion between camps and can result in an applicant not being placed anywhere.