We are praying and seeking great young people to serve on our 2022 Summer Staff. If you are interested in being a part of our team for 2022, please fill out an application and mail it to us. We are looking for exceptional young people who love Jesus and are excited about sharing their summer volunteering at Camp Arrowwood. For more job descriptions or additional info, please contact us.
**Note about our LIT program – We will be limited this year on the number of LITs that can serve on staff due to Covid-19 restrictions and cabin spacing. Preference will be given to returning staff. For 15-year-old first-time applicants, you are encouraged to complete the application process, but please realize that we will probably have 30+ applicants for 8 positions. If you don’t serve on camp staff as a 15year old, don’t worry, some of our best staff members were not hired their first year.
Dates for Hiring:
- Jan 27 – Application Deadline
- Jan – Feb- Ongoing Interviews/Reference Checks
- Mar 1 – Team 2021 will be notified
We couldn’t do it without you! Whether you’re helping in a cabin, doing dishes in the kitchen or are cleaning track areas, you will be investing in the value of camp for each of the campers. If you are a Highschooler and would like to join the best team we are looking forward to getting your application.
Our Leader in Training Program is one of the best things we do at camp. It involves ministering to children while being ministered to by the LIT Director. For many LITs, it’s their first experience away from home and their first opportunity to serve others in a sacrificial way through tasks like working in the kitchen, doing laundry, helping set up games and tracks, and ministering to younger campers. We also pick out a book and go through it during the Summer as well as spend time in prayer and learn about what it looks like to lead like Jesus. Being a LIT at Camp is both incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding. You will be a major part of our staff that we rely on.
Steps to Becoming an LIT
- Fill out the application by Jan 20th: Application and information is here: https://thebestcamp.com/meet-our-staff/
- We will review your application and contact your references
- Moving forward, we will conduct an interview
- We will contact you by Feb 15 once we have made our final staffing decisions.
We hire based on who is the best fit for our Summer Staff Team. Preference is also given on how many weeks applicants can work. Staff week is mandatory and working 2 additional weeks is the minimum for consideration. For 2019, staff week is the week of June 17-21.
Being a summer wrangler is not for the faint of heart. The days are long and hot with lots of heavy lifting…but they’re also very rewarding. About half of our campers have never ridden a horse before and we get to create an environment for them to be safe, have fun, and learn something that can be lifelong memories and skills. It can be very challenging for our campers so, besides a strong work ethic and heat tolerance, wranglers need to be understanding, patient, and creative when communicating information to campers. Other qualities that make someone a candidate to be a wrangler include humility, teachability, perseverance, and tolerant of allergens and the smell of manure (seriously). Tasks include grooming and saddling horses; daily animal chores for horses, cows, chickens, and ducks; supervising children and horses with an eye toward group control and risk reduction; teaching basic horsemanship activities on the ground in front of a group of campers with the help of an assistant; helping enforce policies and procedures; and giving repeated reminders for things like posture on a horse. Wrangler candidates need to be at least 16 years old, and available to be at all of the staff training and camp sessions of camp.
Our camp photographer will primarily be responsible for capturing and processing high-quality images of all campers, activities, and special events. Many camp photographers from years past have gone on to have a professional photography business. This position is vital to camp as it helps to tell the story of camp to parents, grandparents, and friends. If you are interested in learning and capturing priceless moments, please apply!
- Cabin Counselors (must be 18 or older)
- Leaders in Training (must be 15) limited availability
- Track and Activity Leaders (must be 18)
- Barn Staff (must be 16)
- Kitchen Staff (must not be afraid of food)
- Camp Media/Photographer
Important Dates – Mandatory Staff Training Week of June 7th
- Staff Training Week – June 7 – June 11
- Session 1 June 13 – June 18
- Session 2 June 20 – June 25
- Session 3 June 27 – July 2
- Session 4 July 4 – July 9
- Session 5 July 11 – July 16
- Session 6 July 18 – July 23
Benefits of working at Camp:
- Collaboration and Communication
- Discipleship Opportunities
- Active Problem Solving
- Leadership and Teamwork
- Organization and time management
- Supervision and management
Important note about Staff Training Week:
Staff Training Week is our most important week of the year and therefore is 100% mandatory because it is 100% vital to our mission and purpose of serving campers with excellence. During staff training week, we will bond as a staff by playing, praying and learning together. Staff week equips us to serve the Lord with excellence!
What are the long-term benefits of working at a Summer Camp vs a typical job?
Here are a few recent articles:
- Creating Advantage in College- Summer camp gives children meaningful advantages in college.
- Summer Camp: Can It Make Kids More Responsible?
- The Camp Counselor vs. the Intern