Summer Staff



Each summer, Cedar Lake Ministries hires around twenty summer staff members to serve our program through eight weeks of camp. These individuals must have a desire to serve the Lord and a willingness to be a contributing member of a team that seeks to impact campers for Christ. Serving on summer staff is a rewarding experience that pushes each individual to grow in their relationship with the Lord and gain new skills along the way!


To Qualify for Summer Staff:

  • You must know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. 
  • You must have a willing heart to be used by God wherever He would send you.
  • Your conduct must reflect that of Jesus Christ.
  • You must be willing to contribute to a team that seeks to clearly communicate the good news of Christ.
  • You must be willing to commit a full summer to service. Any exceptions are made on a case by case basis (LITs and Volunteer Nurses serve on a week by week basis).
  • You must meet the minimum age required for the position you are applying for (age minimums are listed below).



Interested in joining our 2024 team?



Available Paid Positions


Program Leads

Age Required: 19+
The Program Leads will be part of the Leadership Team working directly under the Full Time Program Team. Their main responsibility will be leading and discipling the counseling staff and LITs by encouraging them in God’ Word, leading devotions for staff meetings, and checking in to ensure that all staff have their needs met. Other responsibilities include leading games, helping run chapels, teaching skills, driving a boat, lifeguarding, facilitating meals, making announcements, selling items in the Kandy Kabin, assisting with camper behaviors, and more. Prior camp experience is preferred for this position. We will hire one male and one female in this position. 

Activities Lead

Age Required: 19+

The Activities Lead will be part of the Leadership Team working directly under the Full Time Program Team. The main responsibility of this position is to ensure that all activities and skills for campers are set up and run well. This includes: archery, climbing wall, rope course & zip line, crafts, group games, and more! Other responsibilities may include helping run chapels, facilitating meals, driving a boat, lifeguarding, facilitating meals, making announcements, selling items in the Kandy Kabin, assisting with camper behaviors and more. Prior camp experience is preferred for this position.  



Age Required: 18+
A counselor’s main job is to spend time with and invest in the lives of their campers. As a counselor, you are responsible for the care and supervision of campers during each week of camp both in our Day Camps and Overnight Camps. Counselors will be assigned a cabin group of 8-10 campers and serve as the facilitator of devotions, games, skills lessons, and other camp activities. Counselors are responsible for creating and keeping a safe, positive, and fun camp environment for all campers.  

Activities Staff 

Age Required: 16+
Activities Staff will work under the Activities Lead in ensuring the set up, facilitation, and tear down of camp activities for Day Camps, Overnight Camps, and Guest Groups. This includes: archery, team building, crafts, climbing wall, tomahawks, laser combat, large group games, and more! Hours for this position are flexible depending on program needs. 


Age Required: 16+
A lifeguard’s primary responsibility is the supervision of all waterfront related activities such as swimming, boating, and tubing, and to ensure that campers and guests have a safe and fun experience at the lakefront. Lifeguards are also responsible for the care and upkeep of our waterfront facilities and equipment. This position requires active monitoring and enforcing rules to ensure the safety and well-being of all campers and guests on the lakefront. Depending on needs and availability, lifeguards may come alongside the counselors to assist in the running of other camp programming. Training will be provided if needed.

Media Specialist

Age Required: 18+
The media specialist is responsible for capturing and organizing photos and videos of the daily activities around camp. The media specialist will prepare a weekly video to be played during the closing session at the end of every week. This position may also be asked to run the sound for chapel sessions, work with speakers and worship leaders on any slide presentations, mics, and tv’s to help ensure that all equipment is ready for each chapel session. A current student in a Media/Marketing major is preferred but not necessary.

Health Officer

Age Required: 19+
This position is responsible for providing for our campers’ basic health needs, including: overseeing the collection, storage, and distribution of camper medication, performing basic first aid, and help in comforting campers. This person must be prepared to care for minor injuries and be equipped to handle major emergencies. Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining health records, maintaining cleanliness of the health clinic, and supporting program activities. LPN, EMT, graduate RN, or college junior nursing major preferred. 

Volunteer: Leaders in Training (L.I.T.)

Age Required: 12-16 (must have completed 6th grade)
If you are 12-16 years old, have completed 6th grade, and want to be a part of making a difference in the lives of young campers, consider being an L.I.T. for a week or two this summer. L.I.T.s will be partnered with a counselor for a week of day camp and will help assist them in leading devotions, skills, activities, games and loving their campers! L.I.T.s will also spend part of every day together diving into a devotional about what it means to be a servant leader for Christ. Other responsibilities may include: helping in the Kandy Kabin, assisting with housekeeping, and assisting the kitchen crew after lunch. This is a great experience for those who have aged out of being a day camper and want to be on summer staff when they get older! To apply you must fill out an application and provide one reference. L.I.T.s can serve anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks in the summer.


What staff are saying:

“Towards the beginning of the summer, I was very nervous to work at CLM because I had never worked at a camp for the entire summer before, but I was trusting in God and how he had led me here. Now that the summer has ended, I can confidently say that God worked in my life and the lives of the kids in ways I never would have expected. I was able to walk a camper through the salvation prayer, gift a few campers their very first Bibles, and pray with many different campers. As I look back on my summer at CLM I see that God led me here for a specific reason. I was called into children’s ministry a few years ago but was feeling discouraged and questioning if this was really what I was meant to be doing. Working at CLM this summer reassured me of my calling and helped me to feel more confident. I created strong relationships with my campers as well as the staff this summer. I can confidently say that this was one of the best summers and I would not have wanted to spend it anywhere else!”
– Rachel, Summer Staff 2022
Important Summer Staff 2024 DatesCounselor with campers
May 29-June 1: Lead Staff Training 
June 2-7: All Staff Training 
June 10: First day of Camp with Campers!
August 2: Last Day with Campers
August 3-6: Summer Debrief