Volunteer Program Staff Process

There are few volunteer jobs in this world that are more life-giving and rewarding than being on a volunteer program staff! Check with the directors to see which events need counselors, deans, chaplains, and camp resource volunteers.

Because our camps strive to be safe sanctuaries for children and vulnerable adults, all volunteer program staff must complete the (5) steps outlined below:


(1) CLICK HERE:  Complete ONLINE Volunteer Information and Disclosure Page

(2) CLICK HERE to run your confidential background check. 

Any volunteer over the age of 18 who could have unsupervised contact with with children, youth, or vulnerable adults must initiate the process for a confidential criminal background check to be completed for Camp & Retreat Ministries of Oregon & Idaho.  This check is required every year.

(3) Download, Complete and Send in your Health form directly to the site where you will be volunteering.

(4) Attend training and planning sessions offered at the site and with the leader of your event.

(5) Commit yourself to be present to the ministry of the site. Whether you are working with a small group children or youth, leading an adult retreat, your committed participation is valued.

Already a Volunteer?

Looking for volunteer forms, handbooks and resources?

Please visit our Volunteer Resources page.

We need:

  • Counselors
  • Program leaders
  • Storytellers
  • Song Leaders
  • Craft Leaders
  • Musicians

Responsibilities of a Camp Counselor:

As a counselor, you will be responsible for a group of 4–6 campers. This means being a part of group living, camp chores, informal devotional encounters, and deepening experiences of fellowship. The counselor and campers together turn the events of everyday living into meaningful Christian community.

What It Takes to Be a Camp Counselor:

Mainline denominational Connection:

Some connection to a mainline denomination (for example, the United Methodist or Episcopal Church) is helpful, but not required. Certainly you must be in tune with our core process of helping people grow intentionally as Christian disciples—reaching out to all people, beginning or deepening relationships with God, sending people forth in mission, doing love and justice ministries.

Talents and Skills:

It is helpful if counselors can lead in areas of handicrafts, music, Bible stories, recreation, nature study, and camp crafts; but the primary prerequisite is a willingness to share God's love with children and youth.

Age Requirement:

Young, middle-aged, and senior adults are all needed as counselors. Our children and youth need the wisdom that comes with maturity, as well as the enthusiasm of younger adults. Our deans seek to pair counselors with complimentary skills and energy levels.

Counselors for primary, younger and older elementary camps are required to be at least 18 years of age or have completed our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program. Middle school counselors must be 19 or older, and senior high counselors must be at least 21 years old. A CIT is a person who is receiving training to be a counselor at a week-long summer camp working with children 7–12 years old. A CIT must be at least a Sophomore in high school and be recommended by a pastor or camp dean.

For more information about CIT training, contact the directors of the site you are interested in working at.

Training Opportunities:

Participation is expected at the pre-camp staff time the Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning before your campers arrive.

Each camp provides counselors with nourishing food, a place to sleep, and great new friends to work with. Counselors provide their own towels, toiletries, sleeping bags or bedding. The camping program pays for your lodging, food, and a portion of your travel.


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A partnership between The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church
and The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon