That Thing Summer Staff

The staff that serve throughout the summer are people that daily live out the calls of Jesus. They pour themselves out endlessly to share the love and light of Christ through selfless serving, encouraging, challenging, and teaching.

We desire to have staff that are simply here for one reason: to love and serve like Jesus Christ. The experience as a summer staffer is two-fold. These positions are difficult. The days are full of long hours, quickly eaten meals, hours in the hot sun, physical labor, and endless hospitality. But it is also full of meaningful conversations, community-building that lasts longer than just the summer, personal discipleship, laughter, worship, and learning new skills that will carry on into the future.

As a whole, our ministry has a staffing philosophy from Jim Collins’ book Good to Great. 

The Right Bus

Our Mission: “We make disciples for Jesus Christ by nurturing transformational Christ-centered communities.”

We serve the local church by providing places, resources, and opportunities for people to encounter Christ and grow in their relationship with Him through the outdoors. Life Changing Experiences Start Here…we don’t always get to see the results of our work, but we trust that God is at work in the lives of our guests as they return to their faith communities to continue in discipleship.

The Right Person

An Authentic Disciple: Frst and foremost, we want our people to love Jesus and display a committed growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

A Servant’s Attitude: Demonstrate your love for Christ by serving others. Engage your desire to go above and beyond by exceeding the expectations of your guests.

Adaptable Learner: Be flexible, make quick decisions, and identify opportunities that need solutions.

Team Player: Serving at camp means long days and hard work. We look for energetic, positive-minded staff. Every staff participates in all aspect of camp regardless of title.

The Right Seat

Our staff positions include: facilities, food services, program (ropes, waterfront, etc.) communications, development/fundraising, hospitality, managers, administrations and more.

Are you the kind of person who wants to work behind the scenes to set the stage and remove obstacles to allow volunteers to focus on ministering to campers.

Do you recognize that hard work, preparation, and details will pave the way for successful ministry opportunities?

If these all sound right, you might be a good fit here…


Summer Staff Team

This is the hands and feet of how ministry is possible here. Each camp has a team of paid staff that live on site throughout summer to facilitate everything that happens at camp, More than 100 staff are needed each summer across our six sites. Roles Include:

  • Waterfront Staff (lifeguards, boat drivers, etc.)
  • Adventure & Program Staff (Ropes, paintball, Nature, Wilderness, etc.)
  • Multimedia Storyteller (film, photography and writing/blogging)
  • A/V Production Staff (sound, lighting, video-control, etc.)
  • Medical Care
  • Kitchen and Food Service
  • Facilities and Grounds
  • Business Administration & Customer Service

Summer Staff FAQ’s

Q: Is there compensation for being a part of the team?

A: Yes, there are wonderful benefits to this job which include pay, housing, and our staff have been fortunate to grab a meal from the dining hall when our campers and guests are eating.

Q: What is the time period I need to be available?

A: Training usually begins near the middle of May, but does vary at each camp location. Camps conclude at the end of July and beginning of August.

Q. What are the key qualities of a great summer staffer?

A. In addition to the qualities mentioned above….

Producer: Don’t be satisfied putting forth a single iota less than your absolute best and always find a way to get what must be done, done.

Aptitude for the Position: We’ve learned that sometimes the right people don’t always arrive with the skill set in place; they do however have an inherent potential for the position. (A person with no training in live audio but an excellent musicians ear may end up as a Sound Engineer. Or, someone with no leadership experience but the perfect outgoing and engaging personality may make a great Fun Engineer)

Organizational: Success is in the details. When leading activities you must ensure that facilities and supplies are ready on time. You’ll need to plan ahead and be ready with the back up plan.

Skilled Communicator: You’ll be interacting with volunteers, campers, parents & staff on a daily basis. You must be able to clearly communicate plans & instructions. You must also be able to listen to and understand others, giving or finding answers to meet their needs in a timely manner.

Innovative Self Starter: It takes many people doing a variety of tasks to make camp successful. You must be able to see what needs done, and step up and take the lead to get it done, encouraging and inspiring other staff.

Creative Thinker: You will have the opportunity to put your own personal touch on some activities and areas of camp. You must be able to demonstrate the ability to think outside the box, for both leading programs and problem solving.

Q: What is the process to join the team?

A: Applications are accepted starting each fall on November 1.



A Letter to Prospective Staff:

We at Impact 2818 are so excited to welcome several new Summer Staff to our team each year. Without Summer Staff, camp simply would not happen. As you prayerfully consider becoming a part of our team, we want to tell you a little bit about what it means to work at our camps. It’s exciting, rewarding and tons of fun, but you will undoubtedly face many challenges as well. Being on our camp Summer Staff is not for everyone; if you don’t believe you fit our description, please do not apply.

As a member of Summer Staff, we expect you to work long, hard hours with a servant’s heart. Camp is not a 9-5 job. You will get up early, work late and be on call 24/7 in the case of emergencies. We are a ministry and are looking for individuals who are ready to serve joyfully for long periods of time. You will be paid, but no one is here for the money. We expect you to “see it, own it, solve it and do it.” This means that you should take initiative to make camp the best that it can be, no matter what. When you see a problem, you take ownership of it and follow through with a solution.  We expect you to carry your own weight, accomplish your own responsibilities, and then ask what you can do to help your teammates. We expect you to be flexible. It’s camp life – it doesn’t always go according to plan and it’s not always perfect, but we expect you to be able to roll with the punches, be a team player, and jump in whenever help is needed. You are expected to always treat our guests with kindness, love and hospitality. There will be times when you are tired, frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. Even so, we expect you to represent Christ at all times; your words and actions should always be glorifying to Him.

We expect you to communicate. If you don’t understand an assignment, ask. If you need help, a moment to rest, or a word of encouragement, let us know. You will need to make time for your own physical, emotional and mental needs. We expect you to take care of yourself and maintain a consistent work ethic throughout the entire summer. Camp is taxing and time consuming; your fellow staff and supervisors will do all they can to help you be successful, but you must be willing to communicate openly.

We expect you to be deeply committed to following Jesus Christ. You are to be an example of Christ to each camper, leader and guest that arrives on site. We’re looking for staffers who can show by example what it means to live for Christ and who are comfortable sharing their faith freely and openly with others. We do not expect perfection, but we do expect you to be focused on our mission, which is “making disciples for Jesus Christ by nurturing transformational Christ-centered communities.” Camp is a wonderful place to make new friends, grow in your own faith, and practice skills to use later in life; but, first and foremost, we are here to create an environment where students can experience Jesus Christ. This must always come first.

In return, you will have the opportunity to be used by God in amazing ways. You will impact the lives of hundreds of individuals for Jesus Christ, and you will see first-hand the way He uses camp for the betterment of His Kingdom. You will be rewarded with tons of fun, a camp staff that becomes more like family, and memories to last you a lifetime. Please prayerfully consider joining our Summer Staff team before applying. Whether here or elsewhere, we pray the Lord will use your strengths to His benefit.

In Christ,
The Impact 2818 Staff