Join our incredible team of summer staff!

Working at Brethren Woods for a summer is a transformational experience for staff, volunteers, and campers alike. There are many opportunities to join what God is doing here through volunteer and paid positions. We invite you to prayerfully consider how God might be calling you to join God’s mission at Brethren Woods.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Counselors
Counselors are the hands and feet of Jesus at camp. They spend more time than any other staff members with the campers. Counselors accompany their campers through the daily activities of Morning Watch, Bible, Nature, and Arts & Crafts classes, swimming, meals, and Vespers services, as well as during the night in cabins. Counselors are committed Christians who are eager to grow in their relationship with Christ and serve as role models to younger disciples. Counselors must be high school graduates.

Arts & Crafts Director
The Arts & Crafts Director is also part of the support staff team, planning and leading Arts & Crafts classes for all age groups. Campers have a blast unleashing their creativity through art as they express what they are learning in visual form. As with all support staff positions, when not teaching, the Arts & Crafts Director participates in the camp community as a role model and supports the rest of the staff in every way necessary to help camp run efficiently.

Kitchen Staff
Brethren Woods is known for its tasty food! If you enjoy food preparation and helping to share this joy with others, then a summer in the camp kitchen is the perfect job for you! Each summer we hire several staff to help out in the kitchen. Kitchen staff are part of the ministry and serve as Christian role models not only through the integrity of their work in the kitchen, but in their interactions with other staff, counselors, and campers.

Maintenance Assistants
There are a lot of buildings on camp property and it is a big job to make sure they all stay clean and running efficiently! If you enjoy behind-the-scenes work that has a big impact, a summer as a maintenance assistant could be your calling! Maintenance assistants have an important ministry role at Brethren Woods, keeping everything running efficiently and serving as Christian role models to all.

Lifeguards
Swimming is one of the best parts about camp! Safety in the water is very important and lifeguards carry the responsibility of keeping us all safe. Lifeguards also are part of the support staff team and provide leadership in other areas of camp programming, serving as role models and providing assistance when needed. 

Nature Director
The Nature Director is part of the support staff team, dedicating their time to preparing and leading nature classes for campers of all ages. Experiencing and learning about God’s creation is an integral part of the camp experience. In addition to teaching nature classes, the nature director is part of the camp community as a role model and assistant to the rest of the staff, participating fully in all activities when not teaching a class.

Peace and Justice Director
The Peace and Justice Director will teach daily classes to campers about the peace tradition of the Historic Peace Churches (Brethren, Mennonites, and Quakers), offer Biblical and theological bases for Christian peacemaking on an age appropriate level, and teach practical conflict resolution skills. Qualified applicants will have a working knowledge of all of the above, experience working with children and youth, and gifts in teaching. When not teaching classes, the Peace and Justice Director will be an integral part of the camp community, working to build relationships with everyone, and assisting the Program Directors and Assistant Program Directors in implementing all camp activities. Salary for this position will take level of education and experience into account.

Camp Photographer/Support Staff
The Camp Photographer will participate fully in the life of the camp community, taking photos and videos of the camp experience. The photographer will edit, sort, and file photos and videos to be used in future camp publicity as well as create albums to send to camp parents. Other duties will include regularly updating the camp website and camp’s social media accounts. When not taking photos or videos, editing, or posting, the camp photographer will be available to the rest of the staff to fill in as needed. This position will be about 50% photography and 50% support staff (helping out as needed). Applicants should be able to present a portfolio of their work upon request.

Challenge Course Facilitator
The Challenge Course Facilitator provides leadership on our low and high ropes courses, leading groups of campers in activities that encourage growth, teamwork, and lots of fun! Challenge Course Facilitators must be trained and certified, a cost covered by Brethren Woods. This position is part of the support staff team, which carries expectations of participation and leadership in all areas of the camp community.  

Adventure Director - Position Filled
The Adventure Director is a team player who works cooperatively with the rest of the staff to plan and lead adventure trips. This person is responsible for coordinating trips, getting equipment ready, and making sure all of the adventure trips run efficiently and safely. The Adventure Director typically leads campers in caving, canoeing, tubing and much more! This role is part of the support staff team and is expected to help out in any way necessary and participate in the camp community as a role model. Must be 21 years old and able to drive camp vehicles.

Assistant Program Directors
Assistant Program Directors (APDs) work closely with the Program Directors in supervising and evaluating staff, offer logistical and organizational support for all summer camp programming, and provide leadership for the camp community. Typical APD responsibilities include assisting with opening registration, planning evening activities, leading camper welcome and orientation, directing the closing program, helping with camper discipline, and offering support to counselors and support staff. Additional responsibilities include helping to lead sessions in staff training and assisting in staff meetings throughout the summer. Qualified candidates will have experience in camp leadership, be detailed oriented and have administrative skills, be comfortable providing leadership in front of groups (for example, leading singing and games), flexible attitude in a fast-paced environment, a willingness to work long hours, a professional demeanor in relating to parents, and able to work as part of a leadership team. APD Training is required. The 2018 APD Training runs from May 14-25 before general staff training begins on May 29.

Salary and Benefits

Base Salary: $175/week (including staff training)
"Adopt-A-Staff" Donors: $400/summer*
All Food and Free Housing Included
No Transportation Costs

Apply before January 1: $50 Bonus
Recruit Another Staff Member: $100 Bonus
Returning Staff: $10 extra per week each summer you return

*In 2017 donors who participated in the Adopt-A-Staff program helped us raise $400 to give to each staff member. We anticipate a similar amount for 2018, but this amount cannot be guaranteed.

Forms for Applicants

Applicants must fill out an application and a Voluntary Disclosure Form before their interview. 
 
1. Summer Staff Application (a Google Form)
Returning staff, please contact us for the returning staff application.
 
2. A Voluntary Disclosure Form (This gives us permission to run a background check.)
Please fill out the Voluntary Disclosure Form and return by email or by mail.
 
Print, fill out, scan, and email to:
program@brethrenwoods.org
 
Or print, fill out, and mail to:
Brethren Woods
c/o Program Directors
4896 Armentrout Path
Keezletown, VA 22832

Forms for Confirmed Staff

After receiving an offer letter, please complete the following forms and return them to the camp office, along with your signed agreement, within two weeks of hiring to confirm employment.

Personnel Policies
Federal W-4
Virginia W-4
I-9
Ministry Driver Screening

To assist you in preparing for the summer, check out our Staff Packing List and Dress Code

Please also complete a Health Form and bring it along with you when they come to camp.

At the conclusion of Staff Training, before working with campers, staff are required to sign our Affidavit Regarding Staff Conduct and Camper-Staff Contact.