Base Salary: $200/week (including staff training)
"Adopt-A-Staff" Program: $400/summer (estimated)
All Food and Free Housing Included
Apply before Jan 1: $50 Bonus
Recruit Another Staff Member: $100 Bonus
Returning Staff: $10 extra per week each summer you return
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.
Below are job descriptions for the summer of 2023. You can click on each of them to learn more about each job.
Click here for Employment Forms For Confirmed Staff
Staff Training will be held from May 30th till June 9th
Summer Camp Program will be from June 11th till July 28th (break week is July 1st-8th)
Staff Closing will be July 26th till 27th
Optional Rental Group Weeks July 1st - 8th and July 27th - August 5th and August 9th - 13th
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.
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 including: Morning Watch, Bible, games & outdoor recreation, swimming, meals (including cookouts), and Vespers services, as well as during the night in cabins or hogans. Counselors are committed Christians who are eager to grow in their relationship with Christ and serve as role models to younger disciples.
The Crafts Director is part of the support staff team, planning and leading Crafts sessions 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 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.
Brethren Woods is known for its tasty food and friendly service! If you enjoy food preparation, clean-up, 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 assistants 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.
Swimming & boating are some of the best parts about camp! Safety in the water at the pool for swimming and at the lake for boating is very important. Lifeguards carry the responsibility of keeping us all safe. Lifeguards are also part of the support staff team and provide leadership in other areas of camp programming, serving as role models, keeping aquatics facilities clean, and providing other assistance when needed.
Brethren Woods covers 130 acres, that is a lot to take care of! It is a big job to make sure the facilities all stay clean and the grounds are maintained. 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.
The Nature Director is part of the support staff team, dedicating their time to preparing and leading nature sessions 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, the Nature Director is part of the camp community as a role model and assistant, participating fully in all activities when not leading a group session.
Support Staff have servants' hearts, a flexible attitude, and a willingness to help out wherever is needed. Support Staff are encouraging, fun, and hard working. Typical duties include helping with camper registration, working in the camp store, cleaning buildings around camp, setting up for worship services, serving as a resource person to camper groups, planning all camp activities with the support staff team, and much more!
Summer Program Director (Job Description Coming Soon)
(Formerly Assistant Program Director)
The Summer Program Director (SPD) works closely with the year-round staff to offer logistical and organizational support for all summer camp programming, provide leadership for the camp community, and supervise and evaluate staff, Typical SPD 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 summer staff and volunteers. 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), a 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.
Head Counselor (Job Description Coming Soon)
Employment Forms for Confirmed Staff
Welcome to the Brethren Woods' Summer Staff! As explained in your Offer Letter email, hired staff should complete the following employment forms and return them to the camp office, along with their signed Offer Letter, within two weeks. This confirms your employment for the summer.
Federal W-4 (Downloads Immediately)
Virginia W-4 (Downloads Immediately)
I-9 (Downloads Immediately)
Ministry Driver Screening
To assist you in preparing for the summer, check out our Staff Packing List and Dress Code.
A Health Form will be available online soon to complete electronically prior to arrival.
At the conclusion of Staff Training, before working with campers, staff are required to sign our Affidavit Regarding Staff Conduct and Camper-Staff Contact.
All summer staff positions are filled, but still want to serve?
We need lots of volunteers to help run the summer camp program. We could use volunteers in many of the areas listed above but especially counselors! More information and an application can be found on our volunteer page.