Summer Staff

Although our summer season is cancelled there are still opportunities for you to volunteer at camp. Your help is needed now more than ever. Fill out this volunteer application by clicking the button below or call Program Director Jared Jensen at 218-460-7960.

Summer 2020 is closer than you think and Big Sandy Camp is looking for 40 fun and motivated young Christians to join our staff. Camp hires people with a wide variety of skills for positions ranging from Administrative Assistants to Zipline Instructors. Ideal staff for Big Sandy Camp are 18 years old and have graduated from high school. They have a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a strong work ethic, and are fun to be around.

Join us for a couple of weeks or the whole summer as we share about 20/20 Vision and explore how we view God and discover His plan for our lives. Come and have a direct impact on the next generation and share the love of Christ, no matter what position you have.

2020 Available Positions

7X Male Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Male Counselor - Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

9X Female Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Female Counselor -  Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

5X Short Term Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Head Male/Female Counselors - Primary Responsibilities - Lead campers through activities, Bible studies, games, and meals. In addition, help to lead activity areas for guest groups, serve on dish teams, and cleaning crews. Keep a safe and fun cabin space for campers to engage in. Secondary responsibilities - Support camp in maintenance, kitchen, and accommodation areas. Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Work to run activity and program areas when retreat groups are here, and other duties as assigned.

5X Activity Staff - 18 or older - Reports to - Head Activity Staff - Primary Responsibilities: Running the various games and activities around camp including but not limited to: the giant zipline, climbing wall, snack shop, craft shop, petting farm, knocker ball, field games, wacky Olympics, beach party and night games. Supporting chapels with skits, games, and activities. Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews. Secondary responsibilities: Helping with maintenance projects, supporting the kitchen as needed, serving as a cabin buddy, hosting meals, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

4X Lifeguard - 16 or older - Reports to: Head Lifeguard - Primary Responsibilities - Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area and swimming area. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront. Serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer. (Lifeguard training certification may be provided to fulfill role)

Head Lifeguard - 18 or older - Reports to: Waterfront Director - Primary Responsibilities: Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area, and swimming area. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Leading the waterfront in the absence of the Waterfront Director. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront, serving on dish teams and cleaning areas. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with maintenance projects, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

3X Summer Cook - 16 or older - Reports to Head Cook - Primary responsibilities - Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed. Secondary Responsibilities - Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Cook - 18 or older - Reports to Food Service Director - Primary Responsibilities - Preparing and serving food. Maintaining a clean and safe work environment. Ensuring that health codes and systems are followed. In the absence of the Food Service Director, serve as the Director of the kitchen. Secondary Responsibilities - Supporting the program department in activity areas, skits, and games. Serving as a cabin buddy. Helping with cleaning and maintenance projects as needed.

2X Media Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to: Assistant Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Taking video and photos of action at BSC. Helping to edit and cut videos. Creating the end of the week videos. Uploading pictures, videos and status updates to camp’s social media accounts. Running sound and slides during chapel sessions.  Secondary responsibilities - Serving on dish teams and cleaning crews, and other duties as assigned. Serving as a cabin buddy. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Administrative Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities: Manage and care for the camp gift shop. Keep a clean and organized store front. Support camp by completing administrative duties in the camp office. Answer the phone and direct calls to full-time staff members, assign campers to cabins, collect and deliver mail, print off and deliver camper emails, hand out camper spending money to counselors, register campers for camps, and support the guest services director as needed. At the end of each week, take inventory in the snack shop and give that list to the guest services director.  Secondary Responsibilities: - Serve on a dish team, and cleaning crews, help with maintenance and program responsibilities, and other duties as assigned. Serve as a cabin buddy. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Accommodations Assistant - 18 or older (Preferably 21) - Reports to Maintenance Director - Primary Responsibilities - Work on maintenance projects and building maintenance projects as they arrive. Operating equipment as needed; tractor, wood chipper, riding lawn mower, weed whip, power drills, rug doctor, floor machine, etc. Must have a valid driver’s license. Secondary Responsibilities - Assist in accommodations, kitchen and program areas as needed, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Petting Farm Assistant - 16 or older - Reports to Program Maintenance Director - Primary Responsibilities - Ensure safe operation of the Big Sandy Camp petting farm. Perform daily morning and evening tasks to care for animals. Secondary Responsibilities - Help on dish teams and cleaning crews. Support camp by leading games and other activities and serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Leadership Positions

Leadership staff positions generally go to applicants with experience working at Big Sandy Camp.

Head Male Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to: Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage male counselors as they oversee cabins. Act as the first line of support, encouragement, and be a problem-solving resource for male counselors. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Facilitate relationships and a sense of teamwork between the male counselors. Lead training sessions with the rest of the leadership staff during staff training week and as needed during the summer. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Female Counselor - 18 or older - Reports to Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage female counselors as they oversee cabins. Act as the first line of support, encouragement, and be a problem-solving resource for the female counselors. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Facilitate relationships and a sense of teamwork between the female counselors. Lead training sessions with the rest of the leadership staff during staff training week and as needed during the summer. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Male Activity Staff - 18 or older- Reports to Program Director - Primary Responsibilities - Lead and manage activity staff and volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas - snack shop, games, activities including the giant zipline. In addition, lead devotions for student volunteers each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and the beach party. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Along with the Head Female Activity Staff, lead large group games, and oversee the operations of the snack shop. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Head Female Activity Staff - 18 or older - Reports to: Guest Services Coordinator - Primary Responsibilities -  Lead and manage activity staff and volunteers as they complete duties in the following areas - snack shop, games, activities including the giant zipline. In addition, lead devotions for student volunteers each day. Serve as the MC for chapels and the beach party. Deal with challenges as a member of the leadership team. Along with the head male activity staff, meet with activity staff, volunteers and counselors each day. Along with the Head Male Activity Staff, lead large group games, and oversee the operations of the snack shop. Secondary Responsibilities - Serve on dish crews and cleaning crews. Help supervise volunteers in other areas of camp, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Waterfront Director - 21 or older - Reports to Assistant Program Director - Primary Responsibilities: Primary Responsibilities - Providing a safe and fun beachfront experience for campers and guests. Managing lifeguards, summer staff, and volunteers at the waterfront. Leading rescues and safety drills as well as staff exercises at BSC. Leading a cleaning team on cleaning days. Ensuring the safe operation of the BSC waterslide, boating area and swimming area. Assign lifeguards to surveillance positions and ensure timely rotation of positions. Oversee and help with the completion of daily waterfront safety checklist. Helping guests with boating and other water activities. Secondary Responsibilities - Helping with games and activities outside of the waterfront. Serving as a cabin buddy, and other duties as assigned. May be called on to counsel at some point during the summer.

Benefits

Summer Staff make more money each week that they serve during the summer. Starting rates and increases are based on experience and previous years on staff. Staff who serve for the whole summer will make between $2,000-$3,000.

We ask all of our selected summer staff to provide a Connection List of 20 names and email addresses of people who believe in the ministry they are doing for the summer. Big Sandy uses this list to contact people about prayer requests for BSC, opportunities to support our summer ministry, and updates about salvations and life changes at Big Sandy Camp. Donations given by those on connection lists do not affect summer staff wages.

The Nyack College Scholarship is $1200 and the scholarship is no longer subject to grant/scholarship caps. Please contact the Nyack College office for further details and conditions.

Crown College students receive a scholarship of $250 for the fall semester and $250 for the spring semester following their time at Big Sandy Camp. This is matched by both Crown College and the North Central District of the C&MA. For more regarding the Crown College Scholarship, contact our Guest Services Coordinator, Maggie Painting, at maggie@bigsandycamp.org

Staff Agreements

Summer Staff at Big Sandy Camp must agree to a moral contract that prohibits the consumption of alcohol or nicotine products for the duration of their contract. In addition staff must agree to follow our staff manual which does include rules regarding relationships at camp. All of our summer staff must complete our abuse prevention training program Ministry Safe, which is administered by Big Sandy Camp upon hiring.