Volunteer at Camp

Volunteering at Camp

Young Life camps depend on an army of volunteers to ensure that campers have the best week of their lives. For high school students involved with Young Life, month-long work crew assignments involve hard work, a great experience with peers and a chance to grow in your faith. Summer staff positions offer the same opportunities for college students. And our infirmaries depend on the generosity of medical professionals who spend a week serving as camp physicians.

YoungLives camps​ for teen moms and their children and Capernaum camps​ for kids with disabilities both offer unique volunteer opportunities as well.

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High School

Work Crew

For high school students involved with Young Life, work crew is a great experience with peers, involving hard work and a chance to grow in your faith. The work crew serves in a variety of ways like dining hall servers, grounds crew and housekeepers.

As a month-long volunteer at a Young Life camp, you'll have the chance to grow personally and spiritually — you'll be surrounded by other people who, like yourself, really want their lives to count for something and who desire to serve as Jesus did thousands of
years ago.

To be eligible, you must have completed one year of high school and complete your local area's work crew training course.

How to Apply:

Work crew applicants must be recommended by local area Young Life leaders. To apply for work crew, please contact your Young Life leader.

College Age

Summer Staff

Summer staff is the month-long volunteer experience at a Young Life camp for those who have completed at least one year of college (or are of college or post-college age). The summer staff serve the campers at Young Life camps in roles that require considerable maturity and non-verbal witness. Some of these positions are staffing the ropes course, climbing wall, mountain bikes and waterfront.

As a month-long volunteer at a Young Life camp, you'll have the chance to grow personally and spiritually — you'll be surrounded by other people who, like yourself, really want their lives to count for something and who desire to serve as Jesus did thousands of
years ago.

How to Apply:

All summer staff applicants must have a recommendation from a local area Young Life leader. ​ Be prepared to enter the email address for your recommender.

College Age

Camping Summer Intern

Summer interns play a critical role in the Young Life summer camping ministry by providing valuable leadership and offering support in many departments including the kitchen, office, retail, guest services, maintenance and landscape. The specific positions vary from camp to camp. Check out individual camp websites​ for more details.

​Summer ​intern candidates ​​should:

Be actively seeking to know and serve Christ in Young Life or another ministry.

Have had a positive previous experience on work crew or summer staff.

Be available to serve the full duration of the summer camping season.

How to Apply:

Contact the camp of your choice to see open positions.

You may select up to three camps on your application. If a position is not available at any of those three camps your application will be made available to all camps with open positions.

If you submit duplicate applications, your first application will be saved and the duplicate application(s) will be deleted.

Enter availability dates for this coming summer, or your application may be removed from the database.


If you are interested in learning more about opportunities serving with Young Life overseas or international summer internships, please contact Young Life Expeditions at ylexpeditions@gmail.com.

College Age and Up

Work Week

Each spring, hundreds of college and career-aged volunteers participate in Work Week at Young Life Camps. The purpose of these trips is to prepare camp for the thousands of high school kids who will visit each summer. Jobs range from painting and raking to construction and sewing, and everything in between. If you don't have specific skills, we have adults who will teach them to you!

Some of our camps will be hosting volunteer work weeks to help prepare camp for summer guests. Come join us!

How to Apply:

Please visit the camp’s website for more information.

College Age and Up

Discipleship Focus

Discipleship Focus features an all-summer discipleship program that combines the real life elements of work, biblical studies and nurturing, the support of a Christian community, and the opportunity for friendship evangelism.

The purpose of the program is for participants to grow in an abiding, dependent relationship with Jesus Christ. Many maturing and teachable young men and women who are seeking God’s leading have found this program to be a life-changing experience as they have established a firm foundation out of which flows ministry and service.

How to Apply:

Please visit the Discipleship Focus website for more information.

Camp​ Medical Professionals

Young Life’s camp medical program includes volunteer practitioners who serve at camp for a week. ​ The medical professionals and family are invited to participate in a week of camp to get a closer look at the Young Life ministry. ​ The medical professionals provide support to our all-summer interns who are typically EMT’s or Nurses.

Medical professionals who provide medical care at Young Life camps are covered by Young Life’s General Liability Insurance policy. The medical professionals and family are guests of the camp for the week.

If you are interested in serving at one of the Young Life camps, please contact the camp​ directly.

How to Apply:

Check availability of openings.

Complete and submit the Camp Medical Professional Application​. Upon submission the form will be routed to your first choice camp.

You will hear back from the camp on acceptance, moving your application to another camp, or asking any further questions.

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