Give back to Lakeshore by getting your hands dirty. Whether you just started school, you’ve retired, or somewhere in between, we have a need you can help us with. All skill levels are needed to help Lakeshore run. We can always find a place for you or your group to help build up this place we all call home.
Retreat Season Volunteers
Service Projects vary in size and skill type, but we always have several prepared for groups that want to work together toward creating something better for our ministry. Here are some examples of things we always need:
- Property Clean Up– This is overall the least intensive service project category. Bring your group for a day of helping keep Lakeshore looking beautiful. Groups will help pick up trash around the property, as well as along Lakeshore’s Adopt-A-Highway. Groups will spend a low energy day fellowshipping while living out the practices of being a good steward.
- Trail Work– This is a chance for everyone to get their hands dirty while blazing new paths through God’s creation. Little skill is needed, but this is a fairly physically demanding job. Make sure you are ready to spend a lot of time in less trodden wilderness moving rocks, limbs, trees, and clearing the way for those who follow to navigate God’s beautiful creation.
- Cabin Renovation– This project category is the most intensive and skill focused. We are always looking for individuals who have technical skills and are willing to donate their time and expertise to help revitalize Lakeshore’s week-long homes. Cabins are the place were lifelong friendships begin and family is formed. Cabin renovations can include painting, carpentry, electrical work, tile work, and much more.
- Other suggestions– if you have a skill or a desire that you feel fits our needs, please share it with us. We would love to partner with you and helping Lakeshore be its best.
If you are interested in joining us for a project, please contact our office for more details. We would love to help you and your group experience practical service in the the building of God’s kingdom.
Being a prayer partner is a great way to be involved in this ministry without physically being here. As a prayer partner, you will be matched with one of our seasonal or permanent staff members.
First and foremost, we ask that you pray for your prayer partner before the summer, the duration of the summer, and beyond! We ask that you send your prayer partner a card or letter every other week. It is great knowing you’re being prayed for, but receiving a card or letter makes it even more personal.
You also can send you prayer partner a care package or two throughout the summer. As a prayer partner, you may stay anonymous if you so choose, otherwise we will be letting the staff know who their prayer partner is. Once the staff arrives at camp, you will be receiving a prayer partner information sheet. If you have any questions regarding being a prayer partner, please contact Allison.
We always need extra hand in the summer! Every week, we are looking for a volunteer registered nurse, volunteer camp program leadership and volunteer counselors. If you are an R.N. or are interested in camp programming, contact Allison Doyle.
What better way to spend your summer than sharing a week of your time sharing God’s love. If you are too young to be hired for summer staff or just busy and only have a week to share, this is a great way to give back to Lakeshore.
Our VCs are well trained, responsible, goofy, and loving high school students and adults who love spending their time sharing God’s love with children and youth. Don’t let the “Volunteer” title fool you. Our VCs are phenomenal spiritual leaders and care givers.
We are always looking for new leaders to join our family. If you are you any of the following take a look at stepping into a world of leadership that will forever change your life.
Seeking individuals who strive to be:
- Spiritual leaders
- Servant Leaders
- Safety minded
- Team players
- Enthusiastic (even when you hate it)
- Role models
- Who God has called them to be
What’s the job like?
A week of volunteering with a bunch of kids is a ton of fun! VCs have the opportunity to spend a week at camp (for free) and share with younger campers their faith, silly songs, meaningful worships, belly flops in the pool, ultimate games of GaGa ball, and so many friendship bracelets! Being a VC has a lot of perks that make the job so worth it, but it really it a job. As a VC you will be responsible for supervising and taking care of up to 12 campers who are depending on you to help ensure they have an amazing week at camp. You make a huge impact on the lives of campers. You are responsible for ensuring they are safe, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It’s a huge task, but we prepare you along the way. Check out our FAQ for more details.
How do I become a volunteer counselor?
- You must be at least 15 years old by the time you counsel.
- If under 18, you must have gone through Lakeshore’s Counselor Training.
- After attending Counselor Training (if you are under 18), complete the Volunteer Counselor Checklist below.
Volunteer Counselor Checklist
If you are under 18 have not completed Lakeshore’s Counselor Training, register under Jr./Sr. High Camps. Registration will be open soon! You may complete the checklist below after attending counselor training. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019.
- Submit your 2019 Volunteer Application.
- Choose two people to be references for you. Ask them to fill out the Reference Form.
- Complete the 2019 Medical Form.
- Many of our Volunteer Counselors use the time they serve in ministry as credit for volunteer hours. If you need credit for hours, after you have completed your camp, contact Allison Doyle.
Volunteer Counselor FAQs
How old do I have to be to volunteer? What if my birthday is in the summer?
Any VC applicant 15-18 years old must attend Counselor Training one time. VCs who are 18 years old or older do not have to attend Counselor Training, but must submit and pass a criminal background screening. If you have a birthday during the summer you may attend Counselor Training while you are 14 years old.
How do I sign up for camps? Can I ask for certain camps?
The VC Application has a section that allows you to check which camp you would like to serve. You may check as many or few boxes as you wish. Multiple camps a week may be selected. The Dean (leadership) of the camp will recruit VCs based on the number of campers attending. You can ask for whatever camps you like, but you will only be eligible for camps where you are two years older than the oldest campers. Ex. 15 year olds may volunteer for Primary or Elementary Camp, and 16-17 year olds may volunteer for Primary, Elementary, and Jr. High Camps. 18 year olds may volunteer for all camps.
When will I know what camps I have?
Some Deans (leadership) will not know how many VCs they will need until closer to the date of camp. The number of campers registered for the camp directly impacts the chances of a VC being invited to serve a week of camp. Some camps will not have Deans until closer to summer or other VCs might have to drop out due to various reasons. In this case, the Program Director or someone from Lakeshore’s office will contact you about serving on behalf of that Dean. There are emergency situations and might require a VC being called the day before a camp starts.
Will I be alone or will someone be helping me?
Lakeshore follows the policies of Safe Sanctuary. (You will learn more about this during Counselor Training). No counselor, volunteer or paid staff, is left alone with campers throughout the week. You will be assigned a Co-Counselor. Your job is to work with your co-counselor to cover the cabin and help make sure that all campers have a great week. At times your co-counselor will have the chance to take a break, just like you. At those moments you will act as the only counselor for the cabin. You will still not be alone. All of our staff and leadership are available to assist in any situation and help you counsel your campers.
How long can I volunteer?
Volunteers are invited to serve for one week at a time. Your leadership will give you exact dates and times of the when you will serve. You may serve as many individual weeks as you are invited to serve. If you are asked to serve two back to back weeks you are allowed to stay the weekend between those weeks. You cannot serve for the entire summer as a volunteer, without being invited to serve each individual week. We do not take summer long volunteer counselor positions.
Do I get breaks?
Most camps allow all counselors to take one break a day, except on the first day, during an activity period. Activity periods are the times your cabin will be assigned to go to a specific activity. During your break, your co-counselor will have the campers. Sometimes your breaks will be used to plan worship, but this is not every day. You will be in charge of managing your own breaks.
Do I get paid?
“Volunteer” means that you are doing this for no pay. We do however offer you “Counselor Bucks.” These are Lakeshore currency that are given to you at the beginning of each week. You may use this as money to buy canteen (drinks, candy, ice cream) or merchandise. Counselor Bucks do not roll over from summer to summer.
If you are interested in a paid summer counseling job click here to learn more about our Summer Staff positions.
Can this count as Volunteer Hours for school/clubs/scholarships?
Yes, your time as a VC can be counted toward any sort of volunteer hours program you need it to serve. Fill out the “Volunteer Hours” Form and submit it to Lakeshore’s office. If you have special paperwork that needs to be filled out or signed, complete the form and attach your document as well. You are responsible for keeping track of your own camps worked.
I’ve been invited to work a camp, now what?
Congratulations! This is exciting and nerve-wracking all at once.
- Confirm the date, time, and name of the camp you are being invited to serve. Write down this information and the name of the person who called you. This helps clear up any confusion that might occur.
- Ask them any questions you might have. It’s ok to ask questions and helps solve a lot of problems in the future.
- Talk to your parents or guardians and make sure it’s ok with them and that you will have a ride to and from camp if you can’t drive yourself.
- Print off “VC Packing List” and make sure you have everything you might need
- Start packing! Pack smart. You will not need all 5 pairs of tennis shoes. Whatever you pack will probably get dirty. Be smart!
- Let you friends and family know that you will not be able to contact them whenever they please. This is actually really difficult for a lot of people. Let them know you will be extremely busy and cannot have your phone or computer out. The cell phone service is terrible at camp.
- Once you arrive to Lakeshore check-in in the front room of the Conference Center (large building at the top of the hill). Check-in with any adult to see where your Dean is meeting. You are looking for you specific camp.
- Unpack your stuff in your cabin, make your bed, and get your stuff ready for an amazing week.
- Say goodbye to whomever dropped you off, and head back up to the conference center. Hang out until you are told when to meet in the Sunroom. You will always meet in the Sunroom first!
- HAVE FUN!