We are hiring a team of college-age young adults who are passionate about sharing the love of Christ with campers. As a part of the summer staff you can grow in faith, build leadership skills and experience authentic community. Contact the office at 616-399-3150 to schedule an interview and click the button at the right to start your application!
The mission of GENEVA is to create an environment where… the presence of God is experienced, the love of Christ is demonstrated, and a Spirit-filled life is inspired.
Orientation: June 2- 12
Summer Camp: June 13- Aug 19
First year staff $300/week
Returning staff $315/week
Directors & Coordinators $340/week
Housing and meals included
We’re still accepting applications for the positions listed below.
All staff must have a growing faith in Jesus Christ and the desire and ability to share that faith with others. Staff have to be at least 18 years old by the beginning of orientation.
Day Camp Counselor
Day Camp counselors work with 1st- 4th graders and carry out the camp program by being positive role models, providing care and support for each camper, and exploring the love of Jesus with their campers. Day Camp counselors get to live in a shores or pines cabin and invest in those programs after their campers go home. Applicants must be one year out of high school, and have previous experience working with children.
Shores Counselor – Male Applicants Only
Shores counselors work with 3rd-7th graders and carry out the camp program by being positive role models, providing care and support for each camper, and exploring the love of Jesus with their campers. Applicants must be one year out of high school, and have previous experience working with children.
Pines Counselors work with 7th-9th graders and carry out the camp program by being positive role models, providing care and support for each camper, and exploring the love of Jesus with their campers. Applicants must be one year out of high school, and have previous experience working with children.
Special Needs Rotational- Male Applicants Only
The special needs rotational staff will often be a one-on-on support for a camper with special needs. Other weeks you’ll be assigned to another role on camp, making it possible for us to open additional cabins, giving the waterfront/challenge team some extra help, and help us to respond to changing needs. At your interview, you’ll get a chance to indicate what roles you would be interested in plugging when you are not assigned as a one-on-one.
Make sure that campers and staff are cared for during their time at GENEVA. See campers daily for medications and treatment of illness and injury. Organize and keep records of all medications and treatments during the week. Applicants should have graduated college or be entering their final year in a nursing program.
Waterfront/Challenge staff, also known as Wacha staff, enable campers to play in the pool, experience the blob and zip line and climb the tower; Swimming is one of campers’ favorite parts of camp, while their experience on the island is one of the most significant points of growth. These staff also get to invest in the surrounding community by teaching swimming lessons. Applicants must be lifeguard certified.
Help our keep camp safe and looking good for campers. Maintenance staff will do a variety of tasks each day, mowing lawns, cleaning the dining hall, taking out trash, and simple repairs and they get to live in a cabin and plug-in in the evening and during other down times.
What are we looking for in summer staff?
We want staff who love Jesus and are excited to share that with campers. The nature of camp means that the staff have to be committed to the mission and be able to work with all kinds of people. Beyond those things, we’re really looking for a variety of people, introverts and extroverts, all different majors and colleges, people who love skits or sports or crafts, because we want every camper to find a staff member to connect with.
Camp staff have to be 18 years of age or older by the first day of training, June 2, 2022.
Do you offer internships?
We are willing to work with your school to make the summer count for internship credit. We’ve had staff use the summer for internship credit in education, psychology, video, and youth ministry.
How does the application process work?
The first step is to apply! Your application will cover your education and work history, some questions about your skills and experience and an opportunity to share a little bit about your faith with us. We’ll also ask you for three references.
After you fill out an application, you’ll receive an email about the next steps, including instructions for scheduling an interview.
When you interview, we want to know about your faith journey- how you engage with your faith on a daily and weekly basis and about how it affects the way you live your life. We’ll also want you to share about any experience you have working or volunteering with kids.
Do I have to work the whole summer?
New staff will begin training June 2, returning staff begin June 1, and leadership staff begin May 31. We’ll wrap up our summer on August 19.
We prefer to hire staff who can be here the whole summer, but have been able to work with staff who need a week off or have to leave early. Please let us know about any conflicts with these dates as soon as possible in the application process.
How old do you have to be to work at camp?
All staff must be 18 years old by June 2, 2022. Counselors must be at least one year out of high school.
What does training look like?
Training begins June 2 for new staff and runs until June 12. During training staff live at camp together, learning, worshipping and hanging out together.
There are three areas we focus on in training:
First – the camp program, going over the Bible study, playing games, learning songs, and writing skits. We want to make sure you know what camp is all about.
Second – things you need to know to keep campers safe, such as first aid and CPR, and abuse recognition and reporting. First and foremost we want to make sure that camp is a safe environment for kids.
Third – we’ll invest in the summer staff community, playing and learning together, and getting to know each other’s stories. We want to make sure you have the support you need to pour into kids this simmer.
Will I get to live at camp?
Yes, all members of our summer staff live on site during training and throughout the summer. With the exception of leadership staff, the majority of our summer staff are paired up to live in cabins over the summer.
How connected will I be to people outside of camp?
Because we want our staff to focus on campers we ask that staff not use phones or computers during the week. Things do come up, so we’ll make sure that your family and friends are able to contact you if they need to and that you have access to phone or email if you have an urgent need.
What do I have to prepare before camp? What stuff do I have to bring?
Each program will have their own Bible Study curriculum that Geneva will write and we’ll learn together at orientation. We’ll also plan the majority of the activities you’ll do throughout the day, although we love when our staff bring new ideas. You may want to think about activities you could do with your cabin before bed and during down times during the day.
You won’t need to bring anything special with you to camp, just clothes and bedding and things like that. We’ll send the staff a more detailed packing list six weeks to a month before camp begins.
- Joseph, summer staff '16-'19
Camp Geneva has given me the space, support, and challenge to solidify my faith into something real and tangible and has helped me encounter and grow a relationship with a real God that wants to love and know me.