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Summer Volunteers

Summer Volunteer

Volunteer, where you receive as much as you give

While summer staff are hired to serve through the full summer, summer volunteers give two weeks or more of their time to help support Fort’s ministry. Students, families, individuals, and retired couples are common members of our summer volunteer teams serving at Family Camps, Youth Camps, and Summer Getaways.

The Details

We ask that you review these guidelines and expectations to be sure that serving is a good fit. These guidelines are for you, and for Fort – we want you to have a good experience serving, and we need to run camp well to impact lives for eternity! These guidelines ensure both happen well. 

Who are we looking for?

Statement of Faith & Values

Work & Time Off
Housing & Accommodations
  • Summer Staff and Student / Young Adult Volunteers (15-21) are housed in bunk-style cabins grouped by gender. These cabins include twin-size beds and a communal bathroom/shower.
  • Families are housed together. Most family/adult housing has a bathroom/shower, but if not, they are within a short walking distance to the main bathroom facility (The Moonbeam).  
Family Expectations

Service Areas

Volunteers fulfill the vital role of supporting the leader of each area in executing their responsibilities. Additional or differentiating qualifications and responsibilities for volunteers are listed below. Please understand that you may serve across multiple areas during your time here and that some positions will be asked to play a dual role to support other teams (ex: coffee shop volunteers will also support the children’s ministry program). While we do our best to accommodate your desired serving area, specific positions are not guaranteed.  

Service Areas Job Duties & Additional Requirements
AccommodationsAssist in the cleaning and care of the dining hall, housing, and gathering facilities across camp.
Assistant CounselorAssist the lead counselors in caring for campers during youth camps.
Must be at least 16 years of age; 18 or older preferred.
CampGrounds (Coffee Shop)Create delicious drinks for campers and manage the cash register.
Must be at least 16 years of age; 18 or older preferred.
May also be asked to serve in Children’s Ministry.
Canteen Scoop and serve ice cream treats and manage merchandise and the cash register.
May also be asked to serve in Children’s Ministry.
Children’s Ministry Assist the lead teachers during Bible lessons.
Will be asked to support another team in addition to Children’s Ministry.
Craft Shop Help campers complete arts and crafts projects.
May also be asked to serve in Children’s Ministry.
Dish CrewSupport the dish crew leaders in cleaning and organizing cooking equipment and utensils.
Kitchen Assist the head cooks in preparing delicious Fort meals.
Must be at least 16 years or older.
LifeguardSupervise open swim and boating activities at the waterfront.
Must be at least 16 years or older.
Current ARC, YMCA, USLA, or Ellis & Associates Lifeguard Training, including CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid & AED.
May also be asked to serve in Children’s Ministry.
Maintenance Keep our camp looking great by helping with waste management and in completing landscaping projects.
Nature Center Assist the nature center instructors in preparing classes, teaching lessons, and taking care of the animals.
Nurse Serves as the onsite medical professional during week-long youth camps.
Lives in a cabin attached to the infirmary.
Must EMR certified.
RifleryAssist the riflery head in teaching campers basic shooting skills and maintaining all equipment at the range.
Must have a valid hunter’s safety license.
Must be at least 18 years or older.
StablesWork alongside other wranglers to maintain the stables facilities, prepare campers for trail rides and assist in animal care.

Must be able to mount/dismount a horse, without assistance from any person or device, be able to lift 35 lbs. to a horse’s back (saddle), and reach up to 7 ft (to bridle a horse); enjoys physical labor.

13-14 year olds may serve as a Stable Hand while living with a parent/guardian (contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Lenox at for more details).


Questions? We’re here to help!

Shannon Lenox
Volunteer Coordinator