Summer Staff

Applications are open!

Love kids. Share Jesus. Build your resume. 

Work hard. Have fun. Get paid.

Encounter God. Create a community. Discover your gifts.

Does any of that fit into your summer plans?

We thought it might.

We’re Covenant Harbor. We hire summer staff who want to do all of the above and more! Working at camp is certainly a unique experience - And it might also be one of the best experiences you ever have. Kids who have attended summer camp can tell you how it impacted their life and maybe even profoundly changed them, and the same is true for many people who work on summer staff. When you work at camp, you may discover talents you never knew you had, a confidence that surprises you, a burst of energy or wisdom that could only come from your reliance on God, a call to a career path or to explore your gifts in a new way, or something else entirely. We can’t predict all that God will do in your life when you work at camp, and we like it that way. Likewise, there’s no way to know exactly how God might use you to impact kids, peers, staff, camper families, and community members when you work at camp - But trust us, God will!

All the details about working at camp this summer!

The Dates

All summer staff will attend staff training at Covenant Harbor. Lifeguard certification will take place in late May (specific dates TBD), Leadership Staff and Alpha Counselors will arrive on May 28, Support Staff and Senior Counselors will arrive on May 31, and Counselors and Roving Counselors will arrive on June 2. Staff training will conclude on June 15.

After staff training, Session 1 summer staff will remain at Covenant Harbor for the first half of the summer season, from June 15 to July 17. Session 2 summer staff may depart at the conclusion of staff training, and will then return to Covenant Harbor for the second half of the summer season, from July 17 through August 12. 

Staff may apply and be hired for either one or both of the Session 1 and Session 2 summer staff positions. Leadership Staff will be hired for the full summer (Session 1 and Session 2), and must be available from May 28 to August 12. Student Nurses, Office Admin Team, and Day Camp Admin will also be hired for the full summer (Session 1 and Session 2), and must be available from May 31 to August 12.

The Requirements

The ministry of Covenant Harbor depends on summer staff who are committed to carrying out our mission: “Love kids. Share Jesus.” 

Summer staff, no matter what their job title is, have the incredibly important responsibility of being a Christlike example to campers. We expect summer staff to live a life that honors God at all times, not only while camp is in session. We are not looking for perfect people, but we are looking for individuals who are willing and called. We hire summer staff who:

  • Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Demonstrate the love of God in their words and actions
  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout challenging and exhausting situations
  • Abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and illegal drugs for the duration of the summer
  • Serve wherever needed, regardless of job description
  • Use discernment in choice of dress, appearance, and language
  • Abide by the standards listed in the Summer Staff Covenant and General Summer Staff Expectations

Our summer staff make a commitment to teach campers about Jesus. While we don’t expect all of our staff members to agree with one another on every single theological point, it is essential that each staff member believes the following:

  • The Bible is God’s inspired word (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Only one true and living God exists (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39)
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully God and fully human (John 1:14)
  • Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again for our salvation (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
  • Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We are meant to live in relationship with Jesus Christ (John 15:4-5)

The Positions

For summer 2021, we are hiring summer staff in phases based on the number of campers that have registered for our programs. As our camper enrollment increases, so will the number of staff that we hire. We hope that we will be able to offer positions on our staff to qualified candidates at the conclusion of their hiring process, but it is possible that some may be placed on a waitlist and hopefully contacted with an offer once we progress into the next hiring phase. You may see that some positions listed below are marked as “waitlisting,” and we’d invite you to apply for those positions if you are interested in them; though we may not be able to hire applicants for those positions immediately, we would still love to get the ball rolling on your application process. We thank you for your patience with us in this unique time. If you have any questions about our phased hiring process, please contact us at summerstaff@covenantharbor.org.

Counselors:

  • Male Counselor, 16-17 years of age: Available for Session 1 and Session 2
  • Male Counselor, 18+ years of age: Available for Session 1 and Session 2
  • Female Counselor, 16-17 years of age: Available for Session 1 and Session 2
  • Female Counselor, 18+ years of age: Available for Session 1 and Session 2

Counselors are with kids – both during the day and in cabins at night for overnight programs. Counselors under 18 years of age will counsel in the Day Camp program or as co-counselors in overnight programs. Counselors over 18 years of age may counsel in any of Covenant Harbor’s programs. Seeking individuals age 16 or older.

Specialty Counselors:

Senior counselors counsel a group of kids while offering leadership to the other counselors in their respective programs. Senior counselors may rotate through Covenant Harbor’s programs but retain a focus on a particular age group for the majority of the summer. Seeking individuals age 19 or older with prior counseling or significant childcare experience.

Roving counselors provide excellent care for campers with special needs in any of Covenant Harbor’s programs. They may care one-on-one for a camper or offer additional support to another counselor within a larger cabin group. Seeking individuals age 18 or older with prior experience working with kids who have special needs.

Alpha counselors work and play alongside high school campers in the discipleship- and service-based “Alpha” program. Seeking individuals age 20 or older, preferably with prior counseling experience.

Leadership Staff (MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR SESSION 1 AND SESSION 2):

The Alpha Lead and Alpha Program Assistant will plan, lead, and execute the discipleship- and service-based “Alpha” overnight program, which will serve 20-28 high school-aged campers for about two weeks at a time. Seeking an individual age 21 or older for Alpha Lead and an individual age 20 or older for Alpha Program Assistant with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Pier 30 Lead and Pier 30 Program Assistant will plan, lead, and execute the “Pier 30” overnight program, which will serve up to 200 campers entering 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and/or 9th-12th grades, depending on the week. Seeking individuals age 20 or older with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Kishwauketoe Lead and Kishwauketoe Program Assistant will plan, lead, and execute the “Kishwauketoe” overnight program, which will serve 40-48 campers entering 2nd through 4th grades for full-week and partial-week programs. Seeking individuals age 20 or older with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Day Camp Leads will plan, lead, and execute the Day Camp program, which will serve up to 40 campers each week in each age group. Seeking individuals age 20 or older with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Activities Lead will supervise the Activities Team in setting up and leading games and specific activity areas. They will work with the Program Leads to meet their program’s needs and expectations. Seeking an individual age 20 or older with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Waterfront Lead and Waterfront Assistant will supervise the Waterfront Team in providing a safe and excellent experience at the waterfront. They will work with the Program Leads to meet their program’s needs and expectations. Seeking individuals age 20 or older with prior camping, leadership, and lifeguarding experience.

  • Admin Lead: Available (must commit to Session 1 and Session 2)

The Admin Lead will supervise the Admin Team and Day Camp Admin in supporting the summer programs through administrative tasks. They will communicate regularly with parents and ensure that concerns are met and problems are solved. Seeking an individual age 20 or older with prior leadership experience.

The Staff Counselors will provide support to the summer staff by coordinating group devotions, cultivating one-on-one friendships,  providing spiritual care, assisting with camper needs, and creating community-building opportunities. Seeking individuals age 21 or older with prior camping and leadership experience.

The Snake Road Adventure Center (SRAC) Lead will provide summer support to the year-round SRAC team in leading high ropes, low ropes, and other climbing and adventure activities as needed by the summer programs. Seeking an individual age 20 or older with prior adventure experience.

The Youth Ministry Assistant will provide summer support to the year-round Youth Ministry Team in assisting summer programs and supporting other summer staff. Seeking an individual age 20 or order with prior camping and leadership experience.

Support Staff:

Each support staff member has a vital and specialized role in the success of all camp programs. In addition to their specific area, all support staff serve as cabin buddies and fill in outside of their specialty.

The Activities Team will teach and lead archery, skate park, arts and crafts, and other activities. Seeking individuals age 18 or older.

The Waterfront Team will provide a safe and excellent experience at the waterfront for campers. Seeking individuals age 18 or older who have or can acquire their lifeguard certification.

The Admin Team will support the summer programs through administrative tasks. The Day Camp Admin will focus especially on the many daily and weekly needs of the Day Camp Program. Seeking individuals age 18 or older.

The Student Nurses will support the weekly onsite RNs and health directors in caring for campers and staff, responding to urgent needs, and distributing medications. Seeking nursing students age 19 or older with at least one year of nursing classes completed, a valid driver’s license, and a clean driving record.

The Worship Coordinator will support the summer programs by planning and leading musical worship at all sessions. They will work with the Program Leads to meet their programming needs and expectations. Seeking an individual age 18 or older with worship leading experience.

  • AV Tech: Available for Session 1 and Session 2 

The AV Tech will set up and execute audio-visual needs at morning and evening sessions. Their main focus will be support of the Pier 30 program, but they will also help to coordinate and train others to support the AV needs of the Day Camp, Kishwauketoe, and Alpha programs. Seeking an individual age 18 or older with AV knowledge and experience.

The Photo Tech will capture photos that tell the story of summer camp at Covenant Harbor. They will provide both promotional images and Facebook-ready photos to be shared with parents throughout the weeks of camp. Seeking an individual age 18 or older with photography knowledge and experience. 

The Video Tech will capture videos that tell the story of summer camp at Covenant Harbor. They will create recap videos and promotional videos for future summer camps and summer staff recruiting. Seeking an individual age 18 or older with videography knowledge and experience.

The Tech Assistant will support the AV Tech, Photo Tech, and/or Video Tech by offering additional coverage in their areas and filling in gaps. Seeking an individual age 16 or older with some knowledge in AV, photography, and/or videography. 

Kitchen Associates will assist the Food Service department with preparing, serving, and cleaning up meals and maintaining the kitchens. Seeking individuals age 16 or older.

Maintenance Associates will assist the Maintenance department with groundskeeping, building upkeep, and more. Seeking individuals age 18 or older.

The Application Process

Applications will open at 9am on November 15, 2020!

Here are the basic steps that our application process typically follows.* 

  1. Pray! Our team prays together regularly throughout the application and hiring season. We ask that you enter into this process with prayer as well.
  2. Complete a summer staff application. Be sure that you use an email address on your application that you’re able to access easily and check regularly. Much of our application process communication takes place via email. Note: If you were on Covenant Harbor’s summer staff in summer 2019 or 2020, please use the “Former Summer Staff Application.” All other applicants, including those who were hired for 2020 but ultimately did not work at Covenant Harbor, please use the “New Summer Staff Application.”
  3. As soon as you’ve completed your application, you should send the online form to your four references. Please make sure to tell them which type of reference they are (at least one reference must be categorized as “spiritual”). References are your responsibility. If you are concerned about any of your references completing the form in a timely manner, you are welcome to ask more than four individuals to complete the form. Throughout your application process, we will keep you apprised of which references have completed the form.
  4. Within a few business days after your application has been completed, you’ll receive a confirmation email from a Covenant Harbor team member stating that we have received your application and following up on any preliminary questions we may have. 
  5. Within ten business days after your application has been completed and after at least one reference has been received, if you are chosen to advance in the hiring process, you’ll receive communication from a Covenant Harbor team member to schedule your first interview, which typically takes place via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Meet. A first interview cannot be scheduled until at least one of your references has been submitted.
  6. If you are chosen to continue in the hiring process and at least three reference forms have been received, you’ll receive communication from a Covenant Harbor team member to schedule your second interview, which typically takes place via phone.
  7. Once your second interview has been completed and at least four reference forms have been received, you’ll receive a hiring decision from the Covenant Harbor team via phone or email.
  8. If you verbally accept a job offer from Covenant Harbor, you’ll need to complete some paperwork within two weeks to confirm your acceptance, and you’ll continue to receive more communication from the Covenant Harbor team regarding your summer employment.

*The application process may be interrupted or terminated between any of these steps at the discretion of the applicant or a member of the Covenant Harbor team.

Remember, while camp is a fun place, it is also a place of employment. We expect applicants to communicate and present themselves in a professional and courteous manner throughout the application process. An applicant’s failure to communicate in a timely manner with the Covenant Harbor team may result in an assumed withdrawal from the application process. In addition, all applicants should communicate directly with the Covenant Harbor team. The application process is confidential, and the Covenant Harbor team cannot share information about any applicants except with the applicants themselves. We are unable to have conversations with parents or guardians of applicants pertaining to the status of the application process.

The Day-to-Day

It’s difficult to predict exactly what an experience working at camp will encompass. Every summer, every job position, and every individual is different, but here are some things we’re pretty positive about:

  •  You’ll be a part of a fun, innovative ministry and get to see God’s unique work in changing kids’ lives at camp.
  • You’ll be a part of an incredible community and make life-long friends.
  • You’ll spend your summer in a beautiful place, making the most of life on the shores of Geneva Lake.
  • You’ll grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.
  • You’ll work so hard, be so tired, and have so much fun.
  • You’ll get paid and gain skills you can transfer to other positions in a variety of fields in the future.

The typical daily schedule for our summer staff depends on what position they have and what types of programs are running at camp that week, but here are some things that take place in a typical weekday (not necessarily in the listed order):

Morning: 

  • Breakfast
  • Large group chapel session
  • Activity time

Afternoon:

  • Lunch
  • Free time
  • Canteen time
  • Small group discussion time
  • Counselor-led fun (when counselors get to create and lead an activity for their cabin group)

Evening:

  • Dinner
  • Large group game
  • Large group chapel session
  • Cabin devotions
  • Sleep! (overnight counselors stay in a cabin with kids, day camp counselors and other non-counseling staff stay in shared single-gender staff housing or sleep in the housing of their “cabin buddy” group)

Most overnight camp sessions run from Sunday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Day Camp typically runs Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:15pm. All summer staff will have responsibilities on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, possibly including, but not limited to, assisting with the housekeeping, maintenance/grounds, food service, and/or youth ministry departments, at the discretion of the Youth Ministry Team.

The Benefits

Salary

$210/week for most positions

Food and Housing

Meals are provided except during your weekly 24 hours off (from around noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday). Summer staff are required to live onsite in shared single-gender housing. Married housing is not available.

Time Off

All summer staff will have at least 24 hours off each week to rest, explore Lake Geneva, worship at a local church, do laundry, visit friends and family, and build community with other staff. Time off is typically from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, but may vary slightly by position. Please note that we continue to monitor the guidelines of the CDC and consulting medical professionals to guide our policies regarding travel away from Covenant Harbor during the summer.

We ask that summer staff commit to serve at Covenant Harbor from the listed start date to the listed end date of one or both summer staff sessions. Exceptions may include “once in a lifetime” events like a family wedding or graduation. These events must be presented during the application process and approved by the Youth Ministry Team; however, not all requests can be granted. Extended time off needs may exclude applicants from serving on either Session 1 or Session 2 summer staff.

Spiritual Development

We hope and pray that every member of Covenant Harbor’s summer staff will grow in their relationship with God during their time here. We encourage summer staff to create purposeful time to commune with God through prayer, reading Scripture, and worship. Summer staff are spiritual leaders for our campers, and must be spiritually nourished themselves in order to pour out onto others. Our full-time staff are also passionate about the spiritual growth and health of our summer staff and campers, and work to create intentional conversations about faith and opportunities to worship God and to consider where he may be working in each individual’s life. In addition, we specifically hire summer staff members, called Staff Counselors, to develop community and coordinate daily group devotions. On weekends, staff are encouraged to find a local church to attend a worship service. 

Community

For many staff, one of the highlights of working at camp is the community that forms during the summer. We are all imperfect people who serve a perfect God, and we all work together to share the gospel with campers. What an incredible team! Together, we learn, grow, laugh, conquer challenges and fears, and worship the God who drew us to this place. There is no community quite like the one that you’ll find at camp!

Professional and Leadership Development

Many of our summer staff have career goals outside of camp, and we want to help you use what you’ve learned and experienced at camp to advance professionally. 

Many of our positions can be used to complete internships, and we’re happy to work with you to ensure that you’re able to meet any necessary requirements. Whether you’re working on an internship or not, we want to help you learn skills and gain experience that you can apply to your professional life after your time at camp has concluded. You can’t help but become a better leader when you’re comforting homesick campers and teaching archery to eight-year-olds. We can help you describe your camp duties in a transferable manner on your resume, consider how your experience may relate in a future interview, and maybe even connect you with camp alumni and supporters in your chosen field.

If you’re interested in making a summer staff role into an internship or discussing how a position at camp could influence your career path, please email summerstaff@covenantharbor.org.

Scholarships

North Park University Camp Grant (for current NPU students): North Park University offers $750 to students who attend NPU and return the next school year after working at a Covenant camp in the summer. Contact NPU for more information.

Sterner Scholarship Fund: The Ronald Lee Sterner Trust Fund was established by the Sterner family in 1957 in memory of their son who was adopted through the Covenant Children’s Home and Family Services, and special consideration is given to students who have worked summers at a Christian camp. To apply, download and print a Sterner Fund Application Form, then send it to the address listed. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Covenant Harbor!

Each summer, we rely on former summer staff to come to camp and volunteer in various roles. We appreciate our staff alumni immensely, and look forward to seeing you back at camp!

Because Covenant Harbor is a childcare provider, we must maintain the highest standards for anyone who works with our campers. Therefore, volunteers must submit a volunteer application to serve at camp in summer programs. Volunteers in summer programs must be former summer staff who served in the summers of 2019 or 2020 and have been through our summer staff training program. Once we receive your application, a member of the Covenant Harbor team will be in touch to catch up with you and have a conversation about the details of your role. Thank you again for your interest!

Interested individuals who were not on Covenant Harbor’s summer staff in 2019 or 2020 can see other year-round volunteer opportunities.