Summer Staff

Are you ready to have the best summer of your life?

Working at Covenant Harbor is no ordinary summer job. In fact, it will probably be the best job you ever have. – Like ever.

What to expect:
– Be part of a fun, innovative ministry that changes kids lives
– Be part of an amazing community and build life-long friendships
– Spend your summer on the shores of Lake Geneva
Grow personally, professionally, and spiritually
– Be utterly exhausted from working so hard and having so much fun
– Get paid

If you think God might be leading you work at Covenant Harbor this summer, take a look around and be sure to fill out an application.

Applications now available online.

Covenant Harbor Summer Camps exist to Love Kids and Share Jesus.  Each summer we serve thousands of kids from kindergarten through high school across 5 different programs: Day Camp (1st-9th), Kishwauketoe (2nd-4th), Pier 30 (4th-9th), Alpha (9th-12th), and BaseCamp (10th-13th). It is a huge, awesome undertaking that pays off in immeasurable ways!

In order to pull this off, we hire a group of about 80 people to do a bunch of hard, exciting, challenging, and wonderful jobs. Because there is so much to do, we have tons of different opportunities.  Whether you are a musician, counselor, idea person, leader, administrator, tech guru, or something else completely, there is a place for you on our team! We hire a lot of very different people who always come together to make an amazing team!  

Please carefully read over the details of the job descriptions as you consider applying for summer staff. Note that all positions require staff to live on-site for the duration of the summer. Please contact us by email with any questions.

Counseling Positions

Day Camp Counseling Team: Positions Available

Counseling Team: Positions Available

Roving Counselor: Positions Available

Read the job descriptions for Counseling Positions

Non-Counseling Positions

Activity Team Member: Positions Available

Assistant Activity Team Member: Position Available

Administrative Assistant: Position Available

Day Camp Administrative Assistant: Position Available

Audio Tech:  Position Available

Media Tech: Position Available

Tech Assistant: Position Available

Student Nurse: Positions Available

Waterfront Team: Positions Available

Worship Leader: Position Available

Facilities Specialist: Positions Available

Read the job descriptions for Non-Counseling Positions

Program Positions

Program Directors (Pier 30, Kish, Day Camp, Alpha): Positions Available

Assistant Program Directors: Positions Available

Activity Team Lead: Position Available

Alpha Counselors: Positions Available

Parent Liaison: Position Available

Team Counselors: Positions Available

Waterfront Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor: Positions Available

Read the job descriptions for Program Positions

The ministry of Covenant Harbor is dependent upon summer staff that are committed to carrying out our mission. Summer staff, in any role, have the incredibly large responsibility of being a Christ-like example to all campers. We expect summer staff to live a life that honors God at all times, not only while camp is in session. Therefore, it is necessary for all applicants to:

– Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
– Demonstrate the love of Christ in all of their words and actions
– Maintain a positive attitude throughout challenging and exhausting situations
– Abstain from the use of tobacco, alcohol, and/or illegal drugs, regardless of personal beliefs
– Serve wherever needed, regardless of job description
– Use discernment in choice of dress, appearance and language
–  Follow all guidelines and abide by the standards listed in the Staff Handbook, Covenant Affirmations, Lifestyle Covenant

Because of the commitment summer staff make to teaching campers about Jesus, it is essential that each staff member believes:

– The Bible is God’s inspired word
– Only one true and living God exists
– Jesus Christ is God’s son, sent to earth as a sacrifice
– Salvation is by faith alone

We are so excited you feel God is calling you to work at Covenant Harbor this summer!  Again, we are looking for fun, hard-working individuals who have a contagious love for Jesus.  If you feel this might be you, apply below.

Application Instructions

– Pray

– Fill out application online (We will review your application)

– You will be directed to contact us to schedule a first interview

– Direct references to our Reference Form:

We begin interviewing in October and will make hiring decisions until all positions are filled.


Applications now available. You can apply online:

Representatives from Covenant Harbor will be visiting the following college campuses to recruit students for summer staff:

Trinity Christian

We’ll be on your campus on Monday October 22

Olivet Nazarene University

We’ll be on your campus on Monday October 29

North Park University

We’ll be on your campus on Tuesday November 6

Hope College

We’ll be on your campus on Wednesday January 16

Don’t see your school?

Contact Kelly Elwell at (262) 248-3600 or via email.


$210/week (for most positions, see “Jobs” tab for more details)

Housing is provided on site, and meals are provided with the exception of your time off.

Time Off

Yes! You do get time off! Time off gives summer staff the opportunity to rest, explore Lake Geneva, worship at Covenant Harbor’s Summer Sunday Worship or another local church, build community with fellow staff, and/or do laundry.

Most staff have 24 hours off each week from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Time off during the week varies by position.

We do ask that summer staff commit to serve at Covenant Harbor from the listed start date to the listed end date. Exceptions may include “once in a lifetime” events like a family wedding or graduation. Each Day Camp staff member will take one week off as determined with the Youth Ministry Team.

Spiritual Development

Throughout the summer, summer staff have many opportunities to grow closer to the Lord. We hire two staff members (Men’s and Women’s Team Counselors) to develop community and coordinate daily devotions for the staff. Covenant Harbor encourages staff to find a local church or attend a Summer Sunday Worship service on grounds in the Tent. We also find that staff grow in Christ in big ways as they lean on Him in this job and in this community.


One of the best things about working at camp is the community that develops during the summer. We hire around 75 imperfect people who serve a perfect God, and we work all together to share His message with campers. It’s incredible. Together we learn, overcome challenges, and grow in our relationship with God. Community at camp truly is a rare and wonderful thing.

Professional Development

Internships: We offer many of our positions as internships and work to make sure that you are able to meet your internship objectives. In every position, we will work with you to help you learn skills and gain experience that you can directly transfer to your professional life post-camp.

Leadership Development

No matter the career you may eventually choose, camp can help equip you for it. Through summer staff training and hands-on experience, you learn how to do so many things very well. When you challenge yourself to try new things like facilitating an adventure activity, comforting homesick campers or teaching campers a new skill, you can’t help but become a better leader.


North Park University Camp Grant for current NPU Students: North Park University (NPU) offers $500 (towards their tuition, $250/semester) to students who attend NPU and return the next school year after working at a Covenant camp in the summer. This Grant must be applied for in the spring semester. Contact North Park University 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 Covenant Children’s Home and Family Services. To apply, download and print a Sterner Fund Application Form, then send it to the address listed. Applications will be considered within a few weeks of receipt. You can even apply before you’re officially hired, the decision will be dependent on your employment.



Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Covenant Harbor!

Each summer, we rely on former summer staff to come and volunteer in various roles. We appreciate our alumni immensely!

Because Covenant Harbor is a child care 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 the summer. Volunteers in summer programs must be former summer staff (or occasionally former Alpha campers) who have been through our training program.

Former staff wanting to volunteer can contact the Youth Ministry Team and fill out a volunteer application (coming soon), complete with one reference. Once we receive your application, someone will contact you about the details of your job. Thanks again!

Volunteers who don’t meet these criteria can see other year round volunteer opportunities or contact Brad Aug.