Summer Staff

Be a part of something greater. Applications open January 8th.

What brings you to life? At Stillwood, we’re most alive when we love kids. It’s our passion. We’re looking for people with that same fire. We’re looking for people who are devoted God and to sharing His good news.

Our desire is to see a community of people united, regardless of position, in their quest to see children experience Jesus through love. We long to see that community flourish through dependence on that same Jesus and to support and encourage each other to dive headlong into God’s strength when we are found in weakness.

Join our team. Be a part of something greater. Change a life, maybe even your own.

MATTHEW 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The theme for Summer 2020 is SHINE BRIGHT. Our dream is to see campers drawn to the warmth of Christ and to learn what it means to let our faith shine.

COUNSELING POSITIONS

Counselors are the front lines of camp ministry. Moment by moment, they get opportunities to enact their purpose: To develop relationships with campers so they may draw closer to God.  We’re looking for people who are committed to their relationship with Christ, involved in ministry outside of camp, willing to work hard, genuine in their love for children and passionate about their desire to share God’s love with others. Counselors will watch after the daily care and well-being of the campers and lead various camp activities. All counseling staff are required to abide by and teach elements from the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith. The Confession of Faith can be found here. Counselors may be asked to perform other tasks from time to time, like coordinating events or running games. We love and prefer counselors to come for the whole summer, but if you are only able to serve for a few weeks, please apply. All staff are required to attend Staff Camp (June 28-July 3). The following position counts are per week.

Responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and acceptance of all campers; to lead devotions; create one-on-one times with campers; to invite them to come to faith in Christ and to disciple them in their faith; to plan activities with the cabin group, and lead or assist in leading an activity skill. Senior counselors must be at least 18 years of age.

Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting the Senior Counselor in overseeing a cabin of ten campers each week. Junior counselors are an integral part of our staff team, and function as counselors, program, and support staff. Junior Counselors must be at least 17 years of age.

The same as the Senior Counselor role, but in the rustic setting of our wilderness camp. In addition to Senior Counselor duties, Approach Counselors also facilitate wilderness activities, sleep in tents and help cook campfire meals. This program will run for one week (July 19-24) and Approach Counselors can also apply to be Senior Counselors for the regular camp program. Specific Approach training will be required in addition to Staff Camp. Dates for the Approach training are to be determined.

ACTIVITY LEADER POSITIONS

Our staff received training on our activities, but sometimes, there’s an activity that you love or are especially qualified for. The following positions offer an opportunity to head up an activity and provide leadership to other staff who assist in leading the activity. If you’re passionate about a specific activity at camp and feel you can best help campers experience Jesus through leading that activity, these are the positions for you. In addition to the job description below, you may be asked to help out in other areas of camp from coordinating events to cabin counseling. All staff are required to attend Staff Camp (June 28-July 3).

Responsibilities are overseeing and being a point-person for a particular activity for the duration of the summer. They provide leadership and expertise to campers and other staff at that activity. Activity Instructors must be at least 17 years of age.

Responsibilities are to provide leadership over the pool and all those involved in its programming and to perform basic pool maintenance under the direction of our Facilities Manager. Must be NLS qualified, have experience life-guarding and be at least 18 years of age. Head Lifeguards are required to commit to the whole summer (June 30-August 17).

Responsibility is to supervise swimming activities in our pool. Must be NLS qualified, have experience life-guarding and be at least 17 years of age.

MULTIMEDIA STAFF POSITIONS

Through photography and videography Stillwood is able to speak directly to the campers as well as their family and friends. If you’re passionate about using technology and visual arts to minister to the lives of campers and their communities please consider applying for these positions. In addition to the job descriptions below, you may be asked to help out in other areas of camp from coordinating events to cabin counseling. Multimedia Staff are required to attend the whole summer (July 5 – August 21) and Staff Camp (June 28-July 3).

Responsibilities are to take photos of every aspect of camp, post photos to various social media platforms and take, organize and print the cabin photos. The photographer is required to commit to the whole summer in addition to Staff Camp.

Responsibilities are to film, edit and promote the weekly camp video, post video to various social media platforms and compile a summer-long staff video. The Video Ministries Team is required to commit to the whole summer in addition to Staff Camp.

SENIOR STAFF POSITIONS

Counselors and Activity Leaders may be considered the front lines of camp ministry, but there are many other positions just as important. Senior Staff serve God by providing leadership and assistance over the different departments within the camp. Applicants for these positions must have significant maturity, leadership experience, camp experience and must be a motivated individual. All Senior Staff are required to abide by and teach elements from the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith. The Confession of Faith can be found here.We ask that applicants be at least 21 years of age. In addition to the individual job description, you may be asked to help out in other areas of camp from coordinating events to cabin counseling. Senior Staff Positions are required to commit to the whole summer (July 5 – August 21), Senior Staff Training (June 21-26) and Staff Camp (June 28-July 3).

Responsibilities are to assist in the facilitation of our Beyond Boundaries program, which strives to integrate children with developmental disabilities (autism, etc) into our regular program. They will be the point person for any situations that arise concerning campers in the Beyond Boundaries program.

Responsibilities are to actively engage the camp in daily worship by overseeing and planning morning chapels and evening campfires. This will include leading teams of musicians and being a liaison between the  speaker and the rest of the camp staff.

Responsibilities are to oversee and coordinate the Day Camp Program and to train and work alongside the Day Camp staff, leading by example. This includes but is not limited to organizing a schedule, planning activities appropriate for the age group, decorating the space, coordinating with other staff around camp to make sure there are no scheduling conflicts and dealing with issues regarding day campers and day camp staff.

Responsibilities are to plan, organize, coordinate, and lead the camp’s special activities including: wide games, skits, pool parties, thematic meals, special events etc. Yes, it is the most ridiculous job title ever.

Responsibilities are to provide support and leadership to the counseling and program staff. They will proactively contribute to the morale of staff as well as respond to both camper and staff issues that require special attention. Prior counseling experience is a necessity.

Responsibilities are to oversee the safety and operations of all daily land and water activities. This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling staff, maintaining equipment and equipping staff with resources, skills and support. The Waterfront Leader will provide much assistance in the area of waterfront.

Responsibilities are to assist in planning, organizing, coordinating and leading the summer camp programs. This includes, but is not nearly limited to, compiling and distributing schedules and other pertinent documents, coordinating with all departments regarding various events and/or needs, facilitating emergency drills and organizing the collection and distribution or camper cards, postcards and surveys.

Responsibilities are overseeing the operation of waterfront. The Activities Director will provide much assistance in the area of staff scheduling. NLS is preferable but not necessary. Must have class 5 driver’s license, PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) and be at least 20 years of age.

YDP: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

We believe that all youth need and deserve the opportunities and encouragement to fulfill the design that God has created for them. YDP is exactly that. YDP provides the atmosphere and resources for youth aged 14-17 to discover more about themselves and who God has created them to be. We also believe that part of fulfilling God’s design for our lives is to be in service to others.  It is our hope that through this program and service to something greater than themselves, youth will develop the skills and abilities to grow into adulthood with confidence. The intensity and intentionality of these programs require complete commitment. It is essential that they be present for every day of their program.

Note: Youth Development Programs require an application and interview before acceptance. Payments can only be made following acceptance into the program.

In this development program youth will explore what a life fully committed to Christ looks like. They will also begin to explore concepts of leadership. They will explore these topics in both an individual and community setting. This is a great position for anyone who would like to grow as an individual and get a taste of what it’s like to work at camp. It’s modeled after Christ’s servant attitude and, while not always glamorous, is needed in order for our camp to function. EXPLORE participants will work an average of six hours each day in either the food service, housekeeping or maintenance departments. The remainder of the day will be spent doing basic leadership training, discipleship, activities, and having a ton of fun! 

Cost: $300
No payments will be received or processed until acceptance into the program.


Session 1: July 5 – 24
Session 2: August 2 – 21

This is a leadership training and development program for students going into grades 11 and 12. Participants will engage in personal, communal and leadership development. They will spend a total of seven weeks at camp, including two weeks in a cabin as a cabin leader. Participants will be challenged spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically as they discover how they are best suited to lead and interact with campers. Acceptance into this program also gains them automatic inclusion into Stillwood’s year-round discipleship program which will be outlined in more depth during their time at camp.


Cost: $600
No payments will be received or processed until acceptance into the program.


Program Period: July 5 – August 21 (32 spots available)

Responsibilities are to provide leadership to the YDP EXPLORE Program. Tasks will include scheduling, leading sessions, creating devotions, working alongside your crew and helping them develop a fuller understanding of who God has created them to be. EXPLORE Directors must be at least 21 years of age. EXPLORE Directors are considered to be a part of Senior Staff. Senior Staff Positions are required to commit to the whole summer (July 5 – August 21), Senior Staff Training (June 21-26) and Staff Camp (June 28-July 3).

Responsibilities are to implement and provide leadership to the YDP ENGAGE Program, training them to be the leaders of the future. Tasks will include scheduling, leading sessions, creating devotions, general discipleship, believing in the ENGAGE participants and supporting them to a fuller understanding of camp and life ministry. ENGAGE Directors must be at least 21 years of age. ENGAGE Directors are considered to be a part of Senior Staff. Senior Staff Positions are required to commit to the whole summer (July 5 – August 21), Senior Staff Training (June 21-26) and Staff Camp (June 28-July 3).

EXPLORE Crew Leaders provide leadership to the EXPLORE participants and become liaisons between them and the leaders of the departments of food service, housekeeping and maintenance as they work. Two kitchen shift leaders, two housekeeping shift leaders and a utilities crew leader are required. Outside of their work in each of these departments the EXPLORE Crew Leaders will engage in the rest of the EXPLORE as mentors to the participants and support to the directors. EXPLORE Crew Leaders must be at least 20 years of age.  EXPLORE Crew Leaders are required to commit to the whole summer (July 5 – August 21) in addition to Staff Camp (June 28 – July 3).

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The ministry of Stillwood is dependent upon the sacrificial service of caring Christian volunteer workers.  We recognize that there are financial hindrances to serving at camp. While we are not in a position to completely remove your financial burdens, we do have options available which could help to lighten the load. Keep in mind that, technically, all positions are volunteer (pre, post and during summer).

As all positions are volunteer we legally cannot promise any financial compensation for the work being done. However, in all likelihood, we would be able to provide a staff member with between $1,300-$1,800 for working the whole summer given the meet the following requirements.

  1. Serve a minimum of three weeks over the course of the summer in any position.
  2. Provide Stillwood with a minimum of five names and addresses of friends or family to send support letters to.
  3. Have graduated high school.

The support letters that we send out will request donations to Stillwood’s Camp Staff Honorarium Fund. The variation of the amount that can be received through the honorarium is dependent on the amount of staff who apply and the amount raised by everyone as a whole.

Stillwood has a $10,000 fund that exists for the specific purpose of helping Canadians who are attending a Canadian post-secondary college, university or institute. With the bursary amount set at $500 per semester, we are able to provide 20 bursaries. Recipients and the number of bursaries they are offered will be chosen based on  the number of applicants, the financial needs of the applicants and if they meet these requirements.

  1. Serve a minimum of six weeks over the course of the summer in any position.
  2. Proof of acceptance into a college, university or institute authorized by the provincial government. Organizations located outside of Canada or that are not recognized by the provincial government are not eligible. For example: neither Capernwray nor YWAM are accredited or recognized by any government in Canada.
  3. Provide Stillwood with a minimum of five names and address of friends or family to send a support letter to.
  4. Applications must be submitted one month prior to the start of your semester.

If receiving bursaries for two semesters, $500 will be issued on two separate occasions once proof of enrolment for each semester has been provided. The support letters that we send out will request donations to Stillwood’s Camp Staff Honorarium Fund.

NURSES AND BUS DRIVERS

In order to meet the level of safety and care that we strive for, we need qualified bus drivers and nurses. If you or anyone you know has a Level 2 Driver’s License or a current First Aid Certificate, please contact us at stephen@stillwood.ca or andrea@stillwood.ca. Bus Drivers and nurses are eligible for a camper fee refund or $300 honorarium. We need up to three bus drivers and 3 nurses per week.

APPLY NOW

We would love to see you as a part of our team! Join us and have a summer you’ll never forget.
Select the links below to apply online.

Select the links below to see copies of our staff Personnel Policy, a more in depth listing of job descriptions or the MB Confession of Faith, which we adhere to.

PRE AND POST SUMMER

Just because it isn’t summer doesn’t mean that this place isn’t buzzing with activity. A-Team (pre-summer) and B-Team (post-summer) serve Stillwood’s rental guests and Stillwood’s year round programs during the months directly before and after our summer program. These teams are integral to those months of Stillwood’s timeline. A-Team begins April 22nd and runs through to Staff Training. B-Team starts after summer program and runs to October 31st. Responsibilities include: teaching activities, kitchen shift work, dishes, housekeeping, general camp maintenance and preparing for or cleaning up after summer. Accommodations are provided for the team. As these positions are technically volunteer, like with the summer staff honorarium, legally we cannot promise any financial compensation for the work being done. However, we have no reason to believe that we would not be able to provide a $400-$500 honorarium per week depending on the number of people hired  and funds available at the time

Select the link below to apply for A-Team or B-Team.