2022 Summer Camp Volunteers

Each summer, many of our general operations positions during our weeks of summer camp are filled by volunteers.  Volunteers come from all over from various backgrounds.  Some volunteers are parents or grandparents of campers. Volunteers can be any age from 15 years to senior citizen, and depending on assignment, will put in about 35-45 hours of work during the week.  This summer, we need volunteers to serve all over camp.  Below is a list of volunteer crews, along with a brief description of what duties will be involved!

Volunteer Crews

Grounds Crew: Mowing and weed whacking, assisting with large activity set up, building campfires, general camp maintenance. Will be working under the direction of our Maintenance Supervisor.

Housekeeping Crew: Perform daily housekeeping tasks around camp. Work on special cleaning projects and help out with laundry needs during the week. Will be working under the direction of our Maintenance Supervisor.

Kitchen Crew: Prepare, cook, and serve meals in the dining room. Keep the kitchen and dining area clean. Work in the camp store and snack shop. Work under the direction of our Head Cook.
Lifeguards: Must be at currently certified. Lifeguards supervise all pool and waterfront activities. Lifeguards fill the rest of their time helping on another work crew. Work under the direction of the Camp Director.

Camp Nurses: Must be at least 18 years old and have credentials that meet the requirements to be a camp nurse. Some that may meet the requirements are: EMT, RN, LPN, MD or Paramedic. Nurses dispense all medications at camp and take care of any other medical needs during the week. Click here for more information.
When you choose to volunteer at Trail Ridge, come ready and willing to serve! You’ll leave camp refreshed and grateful for the opportunity to fellowship with co-laborers and enjoy observing elements of the summer camp program.

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."  ~Romans 12:4-5~

Volunteer FAQs

Does it cost anything to volunteer?
Only your time!  We do not charge you to volunteer at Trail Ridge.  Your lodging and meals will all be provided throughout your entire time of service, but you will most likely want to bring along some cash for the Snack Shop and Camp Store.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
The minimum age for volunteering is:
-15 years old during Kids Kamp weeks
-16 years old during Junior High Camp
-18 years old during Teen Camp

Where do I stay when volunteering?
Volunteers stay in our gender-restricted, air-conditioned dorms on the upper level of the Thomas Center.  Married volunteers will be given a private room to share.  If you have a need for lodging that does not require climbing a flight of stairs, please indicate that on your application.

When do I need to be there?
Volunteers arrive Sunday evening around supper time.  We'll feed you and go through our volunteer orientation session to familiarize you with the camp workflows, your supervisor, and the expectations for your time at camp.

When do I leave?
Volunteers leave Saturday morning after breakfast and making sure their work areas and lodging are cleaned up and ready to go for the next week of camp.

What if I can't stay for the whole week?
Depending on what crew you're volunteering for, we may be able to work something out.  Let us know on your application what dates you aren't available that week and we'll do our best to make it work!

Does my camper get a discount if I volunteer?
This summer, we've been able to reduce the cost of camp to just $100 per camper.  With that in mind, we are unable to offer a volunteer discount.
What if I'm volunteering and also bringing campers?
Counselors will be supervising any campers you bring with you during volunteer orientation Sunday evening, and campers will stay in their cabin with their assigned counselor Sunday night.  You'll bring your camper to check in with our registration staff Monday morning, just like any other camper.

Can my camper and I stay together overnight?
Nobody except our camp counselors and campers are able to stay in the cabins with their campers.  Counselors go through extensive background checks and training to ensure the well-being of your camper.  

Will I have any free time?
Volunteers will be able to have some free time each day, although the exact time may vary from day to day.  You'll also be able to enjoy watching the evening activities if you wish, as well as attend the campfire on Friday night.

Do volunteers have to follow a dress code?
Yes, all Trail Ridge campers, staff, and volunteers are required to adhere to the camp dress code.  Click here to read a copy of the dress code.

Are volunteers required to attend chapel?
Because of work schedules, most volunteers are not able to make it to morning chapel sessions.  Volunteers are required to attend the daily evening chapel sessions.  

I'm a parent/grandparent of a camper.  Will I get to see them? 
While there will be several times throughout the day that you'll get to see your camper, there won't be much opportunity to spend time together.  You will have time for a brief conversation, but the campers have a schedule to keep, and volunteers have work duties to fulfill.  If you're looking for an opportunity to experience camp closely together, consider trying out Family Camp or one of our parent/child retreats.