College Summer Staff

Build leadership skills and invest in the lives of children.

college-age-summer-staffCamp Tilikum is looking for 25 dedicated young adults to serve at camp for Summer 2024! As Summer Staff you will spend each day showing the love of Jesus to kids and teaching them about their Creator as you hike the hills, swim in the lake, and play (you might even say frolic) in the fields alongside your peers. A summer at Tilikum offers an incredible experience that will push you toward deeper communion with God and others, and also add some valuable skills to your repertoire such as goat herding, canoe rescue, and group management… just to name a few.

Accepting applications from December until  March 31st  We hope to see you there!

Which program fits you best?

Day Camp Staff

day-camp-for-1st-to-6th-gradesDay Camp is a program for children entering 1st – 6th grades. Each week, Day Camp Staff are responsible for teaching and supervising a variety of program activities such as archery, Bible discussions, canoeing, swimming, the Big Swing, nature hikes, crafts, and more!

Applicants must be 18 years or older and at least one year out of High School to work as Day Camp staff.

Adventure Program Staff

tilikum-quest-adventure-camp-for-6th-to-8th-gradesAdventure Program staff are responsible for facilitating for QUEST (grades 6-8). Campers develop their relational skills and deepen their faith through facilitated activities on the Challenge Course. Each Adventure Program Staff member will be trained as a Challenge Course Facilitator and have an opportunity to lead Bible discussions, games, and other activities.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and at least one year out of high school to work as Adventure Program staff.



Important dates

  • american-red-cross-logoApplication opens December 1, 2023
  • Lifeguard training is May 24 – 27, 2024
  • Summer Staff program May 28 – August 4, 2024 (2 weeks training, 8 weeks counseling)

Summer Salary and Housing

  • First Year Staff – $5,000
  • Returning staff – $5,200
  • Lifeguards earn an additional $200
  • Housing is provided by Camp Tilikum ($2,000 value)

Summer salaries are distributed over 3 monthly payments during the summer program. Tilikum Summer Staff are generally expected to be present for the entire program, but important life events (weddings, family reunions, etc.) are accommodated on a case-by-case basis and will be negotiated before hire.

Interested in a Tilikum Internship after Summer?

Camp Tilikum has opportunities for paid internships after the summer for those taking a gap year or finishing college. Spend the next year living on-site and engage in service, discipleship, and ministry at the camp around the year!

Detailed job descriptions

Support Staff (returning staff preferred)

Day Camp Program Staff

Adventure Program Staff

Want more information?

Email Grant Banham/Program Director with any questions!

College Summer Staff

Hiring for our 2024 Summer Staff program has now finished, but please consider applying again next year!


If you want to pursue your calling to serve at camps beyond the summer, look into our new Internship program that continues throughout the year!

See a gallery and list of former Summer Staff.