The single-most important factor in a camper's experience is the counselors -- those hand-picked men and women who will be a camper's biggest fan, friend, and spiritual coach. Our staff are trained to meet campers wherever they may be spiritually, and then to engage them in relevant and relational conversation concerning the Jesus of the Bible.
Recruited primarily from The Navigators collegiate ministries
(over 90 campuses across the country), young men and women (many former campers themselves) will invest their lives in our Eagle Lake campers as part of our summer staff. Our staff is exposed to a philosophy of a hands-on ministry approach that emphasizes excellence, wholeheartedness, and faithfulness in all areas, with plenty of feedback, evaluated experience, and personal care from our full-time staff.
Each of our staff members is carefully screened with three character references, criminal background checks, past-employer references, an in-depth application, and a personal interview. Once accepted, they each take part in a customized 10-day orientation (3 weeks for Excursion staff), during which they are trained and prepared for the upcoming summer of ministry.
Staff development continues throughout the summer in the form of weekly inductive Bible studies, Nav speakers, one-on-one mentoring and accountability from experienced leadership and deep relationships with 150 other like-hearted college-aged students.
Opportunities for summer staff range from serving as a Rez Counselor at the Eagle Lake property, leading campers in Bible studies, games and outdoor activities, to serving on as an Eagle Lake On Location counselor, taking the Eagle Lake program to Colorado Springs and other locations around Colorado and the surrounding states. For those with specific interests like horses, outdoor activities such as rock-climbing or mountain biking, serving with our Equestrian program or Excursions program might be a good fit. Those interested in discipleship and working with older youth might be interested in serving with our Crew program, working with high school aged youth. Other opportunities include Kitchen, Medical or Facilities staff, Videographer and Photographer.
If you're looking for a job at the best Christian summer camp in Colorado, apply now! The link to apply is at the bottom of this page.
Staff hiring begins each year in October, with final hiring decisions made no later than April.
: To apply for a summer staff position, click here
to complete an online application (you may save your application at any point during the process and continue at a later time by clicking the link at the top of each page).
: After we have received and processed your application, we will call you for a preliminary interview. Depending on the results from the preliminary interview, we will set up a second interview. The second interview takes approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour.
: After contacting your character and past-employment references, we will let you know the status of your employment with Eagle Lake.
Available Summer Staff Positions
Due to the unique nature of the program, Eagle Lake can only offer summer staff positions to individuals able to make a full-summer commitment. There are no half-summer positions available. Summer staff receives a base salary for their service, as well as room and board. In addition to a salary, there are opportunities to raise support through personal fundraising.
Dates of employment vary depending on the position (see position descriptions below for details). All summer staff must be at least 19 years old, or 18 with one year of college completed.
Rez Camp Counselors - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
We are looking for college-aged students with the know-how to handle the Word of God accurately, a thirst for variety, real life experience and a love for kids to serve with us as one of our Rez Camp counselors. Each week you will have the opportunity to minister to youth ages 7-18, leading them in bible studies, meeting one-on-one with each of your campers, and having a blast with them in our many activity options. There's no better place to put into action the ministry skills you'll need to be an effective influence in people's lives, as well as to be stretched and grown in your faith. It helps to be a little nuts, too!
Eagle Lake On Location Counselors - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
We are looking for college-aged students who love God, are passionate about pouring into youth, and desire to be a part of an impactful community outreach program. Eagle Lake On Location brings the heart of Eagle Lake to the campers’ own communities through partnerships with churches and other organizations. As an On Location counselor, you’ll have the opportunity to lead youth ages 7-12 in Bible studies, games, outdoor activities such as a climbing wall, eurobungy trampoline, water inflatables and other fun activities – and that is only part of the experience! You’ll also get to travel to different locations, (which could include Colorado, Glen Eyrie, Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota), become a part of church families, be welcomed into host homes in diverse areas of the country, and see how God works in whole communities through the impact of Eagle Lake On Location. If you’re ready for the adventure of your life, apply today!
Equestrian Counselors - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
We are looking for people with a heart for kids and experience with horses to come serve on our Equestrian staff. Through one-on-ones, Bible studies, and teachable moments, you will have opportunities to share yourself with your campers, teaching them valuable horsemanship and life skills. In addition to helping others grow, you will be able to increase in your own knowledge, skills, and walk with God. Counselors are “Jesus with boots on,” the most vital part of horse camp, as they model God’s love to campers.
Assistant Horse Director - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
This is a seasonal position requiring a minimum 2 summer commitment, with potential for advancement. The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Program Director in the supervision of all activities taking place at the horse barn, including (but not limited to) - teaching group riding lessons, leading trail rides, assisting with management of horses and facility, assisting in supervising and leading evening activities for horse campers, and interacting with camper parents on Sundays and Fridays. Candidates should be at least 21 years of age with previous experience in riding (multiple disciplines) natural horsemanship, herd management, teaching, and training. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to growing in their relationship with God, a passion for working with youth, a teachable attitude, and a focus on safety. Teaching certification preferred.
Horse Camp Program Director - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
The Horse Camp Program Director is responsible for overseeing the Equestrian Camp programs within the overall ministry of Eagle Lake Camps, which includes all aspects of program-level leadership, planning and execution, for the purpose of providing a Christ-centered, world-class equestrian camp experience to campers and families. This is a seasonal position with the option for full-time employment.
Candidates should be at least 25 years of age with professional training and/or certification in horsemanship and a minimum of 2 years experience in leading equestrian camping programs.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to growing in their relationship with God, a passion for working with youth, a teachable attitude, and a focus on safety. CHA Teaching certification preferred.
Excursions Counselors - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
We are looking for people who love God, like working with kids, and have a taste for adventure and hard physical work. Excursion programs vary; some are facility-based, multi-sport activities while others are backpacking-based. Each staff member is required to make a two-summer commitment. Staff will get to participate in an exciting and intense 4-week orientation to prepare them for the amazing adventures they will lead during the summer (Wilderness First Aid/CPR required by the beginning of camp).
Excursions Staff Trip Outfitter - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
The Trip Outfitters (TO) are the summer staff who work behind-the-scenes of our Excursion Camp programs. The TOs pack meals for the trail, maintain, clean, and repair equipment, and provide logistical support for all Excursion programs. Each staff member is required to make a two-summer commitment. TOs receive training in the wilderness programs (backpacking, rock climbing, etc) and may even have an opportunity to be a co-counselor. They will also be called upon to facilitate our high ropes courses, belay rock climbs, and provide other logistical assistance to the various excursions programs. The TO is a vital position and requires someone who is highly organized, detail-minded, and task-oriented.
Crew Counselors - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
An extended work/discipleship program for high school students, our Crew program requires staff who know how to work hard and have fun while equipping kids in their walks with God. Weekend activities include campouts, beach days, hiking, and hanging out with some pretty amazing high school campers who have given up half of their summers to be part of the Crew. Whether on our Service Crew, Horse Crew, Office Crew, or Kitchen Crew, if you have heart to pour into high school students who are eager to learn and grow, this is a perfect fit.
Kitchen Assistant - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
This seasonal position requires a two-summer commitment, which allows for the Kitchen Assistant to return the following summer as the Food Service Director. The Kitchen Assistant will acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of food service skills including: food prep, cooking, ordering, and inventory. A heart for excellence and flexibility is a must. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills and get involved with camp through discipleship, Bible studies, quality food, fun and so much more.
Facilities Assistant - (Dates: May 16 - August 11, 2014)
We’re looking for seasonal help who have a knack for fixing things and don’t mind getting dirty! Facilities staff must have a heart for service and a willingness to work hard doing physical labor. As a facilities assistant, you’ll be an essential member of our summer staff working to keep camp safe and looking great.
Medical Staff - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
Registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing students…you name it, we need you! With hundreds of kids attending our summer programs, we need many skilled hands! As part of our Medical Staff, you’ll have ample opportunity to be a hand that fixes the hurts and heals the hearts of every kind of kid you can imagine!
Videographer - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
Not only will you be the most adored person in camp, you’ll have quite a collection of video footage to fulfill that college internship requirement! Each week, you’ll shoot 8-10 hours of footage and then edit it all down into a 10-minute DVD that kids will take home and treasure forever. We even provide a state-of-the-art Final Cut digital editing system and Canon digital camera, Apple G5 and all the training you’ll need for success.
Photographer - (Dates: May 21 - August 11, 2014)
We are looking for someone who finds the idea being the paparazzi for a couple hundred crazy kids appealing. Each week you’ll shoot photos ranging from small group Bible studies to crazy dance parties to team competitions around the lake. Photos will then be edited and uploaded to the website for parents and campers to download. You can bring along any equipment or software you’ll find necessary to do your job.
To apply for a summer staff position, click here to complete an online application.