CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUMMER TEAM MEMBER
– Spiritually minded, loves the Lord, moral integrity, godly young person
– Energetic and enthusiastic, fun-loving, enduring, persevering
– Prompt, responsible, can make wise judgment calls
– Have gifts and abilities that would contribute to the camp’s program
– Have health and physical abilities to endure in active camp setting
– Willing to sacrifice their own desires for the summer
– Desire to be intentional with children and youth of all ages
– Take initiative with tasks, once they know what is expected of them
BENEFITS OF SUMMER MINISTRY
– Impact lives for eternity
– Be challenged and have opportunities to challenge others
– Get experience for working with young people
– Make memories that will last a lifetime!
– Weekly salary as well as room and board
SALARY AND SUPPORT
MCC pays a weekly salary of $175 for college-aged summer staff. In addition to this, MCC provides room and board. Anyone coming to work for the summer is asked to contact their church, friends, and relatives to ask them to pray for you, and support you financially. Merriwood realizes that this is a ministry position, and we suggest you raise an additional weekly salary (although this is not required). MCC will assist by providing sample support letters that staff are able to modify and send out.
Counselors will facilitate team building activities, teach skills classes, lead recreational games and activities, belay at the Climbing Wall, build personal relationships with campers, lead evening devotions, and intentionally challenge the youth in their relationship with Christ. Counselors will stay in the cabins with campers each week and will work with different age groups (first grade through graduated seniors) throughout the summer. Counselors are required to be out of high school for at least one year.
Merriwood is seeking one Head Lifeguard (and five or so additional guards who will also counsel or do other roles). The pool is one of the campers’ favorite places to be. In addition to this, campers LOVE the BLOB and Water Trampoline on our lakefront. Lifeguards will rotate between guarding at the lake and the pool. The main lifeguard will also assist with facilitating the water competition at the pool. The main lifeguard may be responsible for keeping the pool clean by testing chemicals, vacuuming and cleaning daily, and adding chemicals as necessary. Additional guards should be willing to potentially counsel and/or help in other areas of the camp as well.
FOOD SERVICE TEAM
Food service is an important part of the summer camp experience. The staff work together to prepare family style meals, serve the food during mealtimes, and clean-up from the meals. We are seeking five or so food service assistants. Food service assistants will also likely help with childcare of staff children. (Current High School Seniors and college students are welcome to apply for this role.)
MAINTENANCE & GROUNDS TEAM
The maintenance and grounds crew are responsible for mowing and weed-eating, keeping vending machines filled, setting up and lighting campfires, setting up for skills classes and some games, as well as minor maintenance responsibilities. We are seeking two maintenance personnel. (Current High School Seniors and college students are welcome to apply for this role.)
The worship leader will lead the praise and worship part of the chapel services, vocally and/or instrumentally. It’s not our desire that the worship leader PERFORM for our attendees, but it is our goal is that the campers and staff in attendance will be LED to worship the Lord themselves, in spirit and truth. The worship leader should be someone who feels comfortable leading music for different age groups. It’s helpful if they are able to play an instrument such as guitar or keyboard. The worship leader will emcee morning Bible Class and evening Chapel, transitioning from a songs, testimonies, dramas, etc. The worship leader will have several other team members join them vocally and instrumentally. (The worship leader should be willing to help in other areas of the camp in addition to planning the chapel sessions.)
The media person will be responsible for getting quality, unique footage of campers throughout the week. The videographer will edit the footage to create a video for campers to refer back to for many years to come! Merriwood provides a video camera, drone, and other equipment to facilitate the production of the weekly video. There is flexibility in what program is used for editing. Please feel free to contact us for more details!
COUNSELOR FOR STAFF CHILDREN
Merriwood is seeking a few staff members who would share the role of watching staff children (ages 2-11). Typically, the staff children counselors rotate their times between working in the kitchen, counseling the staff kids, helping at the pool, belaying at the climbing wall, and helping with care packages. Staff childcare providers should be creative, enjoy children, and be able to structure the time they have with the children using the vast array of activities available through the camp setting to make the day active and enjoyable for the children. (Current High School Seniors and college-age students are welcome to apply for this role.)
The photographer will be responsible for taking photos daily of campers throughout activities, showing a good representation of the camp day and experience. The photographer will upload a group of photos each night that parents can access through their account. The photographer will also take cabin pictures each week, edit them, and order them for campers to take home at the end of the week. The photographer will assist with other support staff tasks as they are able.
The sound technician will make sure the sound, microphones, power point, and necessary production things are in place before each session begins. The sound person will run sound and Pro Presenter for the morning Bible Class as well as evening Chapel. (This is not a stand-alone position. The sound technician should expect to combine this role with another role at Merriwood.)