Working on staff:
Each year, around 42 people are selected to be the Camp Arcadia Summer Staff who work from mid-May through mid-August. Positions are available in the areas of kitchen, housekeeping, program, caretaking, office, archives and media (photo & video production). Leadership positions are generally limited to those returning for a second summer on staff or Full Season Staff. We ask that applicants have graduated from high school one year prior to working on Summer Staff. Applications open for 2023 Summer Staff on December 1, 2022. Come work, live, and play with us right on the shores of Lake Michigan!
Learn more about serving on summer staff:
We understand the importance of and desire to have an internship during your college career and some schools have internships as a requirement. We are open and willing to provide staff experiences that would meet internship requirements and an experience you desire! Internships can range from Assistant Cook to Hospitality to Event Planning to Archives and more! To see a full list of internship ideas and their work within the Camp Arcadia community, click here.
On your application, please note that you are interested in having your summer staff experience be an internship. During the application process, we will talk more about your goals and hopes for your internship. If you are offered a position on staff, we will follow up with you with an internship agreement that sets expectations of the role, responsibilities and goals.
Full Season Staff:
Those who are recent college graduates or students taking time off from college are great candidates for Full Season Staff. Working from just before Memorial Day weekend through the end of October, Full Season Staff can work in any of the Camp departments. They start the season learning and bonding with the Summer Staff, but by mid-August they become the pace-setters of the staff as we transition from Summer to Fall Staff. Often, the Full Season Staff are in leadership positions, if not in the summer, than in the fall. The breadth of experiences gained is great as they often fill many roles throughout the organization as staffing needs arise. Full Season Staff are eligible for the bonus program. We have need for up to ten Full Season Staff.
Those thinking about working as part of the Camp Arcadia staff, should know that it is:
- A chance to explore your faith and relationship with God as part of a unique Christian community;
- A once-in-a-lifetime chance to make new friends and have a blast as you work and live in an intentional staff community;
- An opportunity to serve God in this sacred place by serving the people who renew themselves here, and developing relationships with these individuals and families; and
- The chance to spend three months on the shores of Lake Michigan, exploring this incredible area.