The best way to Spend your Summer
It is a fact that our staff and volunteers have the greatest impact on our summer camps. They are the direct connection to our campers.
Join a community with vision. One that will encourage you in your faith, and build you up in your walk with Jesus. You’ll make great friends and gather new skills. Most of all, you’ll be a significant person in the lives of young children.
In this world, it is rare to find a working experience quite like working in a team at summer camp. You are dropped into a 2 month blitz of excitement, stress, tears, and joy all rolled up into one unforgettable experience. Sr. Staff teach kids about Jesus, and build into each other’s faith. They learn new skills, and how to lead under pressure. It’s also 2 months that will look amazing on your resume!
Work directly with the kids, or help out in the background. Read through the options and find which positions best fit with your passions and abilities.
NOTE: Working at Camp Nakamun is a ministry. It will take a lot of focus, energy, and flexibility to fill a role with our summer team. Please be advised that ministry is really hard work, but also very rewarding in that it is a beautiful way to share God’s love with the world.
Cabin Leader Team
Cabin Leaders are the heart and soul of what we do. These people work directly with the campers each day of the week and have the privilege and responsibility of impacting the lives of those campers. All of the other positions are in support of the Cabin Leaders, enabling them to be the most effective in their ministry.
It is a full time, paid position starting at the end of June to the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Cabin Leaders are also needed to help out during Family Camps.
Summer Program Team (A Team)
The leadership team for the summer who work directly with the program director in the planning, preparing, organizing and running of the day to day schedule. It is the area of highest responsibility because when things go wrong or need to be adapted, this team is responsible in ensuring that things get back on track.
It is a full time, paid position starting at the beginning of May to the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. A Team members are also needed to help out during Family Camps.
Outdoor Camp Staff
- Outdoor Facilitator
- Outdoor Assistant
This person will be involved in the planning, facilitating and implementation of out-door programming. During June the outdoor facilitator will assist in all aspects of planning and preparing for the out-trips and out-back camps.
They will help with rental groups activities and general help around the camp when needed. During July and August this position will work directly with the outdoor director to implement the outdoor camps. All tasks of the camps will be shared; cooking, route picking, devotions and spiritual aspects, etc.
The individual that fulfills this position should have an enthusiastic and confident personality that will demonstrate professional out-door leadership. They should have confident camping, canoeing and wilderness skills and crafts. This individual should have first aid training (wilderness preferred).
It is a full time, paid position starting at the beginning of May to the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Outdoor Staff are also needed to help out during Family Camps.
This position is in most aspects similar to a Cabin Leader position but because of the environment of the outdoor camps it changes the expectations and roles. The outdoor assistant will work directly with the outdoor director and facilitator in the implementation of all outdoor camps.
This position will also share in all aspects of the camps and should expect to be called upon in non-traditional Cabin Leader tasks. It is a full time, paid position starting end of June – end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Outdoor Staff are also needed to help out during Family Camps.
The individuals that fill the positions above must have the focus that the summer outdoor camps are for the benefit and experience of the campers and that the trips are not geared to the level of the leaders but the level of the campers.
- Paintball Coordinator
- Paintball Ministry Lead
- Paintball Tech/Referee
- Paintball Cabin Leader
We prefer applicants who have some experience with the sport of Paintball, yet as long as you are willing to participate and learn, we will consider applications all who are interested.
These are full time, paid positions starting end of June – end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Paintball staff are also needed to help out during Family Camp.
We are looking for someone who knows paintball and can supply leadership to this camp. You will be in charge of the paintball camps schedules and activities, equipment, as well as offering spiritual guidance to the campers.
Help in all areas of the Paintball Program with a focus of spiritually guiding the campers through preparing and presenting devotionals each day for the campers.
Someone with paintball experience would be most appreciated for this role. This person will assist the coordinator in ensuring the equipment is ready, clean, and maintained throughout the summer. Responsibilities also include running, refereeing and monitoring the games.
(Apply for Cabin Leader Team) We will need counselors for these camps. Someone who can stay with the campers in their accommodations as well as make sure they are on time for activities, meals, etc. You may even get a chance to play some rounds of paintball but your main role is to hang-out and build relationships with the campers.
- Assistant Wrangler
Members of this team have an opportunity to live out their passion of working with kids and horses our in God’s creation. Horse experience is required for some positions, yet there are other areas where a desire to work with and lead kids is the priority at the Nakamun Ranch.
Someone to work alongside our Ranch Manager is running all horse related activities.
This is a full time, paid, 4 month position. You will begin your summer roughly at the beginning of May and end at the end of August. Exact dates to be worked out each year.
For the months of May and June you will work 5 days per week, which will vary per week. Some weeks you will have to work the weekend. You will get some weekends off, but not every one. During this time you will be involved in facilitating the groups (help with dishes, cleaning, running activities, etc.) that are at the camp as well as preparing the ranch and the horses for the summer.
For the summer months a normal week runs Sunday at 1:00 pm to Friday at 7:00 pm.
Ranch staff are also needed to help out at Family Camps.
You don’t need to know a thing about horses to help at the Nakamun Ranch. For those who would love to be a Counselor but would also like to be at the ranch, this job is for you! The main part of this role is being with the campers as their counselor but you will also get to help with duties like feeding horses, grooming horses, getting horses ready for riding, being a part of trail rides and other tasks. Please look at Sr. Counselor for more information in regards to that aspect of this role.
This is a full time, paid, 2 month position from end of June – end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Ranch staff are also required to help out at Family Camp.
These are people who run the various activities throughout the summer as well as support the program staff in making sure that games are set up and run smoothly. This is a full time, paid position for 4 months starting beginning of May until the end of August.
For the months of May and June you will work 5 days per week, which will vary each week. Some weeks you will have to work the weekend. During this time you will be involved in facilitating for guest groups (help with dishes, cleaning, running activities, etc.) that are at the camp.
During the months of July and August you will be in charge of setting up, facilitating and taking down the various activities as well as helping the A-Team setup and run various games. For the summer months a normal week runs Sunday at 1:00 pm to Friday at 7:00 pm, however there are some Saturday you will need to work during July and August.
Activity staff are also required to help out at Family Camps.
Camp Medic/Meds Coordinator
This person organizes the nursing/daily meds for the summer as well as general administrative duties. Standard First Aid is minimum requirement.
This is a full time, paid position from mid June until the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Camp Medic staff are also required to help out during Family Camps.
Lifeguard/First Aid Attendant
This person is our pool lifeguard and is at the pool when it is open to the campers. They also are available to provide First Aid around the camp property.
National Lifeguard Certificate is a requirement, along with Standard First Aid equivalent with CPR Level C.
This is a full time, paid position from mid-late June until the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Lifeguards are also required to help out during Family Camps.
Junior Worker Coordinator
We are looking for 2 people (one male and one female) who can give leadership and spiritual guidance to our Jr. Team. Your duties would include giving leadership and guidance to the Jr. Workers as well as work alongside them in getting dishes and cleaning duties done each day, prepare and lead devotions/bible study for the Jr.’s during the week as well as plan and organize Junior Night Outs (JNO’s).
This is a full time paid position starting in June and ending at the end of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Jr Coordinators are also required to help out during Family Camps.
- Head Media Tech
- Assistant Media Tech
This person is responsible for the filming and production of a camp video for each camp each week of the summer. They will also be in charge of camp photos, and the Audio/Visual aspects within the camp program. They will also give leadership Assistant Media Tech and the Jr Media Assistants.
This is a full time, paid position from End of June-End of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Media Teams staff are also required to help out at Family Camps.
This person works with the Head Video Tech. in the filming and production of the camp videos, taking camp photos, and helping with Audio/Visual aspects within the camp program.
This is a full time, paid position from End of June-End of August. A normal week begins Sunday at 1:30 pm and runs to Friday at 6:00 pm. Media staff are also required to help out during Family Camps.
Nakamun has become like a second family to me. I can’t think of any better way to spend my summer than serving at camp. – Kristina
This year I got the privilege of being a junior Cabin Leader/Media Assistant. And there wasn’t a single second I regretted it. Everyone was so welcoming and caring. I got to see the kids have to time if their life. – Brooke
I really love campfire and seeing the kids get into the campfire songs. It is such a peaceful time to hangout with the kids and worship the Lord together. – Jill
Camp is a very special place and it will always be. I have always wanted to be a Cabin Leader ever since I was a camper. I’ve always had the best time with not only the people I work with but most of my memories come from the kids and the relationships that we build together with God. For me, camp will always be place of just pure joy. – Ashley
Camp has truly been a blessing to me and the Lord has blessed me immensely through it. – Adam
There's just something about this place, it feels like home. It's somewhere where you can go to belong, and find purpose where you least expected. – Katie
What To Expect
For Sr. Staff, a summer at Camp Nakamun goes by so fast. Each day, your mission is to give the kids a lasting experience. Energy levels run low. Eating healthy, sleeping when you can, and digging in to the community are essential ingredients of a successful summer. You will be stretched. But that’s a good thing because it will make you rely on your team and on Jesus to be your strength.
This job is for people who love kids! If you don’t like kids, maybe go find something else to do. You can be disorganized, clumsy, and you can be awful at canoeing… but if you love kids, we’re pretty sure camp can help you sort that other stuff out.
What Nakamun Expects
We expect you to be on time, to be present and engaged in your training and your role. We expect you to use this time to work on yourself. You have an opportunity to grow in your faith and your walk with Jesus. We desire to put people and programs in place to encourage you in this. Yet, it is ultimately up to you to decide to work on your heart as you work here with us at camp.
Being a member of the staff means you are willing to submit to the authority of the leadership of the camp. This includes the Executive Director and Camp Board. If they need to approach you about an issue they will and may even ask you to change what you are doing or how you are presenting yourself.
When you come to camp you are in a position to influence kids as young as six years old. This is the environment for love and gentleness (Phil. 4:5) to reign in every aspect of our lives including our appearance. For some of you servant-hood may mean sacrifice in this area. Be blessed as you seek to make the right choices.
Our desire as staff at Camp Nakamun is to glorify Christ in all we do. This desire, to let Christ dwell in us, and the fact that we are in a position of influence over younger people, impacts how we live our lives.
We base our expectations of our staff on what we read in Colossians 3: 1-7 (the Message translation)
Although we are committed followers of Christ, we still sin and are not perfect. However, it is important that our attitude and approach to how we live, what we choose to wear, the music we listen to, etc, reflect our desire to be a person of influence. It is important that the appearance and behavior of the staff does not reflect poorly on the image of the camp. Please be a great ambassador of Nakamun!
Camp Nakamun is owned by the Western Canadian District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. In working at Camp Nakamun for the summer, you must also agree to come under the C & MA Core Values and Statement of Faith. Please read them through here.