A letter from our camp directors

Summer camp will be here before you know it and we’re expecting another amazing season at Word of Life. Our online applications for summer camp staff is now available. As we plan for the upcoming summer, we wanted to make you aware of some exciting changes in our Camps Crew (formerly STC) program.

Camp Crew members will be officially joining the ranks of our “short-term missions” team at Word of Life. If you’ve served before, you know taking part in the summer team is not simply a job. It’s a real ministry that leads to radically changed lives – yours and the lives of so many others.

Our Camps Crew program is designed to grow you and to put your faith into action like never before! Special ministry training, activities and outreach are planned throughout the entire summer. There’s also the benefit of earning up to $3,000 in Word of Life Bible Institute scholarships by serving during the summer of your junior and senior years.

As part of this program, Word of Life provides room and board. A weekly salary is available for those who choose the option of raising support. We have a team and tools in place to help you in the support raising process.

We look forward to receiving your application.  Contact us with any questions at 518-494-6215.

God bless you,

Kyle Gray, Camp Director – Florida Youth Camp

Josh Ely, Camp Director – The Lodge 

Jon Nazigian, Camp Director – The Ranch & The Wild

Karl Storman, Camp Director – The Pines 

Tommy Sewall, Camp Director – The Island 

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Are you tired of long boring summers? Are you looking for something exciting, challenging, and with opportunities to grow spiritually, meet new friends and even learn a trade that will be useful in the future? If so, then join us for the summer of a lifetime! Are you ready to start college or in the process of getting your degree and want to serve with a Christian ministry this summer? Maybe you are an alumnus of the Word of Life Bible Institute and want to come back to serve at one of our summer camps? Word of Life is looking for staff who are ready to make a difference by serving and leading this summer with the goal of reaching thousands of youth with the Gospel. Our Summer Camp Health Centers strive to serve campers with and staff with excellent, efficient, and professional care. Use your medical training in a powerful ministry opportunity this summer on one of our summer camp locations.
What is it all about? 

Every summer Word of Life utilizes hundreds of teens to help operate our camps.You will be involved in an exciting program designed to meet your spiritual needs and to challenge you to becoming more like Christ. Our goal is to prepare you for future service for Jesus Christ. Exciting Chapels, awesome on-the-job training, one-on-one discipleship, new friendships, and energetic activities are some of the experiences you can expect this summer!

What will I be doing?

 You will be assigned to a specific service area of ministry within one of our camps. These areas include: beachfront, culinary services, property services, program, snack shacks, grounds, bookstores, office, housekeeping, boat driving, stable hands and many more. We do our best to assign you to an area of your interest, but there are limited openings. You will be supervised by those who are qualified and trained to help you both spiritually and in your service area. Serving at camp opens the doors for thousands of families, teens and children to enjoy an exciting week at Word of Life!


How do I get there?

The Camp Crew program is considered a missions adventure. As such you have two options.

  • Option 1 – you can choose to come and volunteer.
  • Option 2 – you can choose to raise support for your summer mission’s adventure earning up to $150.00 a week.

Both options provide your room and board. For those opting to raise support, Word of Life has prepared a support-raising guide with an online support tracking system. You will not be alone in this process and we look forward to serving you and seeing how the Lord will provide your support needs. If you are ready for the summer of a lifetime. Click here to begin the application process.

What positions are available?

Counseling, Unit leading, Supervising Work Areas, Dining Room, Wait Staff, and many other key staff positions are available this summer. Some positions require one year of Bible College or previous experience. We will communicate with you concerning your positions of interest and what is required.

How do I get started?

Please begin by completing the Summer Staff Application, creating an account, answering all of the questions, and selecting the position you are interested in. Word of Life will review your application, check your references and contact you for a personal interview. Our camp leadership will inform you of your status. Positions are filled based upon experience and openings. We do our best to accommodate your request, but Word of Life reserves the right to appoint as deemed appropriate. Click here to get started

What will it be like? 

Word of Life is a youth camp; therefore it is an energetic, exciting, and expanding camp with hundreds of opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs of campers from around the world! Teamwork, professionalism, caring, fun, spiritually focused and exciting are some of the words describing the camp and workplace at Word of Life! If that describes you… consider joining us this summer.

What will I be doing? 

Duties include but may not be limited to: Camper and staff assessment, first aid, medication administration, documentation, health record review, rotate on call, daily shift report, and communication with parents, health center coordinator and camp director.


What is required?

Word of Life is hiring summer and winter camp seasonal Registered Nurses. Experience and training are essential. Please be prepared to share with us your experience and training records. It is our desire to have health center staff stay for the entire summer, but we do allow for shorter employment status with a two- week minimum. If you are not a New York State Registered Nurse, we will help with the certification paperwork. From January through March we operate Friday through Sunday; June through August we operate 7 days a week.


How do I get started?

If you would like to apply for a nursing position, please contact our Health Center Coordinator:

Kristen Finn, RN

Health Center

P.O. Box 600

Schroon Lake, NY 12870



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Florida Dates

Camp Season June 11 – August 4
Unit Leaders Arrive June 1
Supervisors Arrive June 2
Counselors Arrive June 3
Camp Crew Arrives June 4

New York Dates

Camp Season June 25 – August 19
Unit Leaders Arrive June 12
SIC/Camp Crew Supervisors Arrive June 13
Camp Crew Arrives June 17


Do I have to work for the entire summer?

Yes. Exceptions are based on special circumstances and must be approved by the Camp Crew Coordinator & camp director before acceptance into the program.

Do you provide transportation assistance to your property if fly/ride a bus/train to your area?

Yes, after acceptance you will need to log back into the system to complete the contract and other appropriate forms. One of the forms is an SMP Transportation Assistance Form. Please complete the form and our Transportation Coordinator will arrange details.

How old do I need to be to work in the Camp Crew?

You need to be at least 14 years old and must have a valid work permit. Many job assignments have age restrictions so Word of Life will work with you to assure proper placement.

How much may I raise this summer for my salary?

Our staff will work with you to determine the total amounts, but you can raise amounts that will give you a weekly salary of up to $150.00.

May I take part in the activities at camp?

Activity involvement is arranged by the Camp Crew Coordinators. Camp Crew has a very exciting and fun-filled program designed just for you

If I decide to raise support, how will I do this and how do I know how much I have?

Word of Life has a program designed to help you raise support, understand giving policies and even track your support. You will receive a username and password to our Camp Crew  Program. From this site you will be able to view your account balance, donor’s, donor’s contributions and donor’s contact information. This will assist you in keeping current with your newsletter and than you cards.

How will I be challenged throughout the summer in my walk with the Lord?

Every staff member will be expected to do a daily quiet time, attend weekly chapels/Bible Club meetings, and interact in one-on-one discipleship. Word of Life is committed to the spiritual growth of each staff member and is very intent and direct in the discipleship process.

If I am missing some of my paperwork items before I arrive, may I still come to work?

If you are unable to provide proper paperwork before or at the time of registration, you will not be able to work.

May I leave Word of Life property?

Yes, but please refer to the Summer Staff Manual for guidelines.

I’m having trouble submitting my application. What should I do?

Please contact the Camp Crew Coordinator for further assistance at 518-494-6215.

Do I get a day off during the week?

Yes, every staff member is entitled to one day off a week.

I cannot remember my username and/or password. What should I do?

Email, campcrew@wol.org. Please be ready to provide your full name, email address, and home phone number for confirmation. The Summer Staff office personnel will email you your missing information.

What ministry opportunities are available during the summer?

Every staff member will have opportunities to participate in open-air evangelism, discipleship, and serving others. Each camp creates a program enabling you to use your gifts and abilities to minister to others.

What kind of housing is available for the summer?

Housing is provided for all staff at each camp location. While each cabin has bunk beds you are responsible for providing your own bedding. All guys and girls cabins are separated.

If I am taking part in a Missions Trip, may I still work at Word of Life for the summer?

Yes, if your position allows and you have prior approval from the Camp Crew Coordinator and Camp Director you will be allowed to participate in a Word of Life sponsored mission’s trip.

If I am involved with Teens Involved, may I attend camp with my church?

No, but you will be able to attend Teens Involved events. All arrangements must be made in advance with the Camp Crew Coordinator for your facility.

Am I allowed to take time off during the summer?

Special Permission / Leave of Absence – Only Camp Directors or Camp Crew Coordinators may grant special permission for a leave of absence for special circumstances (i.e. wedding, graduation, etc.) when the ministry role of the staff member permits.The normal length of time granted for the absence should not exceed three (3) days.Planned special permissions must be requested through the appropriate Staff Coordinators or Camp Directors prior to the summer camping season.Unplanned circumstances are addressed on a case-by-case basis.