Our counselors

Life Change Happens in Relationship


We believe life change happens in relationship. That’s why we keep a low counselor-to-camper ratio and make sure our counselors are equipped with everything they need to create a fun, safe, engaging environment where campers will form strong relationships and grow in their faith.


Discover Who They Are

About our Counselors

Our counselors are what make Word of Life camps so special! They help everyone have a blast, but also answer questions, care for, mentor and encourage campers in their faith.

All counselors have completed at least one year at the Word of Life Bible Institute, an accredited, post-secondary program offering intensive Bible study and ministry training. Not only have they been trained specifically for camp ministry, but they are also equipped with in-depth Biblical knowledge and personally spend time in the Word daily.


Safety & Accountability

We recognize the incredible trust you place in us when you send your child to a Word of Life camp. That’s why we have a chain of command in place at our camps to ensure that everyone is safe, taken care of and held accountable. All of our counselors are required to learn, sign and abide by our child protection policy.

Each counselor also reports to a unit leader, who is typically in charge of seven or eight counselors. Unit leaders make sure the needs of the counselors are met so the counselors can give campers their all and make camp the best it can be!

How We Prepare Our Counselors

Summer Institute of Camping Training – Camp and staff counselors complete an intensive, on-site, 10-day training course where they learn about leadership, counseling, safety and first aid, child and teen issues, spiritual preparation, camp programming, team building and other topics.

Biblical Training – As students and graduates of the Word of Life Bible Institute, our counselors have studied at one of the strongest Bible training schools in the country. Their unique curriculum equips them with classroom knowledge, as well as practical ministry and life growth.

Child Protection Training – All camp employees receive specific training on our own Child Protection Policy and review the best practices of working with children and teens as they relate to awareness, prevention, reporting, response and more.

Never-Alone Direct Supervision – Counselors are trained to follow our policy of no camper ever being alone. Campers are directly supervised by at least one, but typically several counselors at all times. Campers do not go anywhere or do anything without supervision.

Become a Counselor

Every summer College and Career individuals join our summer counseling core. They donate their time and energy to impact the spiritual life of the students that come to camp. You can join our summer counseling core by applying. To get more information click the link below.

Learn More About Becoming a Counselor