What Is Summer Staff?
Each year The Wilds hires approximately 275 high school and college-age students to help staff our 11 weeks of summer ministry. Half of these positions are counselors and the other half are operational staff, such as lifeguards, waitresses, kitchen staff, nurses, maintenance, landscape, housekeeping, Craft Shop, The Snack, and Cool Beans Coffee Shoppe workers.
Once you arrive, you will receive one week of intense staff training and then 10 weeks of hands-on practical experience. There is no question that working at The Wilds for a summer is a life-changing experience!
How Can I Work on Summer Staff?
A potential staff member must have:
- completed a year of college OR
- worked a year after high school OR
- completed our CIT (Camper-In-Training) Leadership Program
If you qualify, the next step is to fill out an application. You can do that either by clicking the Apply Now! button below or by filling out and returning a paper application. The earlier you can get the application back to us, the better (early fall is best). Once we receive your application, we will start the recommendation process. We will contact your pastor or youth pastor and your college for their recommendation on your preparedness for working at a youth camp. Although most staffing decisions are made by the first of the year, we do accept applications through late spring as we generally are still filling a few positions at that time.
Please note that most communication is done via email; please be sure to include a regularly checked email address.
If you as a pastor or college representative have been asked to provide a recommendation for a summer staff applicant, you will receive a form in the mail. You can also fill the form out online or download a copy to print and fill-out. Please mail your form to the North Carolina campsite address or email to .
A link to summer staff assignments will be posted here closer to the beginning of summer.