Your opportunities as a summer leader or staff:
+ Step away from your day to day
+ Develop valuable skills for your resume and your vocation
+ Be part of an incredible community of peers and mentors
+ Change the lives of kids for Christ
$175/week ($1,750 for a full summer)
Meals and Housing: Your housing and all your meals will be provided during your time at SpringHill (with the exception of Saturdays at Day Camp). At Overnight, you'll eat in the dining hall with your campers. At Day Camps, you'll have your meals at the church, at your host home, or out with your staff.
Yes! You do get time off, but it looks different for each role as well as for Day Camp or Overnight camp.
At Day Camps, campers go home everyday which means that you get to hang out with your staff at your host home, explore the city you are staying in, and get prepared for the next day of camp. Weekends are also a time to unwind and get ready for a new week, a new city, a new church and new campers!
At Overnight, your campers are with you 24/7, but that doesn't mean you don't get any downtime. You do get breaks during the week and on weekends, you will have the opportunity to get some free time to head into town and explore local restaurants, hang out with your staff, do laundry, or simply relax in your hammock.
We do ask that summer leaders commit to working at SpringHill for the entire duration of camp. Exceptions include "once in a lifetime" events like a family wedding or graduation.
The best way to tell you about this benefit is just to share some words from our staff:
"You develop life long friends."
"Some of the same people I worked with at camp during my first summer are still my best friends today. Some of them were even in my wedding."
"They are intentional relationships"
"I know there are people I can count on when I'm going through things."
Internships: We offer most of our jobs as internships and work to make sure that you are able to meet your internship objectives. In every position, we will work with you to help you learn skills and gain experience that you can directly transfer to your professional life post-SpringHill.
You'll receive training in experiential learning, increased self-efficacy, formal feedback processes, and coaching in several of our 10 identified leadership competencies. This experience during the summer will be a training ground so that you can be even more effective when you go back to your schools and communities in the fall. You will have learned and experienced how to lay down your burdens and pick up your cross as Jesus directs us to in Matthew 11:28-30.
"When I'm at SpringHill, I feel known and accepted."
"I know that if I need to call someone at 2 in the morning, that my SpringHill friends will be right there to pick up the phone, cry with me, pray with me and walk through the trials of life with me."
"We have fun together, we worship together, we do life together."
"It is a spiritual support system"
At SpringHill, we look for people who are passionate about Jesus and His message, kids and teens, are committed to working in community as part of a team, who are creative, energetic and effective communicators, are comfortable with change, committed to excellence and have a desire to create life-changing experiences for kids to know Jesus and grow in their relationships with Him.
Summer Leaders are required to be either 18 years old or a graduate of high school by the first day of summer camp to work at one of our overnight locations. Talk to your recruiter about options if you are not 18 years old or graduated yet and are interested in working on a Day Camp team. To work with high schoolers, we prefer that you have finished at least one year of college/similar experience.
Absolutely! At SpringHill's overnight locations, Summer Leaders get two-hour breaks daily and Friday night and Saturday off between camper terms. TST Overnight Camp (2-week program) Summer Leaders take days off each week, during the week.
Day Camp Summer Leaders work on Sunday afternoons and Monday through Friday. Housing and meals are provided by SpringHill for overnight locations and Day Camp Summer Leaders will have the opportunity to stay in host homes during the week where meals are provided. Day Camp Summer Leaders will have Saturdays off, as well as Sunday mornings. Summer Leaders will be expected to pay for their own meals while not working.
Weeks off must be arranged with your recruiter before camp. Situations we would consider are once-in-a-lifetime immediate family events (i.e. a sibling is graduating or getting married).
Overnight locations are located in Evart, Michigan and Seymour, Indiana.
Day Camps travel in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
Overnight is the classic camp experience—complete with blobs, climbing walls, ziplines, and intentional relationships. SpringHill has been doing summer camp since 1969 and has two locations, one in beautiful central Michigan and one location in scenic southern Indiana.
Applying is easy. Visit SpringHill summer jobs and fill out the Summer Leader Staff application, schedule your interview, fill out references and choose geographical area/job preferences.
When you apply you will have the option to schedule a a video interview over Skype. If you talk to a recruiter at your school, you may also have the option to do an in-person interview.
Of course! $175/week starting salary, up to $260/week depending upon the position that is offered. Summer Leaders receive room and board in addition to their weekly salary.
Most of SpringHill's positions are set as full-summer positions. There are a limited number of positions that are flexible at both Overnight and Day Camps. Please ask the recruiter about those positions if you are unable to commit to a full summer.
We will do our best to help Summer Leaders earn college credit by working at SpringHill. Many college programs offer internship credit and SpringHill will work to make sure that your job fulfills those requirements. Make sure you let your recruiter know that you are interested in fulfilling internship requirements.
That depends. At our overnight camps, Summer Leaders will mostly stay put for the whole summer, but may be asked to travel to a Day Camp location for 1–2 weeks. If Summer Leaders serve with Day Camps, they will travel throughout a region, hosting camp at a different church each week.
In 2006, God called SpringHill to move and go meet kids in their own cities, so we decided to take camp on the road! Day Camp is a summer of week-long camps hosted by leading churches where we take local kids on an adventure and share Christ's love. Day Camp means travel, fun, and getting outside your comfort zone.
If we're at a church in your city, Summer Leaders can stay at home! Otherwise, SpringHill's partner churches provide housing for Summer Leaders when we travel in the form of generous host homes. All host homes go through background checks and host at least 2-3 Summer Leaders at a time.
SpringHill commissioned a study of past staff and leaders to quantity the influence SpringHill has had on their career, church involvement, and overall spiritual growth.
Since 1969, SpringHill has partnered with young adults to create life-changing experiences of Christ. The community of friends and mentors that has formed in our ministry since then is one of the biggest reasons our leaders and staff come back each summer. The relationships you can develop here will challenge and grow you spiritually, professionally, and personally.
"The community of SpringHill is unlike any other. You're challenged spiritually and professionally. It's an incredible work place for someone who needs to leave their comfort zone while still feeling confident in their ability to share the gospel and work with children."
Former SpringHill Summer Leader