Every summer we host Christ-centered camps for all age ranges. Any time we have a camp, we try to have at least two volunteer counselors in each of our cabins. These volunteer counselors are typically recruited throughout the year by the camp board and individual camp directors. Volunteers are often recruited for a specific position during one of our camps. As a policy, we require all volunteers to submit a volunteer application form to the Camp Board. This application includes providing references and consenting to a criminal background check.
If you have not been directly recruited and want to volunteer during one of our camps, we encourage you to fill out our application. Filling out the application does not guarantee that you will be asked to volunteer. After passing the background check, your name will be made available to any camp director looking for counselors. Any of those camp directors may contact you if they need your help with their camp. If you are serving during more than one camp, you only need to fill out the form once.
The number of volunteers needed varies (greatly) from year to year. If you are not contacted to serve this year, we encourage you to fill out the application again next spring.
*For privacy reasons, Camp Emmanuel does not comment on or explain volunteer staffing decisions, including failed applications.
Each year Camp Emmanuel has a long list of projects (a list is usually found on our "home" page). Sometimes it's routine maintainence around camp - organizing our craft supplies or moving mattresses into the cabins. Other times we already have the funds and supplies for a camp improvement project and need a skilled volunteer to take us over the finish line.
Do you like woodworking? Do you love to garden? Want to run around and take pictures of camp for our website? Want to help cook for the other volunteers? Do you just miss being at Camp Emmanuel? Join us!
Whatever your skill level, we would love to see you at one of our work days. We typically have a work week in the spring to get camp ready for the year and a work day in the fall to close the camp for winter. These events are a family affair, and they are absolutely critical to keeping Camp Emmanuel up and running.
If you want to volunteer for a specific camp improvement project outside of our work days/week, we ask that you contact the Camp Board directly through one of the methods on our Contact Page so we can make the appropriate arrangements.
Camp Emmanuel is always looking for individuals willing to serve a term on our camp board. Board members are nominated and approved each year at the annual conference of the Illinois-Wisconsin District Church of the Brethren.
Board members begin their term in November and serve for three years. At the end of a term, board members may be re-nominated for another three years. Members may serve two consecutive three-year terms before taking a one year mandatory break. After this haitus, individuals may be nominated to the board again and may serve two more consecutive three-year terms.
Our camp board meets a few times throughout the year to carry out routine business and plan for camp maintenance, improvements, and programs. Some of our meetings are online while others are in-person at Camp. (All of our in-person meetings feature really good food.) If you are interested in being nominated for a camp board position, please reach out to your local Church of the Brethren or contact us directly.