Lead, Learn, Laugh, and Love at Summer Camp!

Do you love being with kids? Do you enjoy the camping experience? Is your faith leading you to a path of discovery and challenge? Do you wish to share your knowledge and experiences? Do you want to make a positive impact on a kid’s mind, body, and spirit?

This job is not easy nor for the faint of heart. There are physical and emotional demands, long days and challenging relationships. But there are rewards too: smiles, laughter, achievements, confidence, friendship, understanding, and, of course, S’mores!

We are seeking young men and women who exemplify their Christian faith by practicing patience, kindness, honesty, respect, and love. We are searching for those who can give unselfishly of themselves, who can teach without lecturing, who can redirect without anger, who display enthusiasm, courage, and creativity in the face of rainy weather and unforeseen circumstances.

What are your special talents? We want team members who can lead in multiple roles. For example: can you sing or play an instrument? Can you lead kids in arts and crafts? Can you show kids how to swim? What can you teach kids about outdoor backpacking? Bring your skills and talents to the camp, you are a treasure for all to share.

If you are accepted, we start with two weeks of staff training: on the trail, on the water and in the classroom. We will get to know one another and begin to work as a team. We will learn the skills to be safe in our activities. We will learn to be leaders. Please refer to our 2018 summer camp schedule.

Please see the job titles and descriptions on this page. You may also refer to the Personnel Policies to familiarize yourself with our camp policies. If you would like to apply, you can find the link to the application forms on this page. Thank you for your interest in Holston Camp.

Volunteering at Summer Camp

Yes, we need experienced, talented, and enthusiastic Volunteers.
Opportunities include:

  • Chaplain of the Week
  • Van driver (must be at least 25 years old)
  • Photographer/Videographer/Social Media
  • Landscape/Maintenance
  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Nurse/Medical assistant
  • Adult Counselor/Oversight
  • Specialty Teaching Skills/Topics i.e. Ecology
  • Naturalist/Biologist/Astronomist/Geologist/etc.
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music Instructor
  • Dance Instructor
  • Drama Instructor

Please review and complete Volunteers Application.  Our policy required all volunteers to be subject to a background check! If accepted, we will provide you with room and board for your services. Please note that if you bring family members with you, that we will have to charge for their meals.

Download and complete the application. You can forward the digitized image to Holston by email or send by mail to: PO BOX 428, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

Volunteer Application

Summer Staff Jobs and Descriptions (If you are interested in a position, please fill out an application at the bottom of this page and submit it to our office.)

Summer Program Director (SPD) position has been filled.

The Summer Program Director “SPD”-(1 position, age 21+) will work with the Camp Director and full-time staff to plan and execute a safe and rewarding camp experience for all staff and campers. The SPD must demonstrate excellent leadership skills, mature faith, and the ability to supervise peers. He/she must be able to create, schedule, organize, and lead the summer camp resident and day camp program including training of staff as necessary. The SPD will begin employment in the spring to assist with planning and training of summer staff. Experience as a camp counselor and/or outdoor recreation management is necessary. $300/week, room and board (no meals served during off time on weekends).

Adventure Leaders-(2 positions, 1 man, 1 woman 19+) are responsible for leading and instructing outdoor recreation skills and outdoor on and off campus activities including: wilderness camping, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and backpacking. Adventure Leaders will also participate as resident camp counselors. Experience is necessary. $230/week, room and board (no meals served during off time on weekends).

Resident Counselors (16 positions 8 men, 8 women, age 18+) are responsible for the oversight, safety, and care of campers throughout the day and evening. They provide instruction, motivation, encouragement, and a willingness to engage with each camper in a supportive way. Counselors must be creative and dedicated to building a Christian community within their small group and within the camp. Counselors will lead and/or facilitate activities according to their particular skills or special talents. Counselors must be responsible, mature, and conscientious as they lead with patience, kindness, compassion, and love. Counselors make a camper’s experience memorable by nature of the close-knit relationship that small-group camping provides. Experience with children is essential. Experience in outdoor living, canoeing, nature study, arts and crafts, field games, sports, drama, music, and/or other camp program skills will be favorably considered. $190 /Week, room and board (no meals served during off time on weekends).

 Swim Instructor/Lifeguard (2 positions 18+) must have Red Cross Lifeguard training course that includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer (CPRO) and First Aid, equipment-based rescues for aquatic environments, accident prevention, and decision-making skills or equivalent certifications. Swim Instructor/lifeguard will also function as a camp counselor (day or resident) as applicable. $210/week, room and board (no meals served during off time on weekends).

 Day Camp Director position has been filled.

Day Camp Director (1 position, 19+) provides guidance, enthusiasm, and creative leadership over Day Camp program. The Day Camp Director oversees the Day Camp program, Day Camp Counselors, and Day Campers. The Day Camp Director maintains a safe, clean and comfortable environment for Day Campers and staff; offers conflict resolution between staff and between campers; and acts as the main contact for parents during the day. Previous experience working in a classroom, as a camp counselor, or with youth groups is required. Classroom and staff management skills are necessary. $10/HR, lunch provided during week.

Day Camp Counselors (4 positions available, 16+) are responsible for the oversight, safety, and care of Day Campers. They provide instruction, motivation, encouragement, and a willingness to engage with each camper in an enthusiastic and supportive way. Counselors must be creative and dedicated to building a Christian community within the group. Counselors will lead and/or facilitate activities according to their particular skills or special talents. Counselors must be responsible, mature, and conscientious as they lead with patience, kindness, compassion, and love. Counselors make a camper’s experience memorable. Experience with children is essential. Experience in outdoor living, canoeing, nature study, arts and crafts, field games, sports, drama, music, and/or other camp program skills will be favorably considered. $8/HR, lunch provided during week. Only part-time positions available.

 Photographer/Videographer (1 position, 18+) responsible for collecting superlative digital images of camp activities to display on social media. Must have own camera, computer, etc.  Experience required. Position may be either full time resident (including lodging and meals), or hourly contracted. Salary based on experience.

To apply, complete the following form:

Instructions for download and completion:
Click on the application link. The document will open in your browser as a PDF. Download and save the document to your hard drive. Open the document using Adobe Reader. Complete the application. You may then send the document through the Adobe Reader application or save the document and attach to an email addressed to the camp.

Summer Staff Application 2018

If you have questions, contact us! We hope to meet you soon.