OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE AWESOME!

We have clergy, teachers, parents, retirees, nurses, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, accountants and college students. Our oldest counselor is 80 (something) and the youngest is 18 or a high school graduate. Most are not trained in theology, but they are open with the children about their own personal walks with God. The common thread is that they all give a week or two to the service of God and the care and feeding of the young people in our diocese!  

VOLUNTEERS ARE ADULTS OF ALL AGES

 We love having the energy and enthusiasm of young adults, and like how they are close in age to the campers,  but we also want the experience and expertise that the older adults may bring.  These older adults can model what it means to be an adult Christian and Episcopalian.    Having a wide range also helps more honestly show the kingdom of God - with all of our differences.  We are proud to support multi-generational programs!

OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE PARENTS

​Because we have parent age counselors, we also have a place for their children (who are too young to be campers).  This is called the pumpkin patch.  These children spend most of the time with the rest of the camp, but they have their own cabin, their own counselors, and sometimes get to spend time doing their own thing.  This way their parents can truly focus on their own cabins.

OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE CLERGY

Since 2005 the Episcopal Youth Camp has invited the clergy and lay professionals of our Diocese to serve as Day Staff.  These special positions support our campers in staff in so many ways.  The campers are able to see people from their home parishes in a different light.  The staff feel supported by people coming in and helping in the special ways God has called them. 

​We rely on the priests in the Diocese to celebrate in our daily Eucharist.

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Qualifications

​While all of the volunteer staff positions have different requirements and different gifts & skills, these are the things we expect from all of our volunteers.

  • Has been certified in Safeguarding God’s Children

  • Has been cleared through our application and background check process Responsibilities

  • To live out our Baptismal Covenant & encourage a closer relationship with God

  • To show our passion for our love of God & God’s work in this world

  • To serve the campers & fellow staff through the ministry of hospitality and love.

  • To create an environment in which all of God’s children can feel safe.

  • To have fun & enjoy your experience at camp

  • Works with the entire staff and all the campers to create a Christian community.

  • Strives to ensure that all activities and your own personal actions fit within the purpose statement of the camp and the mission statement of the Diocese.

  • Follows the rules for life at camp, and encouraging this with all staff members and campers.

  • Being a good role model & positive influence 

  • Walking with the children and youth on their faith journey & share stories from your own

  • Participating fully in formation, worship time, and all activities of the camp 

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CONTACT US

Email: camp@edwm.org

Diocese of Western Michigan
5347 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
(616) 319-2006

© 2021 Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

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