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Summer Camp

Summer Staff

  • The Lutherlyn staff consists of 55 dedicated people specially trained (including First Aid and CPR) to ensure a safe, substantial, and enjoyable ADVENTURE IN FAITH!
  • All summer staff participate in a 13-day intense training program to prepare them in the two weeks before campers arrive.
  • A registered nurse, certified water-safety instructor, and lifeguards are in attendance at camp all summer long to provide for the health and safety of each camper.
  • Background checks and a check of the National Sex Offender Registry are completed for every staff member and volunteer.

Our staff is led by Deacon Debra Roberts, Executive Director.

Lutherlyn is Accredited by the American Camp Association.

Why work at Summer Camp???

Working at Summer Camp is so much more than a job!

  • Make a difference in the life of a child!
  • Make lifelong friends!
  • Gain valuable skills for life and future employment!
  • Spend time outside!
  • Grow in your faith while helping campers grow in their faith!
  • Help campers grow in their independence, leadership, communication skills, and sense of self-worth!
  • S'mores EVERY WEEK!

Summer Employment

Lutherlyn is an outdoor ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which is supported by the Northwestern and Southwestern Synods of Pennsylvania. There are twelve people on our year round staff and we hire approximately 50 people for the summer. Summer Employees do not have to be Lutheran but must be Christian. All applicants will be interviewed prior to employment.

Check out this information from the American Camp Association about working at camp:

Follow These Steps to Apply:

If you have already served on summer staff in the past 3 years or if you were hired for the summer of 2020, please complete the Returning Staff Application.

Who We Serve

We welcome campers without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or income. Campers are broken up into the following age groups:

  • Day Camp - entering grades 1-5
  • Young Folks - entering grades 1-3
  • Juniors - entering grades 4-6
  • Junior Highs - entering grades 7-9
  • Senior Highs - entering grades 10-12

What We Do

Lutherlyn is a God-given place to be accepted, challenged, and sent. As a staff, we welcome and accept all campers just as they are. We challenge them to get to know each other, get to know more about themselves, grow in their faith, gain independence, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. We send them out into the world to let their light shine and make a difference in the world. Our first priority is always the safety, well-being, and supervision of the campers. We operate within a small group camping model that focuses on intentional group building in cabin groups that typically consist of 6-10 kids and one counselor.

The camp week runs from Sunday afternoon through Friday evening.

Typical daily activities might include: nature activities, games, hiking, swimming, crafts, boating, fishing, sports, creek walking, group building activities, group challenge activities, Bible study, worship, campfires, sleeping out, cooking out ... and more!

Covid-19 Considerations for Summer 2021

We continue to adjust our Covid-19 policies based on the current recommendations from the American Camp Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the PA Department of Health. Summer Staff will be required to sign and agree to Lutherlyn's Covid-19 Policies; which will be finalized in May. We expect that it will include:

  • Each cabin group will be a "pod". The counselor and campers in a cabin group will be a "family" for the week. That means no masks when just a cabin group is together.
  • When staff and/or cabin groups are around anyone that is not in their pod, then masks will be required.
  • Most activities will be done as a cabin group; there will not be many large group activities.
  • There will be 5-6 campers in a cabin (instead of 8).
  • Support Staff will not live in cabins with campers but will be involved in camp activities with campers.
  • For the most part, staff will live in the same cabin for the summer. Staff will not move every week.
  • As of December, 2020 - we do not plan to send teams out on Day Camp for the summer of 2021. This will be re-evaluated in the spring.
  • There will be daily temperature and symptom checks.
  • Staff will be expected to limit their contact with people who are not a part of the camp community throughout the summer. There will be meals and activities for the staff at Lutherlyn over the weekends. Staff can go to the store or get carry out on weekends but they will be expected to follow all CDC guidelines.
  • Staff will not be able to take weeks off during employment (staff that may still have school during the beginning of staff training will be able to arrive late).
  • There will be no visitors.
  • If a staff member has a family emergency, we will create a plan for that staff member that allows them to attend to their family without putting the health of the Lutherlyn community at risk.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:30 Wake Up
8:00 Morning Watch (devotions)
8:15 Breakfast
9:00 Unit games/Unit staff meeting
10:00 Bible Study
11:00 Ropes Course or other cabin group activity
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Horizontal Time
1:30 Swimming, hiking, crafts, etc.
2:30 Activity time for campers to choose activities individually
2:30 Camp Store Open
4:15 Skill craft time: Each staff person teaches a special skill
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Cabin Clean Up
6:30 Evening activity
7:30 Evening Snack
8:00 Worship
8:30 Campfire
10:00 Candle Power (evening devotions) and bed time

*The above schedule is rough and does not include the schedule for special programs, nor does it include our special all camp events. It is only a guideline and can be molded to fit the needs of each cabin.

The above schedule reflects a "Classic Camp" schedule. In addition to the Classic Camp program, we offer the following programs: Night Owls, Life In The Wild, Horse Camps, Family Camp, Arts Camp, Model Rocketry, Adventurers, and Day Camps. For more information on these programs, please see our summer brochure.

Job Descriptions Summary

  • Residential Counselor: At least 18 years of age and graduated from High School. Lives in a small group of 6-10 campers as their guide and role model for the week. Leads Bible studies, worship, group building and more. 
  • Lifeguard: At least 17 years of age, holding lifeguard certification or higher. Guards and supervises a safe pool and lake waterfront program under the direction of the Waterfront Director. 
  • Cooks: At least 18 years of age. Enjoys people and cooking. Works under the supervision of the Food Service Manager. Prepares meals, assists in inventory control, carefully follows health standards and assists with kitchen clean-up. Must have some food service experience.
  • Kitchen Staff: Must be 17 or older. Must enjoy working with people and food. Works with others to prepare, serve, clean-up and carefully follow health standards. Assists cooks in meal preparation. Includes dish washing, scrubbing pots and pans and serving meals. 
  • Adventure Counselor: At least 21 years of age . Lives in a small group of 8-10 campers as their guide and role model for the week. Leads Bible studies, worship, group building, recreation, and more. Adventure counselors will be the counselors for the Adventurers program and other programs with off-site adventures. Additional training will be provided prior to summer staff training. Must have an interest and some experience with rock climbing. Must have driver's license and a clean driving record.
  • Grounds Crew: At least 17 years of age. Assists the Site Manager in all aspects of grounds, facility and equipment upkeep and repair. Includes repair, farming, mowing, cleaning and general upkeep.
  • Day Camp Counselor: At least 18 years of age and graduated from High School, with special interests in working with young children, kindergarten through 5th graders. Same as a counselor but works off-site at churches Sunday through Friday for at least half of the summer. When on-site this person is a residential counselor.
  • Media Director/Photographer: At least 19 years of age. Take photos and video of campers and camp activities daily. Update the web site daily with the current photos, video, and news. Print and distribute camper mail and e-mail. Send e-mail updates to campers and parents. 
  • Riding Instructor: At least 19 years of age. Assists the stable manager in training, feeding, health care, equipment up-keep, and overall safety in the horse program. Assists in teaching campers proper care and riding techniques. Must have horseback riding experience.
  • Unit Leader: At least 21 years of age with camp experience and good leadership skills. Supervises counselors, organizes, plans and works with program areas daily. Must have drivers license and a clean driving record.
  • Day Camp Director: At least 21 years of age. Lead the Day Camp program at each site. Supervise the Day Camp Counselors. Plan the daily schedule with the Day Camp Counselors and the Day Camp Site Coordinator. Must have drivers license and a clean driving record. 
  • Adventure Program Coordinator: At least 21 years of age. Must have experience with rock climbing, belaying, and outdoor adventure activities. Coordinate and facilitate adventure activities (on and off site). This includes: High ropes course, zip line, climbing chimney, bouldering room, off-site rock climbing, off-site biking, and other special adventure trips. Must have driver's license and a clean driving record. 
  • Waterfront Director: At least 21 years of age, holding a current lifeguard certification and WSI or equivalent. Oversees the safe operation of the pool and swimming lake as well as boating program. Leads and directs a waterfront staff of three lifeguards. 
  • Crafts Director: At least 19 years of age, with a special interest in crafts and working with kids. Organizes, stocks, orders and maintains craft supplies for a creative crafts program. Teaches campers and staff various crafts and supervises campers while they work. 
  • Crafts Assistant: At least 17 years of age. Assists the Crafts Director in all aspects of the crafts program. 
  • Store Manager: At least 19 years of age. Manage the camp store and camp store accounts; run the camp store. Assist the summer registrar with tasks related to summer registration. 

Staff Positions and Salaries (per week)

Position 2021 Salary Range 2021 Contract Dates
Unit Leader $255-265 May 19- Aug 7
Day Camp Director $250-260 May 31-July 31
Day Camp Counselor $245-255 May 31-July 31
Counselor $245-255 May 31-July 31
Adventure Program Coordinator $245-255 May 24-Aug. 7
Adventure Guide/Counselor $245-255 May 26-July 31**
Riding Instructor $245-255 May 31-July 31**
Store Manager/Stepping Stones Coordinator $250-260 May 31-Aug. 7
Waterfront Director $250-260 May 31-Aug. 7
Lifeguard $245-255 May 31-July 31**
Crafts Director $250-260 May 31-July 31
Crafts Assistant $245-255 May 31-July 31
Media Director/Photographer $245-255 May 31-July 31
Kitchen Staff $245-255 May 31-Aug. 7
Residential Grounds Crew $245-255 May 24-Aug. 7
Commuter Grounds Crew $325-335 May 17-Aug. 13

**Some contracted through August 8th

The pay periods include the thirteen day staff training. Program staff will also receive first aid and CPR certification as a part of the training at no charge. Some contract durations may vary as needed. If a staff member quits or is dismissed before staff training is complete, they will not be paid for any of staff training.

Lutherlyn is a Pennsylvania State approved Work-Study site. Those who qualify may be eligible for $500-$700 in matching funds through this program. For information go to

Lutherlyn will conduct a Criminal Background and Sex Offender Check of all employees and volunteers. Staff who may drive camp vehicles will be required to provide Lutherlyn with Drivers License information.

The Programs We Offer

  • Click on this link to see our Program List and descriptions

Some Specifics for the Summer of 2021

The first two weeks of employment (May 31-June 11) will be spent in staff training. Staff training will include: CPR and First Aid Training, Ropes course facilitator training, group building skills, position specific skills (e.g. counseling, kitchen procedures, Day Camp curriculum), and MUCH MORE!

Camper weeks end on Friday night. Staff will be off from 9pm Friday through 11:00am on Sunday. We will work on Saturday, June 5 (middle of staff training) and Saturday, July 31 (last day for staff).

Employment Information

Most positions are contracted from May 31-July 31. Some exceptions for longer or shorter periods may apply by position.

Each staff person receives a weekly salary plus room and board. Worker's compensation is also provided. The salary is paid every two weeks.

All staff must complete a health form provided by the camp. Each employee must be able to prove U.S. citizenship or have proper visa identification.

Any staff member under the age of 18 is required to have a Work Permit completed and on file at the Lutherlyn office before employment may begin.

All staff are expected to participate in the pre-camp training program during the first fourteen (14) days of employment, unless arrangements are made prior to signing the contract.

Each staff person receives at least 24 hours off each week. For most staff this is from Friday night through Sunday morning. In some cases the 24 hours must be granted at another time period during the week.

Lutherlyn is fortunate to have a strong group of volunteer staff including Camp Pastors, Grandparents, Nurses, and various resource people. Room and board is provided for these volunteers.

Evaluations are important and helpful for personal growth and program excellence. Staff will be required to participate fully in evaluations of the program, the staff experience and personal contributions. These may be both oral and written and may occur during the summer as well as at the conclusion of the summer. A written evaluation will be required before the end of employment.

In general, Lutherlyn views social networking sites (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc.), personal websites, and blogs positively and respects the right of employees to use them as a medium for self-expression. Employees should not have inappropriate content or details about their personal life on the internet that contradicts Lutherlyn's staff policies and expectations that parents, campers, or camp administration can access.

Staff may not contact campers (minors) outside of Lutherlyn via e-mail, phone, internet, or in person without the knowledge and consent of the camper's guardian.


Please contact Deb Roberts ( or 724-865-2161) with employment questions.