Iowa UMC camps and retreats - Come be in ministry with us this summer!

January 14, 2014













If you’ve never had the opportunity to come and be part of our summer ministry team, 2014 is the year to start. All three of our camps are wonderful places to work and to learn about camp and retreat ministry. If you’re an older high school student or in college, or just out of college and want to try something new, get in touch with us, so we can share more about these special ministry opportunities. Below is some information from all three of our camp and retreat centers here in the Iowa UMC Conference that will tell you about our opportunities for summer positions. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

                                     Lake Okoboji Camp and Retreat Center

Looking for a summer job that gives you plenty of time outdoors, great fun with friends and an opportunity to impact the lives of children and youth? Apply for a summer position at the Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp! If you are 18 years old or older and want to have the best summer of your life by the lake, we want to talk to you! Staff positions are available in areas of cabin leadership, activity leaders, kitchen and maintenance help. All seasonal staff receive room, board and certifications too! Weekly Junior Staff positions are available for any youth over the age of 16. Applications are available online at, or email for additional information.

                                  Pictured Rock’s Camp and Retreat Center

Do you want to encounter God, change lives, be a part of an incredible community and gain some new skills this summer? If so, we hope you will consider joining the Pictured Rocks Family. We are looking for individuals to be counselors, support staff, and an assistant cook in 2014. Some positions are available for individuals 16 and older, but most are available for those 18 and older. Check out the Summer Camp section of our website ( for a lot more information on job descriptions, salary information, a summer overview and much more. Summers at Pictured Rocks are full of adventure, discovery and wonder as we explore God’s Creation and serve campers with the love of Christ. We provide all the necessary paid training you need, so previous experience isn’t necessary. If serving others, sharing Christ’s love, impacting lives, being part of a Christ-centered community and working a job that never gets boring sounds appealing to you, then consider Pictured Rocks this summer. We are excited about 2014 and look forward to hearing from you soon! If you have any questions you can contact our Director, Patric Newton, at

                                   Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center

Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center is now hiring staff for summer 2014. All staff are camp counselors and rotate through other positions including food service, lifeguard, horse wrangler, maintenance and more. Staff will receive a contract and room/board for the summer. Staff training starts the last week of May and summer contract ends second week of August. You can find more information and the link to online applications at under the summer section and the employment page. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking to build a resume and work experience in a human service related field.  Staffs are encouraged to share their own faith experiences as they encourage campers to ask questions and begin to grow their own faith. If you have questions or would like a brochure with more details email