Outdoor recreation and relational mentoring to connect with each other and the Creator

Staff & Volunteers

About Volunteering

Everyone likes to know that they are making a difference in lives, and at Sagitawa there are so many opportunities to help. Every deed accomplished helps to fulfill the greater purpose of why we exist as a camp. To help for a day or when camps are not in session, no application is necessary. Call the camp office at 250-788-2361. Also note that Camp Sagitawa is evangelical and interdenominational. We choose to set aside differences for the sake of the gospel message.

Ideas of ways to help

  • Mow lawns
  • Special Projects
  • Spring or Fall Work Bees
  • Join staff team for Summer or Off-Season Camps
  • Help us serve a weekend rental group
  • Become a Member
  • Serve on the Board
  • Serve on one of our Committees

Why Volunteer?

The work here is effective in changing lives. There are so many stories around the world of people who have been affected by the work that is being done at Camp Sagitawa. We do not need a special calling to serve, we just need to serve.
One of Sagitawa's unique qualities is our summer staff team. We have a high retention of staff. We love our staff. We build into their lives through mentoring, accountability and discipleship. We are committed to these friendships and in opportunities to serve together. We value each person and want to encourage each in developing their God given potential.

What about Finance?

Paid Positions We have several seasonal jobs that are part of our regular budget. These include: Head Cook, two Assistant Cooks, Maintenance Manager and Receptionist.
Summer Work Grants We apply for several positions with ESDC under their Student Summer Work programs. Applicants must be have just finished a year of post-secondary education and are returning to a post-secondary school in the fall.
Bursary Program Our Bursaries have been a big help to students over the years. If you are attending school this fall, please check it out.
Expense Relief is a way to potentially assist non-students with certain expenses when they take a temporary leave from work to serve at camp for the summer.

Application Process

When applying, please understand that applications sent in prior to May are processed much faster than those that arrive later.
Also paid positions are normally job specific in the areas of training required. As such we will want paid cooks to have their Food Safe 1, and to have experience in leading teams in the kitchen. It would be wise to send in a resume for the area to which you are applying. Also, due to the sensitive nature of working with children and youth, all staff will need to sign off on several areas of training before being permitted to serve at Sagitawa.
After your application is submitted, you will receive an email indicating it was received by Camp. Included in that letter is the criminal record check information and a request that you get started ASAP. [Remember that any staff arriving at camp without having done a Criminal Record Check will not be able to work with kids and youth until we have te results of a recent record check.] There may also be other requests for you in that first email. During the next while we will be reading the application, recording questions, and calling or emailing references. Once the references are mostly in, we will call first time applicants for a phone interview. All this information is then weighed, a decision made, and the applicant is sent another email informing them of their acceptance or non-acceptance. The whole process can take as little as a few days, or as much as a couple months, depending on how quickly we are able to contact your references.

2017 Staff Training Schedules

Leadership Training at the main site is strongly encouraged. We need to be a strong team in order to accomplish a summer of camp with a unified purpose and with understanding each other. We cover a variety of topics, and have recently made some changes to the training program to help encourage leadership to engage and be challenged.
Support Staff Training at the main site is also strongly encouraged. Anyone not able to take this training will have to co-lead the first week. Excellent training is the root of excellent camping experiences.
SEED and Work Crew It is helpful for applicants to attend at least one training weekend prior to the summer. You are welcome to attend both as well.
COLT Schedule Please contact the respective camps for information on COLT Schedules at Trail Rides, or at HP Wilderness Camps.
Main Camp Training Calendar
  • Leadership Training: May 4 @7PM - June 8 @ 5PM
  • Support Staff Training: June 8 @7PM - June 29 @ 5PM
  • SEED Training Weekend 1: June 16 @7PM - June 18 @ 3PM
  • SEED Training Weekend 2: June 23 @7PM - June 25 @ 3PM
  • Note that we are not running a Work Crew program during 2017

Discipleship Programs (SEED, Work Crew, COLT)

Position Age by Dec-31 Maximum Stay Location Online Forms Training
SEED / Jr SEED 16+ / 15 9-wks / 3-wks Moberly Site Apply
Medical
Wkend-Leave
Prepare
Work Crew 16+ 8 wks Moberly Site Apply
Medical
Wkend-Leave
Prepare
COLT / Jr COLT 16+ / 15 4-wks / 1-wk Trail Rides or
HP-Wilderness
Apply
Medical
Prepare

Leadership, Program, and Support Staff

See Positions
Application Type Only Applicable to Maximum Stay Location Online Forms Training
Full New staff, plus former Seed, Colt, Work Crew 16 wks All sites Apply
Medical
Wkend-Leave
Prepare
Condensed We require a Full Application at start and every 5 yrs 16 wks All sites Apply
Medical
Wkend-Leave
Prepare
Temp Support staff coming for 2 wks or less (NOT cabin or teepee leaders) 2 wks All sites Apply
Medical
Wkend-Leave
Prepare
SEED Program
SEED and Jr SEED
A Junior SEED is really very similar to a SEED, with the following differences:
  • Can begin in the year they turn 15
  • Normal maximum length is 3 weeks
  • Each week is probationary, based on previous performance
  • Will not be able to function as an assistant to a cabin leader their first year
  • Servants, Encouraged, Equipped, Discipled
    It reflects a unique and exciting discipleship program with an emphasis on challenge and growth. Successful applicants will be involved in an intense program which includes Bible Study, hard work, character building, skill development and ministry experience. You will also make new friends and share team experiences. Priority is given to applicants who are able to commit to 6-8 weeks.
    Objectives:
  • To seek biblical truth and endeavor to apply it to your whole life.
  • To exemplify a Christ-like attitude of service to staff and campers.
  • To support, in good spirit, the traditions and regulations of the camp.
  • To welcome instruction and seek to benefit from it.
  • To be willing to perform ordinary tasks conscientiously and cheerfully.
  • SEEDs apply their learning practically by being involved in the whole camp program. They supervise campers, help teach skills and lead games, activities and chapels. They also help with cleaning, and fill in many gaps to help make the program run smoothly and enabling the cabin leader staff to mentor campers more effectively.
    Applicants
    About 16 students are accepted each summer. Applicants must be at least 16 years old in the year that they apply. We seek applicants who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who enjoy kids. SEED participants may apply for more than one year. Apply early to avoid disappointment. We no longer charge to recover costs for food, accommodations, training staff, and materials.
    Join us this Summer
    SEEDs come with enthusiasm, energy, and so much potential. It is exciting to get to know them and see them grow. Previous participants say that they still think about their experience even many years later.
    COLT Program
    Christian Outdoor Leadership Training
    Trail Rides and HP Wilderness offer a unique and exciting discipleship program with an emphasis on challenge and growth. Successful applicants will be involved in horsemanship, developing leadership and teaching skills, growing in their walk with the Lord, learning the value of serving one another - and having a fun while doing it.
    The rugged outdoor setting gives this program a feature that many other camps do not have. It is a lot of hard work, but the friendships and decisions made for eternity make it all worth while. COLTS are an important part of our staff, and we are thankful for those that come each summer.
    Jr COLT
    The Jr COLT Program is similar with the exception that applicants can begin in the year they turn 15, and can only come for one camp session.
    Objectives
    We try to involve COLTs in all aspects of camp. They will have the opportunity to serve in the following areas: help lead Bible studies, plan and lead chapel services, plan and lead games, help with chores (kitchen, horsemanship, etc.), being involved with the campers, as well as many other little things that help the camp to run smoothly. Our desire is to help these young people become young men and women who desire to serve God with their whole hearts.
    Applicants
    The number of COLTS that come to Trail Rides each summer varies from year to year. We can take up to 5 colts per camp. Applicants must be at least 16 years old in the year that they apply. They can come for one or two camps. Apply early to avoid disappointment. There is no charge for participating in the COLT program.
    Join us this Summer
    Many COLTs come back as senior staff. Many enjoy it and cannot wait for the next summer to come. So come on out and be a part of the staff at Trail Rides for the summer.
    Work Crew Program
    The Work Crew Program is an overflow from the SEED Program.
    If we are lacking SEED applicants, we would ask the Work Crew applicants to be SEEDs so that the main camp purposes are fulfilled. However, when we have enough SEEDs, then Work Crew applicants are able to work on special projects around the camp. They work alongside the Work Crew Leaders, who take direction from the Maintenance Director.
    The program is similar to the SEED Program. The difference is that the Work Crew are focusing on camp service projects, with limited camper ministry experience. SEEDs focus on camper ministry, with a limited time in service projects.
    Please refer to the SEED for other information.
    Online Staff Training
    We are working toward some online Staff Training, the links for which will be available here. This is a 2018 endeavor.
    Online SEED Training
    We are working toward some online SEED Training, the links for which will be available here. This is a 2018 endeavor.
    Online COLT Training
    We are working toward some online COLT Training, the links for which will be available here. This is a 2018 endeavor.
    Jobs

    Positions Still Needed

    See Filled Positions
    Position Still Need Purpose Preferred Start Preferred End Minimum Term Paid?
    POSITIONS @ MOBERLY LAKE
    Cabin Leaders6Program Staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Kitchen Help3Support staffJuly-AugJuly-Aug1 wk-
    Laundry1Support staffJuly-AugJuly-Aug1 wk-
    Lifeguard NLS1Program Staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Maintenance Help1Support staffJuly-AugJuly-Aug1 wk-
    Performing Arts Director1Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Photographer1Support staffearly Junelate Aug11 wksCSJ
    Prayer Soldier1Support staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    RN / First Aid1First Aidearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Videographer1Support staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    POSITIONS @ WILDERNESS ADVENTURE TRIPS
    Outpost Program Director1Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    POSITIONS @ TRAIL RIDES
    Assistant Cooks3Support staff1-3 wks-
    Camp Coordinator1Program Dir.3 wks-
    Camp Speaker3Support staff1-3 wks-
    Discipleship Director1Mentoring3 wks-
    Head Cook1Area Leader1-3 wks-
    Lifeguard NLS1Program Staff3 wks-
    RN / First Aid1First Aid1-3 wks-
    Tepee Leaders5Program Staff3 wks-
    Trail Boss1Admin. Dir3 wks-
    Wranglers3Support staff3 wks-
    COLT9Support staff1 wk-
    POSITIONS @ HP WILDERNESS
    Assistant Cooks3Support staff1-3 wks-
    Camp Coordinator1Program Dir.3 wks-
    Camp Speaker3Support staff1-3 wks-
    Discipleship Director1Mentoring3 wks-
    Head Cook1Area Leader1-3 wks-
    Lifeguard NLS1Program Staff3 wks-
    RN / First Aid1First Aid1-3 wks-
    Tepee Leaders5Program Staff3 wks-
    Trail Boss1Admin. Dir3 wks-
    Wranglers3Support staff3 wks-
    COLT9Support staff1 wk-
    Jobs

    Positions Already Filled

    See Open Positions
    Position Still Need Purpose Preferred Start Preferred End Minimum Term Paid?
    POSITIONS @ MOBERLY LAKE
    Assistant Cooks0Support stafflate Junelate Aug8 wksPd
    Chapel Coordinator0Mentoringearly Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Crafts Coordinator0Support staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Head Cabin Leaders0Mentoringearly Maylate Aug16 wksCSJ(1)
    Head Cook0Area Leaderearly Maylate Aug17 wksPd
    Host/ Hostess0Support staffearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Jr Staff Leaders0Mentoringearly Maylate Aug16 wksCSJ(1)
    Maintenance Manager0Support staffearly Maylate Aug16 wksPd
    Receptionist0Support staffearly Maylate Aug16 wksPd
    Outdoor Challenge Director0Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wksCSJ
    Program Director0Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wksCSJ
    Waterfront Director0Program Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Wellness Director0Admin Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wksCSJ
    Work Crew Leader0Mentoringearly Maylate Aug16 wks-
    POSITIONS @ WILDERNESS ADVENTURE TRIPS
    Outpost Director0Admin. Dir.early Maylate Aug16 wks-
    Outpost First Aid0First Aidearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    Outpost Guide0Area Leaderearly Junelate Aug11 wks-
    POSITIONS @ TRAIL RIDES
    POSITIONS @ HP WILDERNESS