To apply to be a part of our summer 2019 staff, click here.

To be a Volunteer (Counselor or Chaplain) this summer, contact the office at 620-872-2021


Camp Counselors: These individuals are responsible for caring for our campers, playing games, teaching about Christ using our curriculum, providing a safe and fun experience, and being a responsible mentor for our campers while they’re at camp.


Program Assistant: This individual helps facilitate and organize summer program with the guidance of the Camp Director. This means leading other summer staff at times, stepping in as a counselor when needed, communicating program needs with site staff and volunteers, assisting office staff, and many other duties as needed or as fits with the gifts of the individual. A great leadership position for returning staff to apply for.


Lifeguards: A current Lifeguard certificate is required, however we can provide training if needed. A lifeguard must be a mature person, capable of providing supervision and camper safety at the swimming pool and lakefront.  This person is responsible for maintaining a clean pool, bathhouse, and surroundings and other duties as assigned.

If you are already certified, you must be waterfront certified as well.


Kitchen Staff: Our kitchen staff will be responsible for assisting the head cooks in food preparation and in the buffet line as needed, washing and putting away dishes, sweeping and mopping kitchen and dining hall floors, wiping down tables and chairs, setting up dining hall for meals and other tasks as needed.


Head Cooks/Hospitality Staff: Our kitchen is run by two head cooks who order food, create menus, supervise staff, and make sure we’re up to state regulations. Head cooks may also work as hospitality staff in retreat season, seeing that our groups are comfortable, happy, and well fed.


Camp Administrator: This individual assists in the day to day operations of running a church camp including billing, scheduling groups and Camp Sunday events, and overseeing the management of the office. This position also assists the director with creating fundraising and volunteer events. Other duties may be included as well, depending on the skills and abilities of the individual hired.


Volunteer Counselors: Volunteer counselor positions are available for each camp. Please contact Meg for information about counselor positions.


Volunteer Deans: Lakeside would not exist without the multitudes of people who have helped build and run our various summer camp programs. If you are interested in helping coordinate a camp, contact our office.


Chaplains: Some other GPC camps call these people Deans, however, with our history, it makes it easier to refer to them as Chaplains. Chaplains are clergy, youth pastors, deacons, lay speakers, and other strong leaders in the church that are at camp to help lead worship and to be available as a spiritual resource for our campers and staff. If this is a position that interests you, please contact our office.

Clergy, we’ve heard that coming to Chaplain a camp does NOT count as vacation time. Please don’t be afraid to reach out to volunteer or ask for more information.


 All Lakeside Employees and Volunteers must complete the Safe Gatherings certification of the Great Plains UMC, which includes a full background check, and attended either Staff Training or Volunteer Training.  Minimum age to work at Lakeside is 16 years for kitchen, 18 years for everything else.  Positions listed are the primary job assignments.  Employees may be assigned other duties and responsibilities.