Summer Staff

This volunteer experience is for those who have completed at least one year of college (or are of college age or older). The summer staff roles require considerable maturity and non-verbal witness. Each summer staff session is about one month long. We will begin reviewing completed applications December 1st.

Session 1: May 22 - June 14

Session 2: June 13 - July 12

Session 3: July 11 - August 2

To Apply:

Please first check availability​ of openings. Then apply online. You will need the email address of a Young Life staff person who is willing to write a recommendation on your behalf.

Session Dates

Session 1: June 14 - July 4 ​ ​ ​ ​ Session 2: July 9-29 ​ ​ ​ ​ Session 3: July 29 - August 14

Jobs:

Baker, Cook, Landscaper, Maintenance, Office / Town Runner, Program Technician, Retail, Waterfront, Zipline / Climbing Tower / Giant Swing, EMT

June Session Wranglers:

We are in need of volunteers June 2nd-15th here at Castaway Club! We are looking for individuals 18+ to serve on waterfront, ropes, retail and kitchen. Volunteer for a few days or the whole time this June at Castaway Club!

More information here.

Work Crew

This volunteer experience is for those in high school. To be eligible you must have completed one year of high school and complete your local area's work crew training course. Each work crew session is about one month long during the summer.

Session 1: May 22 - June 14

Session 2: June 13 - July 12

Session 3: July 11 - August 2

Jobs:

Housekeeping, Laundry, Outdoor Crew (ODC), Dishwashing Crew (Pits), Dining Hall

To Apply:

The application process begins with a Young Life staff recommendation. To apply, please talk with your local Young Life staff.

Adult Guests

Adults can have the time of their lives at Castaway Club too! During each week of summer camp up to twelve adults may participate in our Young Life Adult Guest program. Adult guests stay in beautiful Clipper, eat meals with campers, go to Young Life club and soak in the entire camp experience.

To Register:

Adult guests are registered through local Young Life area offices. If you cannot locate your local Young Life area office please contact us.

  • Week 1: May 24-30
  • Week 2: May 31 – June 6
  • Week 3: June 7 - 13
  • Week 4: June 14 - 20
  • Week 5: June 21-27
  • Week 6: June 28 – July 4
  • Week 7: July 5 – 11
  • Week 8: July 12 - 18
  • Week 9: July 19 - 25
  • Week 10: July 26 - August 1

Adult Volunteers

College and High School volunteers have been an integral part of Castaway Club since its beginning. Our volunteer program is being expanded to include adults who are looking to have a meaningful volunteer experience.

As a volunteer, adults will serve in a behind-the-scenes role that will enhance the camping experience for kids. Volunteers will also get a glimpse into Young Life camping.

If you would like more information or to apply, please complete the "Application" portion of the brochure and return it to Castaway Club via mail. If you would like to email it​ to Castaway, please include the necessary application info in the body of the email.

  • Week 1: May 24-30
  • Week 2: May 31 – June 6
  • Week 3: June 7 - 13
  • Week 4: June 14 - 20
  • Week 5: June 21-27
  • Week 6: June 28 – July 4
  • Week 7: July 5 – 11
  • Week 8: July 12 - 18
  • Week 9: July 19 - 25
  • Week 10: July 26 - August 1

medical Program

Summer Camp Doctor​ — Each week over 400 high school kids load up and head out for the best week of their lives. To provide the best possible care, we need physicians to help us meet the medical needs of the campers and summer volunteers at camp. All camp doctors and their families stay at camp during the week of service at no cost.

School Season Opportunities— We are also in need of medical providers for camps during the school season months at Castaway. These camps are shorter (usually over a weekend), quieter and more relaxing than summer camping. Contact us​ if you are interested in this opportunity.

To Apply:

First, check availability. Then complete a Camp Medical Professionals Application.

  • Week 1: May 24-30
  • Week 2: May 31 – June 6
  • Week 3: June 7 - 13
  • Week 4: June 14 - 20
  • Week 5: June 21-27
  • Week 6: June 28 – July 4
  • Week 7: July 5 – 11
  • Week 8: July 12 - 18
  • Week 9: July 19 - 25
  • Week 10: July 26 - August 1

The week will be more like a mission trip than a vacation. The camp physician’s primary role is to provide timely triage assessment of guests who require medical care for an injury or an illness during their week at camp. They direct the course of action in the event of an emergency and decide which patients need to be transferred to the local clinic or hospital. Castaway Club has an EMT serving each week as well. Along with the doctor, the EMT staffs the camp infirmary for one half hour after each meal to care for minor injuries, colds, sore throats, etc. The physician is on call 24/7 for any emergencies. The physician must also adequately document the medical record to reflect the care that has been given. At no time should any physician practice medicine that falls outside of their medical license and level of experience and training.

Your spouse and children, ages 17 and younger, are invited to share the week with you. Whether it’s enjoying meals together, swimming in the pool, or watching Young Life summer camp in action — you are sure to have a great time. Time and space permitting, your family will have an opportunity to experience the many activities around camp. 

Work Week

We would love for you to join us in May to prepare camp for Summer 2024!

WHAT:​ Paint, clean, fellowship, mow, plant, wash, eat, pray, hammer, worship.

WHO: Anyone wanting to serve: Adult friend groups, Young Life leaders, college alumni, committees, skilled or non-skilled, laborers, and college students. ​ ***Campaigners Groups are welcome, please contact Andy Wahl directly. awahl@castaway.yournlife.org***

COST:​ FREE! Your all-expense paid time includes housing, great food and lots of hard but very rewarding work. ​ (You are responsible to arrange your travel to and from Castaway, including any travel expense.)

WHEN: May 28th-June 2nd, 2024 (Register before May 18th!)

Email awahl@castaway.younglife.org or call Castaway Club at 218-325-3550 ex 28 to give information about bringing a group to our college/adult Work Week.

Please complete an online health form​ before arriving at camp. ​ You will have access to the paper version of the Health form after you Register.

Registration form: Here!