If you want a fun and rewarding summer experience, apply for a seasonal job at Wesley Woods and join our ministry team! Gain leadership experience across a board range of skills, build your resume, make friends and memories to last a lifetime!

Why Wesley Woods?

If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding experience where you can make a real difference in a child’s life, this is the place for you!  If you are looking for a summer filled with crazy games, God moments, serving others, encouragement, playing hard, forever memories, leading others, facilitating,  faith-filled adventures, and the chance to inspire then we are waiting to hear from you! Camp has a life-changing impact on both campers and staff. There is no better way to spend the summer.

Wesley Woods provides a warm and friendly environment for new and former staff members and campers! Our camp staff goals include ensuring that all campers feel comfortable, make friends, grow in faith and learn new skills. We are looking for people who are willing to put others first and themselves last, team players who are willing to love an accept children and youth for who they are, to embrace being outdoors and getting messy, those who appreciate procedures, and have a desire to passionately serve God and share God’s love with everyone. 

Wesley Woods is a coed, overnight camp for ages 5-18 located on Clear Lake in Dowling, Michigan. The camp season begins June 13, 2021. It consists of one week of staff orientation, eight weeks of children’s camp, and one weekend of family camp. The employment period varies between eight and 10 weeks, ending either Aug. 7 or Aug. 22. Most jobs are residential and provide room and board.


Covid-19 and Summer 2021

We will be practicing safe Covid-19 procedures. Learn more.

General Information

Camps run from Sunday Afternoon to Saturday Morning. Most evenings off. Some weekend work is needed. Housing is available but optional. Meals are provided when camp is in session.

Staff Expectations

Ability to self-regulate own behavior while living and working in a communal setting, this includes but is not limited to: 

  • Contribute to a positive camp atmosphere by being respectful to others, the Camp and yourself. 
  • Use of appropriate language that is inclusive, polite, positive, avoids gossip, avoids profanity, and leaves personal life outside of Camp. 
  • Ability to have support from family or friends outside of Camp. 
  • Use of cell phone only during non-instruction hours of each day. 
  • Abide by all policies and procedures in the staff code of conduct.


Program Positions

All program positions will be cross-trained to serve in each area of camp. As a faith-based camp, learning to serve others in a variety of areas is a great asset to you and to camp.


Our camp counselors are the core of the camp staff and should be caring, enthusiastic, and have a genuine concern for children. Counselors supervise, lead, guide and live with a group of 3-10 children. These positions require maturity, creativity, and strong commitment to children. Candidates must be at least age 18 and have graduated from high school before January 1, 2021.

Benefits include room & board, laundry available on site, wireless Internet access, beautiful location, making a difference, supportive staff community, delicious meals with vegetarian options and FUN!


The Lifeguard works as a team with the other pool/waterfront staff to organize and implement a safe, comprehensive and fun watersports program geared to the interests and abilities of campers. Water activities include swimming (pool), canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Required Qualifications:

  1. 18 years of age or older. 
  2. Ability to live on-site. 
  3. Certification in First Aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguard. 
  4. Sufficient visual, auditory, communication and cognitive abilities to coordinate a waterfront program and to teach and communicate with groups participating in the waterfront program. 
  5. Training and/or equivalent experience involving swimming and small watercraft such as canoes and kayaks. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in working with children.
  2. At least one year of pool/waterfront experience.
  3. Certification in WSI.
  4. Motorized boater safety instruction.  

General expectations: Receive and follow general instructions; plan, lead, and participate in meaningful activities; ensure a positive camping experience for each camper. Observe camper behavior and assess its appropriateness, enforce necessary safety regulations, and apply proper behavior management techniques. Operate small watercraft for extended periods of time; assist in the setup of watercraft activities which may involve some lifting. Stand for extended periods of time when required.

Assist the camp director and program coordinator in general office duties and organizing hospitality needs for all camps. Help with daily cleaning of restrooms and facilities. Assist where needed in camp.


Health Center Positions

[collapsible title="Summer Camp Nurse"] Responsible for the daily healthcare needs of campers and staff members, including first aid, emergency care, dispensing medications, health-related communication with parents/doctors and record management. The nurse will live in the nurses’ cabin, which includes a private bathroom, located in the Health Center. RN, LPN or nursing student is required. Benefits include competitive salary, private living quarters, beautiful location, delicious meals, and opportunities to participate in camp activities.


Food Service Positions

Lead Cook

Responsible for cooking and helping to manage kitchen assistants. Duties include organizing and helping to prepare, cook and serve meals for 100+; supervising staff; monitoring safety and cleanliness and being in charge of the kitchen five full days a week plus Saturday morning. A varied knowledge of cooking is required. Seasonal position (with possible expansion), 45 hours per week, 5 days per week, June 14 – August 22, 2021. Room and board provided, but is optional.

The ideal candidate seeks a positive work environment and knows good camp food is more than just chicken nuggets. This position requires some flexibility in scheduling, but your schedule will generally be fixed. This is a summer camp. Attitude is very important. You will work closely and be in contact with campers and staff. A camp appropriate demeanor is a constant requirement. Recent culinary graduates are encouraged to apply.

This is also a teaching and training position, as kitchen assistants may be new to this area of work.

Kitchen Assistant

Responsible for helping to prepare, cook and serve meals for 100+, monitoring safety and cleanliness. Previous cooking experience desired. The ideal candidate seeks a positive work environment and knows good camp food is more than just chicken nuggets.

This position requires some flexibility in scheduling, but your schedule will generally be fixed. A wide variety of cooking will be required so knowledge is good, but a willingness to learn will make up for a lack of experience.

This is a summer camp. Attitude is very important. You will work closely and be in contact with campers and staff. A camp appropriate demeanor is a constant requirement. A good fit for our kitchen is more important than lots of experience. Culinary students are encouraged to apply. You may also be asked to perform other tasks around camp as needed.


Maintenance and Grounds Positions

Year-Round Maintenance & Groundskeeper

Responsibilities include facility maintenance; keeping the grounds safe and clean with necessary mowing, tree trimming, and snow removal; keeping the shop, equipment and project sites clean and orderly; other duties as assigned.

This year-round, full-time position includes benefits and a competitive salary. Ideal candidate has a minimum of 2 years experience working related areas, such as:

  • utility systems: electric, gas, phone, water and sewer
  • construction equipment, materials and applications
  • grounds equipment and vegetation
  • vehicle maintenance

Qualified candidates are self motivated and have:

  • high school diploma or equivalency degree
  • valid driver’s license

Essential Functions and Necessary Abilities

  • Able to lift 80 pounds and carry it 25 feet
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and place on a shelf 5 feet high
  • Able to ride a maintenance vehicle 4 hours per day
  • Physical strength and mobility to accomplish tasks such as digging, loading, lifting, kneeling and working with arms over head
  • Able to read, understand and follow instructions and operational manuals

Seasonal Maintenance Assistant

Responsibilities include mowing lawns, raking, trimming, painting, removing brush and general landscaping. Also responsible for general cleaning, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning bathrooms, sinks and showers, and disposing of trash.

Job Application

Share the joy of camp and retreat ministry as a part of our summer or year-round staff! Current Openings: Wesley Woods (Dowling, Michigan) and Lake Michigan (Pentwater, Michigan) Camp & Retreat Centers! > Seasonal Summer Staff who will be a part of the team offering Christian hospitality to the many summer campers and volunteer leaders. > Year-round positions in maintenance, office and food service. > Summer Camp Nurse See complete job postings at umcamping.org/jobs
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    • 1700 Clear Lake
      Dowling, MI 49050

      Nicole Holton, Site Director
      Office: 269-721-8291

      Summer Camp Registrar: 989-534-6587, registrar@umcamping.org

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