Volunteers in Mission

It takes a lot of work for campsites to become summer camp-ready—and each camp site is always looking for volunteers. Bring a group to camp for a day or two, take on a few projects, make some new friends, and help prepare a camp site for summer ministry. Volunteers help create a safe, clean, welcoming place for children, youth, families, and adults to experience God and creation. Every pair of hands counts! This is a perfect opportunity for youth groups, men’s or women’s groups, and families. There are projects for all skill levels and group sizes. Overnight accommodations may be available. Each camp has set aside a weekend for this opportunity, although groups can volunteer to assist at other times by contacting each camp site directly to learn more and make arrangements:

Northern Pines Camp, Koronis Ministries and Kowakan Adventures have volunteer days each May. 

Contact the Camp Minnesota Administrative Office toll-free at (855) 622-1973 for this years dates and to find out how you can help.

Camp Deans/Volunteer Camp Counselor

We are so excited to work alongside you for what promises to be another great summer at your camps!  Thank you so much for your gifts of time, commitment, leadership, and love with the children, youth and adults of the Dakotas and Minnesota UMC  Conferences.  There are a lot of exciting things happening in camp and retreat ministries and we're eager to share some highlights with you. 

All persons interested in serving as a camp deans/volunteer counselors in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Ministries program are required to complete a Volunteer Application and an annual background check.  Simply register online for the camp you will be assisting with.  Once registered, the Volunteer Application will be available in the Online Forms section of your registration Dashboard.  This application should be completed a minimum of two weeks before camp to allow time to complete background checks.  Thank you for serving in this ministry! 

Below are some new opportunities for you as a camp dean/volunteer camp counselor and also forms and helpful resources for a positive experience  at camp for you and the campers. 

2021 Summer Curriculum - This is Our Prayer
Discover new ways to connect with God

Some of us speak our thoughts and feelings to God. Others are quiet, settling their hearts to make space for God. Some pray through music, art, or movement. Some pray aloud, while others’ prayers are whispers of the soul. Whether we fold our hands and bow or raise them up and look to the sky, God is longing to connect with us. God hears our prayers. In this new outdoor ministry resource from InsideOut, campers will explore the shared longings of the human heart and all the different ways Christians have prayed throughout history. Through Bible stories and spiritual practices, we’ll discover a deeper connection with God and each other and grow into the beloved community of God, where everyone is invited, loved, and celebrated for who they are. This is our prayer!

This Is Our Prayer summer camp curriculum includes:
• Bible studies centered on our longings and God’s call to be a part of
something bigger than ourselves
• Daily themes focused on our desire to be included, connected, heard, guided,
and renewed, as well as to create change and to celebrate
• A new prayer practice for each day, such as prayer partners, a labyrinth,
guided meditation, and collaborative art

If you would like the 2021 This is Our Prayer curriculum and resources, please contact the camp site where you are planning to volunteer.

Dean/Volunteer Counselor Required Documentation

The forms and documents listed below can be found in the Online Forms section of your online registration Dashboard. 

**Signature required annually

  • Volunteer Application
  • Volunteer Dean/Leader Agreement (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Social Media and Communications Guidelines (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Child Abuse & Neglect Policy Statement and Appendix (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Annual Background Check (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Dakotas-Minnesota Area ADULT Camper Medical Information Form
  • Dakotas-Minnesota Area Release of Liability Waiver

Dean/Volunteer Counselor Helpful Information