Be part of the positive Christian growth of young people; make a difference in developing the future leaders

Our counselors are the best!
Counseling is fun and rewarding!

of our church, our communities, and our world. And be a part of something that will help you grow as you act as a leader for the blessed community at Silver Lake.

Counselors must be at least 16 and at least 2 years older than their campers. Counselors are responsible for shepherding the young people in their cabin or bunkroom -- a maximum of eight -- through a week-long program. Plan to arrive by 3:00 pm the Saturday before your program begins and stay through 11:00 am the following Saturday. Counselors sleep in a counselor's bunk in or adjoining the campers' cabin or bunkroom, share their meals, and lead them in activities throughout the week. They spend one week at Silver Lake during the summer.

Counselors must complete a background check (over 18), online Safe Camp training, and in-person training. Counselors are highly encouraged to attend the Counselor Retreat in the spring.

All volunteers must have a complete Health Record to be at camp. Any volunteer sleeping in a bunk room must turn over all medications, even over-the-counter drugs, to the nurse upon arrival.

How To Apply:

If you are interested in being a counselor at Silver Lake, please fill out the Counselor Application, and Silver Lake staff will get in touch with you to match you with a program. If you have already been recruited by a Dean and know you are going to be a counselor, you do not need to fill out the application. Instead, fill out the Summer Volunteer Paperwork form, also linked below.

The forms are hosted by UltraCamp, our online registration software. Please log in or create an UltraCamp account to complete the forms. There is no cost to create an account or to fill out the counselor application.

Make a difference! Be a counselor!
Make a difference in the lives of young
people as a counselor!

Once you are a confirmed counselor, you will be sent instructions for a background check (over 18 only) and online Safe Camp training (everybody).

If you have any problems with this system, please contact

CIT Program

We offer a Counselor-in-Training program as a weekend program in the spring. It is open to young people ages 15 and older. Once you have completed the CIT program, you may apply to be a CIT in a program later in the summer. You will sleep in a cabin with a counselor whom you will assist. To sign up for the CIT program, please register online.

Counselor Application and Required Forms

Counselor Application - To indicate interest in counselling. If you have filled this out before, please update your information and save.

Summer Volunteer Paperwork - For those who are confirmed counselors. If you have filled this out before, please update your information and save.

For a guide to finding and completing the Volunteer Paperwork, check out the video below.

Health Forms

  1. Camper Health History
  2. Doctor Signature Page (valid for two years from the exam date)
  3. Medication Authorization Form (required for everybody bringing medications, valid for one year from the date of the signature)

Further Reading

Please take a moment to read through the documents below to get a more complete idea of the responsibility you will have as a Counselor and to familiarize yourself with camp policy and procedure. These documents are in PDF format. To download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader, please visit Adobe.

Dean and Counselor Handbook

The First 48 Hours

Bullying Prevention

How To Talk to Your Kids About Bullying

Asperger's Fact Sheet from the Asperger's Association of New England

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center is a ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.
Click here to read our Mission Statement.

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