Be part of the positive Christian growth of young people; make a difference in developing the future leaders
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.
Deans are adult volunteers who lead our week-long summer conferences. They recruit counselors, organize a curriculum and plan a schedule for their week, and oversee their conferees while they are at Silver Lake. Deans spend one week at Silver Lake during the summer, but work all year round to prepare their conferences.
Counselors must be at least 16 and at least 2 years older than their conferees. Counselors are responsible for shepherding the young people in their cabin or bunkroom -- a maximum of eight -- through a week-long conference. Plan to arrive by 3:00 pm the Saturday before your conference begins and stay through 11:00 am the following Saturday. Counselors sleep in a counselor's bunk in or adjoining the conferees' 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.
If you are interested in being a counselor at Silver Lake, please fill out the Counselor Application, and our Counselor Coordinator will get in touch with you to match you with a conference. 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, the same company that hosts our online registration software. If you have registered for a Silver Lake conference since about 2005, you probably already have an account (it may be your parent’s account; if you are the parent, you will be able to fill out forms for yourself through your existing account). Please log into that account to complete the forms.
If you have not attended a conference or you would like to create your own account (over 18 only, please), you will be able to create one at that link. There is no cost to create an account or to fill out the counselor application.
We have also moved a number of other forms to UltraCamp, including the Health Record. Note that there are three parts of the Health Record: the Camper Health History (required for everybody), the Doctor Signature Page (required for everybody, valid for two years from the date of the signature), and the Medication Authorization Form (required for everybody bringing medications, valid for one year from the date of the signature). Please access the Document Center once you are logged in for these forms, or send a paper copy to camp (fax: 860-364-1000; email: email@example.com; postal mail: Silver Lake, 223 Low Rd., Sharon, CT 06069).
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 Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer a Counselor-in-Training program as a weekend conference in March. 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 conference 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 - 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.
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.