Our volunteer Deans are the backbone of our summer program. These gifted leaders come from all walks of life -- pastors, teachers, Christian educators, lifelong campers, social workers. They create the programming for a themed summer conference, recruit counselors, create curriculum, put together schedules, shepherd young people, develop leaders, and so much more! Deans volunteer for a week in the summer, but work all year long on their conference.
Dean recruitment begins in September for the following summer. Deans must commit by December 1 and attend the Deans Retreat training weekend in March.
The screening process for deans is thorough and competitive. Deans must provide references, pass a background check, and complete online and in person training.
The successful dean will develop and carry out curriculum for a one-week summer conference, including:
To indicate your interest in serving as a summer conference Dean, please fill out the Deans Application by Oct. 1. The Deans Application is hosted by UltraCamp, our online registration software. You will need to create an account (free) to access the paperwork. If you have registered a child for a conference or have served as a volunteer or on staff, you will already have an account. If you are new to Silver Lake, you will have to create one. If you have questions about accessing the application, please contact Jennifer Kronholm Clark, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we receive your application, we will review it and schedule a follow-up conversation.
For a guide to finding and completing the Volunteer Paperwork, check out the video below.