Volunteer? Employee? Where Do You Fit In?

Silver Lake's ministry happens because church members and Silver Lake alums -- Christians -- come to this beautiful setting to make Christ's love real to young people. They lead summer conferences and winter retreats, work to maintain the buildings, stuff envelopes, and give their hard-earned cash to support the ministry at Silver Lake.


Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Silver Lake's summer program runs on volunteers! This is a unique opportunity to deepen your own faith while serving as a mentor to children and youth. And you only have to commit to one week, rather than a whole summer! Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, but there is no upper age limit. This is your chance to come to camp!

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.

Learn more about how to apply to be a summer volunteer.


Summer Staff Employment Opportunities

We are looking to hire 40+ summer staff to serve our campers in 2022!

Summer Staff are paid for their work. They lead programs, cook meals, oversee water activities, clean, sing, climb, run, and generally make Silver Lake a safe, enjoyable, and blessed place to grow and begin faith journeys for so many young people.

Summer Staff arrive at camp before our campers arrive (approximately June 16, 2022) for training and to prepare for their roles. We will build community, learn what justice looks like at camp, learn our jobs, and get excited to welcome our campers.

Summer Staff work six days per week for approximately nine to ten weeks during the summer. Applicants for Summer Staff must be at least 16 years old. There are other age requirements for specific positions, including Team Coordinators.

Summer Staff is divided into teams, managed by a coordinator. Please review the job descriptions here before applying for a position.

2022 Summer Staff applications open Nov. 1, 2021. Applications received by January 15, 2022, will be given priority consideration.  Applications received after January 15th are reviewed on an as-needed basis.

For more information about how to apply, please click here.


Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals and groups are welcome to help with site maintenance, both repair and new construction projects. To make arrangements or for more information, contact camp at slcrc@silverlakect.org.

For longer-term volunteer opportunities at Silver Lake or at other sites around the country visit the UCC's National Partners in Service website at: ucc.org/volunteer/partners-in-service and find out about their program for volunteers.

United Church of Christ (UCC) Young Adult Service Communities (YASC) are unique opportunities for you to live in an intentional community with others who share your commitment to service and social justice. Learn more: ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/volunteer/volunteer_yasc/

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.

223 Low Road | Sharon, CT 06069 | 860.364.5526 | Fax: 860.364.1000 | slcrc@silverlakect.org