Retreat Season (September-May)
There are many things that happen during the retreat season that volunteers can help with - opening up buildings after the winter and preparing site for summer camp; splitting and stacking wood; cleaning buildings; shutting down seasonal buildings for the winter; general site clean-up - raking, leaf-blowing, mowing, chain-sawing, weed-whacking, shoveling, etc.; and more!
Bring yourself or work with us to bring your work group for a day or a weekend.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire and find out more about volunteering.
Held in April or May (Spring Action), and October or November (Fall Action), these work retreats are designed to provide an opportunity for young people in 9th grade and above to work together as Silver Lake is readied for the summer and winter months respectively. Many hands make light work! Action weekends also provide a great opportunity to meet new friends, re-unite with old friends, and work hard. They are recommended for all young people who are contemplating being on the summer staff. Actions are also a great time for former staff and alumni conferees to come back to Silver Lake and help out.
Everyone is asked to register online. For high schoolers, cost is $45 and a complete health record is required. There is no cost to adult volunteers, though donations are accepted.
View all our upcoming weekend programs to register.
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 programs. They recruit counselors, organize a curriculum and plan a schedule for their week, and oversee their campers while they are at Silver Lake. Deans spend one week at Silver Lake during the summer, but work all year round to prepare their programs.
Cabin 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.