Summer Staff

Spend an unforgettable summer serving with Lutherhaven Ministries in beautiful North Idaho!

Camp counselors, support staff, lifeguards, cooks, kitchen assistants, wranglers … there are all sorts of jobs open with Lutherhaven Ministries! Summer staff positions are tremendously rewarding, incredibly challenging, and almost always life changing. We look forward to serving alongside you!

Summer 2020 Applications open Nov. 1, 2019

Applicant Requirements

  • A loving, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Willingness to work hard, be flexible, and serve in a variety of ways.
  • All applicants must be high school graduates, 17 years and older. Preference is given to applicants with a year of post-high school experience. Not a high school graduate? High school leadership opportunities >>
  • All summer staff must submit to federal criminal background and national sex offender checks, provide personal references and agree to abide by all Lutherhaven Ministries Personnel Policies. Some positions require a valid driver’s license with clean driving record, or additional certifications such as CPR/First Aid, Lifeguarding or a Food Handler’s Permit.
  • All applicants must submit a completed, signed summer staff application.
  • All staff participate in Summer Staff Training.

Positions Available

Camp Lutherhaven (click below for job descriptions)

Shoshone Mountain Retreat staff primarily serve Idaho Servant Adventures with some contracted group camps at Shoshone, too.

Shoshone Creek Ranch hires staff with horse experience, and some who rotate between the ranch and counseling roles at Lutherhaven.

Summer 2020 Applications open Nov. 1, 2019


The starting date for 2019 summer will be June 2, 2019 (June, 16 will be our make up training week for those who who missed staff training) and the last day of the summer will be August 16, 2019.

All staff undergo 2-3 weeks of staff training. You’ll discover all the ins and outs of camp, getting immersed from the get-go by helping program and support summer camp groups. “Class”-time, large group discussions and small group mentoring completes this new training experience.

Variable departure dates may be available. Hiring preference is given to candidates able to complete all weeks of camp. Additional weeks of employment are available after August 16; some staff members may be contracted through the end of August.


Salaries range from $220-$260 a week, depending on position and experience (that’s $2,200-$2,600 for the summer).

All staff work two weekends each summer

Weekend assignments happen during Staff Training to coordinate camp’s needs with summer staff schedules and abilities, but are subject to change.

  • Staff report to Bob Baker, Executive Director of Lutherhaven Ministries
  • Camp Lutherhaven Staff work alongside Lauren Bender, Program Coordinator
  • Shoshone Mountain Retreat Staff team with Clint Kunze, Shoshone Mountain Retreat Director
  • Shoshone Creek Ranch Staff work with the Shoshone Creek Ranch Manager.

Summer Application Process

Summer 2020 Applications open Nov. 1, 2019

This application includes positions at Camp Lutherhaven, Shoshone Mountain Retreat, Idaho Servant Adventures and Shoshone Creek Ranch. We are all a part of Lutherhaven Ministries, so your application can be seen by directors of all four program locations.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO APPLY! The earlier you apply the better, but give us a call: we very often have last minute openings!

Top Questions from Summer Staff

Do I get paid?

Yes! The average salary ranges from $2,200-$2,600 for the summer + room and board.

What does room and board consist of?

Your room is a bed in one of our fantastic cabins, a cot at one of our villages or lodging at one of our host families for day camp. You may move every week, but you will always have a place to stay. Board is 3 meals a day, including weekends and free snow cones and popcorn in the trading post!

What are the hours worked?

This is a tricky question to answer. The straight numbers answer is that you work 23 hours a day, 6 days a week. The reality of camp is that you are spending time with campers and you are responsible for their well being the entire time they are with you.

So, you may be in the kitchen, hanging out at the cabin, swimming in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, tubing the river at Shoshone, riding horses, worshiping on the beach or in the woods, eating, sleeping, hiking, cleaning bathrooms, singing and more throughout your work time.

The truth of the matter is, you work a lot and you do put in a lot of hours, but the experience is rewarding and life changing. Trust us, the time will fly by!

Do I work weekends?

All staff are contracted to work 2 weekends throughout the summer. Those will be assigned during staff training. This is in addition to the weekend in between the two weeks of staff training.

What’s the weather like?

Summers in North Idaho are incredible. June is typically in the 60’s and 70’s with chances of rain. July and August are in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s with lots of sunshine.

Where are Lutherhaven, Shoshone, Idaho Servant Adventures, and Shoshone Creek Ranch?

Lutherhaven sits on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in the panhandle of North Idaho on 60 beautiful acres of timbered hillsides. Lutherhaven has a great beach and waterfront, homestead mountain village, tree houses, cabins and lodge space for 200, a 30-element high and low rope challenge course with climbing tower and zip-line, Frisbee golf and plenty more! Lutherhaven’s a tremendous place to share the grace and love of Jesus!

Majestic trees…inspirational views…gracious hospitality…all describe Camp Lutherhaven, situated on scenic Lake Coeur d’Alene eight miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a destination resort community.

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Shoshone Mountain Retreat is located in the heart of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest near the Montana border at the juncture of the Coeur d’Alene River and Shoshone Creek. It’s our base for Idaho Servant Adventures and Shoshone Creek Ranch, as well as some kids and family camp programs.

Shoshone is a true mountain retreat at the western edge of the ruggedly famous Bitterroot Mountains at the confluence of Shoshone Creek and the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.

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Welcome to Shoshone Creek Ranch—an authentic western dude ranch welcoming youth, adults and families to a one-of-a-kind camp experience!

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What’s the closest city, how big is it, and what can I do there?

The closest city to Lutherhaven is Coeur d’Alene, ID, which is 12 miles away. It is a lakeside city of around 40,000 people with plenty of things to do and experience. For more information on the Coeur d’Alene area, click here.

Also, Spokane, WA (pop. 210,000) is 45 miles away. Spokane airport is 50 minutes from Lutherhaven. Find information about Spokane here.

The closest city to Shoshone is also Coeur d’Alene, which is 50 miles away, though there are a few small towns within a half an hour drive.

What does a typical week of camp look like?

Typically, campers arrive on a Sunday afternoon and they leave after lunch on Friday. Weekend guests often arrive on Friday evening and leave after worship on Sunday morning. Your week, depending on your job, could be filled with worship, swimming, tubing, service, games, canoeing, challenge course, dishes, zip lining, rock climbing, eating, cleaning, campfires, bible encounters, singing, hiking, laughing, sleeping, snacking, working, playing, and camping.

What is the faith community like?

At both Lutherhaven and Shoshone, there is a worship service every Sunday morning throughout the summer. These services are open to those at camp and those out in the community. Family and friends are always welcome to join us! In addition to Sunday worship, we have worship every evening with campers and a staff devotion time every morning. Our faith community is centered on the love and grace of Jesus.

Who will I work with?

Depending on your week, you could work with any of the following people: 25-30 staff members onsite at Lutherhaven, either in a counseling role or on support staff/as a lifeguard; 3-4 staff members on a day camp team throughout the Northwest; 5-10 staff members at Shoshone and throughout Shoshone county as a part of Idaho Servant Adventures; 3-4 staff members at Shoshone Creek Ranch (+ the horses, of course – our four-legged staff).

More Questions?

Contact Lauren Bender, Program Coordinator

Toll Free 1-866-8372 ext. 115
Local 667-3459 ext. 115

Summer 2020 Applications open Nov. 1, 2019

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