Are you ready to make a BIG positive difference in people’s lives, with God’s help? Consider your calling to serve at Camp Ewalu. We have a truly top-notch, highly gifted, world-class summer youth ministry staff with a big variety of passions and fields of study. In addition to camp counselor roles, 15+ different positions are available, as well as Internships for many college majors.

For all positions, a sincere interest in working in a Christian community is essential. You must have faith in Jesus Christ that you are willing to share with youth and adults. Together we serve to help kids, visitors, and fellow staff members enjoy a rich and wonderful Christian fellowship, in the rhythm of daily camp life.

Camping experience is helpful but not necessary. All staff are provided with an action-packed, comprehensive two-week training.

2020 Summer Employment

Dates of Employment: May 25–August 8

Ewalu offers an incredible variety of 20+ exciting summer youth programs and a fantastic staff to support you through this amazing summer! Our staff “return rate” which reflects a healthy community and morale, is top notch. This is a place God will guide your own growth as a leader and your personal sense of calling. At Ewalu, our program ensures that as a camp counselor, you will get to enjoy different adventures each summer. This means you’re not limited to one program or age group for the season.

The first two weeks (May 25–June 5) offer a fully paid training in youth ministry, outdoor adventure skills, leadership, Bible studies, team-building, and personal growth. Some additional days may be required for our leadership staff. Weekends are usually time off, during which you are welcome to stay at camp or return home. Staff members at Ewalu are given a “break week” in the middle of the summer, which begins Saturday, June 27; returning for Staff Renewal training on Friday, July 3. The remaining eight weeks make up the summer camp season.

Contact Ewalu soon about being part of God’s awesome work in the world through camp – by serving in a positive, transformational role in people’s lives!

Frequently Asked Questions

Ewalu Camp and Retreat Center is located in Northeastern Iowa about 3 miles west of Strawberry Point. It is situated on the Maquoketa River near Backbone State Park. Ewalu is within 1-1 ½ hours of Waverly, Cedar Falls, Decorah, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.

Ewalu serves campers of all ages! Campers are 2nd-12th grade and family and grandparent campers can be any age. Day Campers are 1st-6th grade.

You do not need to be Lutheran to work at Ewalu. We provide a Lutheran Theology session during staff training to prepare all of our staff for the summer. Many of our campers and staff do not come from a Lutheran background.

Camper registration goes from 2-4:00 pm on Sunday and ends on Friday with a program at 2:00 pm. Ewalu’s youngest Mini campers and Grandparent Camp participants come for just a half week of camp. Family Camp occurs on the weekend. Some of the adventure trips for senior high campers leave early on Sunday mornings. Counselors stay in a cabin, covered wagon, platform tent, or tents with six to eight campers. Each program has a different schedule but most campers gather together on Sunday night for an All Camp Campfire, Wednesday for an activity and prayer, and then on Friday for the program.

Summer staff commit to serve from May 25 through August 8. Coordinator positions start May 22 and include a spring work weekend as well. High Ropes training for coordinators who are interested in becoming certified occurs in the spring as well. The summer begins with two weeks of paid training followed by eight weeks of camp.

The camp week runs from 12:00 pm Sunday through 6 pm Friday. Staff are required to work one weekend during the summer. June 27 through July 3 is a break week and staff come together on Friday July 3 through July 5 for a renewal weekend. Staff are welcome to stay at camp during weekends off and some staff are hired to work during the break week. Ewalu seeks to employ people who can serve the entirety of the summer, but some exceptions may be arranged ahead of time.

Salaries start at $225 for counselors and $235 for coordinators with an additional $10 for each summer you return. In addition to the salary, staff have minimal expenses as room and board are provided. We are happy to work with individuals who are looking for an internship opportunity.

Where is Ewalu located?

Ewalu Camp and Retreat Center is located in Northeastern Iowa about 3 miles west of Strawberry Point. It is situated on the Maquoketa River near Backbone State Park. Ewalu is within 1-1 ½ hours of Waverly, Cedar Falls, Decorah, Cedar Rapids and Dubuque.

What are the ages of the campers that I will work with?

Ewalu serves campers of all ages! Campers are 2nd-12th grade and family and grandparent campers can be any age. Day Campers are 1st-6th grade.

Do I need to be Lutheran to serve?

You do not need to be Lutheran to work at Ewalu. We provide a Lutheran Theology session during staff training to prepare all of our staff for the summer. Many of our campers and staff do not come from a Lutheran background.

What does a week at camp look like?

Camper registration goes from 2-4:00 pm on Sunday and ends on Friday with a program at 2:00 pm. Ewalu’s youngest Mini campers and Grandparent Camp participants come for just a half week of camp. Family Camp occurs on the weekend. Some of the adventure trips for senior high campers leave early on Sunday mornings. Counselors stay in a cabin, covered wagon, platform tent, or tents with six to eight campers. Each program has a different schedule but most campers gather together on Sunday night for an All Camp Campfire, Wednesday for an activity and prayer, and then on Friday for the program.

When does camp begin and end?

Summer staff commit to serve from May 25 through August 8. Coordinator positions start May 22 and include a spring work weekend as well. High Ropes training for coordinators who are interested in becoming certified occurs in the spring as well. The summer begins with two weeks of paid training followed by eight weeks of camp.

What about time off and weekends?

The camp week runs from 12:00 pm Sunday through 6 pm Friday. Staff are required to work one weekend during the summer. June 27 through July 3 is a break week and staff come together on Friday July 3 through July 5 for a renewal weekend. Staff are welcome to stay at camp during weekends off and some staff are hired to work during the break week. Ewalu seeks to employ people who can serve the entirety of the summer, but some exceptions may be arranged ahead of time.

What will my salary be?

Salaries start at $225 for counselors and $235 for coordinators with an additional $10 for each summer you return. In addition to the salary, staff have minimal expenses as room and board are provided. We are happy to work with individuals who are looking for an internship opportunity.

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Questions?

Call or email Dana Isaacson, Program Director
Phone: 1-563-933-4700