Summer Ministry Team

There are thousands of different ways to spend your summer. Some of them might involve getting that summer job you always wanted at Taco Bell and saving money, others might involve staying up late every night gaming. Still more options might be hanging out with friends and talking about how little there is to do where you live. I want to invite you to prayerfully consider how you might make an eternal difference with this three-month period of time God has given you called "the summer."

At Tadmor, we offer you the opportunity to use your gifts to impact students for Christ. In this context we will also make an investment in you so that you are challenged to grow in your walk with the Lord and your ability to share that with others. In doing this, your summer will be wrung out for the sake of the gospel and God will be glorified through your choice.

I am well aware there are things you could do that would make more money and there are things you could do that would be more self-satisfying, but pursuing this option will make an eternal impact on both the campers' lives and yours. I spent six summers working at camp through high school and college. I do not regret a single summer I worked and believe the sacrifices were worth it. I think you will find the same to be true if you are willing to take a faith-filled risk and join our team.

James (Maverick) Garner
Camp Director

Apply for 2019

2019 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online.

Staff Positions

Program Team

Time commitment: June 9 - Aug 17*

Must be 19 years of age by June 23.

Stipend Provided

If you like to think, create, work hard and entertain, then this is where you belong. Applicants for Program Team need to be creative, flexible, and engaging as well as demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-motivation, and discipline. We have openings for the following program positions (all positions report to the program leads when their primary duties are complete):

  • Program Lead Creative - This person must have creative gifting and be able to lead others to use their creativity as well. This must include the ability to capture an audience, create skits, bring entertainment to games, and disciple team members.
  • Program Lead Support - This person must have significant organizational skills so that Program Team members get to the right place at the right time with the right supplies. An overall gifting in logistics and time management is necessary for this position. The ability to disciple and care for team members is required.
  • Recreation Facilitator - This person will work in conjunction with the program leads to create group rec games and group night games that will result in a fun camp experience and support the summer theme.
  • Ropes Course Facilitator - This person will oversee the safety and use of the ropes course for the summer. Every afternoon will be spent at the course, communicating and instructing safe course usage and connecting God's truth to the challenge the course provides.
  • Head Lifeguard - This person will oversee the waterfront in several key categories: Performance and schedule of other guards, organization of the waterfront, safe and fun usage of each of the waterfront activities, and the cleanliness of the lakefront area, including sport courts.
  • Lifeguard - This person will join other lifeguards in ensuring camper safety on the waterfront, mostly during the afternoons. Lifeguard certification is available through camp shortly before the summer begins. When not on duty as a lifeguard, the program leads will plug the lifeguards into other programmatic elements of camp.
  • Worship Facilitator - This person will help assemble a team from the summer staff that will lead the camp in worship on a nightly basis. Musical talent, a servant's heart, and the ability to lead others are all skills required for this position.
  • AV Tech - This person is responsible for operating sound and video projection equipment during worship, rec games, and evening events. A basic understanding of soundboards, speakers, microphones and production software are required.
  • Videographer - This person will shoot, edit and produce a video for the campers to purchase during every session of camp. Additionally, several programmatic videos will need to be made throughout the course of the summer to enhance the summer program.
  • Office Assistant - This person will work in the office during the day, answering phone calls and assisting the registrar. Verbal/written communication skills and attention to details are important for this position. In the evenings, this person will help with programming either in Evergreen with the middle/high school campers or at Circle T with the junior campers. For a more detailed description, please email [email protected].

Counseling Team

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 17*

Must be 19 years of age by June 23, a graduate from our S.A.L.T. Program (18 years of age), or have completed at least one year of college by June 23 (18 years of age).

Stipend Provided

Use your relational gifting to share your life with campers each week. This is an opportunity to use what God has given you to invest your life into the lives of others. The hours are long and demanding, so applicants must be thoroughly committed to ministering to others through both work and relationships. A great deal of maturity, discipline, patience, and listening skills are necessary for the success of any counselor. The passion of a counselor must be to serve others through positive influence.

We also have some guest counselor positions available. These are volunteer positions for those called to serve as a counselor, but can only commit to a week or two during the summer.

SALT Team (Service and Leadership Training)

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 17*

Must be 17 years of age by June 23.

Scholarships Availabile

This program is designed to help develop your relational skills and your value of community. You will be working on a tight-knit team of other servant leaders. Some of your summer will be invested in learning counseling skills firsthand while you serve in a cabin alongside one of our counselors. The other weeks will be invested working on projects, staffing our afternoon activities i.e. paintball, blob, etc., as well as going through material that will give you a deeper understanding of who you are in Christ.

SWAT Team (Servants Working at Tadmor)

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 17*

Must be 16 years of age by June 23.

"Well done, good and faithful servant. (Matthew 25:23)", words that the SWAT team lives by. While camp is in full session, the SWAT team works behind the scenes to ensure that we provide a quality facility, which will enable us to minister to thousands of students each year. Whether you are washing dishes, cleaning restrooms, chopping wood, or racing to break the garbage run record, you will learn to live in community with your team as you pray, work, and live together. Days are filled with devotions, work, and the infamous SWAT games and team challenges. As a member of the team, you will make new friends and be challenged in your walk with God as you practice and demonstrate how to serve. This is where many people start at Tadmor.

SWAT DH & Crew Boss

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 17*

Must be 18 years of age by June 23.

Stipend Provided
  • SWAT DH - This person will work directly with the cooks, help lead fellow SWAT members in the kitchen, and work with campers to set up and clean up for each meal.
  • SWAT Crew Boss - While serving behind the scenes, this person will help lead fellow SWAT members and SAW Team members on various projects around camp.

Circle T Ranch Deputies Team

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 17*

Must be 19 years of age by June 23.

Stipend Provided

Join us this summer as we don our western gear and create the best rootin' tootin' summer ever. We will dress up like cowboys and cowgirls. We will play crazy games to help build relationships, which will help to enable us to share the gospel with our 3rd-6th grade campers. On this team you will invest time in your cabin of campers, making disciples and leading them through an amazing week of summer camp awesomeness. You will also serve as part of the program team for Circle T, helping to lead and direct all facets of the daily schedule, so that everything runs smoothly, creating as much fun as is humanly possible. If hanging out with the best campers ever and being part of a close knit team here at Tadmor sounds great to you, then being a Circle T Deputy is for you!

Lead Counselor, Lead SALT, Lead SWAT

Time commitment: June 9 - Aug 17*

Must be 19 years of age by June 23.

Stipend Provided

Experienced and mature individuals who oversee and direct specific areas of the summer camping ministry.

15-month Internship

Do you have a heart for the church and a desire to serve through camping ministry? Do you desire a deeper understanding of full-time Christian ministry? Would you like to grow in your leadership abilities and gain professional experience? If so, Tadmor may be the right fit for you.

Program Description

Tadmor's internship program is designed to train individuals to be leaders in the church. We use the education of real-life experiences mixed with classroom discussion to connect your unique gifting with ministry application.

The Internship Experience

Tadmor's internship is structured to provide you the best opportunity to minister and lead in the highest capacity. Our camp works closely with churches and pastors so that experience is gained not only in camp ministry but also in church ministry. This camping and church environment will focus on numerous aspects of Christian leadership for you to grow in. The internship covers 15 months from June - Sept (the following year). Each summer you will be assigned a role to serve within the Summer Ministry Team. We will do this based on what we assess to be your area of strength. The first summer you will learn much about how camp operates, how our values are lived out in what we do, and what it means to be a servant leader. During the non-summer months, you will learn to serve in a variety of ways specific to camp, in addition to receiving church leadership training. The next summer will be your opportunity to apply all that you learned during the first summer coupled with your off-season experience. At this point we expect great things and give great responsibility to our interns.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what the Bible says about leadership.
  • Participate in leading leaders.
  • Organize people and timelines to accomplish ministry goals.
  • Develop and communicate ministry vision.
  • Become proficient at a variety of hands-on tasks that not only apply specifically to camp, but also prove useful in the context of service projects, mission trips, etc.
  • Grow in one's ability to serve within the church.

Specific Activities

  • Meet weekly with the Camp Director for planning and personal growth.
  • Work through the Relational Elder Training curriculum developed by CB Northwest, under the instruction of the Camp Director and Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Be involved in a local church on a regular basis.
  • Occupy an area of responsibility on the Summer Ministry Team.
  • Serve in the areas of maintenance, grounds keeping, and facility upkeep.
  • Serve in the area of guest services by assisting in hosting, cleaning, foodservice, and leading activities.
  • Assist in recruiting summer staff.
  • Help plan and execute various summer program elements.
  • Serve at CB Northwest events including: Men's Roundup, Pastor's Prayer Summit, Annual Enrichment Conference, Growth Getaway, Winter Youth Celebration.

Financial and Lodging Arrangements

Interns will receive a $600 per month stipend, plus housing and utilities (power, water, garbage, inernet). Food service is provided whenever guests are being served. Often interns find the provided stipend to be quite sufficient due to the lack of expenses incurred as a result of living at camp.

Minimum Applicant Requirements

  • Be able to articulate the work of the Gospel in one's own life.
  • Be at least one year out of high school.
  • Be actively involved in Christian ministry.
  • Show an aptitude for servant leadership.
  • Maintain a posture of teachability.
  • Express a desire to serve the church in some capacity.
  • Be able to organize oneself and communicate effectively.

Helpful Previous Experience/Education

  • Service in the area of youth, children, or camping.
  • Service in a focused area of ministry for a period of time (e.g., a yearlong mission trip).
  • Associate's or Bachelor's Degree.
  • Bible school or Bible college completion.

For more information

James Garner
Camp Director
[email protected]
541-451-4270 x27


Internship Description (.pdf)

Medical Staff(R.N., E.M.T.)

Please email [email protected] for more information and a link to our medical staff application.


If you have any questions about the application process, please call 541-451-4270 x21 for assistance.

*Note: Time restraints may be approved by the Camp Director and need to be pre-approved during the hiring process. There is space on the application for all requests. We value people and understand the obligations of schooling, weddings, etc. and want to make our best effort to approach each request holistically.

Apply for 2019

2019 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online.

Time Off

Time Off

Most weeks of camp will start Sunday afternoon and end Friday morning. With the exception of up to three weekends during the summer (to be determined during training week) you will have the time from 2 pm on Friday to 2 pm on Sunday to relax and recharge your batteries. Exceptions for time commitment based upon school requirements are made on a case-by-case basis and must be preapproved prior to hiring.


Camp Tadmor is located 100 miles south of Portland, Oregon, near the town of Lebanon. Our 200 beautifully forested acres are nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. For directions click here.


ROMDAT (Radical Ongoing Ministry Done After Tadmor)

Camp Tadmor believes its success is measured by the strength of the local churches it serves. To better serve our local churches, each member of our summer staff will perform Radical Ongoing Ministry Done After Tadmor or ROMDAT (Tadmor spelled backwards).

Just as we desire each camper to leave with a new or deeper understanding of Christ, we desire our staff's relationship and commitment to Christ to grow as well. In our constant effort to grow and multiply disciples, we want the summer staff's experience to be a springboard for involvement in your local church.

Each summer staff member will individually select a ministry in which they will be involved after Tadmor's summer camping season is completed. The level of commitment and variety of ministry will depend upon each individual. Our only requirement for a ROMDAT is that it consists of a regularly scheduled local church ministry each month beginning in September and continuing throughout the school year. Each summer staff member will be required to submit his or her plan for fulfilling their ROMDAT requirement by September. Each ROMDAT needs to be approved by your local church leadership.

Apply for 2019

2019 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online.