We are seeking Summer Staff Ministry Team workers for our 2024 Haluwasa Camping Season

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to serve God while having the most amazing summer experience, then send us your completed Summer Staff Application today - Come have an epic summer!


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Join the Haluwasa Summer Camp Staff - Christian Counselors - Lifeguards - Leaders


Camp Haluwasa has full-time and part-time summer staff ministry positions available for 2024 camping season! Join our camping ministry team and discover the adventure that awaits you! Serve the Lord while making lifetime friendships here at Camp Haluwasa. If you want to make a BIG IMPACT for God this summer, come use your talents to make camp "The Ultimate Christian Camping Experience!" for all our campers this summer.

Adventure Awaits You Here At Haluwasa!

If you are outgoing, love Jesus and ready for a exciting and adventurous summer camping experience, then fill out our Summer Staff Ministry Application Today!

Here at Camp Haluwasa you can emerge yourself in a ministry dedicated to sharing God's Word with children and teens. Enjoy the summer sunshine across the Haluwasa lakes while walking down one of our wooded paths. Get challenged at Haluwasa and be a part of a ministry team that makes Haluwasa New Jersey's Most Incredible Christian Camp!

Come start you ministry adventure and see how God will use you to impact others this summer.


Who Can Apply?

We are looking for young Christian workers ages 16-17, and adults 18+. Our Summer Staff Ministry Team will experience fun, worship, direction from the Word of God, singing, challenges, uplifting speakers, personal encouragement, leadership skills, swimming, camping activities, skits, games of all kinds, and much more!

If you child is 15 or younger, we ask that you let them enjoy our camping programs. We do make a few exceptions each summer for 15 year olds that would like to serve on our OPS (Operations Kitchen & Housekeeping Staff). Please contact us to learn more about these positions.

We have several opportunities for Christian school teachers, sport coaches, youth leaders and church members. Feel free to contact us to learn more about these exciting positions.
*Note: All hired Summer Staff over 18 must fill out and have a background criminal and background check. (NJ State Policy for Camps).


What Will I Be Paid?

Camp Haluwasa is non-profit ministry and we offer "Paid" Summer Staff positions and we also have a certain amount of staff that "Volunteer" their summer service unto the Lord!

Below you will find our ministry based weekly staff pay rates for each position. Many of our Summer Staff Positions are a ministry pay of $300 to $350 per week. We also have a few higher paying ministry team positions - please see position descriptions and ministry pay rates below.

Haluwasa pays you for all training sessions and provides Staff T-Shirts with our Summer Theme!


Consider Volunteering As A Short-Term Ministry Service:

While Haluwasa offers paid Summer Staff positions, we encourage applicants to consider your time here as a short-term ministry service and ask if you can "volunteer" your time here this summer. On the staff application, you will find a section to check the box to volunteer your time here as a gift. God will surely bless you abundantly for your volunteered time here at Haluwasa! Note: Haluwasa will provide all volunteers that complete their summer contract with a financial love gift at the end of summer!


What Days Would I Work?


Day Camp staff is made up of staff that stay on camp and also, transient staff that arrive at camp and then go home each day. If you live withing driving distance, you may be considered to be a transient Summer Staff Team member! For those that live further away, they stay on camp from Sunday evening to Friday Evening and help with Overnight Camp Program Activities. *All summer staff are under supervision by our Haluwasa full-time staff and Summer Leadership Team at all times.


For our Overnight Summer Staff, they Arrive Sunday Evenings at 4:30 pm and stay on camp until Friday Evening dismissal. All meals (Monday - Friday) and living facilities are provided. Summer Staff live in the assigned program areas. Overnight Summer Staff are free to go home for their Weekend Break - Friday Evenings after our weekly staff meetings approximately 7:30 PM and must return on Sunday Afternoon at 4:30 PM.

Note: If you have a need to stay on Camp during the weekend Time OFF, please contact us and we may make arrangements for you to stay on camp.
*All summer staff are under supervision by our Haluwasa full-time staff and Summer Leadership Team at all times.


What If I Cannot Work All Summer?

Haluwasa requests that all our Summer Staff must attend all mandatory training sessions and their contracted work dates. We also request our staff to sign a summer staff contract which outlines all service dates and time here at camp. Note: It is very important for our staff to commit to working ALL OVERNIGHT PROGRAM WEEKS as we train each staff member for a very important and specific job.

Note: We do make work date exceptions based on the specific reason that you may have. Examples include: doctors appointments, medical reasons, and other important reasons. Please make your requested work time situations on your Staff Application or email:


Contact Us With Any Questions




Note: The above application is for all NEW APPLICANTS that wish to apply to be on Summer Staff 2024


Note: This staff application is for applicants that have already been hired by Haluwasa in the past. (Shorter Application Version).



Program Leaders - $350 per week, min. age - 17
This is a great opportunity to share your maturity, love, and God’s Word as a caring ministry team leader. You will direct and organize the counselors and campers in your program and lead daily Bible-teaching sessions. Our programs include Frontier Village campers - ages 8-10, Wilderness Outpost campers - ages 11 & 12, Tee Pee Town campers ages 13 -15 and Day Campers, ages 6 -14. Haluwasa will fully train a qualified applicant for these positions as well as provide support, a daily schedule, and assigned activity locations providing campers with a maximum safe, fun, and spiritual learning experience.

Camp Counselor - $300 per week, min. age - 16 Make an immediate impact for Christ and a lifetime difference for dozens of campers by becoming a Camp Counselor at Haluwasa. Your leadership will be an amazing opportunity to share your friendship, testimony, and the wisdom of God’s Word with boys and girls who really need a Christian mentor. For many campers, you might be their only lifetime opportunity to see firsthand the incredible difference Christ can make in an individual’s life and eternity.

Day Camp Counselor - $300 per week, min. age - 16 - Help your leader run scheduled camp events and keep campers engaged and having a great time. Share your faith and your God given talents to enhance the Ultimate Christian Day Camp Experience! Counselors are a vital part of making summer camp events fun, safe and challenging. Responsibilities include: keeping to a camp schedule, keeping campers accountable to the camp rules, encourage campers to face and accomplish camp program challenges, share your testimony, help campers and other staff members grow closer to God in their personal walk of faith.

Lifeguard - $35 per week additional when lifeguarding for 3 or more days durring the week. Haluwasa can train you to be a certified lifeguard! Sign up to be apart of this exciting team. You can be a counselor or leader and be a lifeguard at Camp Haluwasa. Lifeguards must train and pass their Lifeguarding & Waterfront training program to participate. Enjoy the sun and fun while keeping campers and staff safe at our amazing waterfront! You'll be apart of a team that serves in a special capacity and make lifelong fellow lifeguard friends.
Bonus: Haluwasa lifeguards will receive an additional $35 per week. Other lifeguarding opportunities for our guest groups may be offered throughout the year with additional pay.
Email Michael: with any questions.

Medical AIDE - $450 per week, must work at least 5 weeks, min age - 18 Help keep campers as well as summer staff members healthy and happy. With keen attention to detail, you will review select camper’s health situations, receive and administer medications as per instructions provided, attend to minor injuries and respond to occasional emergencies. Email Michael: to set up a Zoom meeting.

Activities Director & Security - $400 per week, min. age - 17 Guide campers as they safely experience Haluwasa’s exciting activities, including elements of our challenging Obstacle Course featuring a Climbing Wall and Zip Line. Expand camper’s horizons by helping them reach new personal physical achievements and develop teamwork skills. Encourage campers to excel as you coach and officiate Haluwasa activities. Do security and operational tasks when not directing activities. Training will be provided.

Camp Cook/Kitchen Manager - $ Weekly Pay Based on experience, must work at least 6 weeks, min. age - 18 Lead Haluwasa’s entire kitchen and food service operations. The cook will follow our daily menu, order food and related items in advance as needed, keep product purchase and inventory accountability, organize and lead the kitchen staff, keep all kitchen and dining hall operations sanitary, prepare healthy fresh and hot food timely as scheduled, keep food stock and left-overs stored safely and used in timely rotation and oversee a full sanitary cleanup of kitchen and dining hall. The applicant should have food service experience. Email Michael: with any questions or to set up an zoom meeting.

Kitchen & Housekeeping Staff (OPS) - $300 per week, min. age - 16 The Operations Staff (OPS) take part in a most rewarding summer by helping provide campers with the best mealtime and serving experience. Be encouraged by summer staff members and enjoy the camaraderie of serving God with an enthusiastic team of young people who typically become life long friends. Our housekeeping staff take great care and pride in keeping our camp facilities clean and ready for each days activities and adventures. Join the Haluwasa’s OPS Staff and serve with your heart and God will surely bless you with a summer that will shape and uplift your life and spiritual walk with God.

Music Director - $350 per week, min. age - 17 Lead and teach campers and staff as they enthusiastically praise God in song! Music and group singing is one of the highlights of Haluwasa’s camping experience! Singing moves campers to focus on the spiritual reality of God’s love for them. Because the modern praise songs we sing are solidly based on Scripture, it’s a spiritual encouragement campers take home, share with others and recall for many years. Haluwasa’s summer Music Director must have good music leadership skills and preferably the ability to lead singing and play either a guitar or portable keyboard. (Camp Haluwasa can provide musical and media equipment)

Summer Program Director - $TBA+ Summer End Bonus - Based on experience), must work at least 8 weeks, min. age - 18

Summer Staff Program Director Opportunity
The purpose of Camp Haluwasa's Summer Program Director is to further the mission of the camp through the managing of our summer staff and delivery of programming; teach and manage programs themes and curriculum; oversee approved camp activities appropriate to the campers' age and abilities; and working with all camp departments to assist in the management of the overall all camp operation at the direction of the Camp Director. This position is an exciting opportunity for a born-again, mature, ministry-minded Christian to be part of our dedicated youth camping ministry team. The applicant should be a mature leader, physically fit and have experience in: youth/children ministry, and event management, AV setup and media presentation, etc. Other necessary skill sets are being comfortable as a front person able to command an audience's attention while making a positive connection with campers, keeping staff and campers safe, gaining the respect of the ministry team through strong leadership, and keeping everyone accountable to our camp regulations and Christian standards. This position calls for applicant to work directly with camper parents/guardians, staff, and campers. Applicant must be able to stay calm and work through any situations and be able to work closely with the Camp Director at all times.
Organizational skills with a productivity mindset is mandatory. The compensation package can include salary, housing, utilities, and other benefits. Please Note: This is summer ministry position with the possibility of becoming full-time ministry position.

  • Strong Christian Faith & Lifestyle
  • Positive & Willing Heart Attitude
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Open to Learning New Things
  • Adventurous - Ready for the Challenge
  • A Love for the Outdoors
  • Sharing the Gospel with Campers
  • Daily Reading of Your Bible
  • Non-Cursing - Wise Speaker of Truth & Love
  • Non-Selfish - Looking to Serve Others First
  • Heart of Ministry - Doing What God Wants
  • Non-Prideful - Love for Growing In Christ
  • A Caring Heart
  • Good Listening Skills
  • Musical Talents - Singing & Playing Instrument
  • Puppets - Funny & Talented
  • Live Skit Imagination
  • Art & Crafts Skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Leading Devotions
  • Love for Working with Children
  • Open Minded - Willing to Work It Out
  • Flexible - Ready for Change
  • Disciplined - Following a Schedule
  • Honest & Truthful
  • Love & Tolerance
  • Willing to Adapt to New Things
  • Able to Direct People


An Invite To Be A Part Of Our Ministry Team - From The Camp Director

Thank you for your interest in applying to be part of the Camp Haluwasa Summer Staff Ministry Team! As an important part of this team, you’ll be able to spend time with boys and girls who will welcome your loving companionship and leadership while having the best summer ever here at camp!

You’ll enjoy a wide range of outdoor challenges and many other exciting camp activities throughout each day. Each summer staff member does their part to make camp successful, safe, and fun for all! We need staff team members that want to serve God and make a BIG IMPACT on camper’s lives, while having a great time.

At Haluwasa you will learn how to grow in your faith and see God touch lives daily! As a vital part of our Summer Staff Ministry Team, you will experience helping others, learn to face unique challenges, and work as a part of a team to make camp extra special.

For some of you, this may be your first ministry position! We’ll give you the training and personal support so that you will learn confidence, leadership skills, and a servant’s heart attitude, so that you can apply them in your ministry position here at camp and for future applications in life.

If you would like to experience an exciting and highly rewarding summer and make a real spiritual impact on young people – then send in your completed application today! God Bless.


Michael Ellwanger Camp Haluwasa President and Camp Director

In His Service,
Michael Ellwanger

President & Camp Director
Haluwasa Christian Camp & Retreat Center
Phone: (609) 561-3081


A Word From Our Administrative Director

Dear Potential Staff Member,

I’m so excited that you are considering being part of Haluwasa’s Summer Staff. Serving on our staff will be one of the most life-changing and memorable experiences you may ever have. Not only will you have the opportunity to share your faith, but you will witness God’s love and faithfulness.

You will be part of something so big, it’s almost unimaginable, part of a ministry team that has the awesome privilege of teaching children and teens about Jesus and helping them grow in their walk with the Lord. The experience will stretch you beyond your comfort zone and you will learn more about yourself and your own walk than you could ever foresee. You will see God touch the lives of everyone here. You will see His love as each day unfolds and most miraculously, you will see children transformed before your eyes as God touches their hearts.

If you find this possibility exciting and you have a genuine love and burden to see kids come to know Christ, then Haluwasa is the place for you. Why don’t you consider and pray about how our mighty God may use you this summer and share in ministry with us.

Serving Him Joyfully,
Lorie Nilson
Administrative Director
Phone: (609) 561-3081


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