Summer Staff

At Center Lake Bible Camp, God has blessed us with a great location and facility; and we seek to do an excellent job of providing fun activities and experiences.  Our main goal however is to help kids start a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and to grow in that relationship.

Are you in college and interested in working at Center Lake? Fill out our short pre-application and get more information about jobs at camp and how you can be a part of it!

CLBC Summer Staff Requirements

The qualifications listed below are a goal for each staff person at Center Lake Bible Camp.  We know that as fallen people redeemed only by Christ that we will make mistakes and miss the mark.  It is our desire to grow in all areas of faith and in doing so we hold to these characteristics.  Each CLBC staff person will be:

• A growing Christian wanting to share their faith
• Flexible
• Team Player
• Compassionate
• Caring
• Teachable
• Honest
• someone that wants to go beyond what is required
• Someone with Integrity
• Someone willing to follow camp policy’s
• Must be a graduate of high school for all counselor and core staff positions

Because we work with students from the ages of 7-18 it is important that staff:

• Want campers to know Christ and grow in that relationship.
• Are willing to share faith with campers.
• Have a servant like attitude working with campers.
• Want to have tons of fun working, living, investing in kids.
• Hold to the statement that “Camp is for kids”.

Leadership Staff Position Involves: Supporting counselors, planning and leading activities, chapels, events, and more.

Counselor Position Involves: Building relationship with campers, caring for the campers basic needs, leading Bible study, helping with activities and games, Leading chapel and more. Click here for a PDF version of the job description.

Wrangler/Counselor position involves: Chores at the barn, assisting instructor in riding lessons, participating in evening campfire with campers, and much more! Click here to see the job description.

Head Wrangler/Ranch Instructor involves: instructing riding lessons, teacihing ground lessons, caring for campers and staff, and much more. See the full job description here. 

Video/Picture position involves: Taking still photos and video everyday, putting pictures on website, making camp video

Housekeeping position involves: Assisting other staff in keeping camp clean

Kitchen position involves: Assisting cooks with 2 meals a day, prep for next meal, clean up from meals, kitchen cleaning. 


As you consider applying for a job at CLBC, we want you to know that it is very important to us that you can commit to the entire summer. We know that life is often busy and some events cannot be helped, and these can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that this application is for Summer Staff Positions who typically are a minimum of Seniors in high school at this current time.  If you are currently a freshman, sophmore, or a junior in high school you will need to go to the Summer Missions Team (SMT) page and fill out the application for being on the Summer Missions Team.


The staff application will be available in January. The first step for people wishing to work at CLBC is to filll out the form that is linked below.




SMT Program

Summer Missions Team

The Summer Missions Team is designed to challenge high school students to grow in their relationship to Jesus Christ though serving others.

As a missions team member you may have the chance to experience different aspects of camp ministry. You could serve in housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen, program, grounds crew, or a Counselor in Training. Service is for one, or up to four weeks of summer camp, depending on your availability and camp needs.

Summer Missions Team member need to have completed at least one year of high school and be recommended by three adults. All members should display a growing relationship to Jesus and a willingness to serve.

Summer Missions Team members are a part of the summer staff and report to the Summer Leadership Team and the head of the area they are assigned to.

We encourage all SMT participants to be part of our Sr High Exodus Camp.  If you are an SMT and you commit to 3-4 weeks you can come to Exodus Camp for no cost, if you commit to 1-2 weeks your cost for Exodus Camp is 1/2 price.  No matter how many weeks you decide to be an SMT, if you are planning to attend Exodus Camp you MUST go through the normal registration process.

If you are intested in being part of the Summer Missions team, fil out our pre-application

Junior Wrangler Program

The Jr. Wrangler Program is designed to challenge High School students to grow in their relationship to Jesus Christ through serving others as a part of Center Lake Bible Camp’s White Heart Ranch staff.

As a Jr. Wrangler you will work for a 1 or 2 week period of the summer, and have the chance to experience helping care for horses, general ranch chores, and other duties with the White Heart Ranch staff. Jr. Wranglers are an extension of the SMT program. When not working at the barn you get a chance to take part in some of the Summer Missions Team activities and duties.

Jr. Wranglers should have completed at least one year of high school and be recommended by three adults. All members should display a growing relationship to Jesus and a willingness to serve. Jr. Wranglers must also have attended horsemanship camp at CLBC or be able to demonstrate a similar level of horse related experience.

Jr. Wranglers work with and under the guidance of the White Heart Ranch Staff. When not working at the Ranch, Jr. Wranglers will be with out Summer Missions Team and Staff.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the camp at 231-829-3441 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General SMT/Jr Wrangler Information

The State of Michigan requires training for each staff person. 

Participants are urged to raise prayer support (individuals who will commit to praying for them daily), and financial support for the Summer Missions Program. Summer Missions Team and Jr Wrangler members will supply the camp with a mailing list of at least 15 addresses and short statement of why they want to work at Center Lake Bible Camp. The camp will send out the letters for the team member. A sample of the SMT/Jr Wrangler support letter will be given to the team members.

SMT Application

All reference forms are done online.  Please copy this link and send it to those people that you will have be your references for the SMT Program. 

Reference Form


Volunteers come in all types of looks, sizes and abilities. 

The history of Center Lake revolves around volunteers and their vision for a youth camp.

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VIP Work Weekends
We have set aside a weekend where groups or individuals can come and help.  We call these VIP (Very Important People) Work Weekends.  We also have volunteers that come and set up their RV/Campers in our RV site for the summer and become part of our summer staff.  We have a full service site with water/sewer/electric.  They help in whatever areas they are gifted in. 
2nd Half for Him ServeWeek

Center Lake has been blessed by an outstanding organization called:“2nd Half for Him” this ministry works with adults from the ages of DSC 2270 Custom50 (plus).  Each spring a group of hard working, wise and dedicated seniors make their way to Center Lake to work on projects to prepare camp for the upcoming summer season.  Seniors stay in RV/Campers or guest housing.  The day starts with devotions and all of  the meals are included.  There is plenty of laughs and fellowship. 

If you have any questions about the 2nd Half for Him or the Serve Team contact:

Bill and Norma Walters This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like more information about volunteering for a day, week or a summer please contact:
Duane Whitley
Camp Director
Types of Volunteer Work:
Painting, Landscaping,Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Office, Housekeeping, Kitchen, Summer Camp Regstration, Health Officers, Plus a host of other jobs

****Another vital way volunteers play an important part in this ministry is through their prayers.

Volunteer Application

Downloadable PDF Form: PDF Reference Form

Online Reference Form: Reference Form

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