Summer Ministry Staff

The 2024 Summer Ministry Staff Application is now open! This year the main summer staff season is June 10-August 3rd Early arrivals and later departures are welcome and encouraged!

Summer Ministry Staff 

Mount Carmel Ministries is a place of rest, renewal, and recreation where people experience Jesus. Every summer Mount Carmel calls 30 college-aged young adults to serve our family camp guests. Serving at Mount Carmel is a discipleship experience in which staff gets to try on leadership, live out their faith, develop a servant’s heart, grow in their knowledge of the Bible, and develop a close Christian community. Summer staff attend daily devotions, teach and develop youth programming, lead worship, organize games, wash dishes, clean cabins, lifeguard, and partner with families in prayer and support. Mount Carmel is unique in its intergenerational approach to camp, serving guests ranging from newborns to folks in their 90s concurrently while providing tailored programming to each group. Due to the nature of Mount Carmel’s family ministry, those who serve on staff avoid the nagging responsibilities of youth camper management and focus entirely on building relationships and digging into the Bible with youth. 

Mount Carmel celebrates Christians around the world who proclaim Jesus. We invite international Christians to come and join us in our mission to be a place where people experience Jesus through rest, renewal, and recreation and to lift up our ministry with special perspectives from those abroad. We help those interested in Mount Carmel discern their call and provide transportation to Mount Carmel. 

The following steps must be taken in order to be considered for a summer staff position at Mount Carmel. All hires are subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. The applications and deadlines may vary by year.

Call or email our program director, David Blackstad, for the latest information:, (320) 815-5218.

For Returning Staff

  1. Fill out the Returning Staff application
  2. We are working hard toward filling the staff for the summer, please fill out your application as soon as possible.
    (If you have circumstances that prevent you from turning this application in on time, please let us know so we can work with you.)
  3. Once your application is received and reviewed you will be contacted by phone with information about the next steps.

For New Summer Staff

  1. Complete the Mount Carmel Summer Ministry Staff application and reference forms.
  2. Send the reference forms to TWO people you know well and who could give an objective assessment.


  • Previous employers
  • Pastors or youth directors
  • Ministry leaders under whom you have volunteered
  • Peers who you have served with
  • Teachers/professors/adults involved in a student organization you belong to (especially if they have seen you in a leadership role)
  • If you have worked at another outdoor ministry, you must include your former employer or immediate supervisor as a reference

Be sure to tell each person to email the completed reference at your earliest convenience to, or mail to:

Mount Carmel Ministries
Attn: Program Director
800 Mount Carmel Drive
Alexandria, MN 56308


Once your application is received and reviewed we may set up a video call interview for potential candidates. If you have questions, or if it seems like we are taking too long to get back to you, please feel free to email

Thank you for your interest in Mount Carmel. We bless you as we discern God’s calling for you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is housing provided? 
A: Yes. Housing is provided. Men may have a roommate or may have their own room in rustic accommodations. Men share a bathroom/shower house. Women will have one or two roommates and nicer accommodations. Women’s rooms each have their own fully equipped bathrooms.

Q: What dates do I need to be at Mount Carmel to serve on Summer Staff? 
A: We are trying to have all of our Summer Staffers here from June 10th to August 3rd. We welcome staff to come early and to stay as late as October 1st. Staff who staff later than August 3rd have their salaries substantially increased. If you are unable to arrive on time or need to leave early, contact David Blackstad to see if your situation can work. 

Q: Is food provided? 
A: Yes! All of your meals are provided. This includes food on your evening and day off each week. 

Q: Do we get days off? 
A: Yes! Summer staffers work Sunday morning through Friday late afternoon. Summer staff have Saturdays off with the exception of two Saturdays throughout the summer. Staffers will have additional time off at other times to offset those Saturday shifts. 

Q: Are internships available? 
A: Yes! Please contact to see if we can create an internship that meets your needs. 

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