Summer Ministry Team

Tadmor's Summer Ministry Team is made up of multiple teams and a variety of positions. Each team has different responsibilities during the summer, and members within each team are similar in age so they serve most closely with and grow in their relationships with Christ alongside peers. When looking at the teams, make sure to note the required age range listed for each team, these will be a good guide to figuring out where you can serve this summer at Tadmor. We look forward to getting to know you through our application process!

  • SWAT Team (Must be 16 by June 21): This team works behind the scenes ensuring a quality facility is provided for thousands of campers each summer.
  • SALT Team (Must be 17 by June 21): This program is designed to help develop your skills as a disciple of Jesus and your value of community. You will be working on a tight-knit team of other servant leaders.
  • Counseling Team (Must be 19 years of age by June 21, or have completed at least one year of college by June 21 (18 years of age)): Use your relational gifting to share your life with campers throughout a week.
  • Barnabas Team (Must be 19 years of age by June 21, or a graduate from our SALT Team (18 years of age), or have completed at least one year of college by June 21 (18 years of age)): Come alongside church groups that come to camp and help them to have the best time possible by being their personal connection at camp throughout their week.
  • Circle T Team (Must be 18 years of age by June 21): The Circle T team has the unique opportunity to be part of all aspects of running the Circle T program!
  • Program Team (Must be 19 years of age by June 21): This team has the opportunity to be fun and creative in a unique way that makes the other teams successful. In fact, the primary goal of a Program Team member is to make sure your teammates, the counselors, and the church group leaders have a positive and fun environment in which to teach and act out the gospel.
  • Lead Team (Must be 19 years of age by June 21): Experienced and mature individuals who oversee and direct specific areas of the summer camping ministry.
Serve at Tadmor

Apply for 2024

2024 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online. To apply for a cook, or health services position, please email [email protected]

Summer Ministry Team: Staff Positions

Counseling Team

Must be 19 years of age by June 21, or have completed at least one year of college by June 21 (18 years of age).

Use your relational gifting to share your life with campers through this opportunity to use what God has given you to invest your life into the lives of others. You will be walking/running through a week of camp with kids from many different communities, through activities, games, and spending your days together, in one week, you are able to make deep connection and have real conversations about faith and truth and get to be a positive role model in the lives of students from around the Pacific Northwest. 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.

Counseling opportunities are on a session-by-session basis, with the opportunity to serve during multiple sessions throughout the summer, but does not require a full summer commitment.

Barnabas Team

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 11*

Must be 19 years of age by June 21, or a graduate from our SALT Team (18 years of age), or have completed at least one year of college by June 21 (18 years of age).

Stipend Provided

Come alongside church groups that come to camp and help them to have the best time possible by being their personal connection at camp throughout their week, finding ways to serve their needs and help create space for the leaders to be able to focus on nothing but experiencing the joy, deep connection, breakthroughs and relationship with their students during their week at Tadmor. As the church goes, you go, by serving as their "camp brain," the person who has the personal knowledge of how to best execute a week of camp. You will answer questions, give guidance and clarification, come alongside and help the leaders and their church groups get acclimated as quickly as possible to the camp environment and soak up all it has to offer to them. This team will call you to put the church's preference above your own so that each individual group can maximize their experience at Tadmor.

Barnabas LEAD

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 11*

Must be 19 years of age by June 21, or a graduate from our SALT Team (18 years of age), or have completed at least one year of college by June 21 (18 years of age).

Stipend Provided

This position is available for one male and one female. You will need to offer guidance and support for the whole team, as well as lead devotionals with the team. Coach your team as they help assist church leaders to thrive in the camp environment, as well as counselors coming during sessions as well. You will report directly to the counseling team's full-time staff leader—Brian Smith (Stang).

SWAT Team (Servants Working at Tadmor)

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 11*

Must be 16 years of age by June 21.

"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 11*

Must be 18 years of age by June 21.

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.

SALT Team (Service and Leadership Training)

Time commitment: June 14 - Aug 11*

Must be 17 years of age by June 21.

College Scholarships Available

This program is designed to help develop your skills as a disciple of Jesus 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.

Program Team

Time commitment: June 11 - Aug 11*

Must be 19 years of age by June 21.

Stipend Provided

This team has the opportunity to be fun and creative in a unique way that makes the other teams successful. In fact, the primary goal of a Program Team member is to make sure your teammates, the counselors, and the church group leaders have a positive and fun environment in which to teach and act out the gospel. This is a great team to join if you want to hone some of your leadership skills, to disciple others, to be creative, and to be discipled. On Program Team, you will take part in the planning, facilitating, and implementation of skits, games, and activities. Applicants for Program Team need to be flexible and engaging, as well as demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-motivation, and discipline. The specific job descriptions below are in addition to the everyday responsibilities of a Program Team member. We have openings for the following program roles:

  • Program Lead - This position is available for one male and one female. You must have the ability to disciple and care for team members. Significant organizational skills are required to ensure all the moving parts of the Program Team are successful. An overall gifting in logistics and time-management is necessary for this position. Being creative and having the ability to lead others to use their creativity is also important. This may include capturing an audience, creating skits, and bringing entertainment to games. You will report directly to the Program team's full-time staff leader--Zack Brown (Gramps).
  • Program Support - You must be able to follow directions well and to problem solve when the situation calls for it. Being able to make set pieces or programmatic elements creatively is an added plus for the position. Your duties would include helping in all aspects of program team, including prepping for the set up of games, skits, and other camp activities. You will work closely with the Program leads and Recreation Facilitator.
  • AV Tech - An understanding and previous experience of soundboards, speakers, microphones, and production software are required. You will be responsible for operating sound and video projection equipment during worship, setting up and running sound at rec games, and evening events. You will help keep the Forum clean and organized, including instruments and sound equipment on and off the stage.
  • Office Assistant - You will work in the office during the day, answering phone calls, assisting the registrar, and helping with other administrative duties. Verbal/written communication skills and attention to details are important for this position.
  • Recreation Facilitator - You 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 - You 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 - You 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 and boat house.
  • Lifeguard - You 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.
  • Worship Facilitator - You 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 organize and facilitate a worship session are all skills required for this position. Other duties include getting slides ready and communicating with the AV person, and helping to maintain the stage's cleanliness and organization.
  • 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.
  • Barista Assistant - Our coffee shop can get crazy at Tadmor. Seriously, picture Starbucks on Saturday morning crazy. We need a responsible, teachable, coffee fluent person who can make drinks and back up our Lead Barista, Emily Brown. Primarily the coffee shop is open from 1-5pm daily. When you are not assisting with the coffee shop, you will be on the Program Team. This is a fast-paced team that works hard to make camp fun. To plug into this team you have to be willing to serve, whether that means setting up a game or talking in the microphone.

Circle T Team

Time commitment: June 11 - Aug 11*

Must be 18 years of age by June 21.

Stipend Provided

The Circle T team has the unique opportunity to be part of all aspects of running the Circle T program! This team takes part in the planning, facilitating, and implementing skits, games, and activities. They will engage with church groups and guest counselors to create a positive and fun environment in which to teach and act out the gospel. Openings are available for AV tech/videographer, worship facilitator, lifeguard, as well as getting trained in archery, Giant Swing, and the low ropes course. Applicants for Circle T must be flexible, engaging, patient, as well as demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-motivation, and discipline. This team reports to the full-time staff Circle T Coordinator, Miranda Smith.

Circle T LEAD

Time commitment: June 11 - Aug 11*

Must be 19 years of age by June 21.

Stipend Provided

Looking for experience with all aspects of camp? Circle T leads (one male, one female) have the opportunity to oversee the Circle T team in discipleship and guidance of the team members, in helping church leaders feel welcome and equipped, and in connecting with 3rd-6th grade campers through games, worship, and more! Leads must be organized, creative, and have the ability to empower others to utilize their creativity. From emceeing to sitting with overwhelmed campers to making sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes, Circle T leads get to experience many aspects of leadership in camp ministry! The Circle T leads report directly to the full-time staff Circle T Coordinator, Miranda Smith.

Lead Barnabas, Lead SALT, Lead SWAT

Time commitment: June 11 - Aug 11*

Must be 19 years of age by June 21.

Stipend Provided

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

  • Circle T LEAD - Looking for experience with all aspects of camp? Circle T leads (one male, one female) have the opportunity to oversee the Circle T team in discipleship and guidance of the team members, in helping church leaders feel welcome and equipped, and in connecting with 3rd-6th grade campers through games, worship, and more! Leads must be organized, creative, and have the ability to empower others to utilize their creativity. From emceeing to sitting with overwhelmed campers to making sure everything is running smoothly behind the scenes, Circle T leads get to experience many aspects of leadership in camp ministry! The Circle T leads report directly to the full-time staff Circle T Coordinator, Miranda Smith.
  • Barnabas LEAD - This position is available for one male and one female. You will need to offer guidance and support for the whole team, as well as lead devotionals with the team. Coach your team as they help assist church leaders to thrive in the camp environment, as well as counselors coming during sessions as well. You will report directly to the counseling team's full-time staff leader—Brian Smith (Stang).
  • Program LEAD - This position is available for one male and one female. You must have the ability to disciple and care for team members. Significant organizational skills are required to ensure all the moving parts of the Program Team are successful. An overall gifting in logistics and time-management is necessary for this position. Being creative and having the ability to lead others to use their creativity is also important. This may include capturing an audience, creating skits, and bringing entertainment to games. You will report directly to the Program team's full-time staff leader--Zack Brown (Gramps).
  • SALT LEAD - Lead the SALT team for the summer in conjunction with your co-lead of the opposite gender and your full-time staff overseer--Zach Paul (Phog).
  • SWAT LEAD - Lead the SWAT team for the summer in conjunction with your co-lead of the opposite gender and your full-time staff overseer--Chris Bartmess (Breezy).

Cook

Our kitchen produces meals for up to 450 people a week in the summer. The food is very important to us and we are grateful to our cooks for the work they do to make it excellent. We have a full-size industrial kitchen with walk-in coolers. Food comes in on pallets, is stored, and then within a matter of days is served to campers. We have a team of teenagers who will work with you to make foodservice happen. This position requires organizational skills, careful planning, a knowledge of food, and a love for service. Previous cooking experience in a large kitchen is helpful. Our cooks need to model Christ well for our teenagers and interact positively with them.

Health Services Staff(R.N., E.M.T., M.D., P.A.)

This position is in charge of responding to medical emergencies and injuries, administering first aid, and distributing medications during a session of camp.

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

Questions?

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

Apply for 2024

2024 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online. To apply for a cook, or health services position, please email [email protected]

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.

Location

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

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 2024

2024 Summer Ministry Team Applications are now online. To apply for a cook, or health services position, please email [email protected]