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Staff Information

The staff at Tree of Life are all volunteers. You can be one too! Please consider joining for this fun and rewarding week of service to the Lord.

Counselors and other staff at our camp must be adult members of a congregation in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Applicants are expected to be spiritually mature, active in the Word, and in agreement with WELS teachings. Your pastor will be asked to evaluate and approve your application on this basis.

See this letter for our encouragement to worship regularly at your WELS or ELS church.

Staff members must have completed high school, with minimum age 18 years. In the summer immediately after you finish high school, you have the option to be either a camper or a staff member. Younger staff members are generally given responsibility for younger campers, to avoid having staff supervising campers who are too close to their own age.

Staff positions at camp include a camp director, Bible Instructors, counselors, activities leaders, handicraft leaders, music leader, nurse, lifeguard, and kitchen staff. Counselors supervise up to ten campers each, and are responsible for their campers 24 hours a day.

Our year-round staff consists of a board of directors elected from our supporting WELS and ELS congregations, along with other volunteers who are able and willing to help with planning, organization, preparation, publicity, etc. Please consider helping out in one of these roles too!

Staff are not charged for their week at camp. Children of staff members who are too young for the full camp program (below grade 4) may come to camp as Little Lambs. Counselors are provided to supervise them. See our front page for this year's Little Lamb rates.

Staff may be asked to use their vehicles to help transport the campers on field trips.

First aid and CPR certification are recommended. If you are already CPR trained, please check that your certification is up to date. Bring a copy (or computer scan) of your certification or send us a computer scan. Contact us for suggestions on where to get training. We can reimburse reasonable training expenses if needed.

A counselor/staff orientation and in-service training session will be held on a Saturday one or two weeks before the start of camp. See our front page for the date and location. It is important that all staff members attend this meeting, even those who have been staff members before. You can participate via audio/video conference. If you are unable to make the meeting please contact our staffing committee chairman Jordan Hochmuth ( in advance. Staff who miss the orientation meeting will be required to attend orientation at camp on Sunday, and that causes difficulties because campers are already present at that time and need to be supervised.

Our counselor handbook, craft leader handbook, and other information for staff are available on the download page.

Smoking or vaping is allowed only in certain designated areas and not in the presence of campers.

Questions?? If you are considering serving but would like to learn more before committing, please contact your Pastor or a Tree of Life board member.

Applications for staff positions are accepted online only. Please submit your application before June 15. Late applications are usually accepted, but please apply as early as possible! Please let your pastor know you are applying and talk to him about your service. We will be checking by email for pastoral approval of all applicants.

Finally: Click here to apply!

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