Each year we hire 2-4 dynamic, talented, flexible, compassionate young adults to serve on our hospitality team during our summer camping season. Our intern program is designed to give young adults the opportunity to lead and learn in a variety of ways: Interns practice program planning, design and execution. They learn about working effectively with children, teens and adults. Our interns support the various aspects of our ministry of hospitality. They are mentored by other leaders who help them to identify & nurture their gifts.  They are given the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills while mentoring and disciplining our weekly volunteer staff. All of our staff, interns and volunteers learn to live and practice genuine Christian community.

Our intern program is a great way to gain practical experience in various forms of Christian ministry, especially camping/outdoor ministry or children & youth ministry; this is also a great internship for those interested in outdoor education or teaching. Interns will have the opportunity to get certified and serve as high-ropes facilitators, boat drivers, and archery range controllers. Many of our interns are pursuing degrees in unrelated fields but enjoy the unique experience & skills that come from serving at camp. We are intentional about developing the leadership skills & gifts of our interns, nurturing their faith walk, and creating a unique and supportive staff community at camp. To top it off, interns get to spend the summer enjoying the camp facilities and recreation on the beautiful Pend Oreille River, surrounded by God’s beautiful creation!

We hope you’ll join us; working at camp is the BEST way to spend your summer!    


Time Frame: All interns serve a minimum 4 week term during our summer camping programs, July 1st- August 28th, 2020; training week is June 15-19. Positions up to 11 weeks are possible.

Compensation: Starting at $250/ week, plus room & meals while camps are in session. We are happy to work with your educational institution to help you get school credit for your internship; if you are interested, please talk to us about this.

Leadership Development: In order to provide additional opportunities for leadership development, each intern will lead morning devotions throughout the summer and choose at least one “area of specialization” for the summer. Options for leadership roles include: Hospitality, Pool Maintenance/Supervisor, Audio/Visual, Kitchen/Head Cook, Recreation, Photographer/Videographer, Facilities/Maintenance, Administration. You’ll have an opportunity to select your preferred leadership roles during training week.

Desired Traits & Abilities:

  • A love of God, people, camp and the outdoors
  • Previous leadership experiences
  • Desire & ability to be in ministry with children, youth and adults in a camp setting
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, Christ-like attitude, and responsible decision-making
  • Ability to creatively and prayerfully plan, organize, and carry out programs
  • Ability to supervise campers and other staff
  • Ability to travel to and from Newport, WA if not already living in the state; your transportation is not provided by the camp. We are happy to pick you up from the airport, etc., when you arrive.
  • Must be at least 19 years old; 21 and older preferred
  • We encourage those with current applicable certifications to apply, such as lifeguard or challenge course certifications. However, certifications are not required in order to be selected for the position.


Interns are supervised by:

The Camp Director and serve as assistants to the Camp Managers.  The interns will also work closely with the Coordinator of each camp (Coordinators are different for each camp session). 


How to Apply:

Sound like it might be the job for you? Check out the full Camp Intern Job Description.  Please read the complete job description before applying.

Application Instructions: Complete the online application below, Or send a resume with cover letter to Bear Paw Camp, 581 Bear Paw Dr, Newport WA 99156

Deadline for application is March 1st, 2020.

Bear Paw Interns who desire to return for an additional year need not submit an application. Please contact Lanie if you are interested in coming back.

Questions? Call (509)447-3900 or email

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