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Summer Staff

Work at HoneyRock this summer!

Incredible community, meaningful work, beautiful place. It's an unforgettable summer - the Northwoods of Wisconsin sets a beautiful stage for living in community and enjoying transformational learning. If you work at HoneyRock, you have a heart for others and a mind towards Christ. 

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All of these roles can fulfill college internship requirements.

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Work with Campers at HoneyRock

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Gain exposure to proper sequencing and application in an experiential education setting
  • Practice co-teaching in Bible studies and activity areas alongside a fellow student or activity instructor
  • Create a growth plan based on human developmental theory
  • Design a small group Bible study curriculum for grades 3rd-8th using proper sequencing and opportunities for application
  • Teach and lead daily Bible studies as well as special skills throughout the camp session
  • Develop lessons using age-appropriate engagement and reflection questions
  • Differentiate lesson plans to fit particular camper group needs
  • Employ experiential education practices to activity area techniques
  • Co-teach in activity areas with a fellow activity instructor
  • Develop an understanding of the differences in the developmental stages through intentional relationship building in a case study opportunity through daily cabin life with 3rd-8th or 9th graders
  • Receive feedback from supervisors on teaching methods and opportunities for further growth
  • This is a paid internship

Skills and Requirements:

  • Preferred Majors: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Christian Education, Educational Studies, Religious Studies, and Children’s Ministry
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

High School Programs

There are four high school programs to choose from: 2:22, Voyageur, Service Team, and Catalyst. Read short descriptions of each program and then review the general role responsibilities.

Service Team

Service Team is a small group of high school students and counselors who spend the summer doing life together.  They eat, pray, work, learn, lead, live, and grow together. Known at camp as “Steamers”, these emerging adults experience life as members of the Body of Christ namely through deep mentoring relationships with YOU, the Service Team counselors, as well as through their close-knit peer community and the larger HoneyRock family.  We pray for a life-changing summer that fosters both healing and maturity as our campers return home.  Service Team is one of the foundational programs of HoneyRock.  Running for seven weeks, it is the longest program of the summer and thereby, a unique camper discipleship opportunity. Interested? Talk with Phillip Eddy, Service Team Coordinator.

Voyageur

Voyageur is a new program for 2017 dedicated to providing high school students, specifically rising 11-12 graders who are looking to be challenged through experiences in nature that require learning and applying outdoor skills.

SALT/2:22 Staff

The School of Adventure Leadership Training (SALT) provides advanced ministry training and leadership experience to college students. SALT serves two main areas: counseling high school students in 2:22 and leading Wheaton Passage. The primary focus of SALT is discipleship and modeling a heart of service. SALT students will engage today’s youth culture, serve those in need, be equipped with crisis training and plan Bible studies, all under the guidance of HoneyRock staff and Wheaton College professors.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities

  • Work in cooperation with the Coordinator and Team Leader to plan and lead program elements.
  • Promote the safety, health, and spiritual/personal growth of a cabin of high school students for 4+ weeks.
  • Maintain personal health and energy to meet the demands of a 24/7 program.
  • Plan and lead program elements for small groups and cabins (morning devotions/Bible study/worship/fun events/group building) individually and as part of a team.
  • Facilitate the development of your small group, cabin, and large groups as safe, supportive, and healing communities.
  • Supervise camper free time. Be available and present.
  • Intentionally disciple campers through 1:1 meetings and daily life together.
  • Share your own story and life with your small group and cabin.
  • Partner with the Coordinator and Team Leader to address disciplinary issues.
  • Work alongside your campers in barn/kitchen/grounds/construction/ housekeeping/trip prep.
  • Lead off-camp projects in cooperation with community partners (kids camp/trail work/transitional housing/community garden/etc.)
  • Drive 15-passenger van to transport campers.
  • Maintain cabin cleanliness alongside your campers.
  • Engage in intentional times of prayer for campers, each other, and HoneyRock.
  • Work with the Holy Spirit to help campers & staff experience God’s love.

Skills and Requirements

1. Personal commitment to and relationship with Jesus. 
2. Previous ministry experience, preferably with high school students. 
3. First Aid/CPR training (available during staff training). 
4. Water Safety training (available during staff training). 
5. Driver’s License (preferred).

Activity Staff

Are you an education major, love the outdoors, and enjoy teaching children new things? If so, then you should consider an internship opportunity as the Activity Area Instructor. The Activity Area Instructor Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on field experience working with campers between 3rd and 12th grade.

Activity Staff is responsible for the equipment maintenance, area supervision, staff training, and camper instruction in HoneyRock’s activity areas. We hire staff to run the following areas: Archery, Riflery, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Drama, Wilderness Skills, Canoeing, Swimming, Waterskiing, Kayaking, and Lifeguarding. This staff serves all camper programs and guests of HoneyRock. Other parts of a day’s work include lifeguarding, equipment and area maintenance, managing campers and SLS counselors, and assisting with other activities as needed.  

Camp activities are a key part of the entire summer camp experience – it is a place where campers have fun, gain confidence, learn about success and failure, encourage one another, and learn new skills.  As an activity staff, you will have the chance to have a formative role in a young camper’s life.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Train assistant instructors
  • Develop several teaching curriculum plans for various age groups and skill levels
  • Provide age and skill level appropriate instruction
  • Differentiate lesson plans for different learning needs
  • Employ experiential education practices to activity area techniques
  • Teach and monitor safety protocol
  • Facilitate recreational experiences
  • Receive feedback from supervisors on teaching methods and opportunities for further growth
  • Practice group management techniques with small class sizes
  • Inspect and maintain equipment
  • Become certified as a professional rescuer through the American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED course
  • Receive leadership and area-specific training
  • Possible certification opportunities, depending on activity area, include but are no limited to:
    • Wisconsin Boater Safety certification (available to all interns)
    • Swift Water Rescue Training (possibly ACA)
    • Top-rope climbing instruction (through Challenge Quest)
    • NRA Basic Rifle Course**
    • USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification**
    • WFA for wilderness skills position**
    • IMBA instructor certification program**

**These certifications are not currently offered but maybe in the future. They are options to be explored.

Skills and Requirements: 

  • Preferred Majors: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Christian Education, Educational Studies, Religious Studies, and Children’s Ministry, Leisure Studies, Outdoor Leadership Ministries, Recreation and Sport Management, Christian Education, Applied Health Science, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, or Sport Management
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required
  • Lifeguard certification required and provided on-site for all activity staff. Training is provided to orient staff to HoneyRock and the specifics of your area

Work in a Specialty Role at HoneyRock

The Information Technology Internship at HoneyRock provides experience in IT work through daily, ongoing tasks concurrent with strategic, large-scale projects. HoneyRock offers a unique IT experience by fully immersing interns in all aspects of IT management and not limiting you to narrow skillset.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Coordinate the Help Desk to manage and troubleshoot user requests or issues.
  • Gain experience with wired & wireless networking
  • Learn server administration, management and file share organization.
  • Work with information systems, systems analysis, and firewall management
  • Practice web design and skinning
  • Be exposed to Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS, iOS environments
  • Study strategic-level IT project management and implementation
  • Organize and map of wired networks
  • Terminate and install low voltage wires
  • Gain experience in Customer Service
  • Visit Ministry Health Care, Cultivate Now, Northwoods Connect, Deneb Corporation, Kozar Technologies, and various Native American Reservations to see similar IT positions in the workplace

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Math, Computer Science, Computer Engineering
  • Looking for an individual with strengths in achieving goals, personal responsibility, and initiative
  • Needs strong problem-solving skills
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

The Retail Management Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on management experience for students interested in business and hospitality management. Interns will help set and lead the retail strategy for HoneyRock’s camp store. HoneyRock’s summer camp programs host nearly 1,000 campers each summer. The camp store sells apparel, souvenirs, and snacks to all campers, students, and guests. Interns will have the freedom to be creative with a variety of responsibilities beyond simply operating the cash register. This internship is an opportunity to live and serve alongside the rest of HoneyRock’s Guest Services team.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Learn the use of a point of sale system, inventory system, and camper registration program
  • Track, manage, and increase retail sales through merchandising, inventory management, display, and promotion
  • Manage a budget and report on expense tracking
  • Order merchandise and choose which items to sell
  • Design apparel for the store
  • Visit Three Lakes and Eagle River businesses for exposure to business practices

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Business, Retail Management
  • Applicants should be self-motivated, creative, friendly, organized, responsible, and have an eye for detail
  • Love for camp/outdoors and children
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

The Photographer Internship at HoneyRock seasonal, full-time paid position for those willing to work in a ministry capacity as part of the HoneyRock Specialty Staff.

Reporting to the Marketing Specialist in Wheaton, the Photographer is part of telling the story of HoneyRock through creative and professional images. The Photographer will be part of creating concepts, taking, and editing professional quality photos to be used in web and direct marketing for HoneyRock. They will also be responsible for image management and equipment, and part of the program staff at HoneyRock from staff training in May through Wheaton Passage in August. Training will occur on Wheaton’s campus for one week with the marketing and communications staff.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Create a weekly photography plan by camper programs and activities to ensure a representative sampling of photography is achieved; the weekly plan will be reviewed daily with Marketing Specialist to make sure all goals are achieved
  • Accountable to daily and weekly photography quotas (2,000-4,000 photos per week), 3-4 Instagram posts per week
  • Collaborate with Media Specialist to develop weekly blog posts and related photos to HoneyRock blog
  • Makes technical decisions regarding such elements such as appropriate lighting and camera angles; receive and follow explicit instructions regarding assignments
  • Develop editing plan, communicate with stakeholders, and perform edits to produce a professional-looking product
  • Manage image library and ensures multiple weekly photo uploads to online photography library
  • Collaborate on photograph locations and subjects for marketing materials and web
  • This is a paid internship

Skills and Requirements:

  • Preferred Majors: Fine Arts, Photography, Communications, Advertising or Marketing
  • 1+ years experience with digital media and photography equipment, including lighting setups
  • 1+ experience with Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop is preferred
  • Must be experienced with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
  • Must have a complete online portfolio available for review prior to the beginning of the interview process
  • Referable experience for photography in a production environment (i.e. weddings, journalism, studio work)

The Videographer Internship at HoneyRock seasonal, full-time paid position for those willing to work in a ministry capacity as part of the HoneyRock Specialty Staff.

Reporting to the Marketing Specialist in Wheaton, the Videographer is part of telling the story of HoneyRock through creative and professional videos. The Videographer will be part of creating video concepts, filming, editing, and producing professional-quality videos to be used in web and direct marketing for HoneyRock. They will also be responsible for image management and equipment, and part of the program staff at HoneyRock from staff training in May through Wheaton Passage in August. Training will occur on Wheaton’s campus for one week with the marketing and communications staff.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Identify stories, writing creative briefs, scripts, and produce videos. All work must adhere to institutional brand guidelines for video style, logos, and any graphics created
  • Daily contact with the Marketing Specialist to review priorities for the day and output from the previous day
  • Meet with Market Specialist and HoneyRock leadership to outline goals for video projects; coordinate the schedule and plan for production, post-production, and delivery of the finished product
  • Test all equipment to determine the technical quality of recording, audio, and lighting apparatus prior to operation in the field
  • Prepare locations prior to shooting, conduct video shoots, film interviews and events using video camera equipment
  • Develop an editing plan, communicate with stakeholders, and perform edits to produce a professional-looking product
  • Complete all rendering, compressing, and processing of video files to ensure prompt delivery via Web or DVD, as well as updates to the video archive
  • Edit and assemble final visual/audio program material, ensuring consistency and relevancy to productions, monitor technical quality of end product
  • Other related responsibilities will be assigned as needed

Skills and Requirements:

  • Preferred Majors: Fine Arts, Communications, Advertising or Marketing
  • 1+ years experience with digital media and video production equipment, including lighting setups and various types of audio recording
  • 1+ experience with Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of After Effects is preferred
  • Must be experienced with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
  • Must have a complete online portfolio available for review prior to the beginning of the interview process

The Food Service Internship provides hands-on culinary management experience during HoneyRock’s Summer Camp, which draws over 2,000 campers and volunteers. Interns will serve hundreds of meals during the summer. The foodservice role is integral to creating a powerful guest and camper experience at HoneyRock. You will gain experience in menu building and planning, scheduling for staff and operations, inventory management, customer service, and systems building/implementation. If you choose a Capstone Internship, you will learn how to:

  • Serve guests who have special diets/food allergies with excellence
  • Build an inventory management and food ordering system from scratch
  • Menu planning/building: using market research, cost analysis and dietary guidelines, with emphasis on meeting guests needs, providing healthy meals and food options within budget.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Learn budget management, menu building/planning, scheduling, inventory management, customer service, and systems building/implementation
  • Possible seminars led by professionals on topics such as inventory management, menu building, social media/marketing, special diets, sustainability, etc.
  • Receive ServSafe Certification

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Culinary, Business Management, Restaurant Management
    • These degrees are available many technical schools in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Work in Operations at HoneyRock

The Construction Management Internship provides hands-on experience in construction while working at HoneyRock’s facility, which covers over 900 acres in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Ladder Safety Training
  • OSHA 10-Hour Training (online)
  • Hands-on experience within a variety of building trades, especially carpentry
  • Project Tracking management for a list of summer projects
  • Estimation of time and materials, perform takeoffs
  • Project Budget creation and management
  • Project Scheduling creation and management
  • Project Management via day-to-day oversight of in-house staff and outside contractors
  • Leadership and responsibility development
  • Visits to outside construction job sites

Skills and Requirements:

  • Preferred Majors Majors: Construction Management
    • If interested to lead construction projects in a missions context, a major in Christian Formation & Ministry (Wheaton College) or Christian Educational Ministries (Taylor University) would be appropriate
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

The Forestry/Land Management Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on field experience managing the grounds of our 900 acres site in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The grounds include both developed areas and forestland containing trails, campsites, etc.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Primary responsibility will be with hazard tree management
  • Basic chainsaw safety certification
  • Exposure to advanced timber falling techniques
  • Equipment training with front-end loader/backhoe, skid steer and various attachments, industrial wood chipper, log splitters, commercial mowing equipment, etc
  • GPS and GIS applications may be used to support some fieldwork depending on the applicant’s experience
  • Interaction with local foresters and resource management professionals
  • Possible summer visits to USFS recreation sites, WIDNR Ranger Station in Rhinelander, and other local camps

Skills and Requirements:

  • Preferred Majors: Land Resource Management, Forest Management, Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation, Environmental Science
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required
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All of these roles can fulfill college internship requirements.

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Make Your Summer Job at HoneyRock an Internship!

Internships are available for a wide variety of majors. Let us work with you and your college or university to ensure that your internship requirements are met. 

By making your summer job an internship at a place like HoneyRock, you will

  • Gain real-world hands-on experience 
  • Develop marketable skills in a variety of professional fields 
  • Explore potential career options 
  • Grow in personal and relational competencies desired by employers 
  • Deepen your relationship with Christ through an authentic community and experiences in creation.


We offer two types of internships: Exploratory and Capstone.

Consider an Exploratory Internship... if you want to take your education and apply it in real-world situations. In an exploratory internship, you begin to evaluate how well your skills and interests align to your chosen field. 

Consider a Capstone Internship... if you want to build expertise in your chosen field. You begin building significant experience that will translate into strong resume differentiators, preparing you for work or ministry after graduation.