Summer Staff & Summer Interns

Summer Staff Placement begins December 1st!

This volunteer experience is for those who are at least one year out of high school (college age or older). The summer staff roles require considerable maturity and non-verbal witness. Each summer staff session is about one month long. ​ Qualified applicants will be accepted into positions based on the order applications are received. If you have any questions, contact us.

2024 Session Dates:

Session 1:​ July 14-August 9

Just one session at Canyon! Sign up now, volunteer space is limited!

To Apply:

Please first check availability​ of openings. Then apply online. You will need the email address of a Young Life staff person who is willing to write a recommendation on your behalf.


Canyon Cars & Sports Center Wrangler, Lifeguard, Housekeeper, Kitchen Assistant, Sound & Program, Landscaping, Summer Office, Retail & Snack Shop, Ropes & Zip Wrangler

Summer Interns

Summer Interns play a vital role in our summer camping ministry. Our interns are committed to Christ first and foremost. They also have the ability to lead others, serve with excellence and have a desire to be challenged and grow in their relationship with Christ. Summer Interns will strive to serve Christ, kids and each other. They will also have the opportunity to grow as leaders in ministry, develop Christ-like relationships and enjoy the fun and beauty of camp. See More Information​ and Apply Here!

Work Crew

This volunteer experience is for those in high school. To be eligible you must have completed one year of high school and complete your local area's work crew training course. Each work crew session is about one month long during the summer.

Session 1: May 24 - June 20

Session 2: June 20 - July 12

Session 3:​ July 12 - August 7

2024 Session Dates:

Session 1: July 14-August 9

Just one session at Canyon this year! Sign up now as volunteer space is limited!


Servers - Dining Hall, Kitchen - Food Preparation, Pits Crew - Dish Washing, Outdoor Crew - Landscaping, Housekeeping - Laundry

To Apply:

The application process begins with a Young Life staff recommendation. To apply, please talk with your local Young Life staff. The cost for work crew is your own transportation to and from Washington Family Ranch.

Alumni Information: Have you served on work crew before? Stay in touch through Young Life Alumni and Friends.

Adult Guests

Adults can have the time of their lives at Washington Family Ranch too! During each week of summer camp adults may participate in our Young Life Adult Guest program. Adult guests stay in the beautiful Canyon View Lodge, eat meals with campers, go to Young Life club and soak in the entire camp experience.

Yes, we have an Adult Guest Program for Summer 2024!​ Talk to your local Area Director about this amazing opportunity to see camp in action. Most camp dates throughout the summer are available at either Canyon or Creekside camp.

To Register:

Adult guests are registered through local Young Life area offices. If you cannot locate your local Young Life​ area office please contact us.


The cost of the Adult Guest Program for 2024 is $125 per room, per night; rooms are double-occupancy. and includes all meals and camp activities. It is paid to your local Young Life office, not to Washington Family Ranch.​ Guests are encouraged to reserve at least two nights and welcome to stay for the entire camp week!

Medical Team

Summer Camp Doctor​​ — Each week during the summer at Washington Family Ranch, approximately 1,000 campers roll in for the best week of their lives. To provide the best possible care, we need physicians, nurses, and EMT-paramedics to help us meet the medical needs of the campers and summer volunteers at camp. All medical team members and their families stay at camp during their week of service in amazing accommodations and enjoy meals with the campers at no cost.

School Season Opportunities​​ — We are also in need of medical providers for camps during the school season months at Washington Family Ranch. These camps are shorter (usually over a weekend), quieter and more relaxing than summer camping. Contact us​ if you are interested in this opportunity.

The week will be busy- more like a mission trip than a vacation! But we’ll do our best to get you relaxing by the pool before week’s end. Medical Team members will work with a team of qualified providers, operate within your scope of practice, provide acute medical care for minor injuries and illnesses, and stabilize and triage those patients who need transport to regional facilities.

Your spouse and children, ages 17 and younger, are invited to share the week with you. Whether it’s enjoying meals together, swimming in the pool, or watching Young Life summer camp in action — you are sure to have a great time. Time and space permitting, your family will have an opportunity to experience the many activities around camp. The pool and sports center/canopy are always available during free time.

Who can be on a Medical Team?

Physicians, nurses and EMT-paramedics are needed on our Medical Teams. Scroll down for nurse and EMT-Paramedic information.


Each team will have at least 1 primary care physician specializing in:

  • Family Practice
  • Pediatrics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Specialists from the following areas will be paired with a primary care provider:

  • General Surgery
  • OB/GYN
  • Gastroenterology
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Nephrology

Non-Oregon physicians will need to obtain licensure from the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners.

Role of a Physician
  • Screen patients for 30 minutes after each meal or until all the patients are seen.
  • Serve as a backup for medical advice to other Medical Team members.
  • Decide whether a given medical condition can safely be treated on the property or requires transport to an outside facility. Physicians are urged to make such decisions keeping in mind their background and training and the limited facilities available at the Washington Family Ranch.
  • Determine the mode of transport for patients requiring treatment at another facility and discuss the patient with the receiving facility prior to transport, when appropriate.
  • Assist with check-in of camper medication on Day 1.

Registered Nurse

All registered nurses must have an Oregon License. For information on how to obtain an Oregon License, visit the Oregon State Board of Nursing website.

Role of a Registered Nurse
  • Triage patients with physicians after every meal for 30 minutes or until all the patients are seen.
    ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ — Assist physician in exams and treatments as required.
    ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ — Remain in the room while the physician examines patients (as appropriate).
    ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ — Assist in completing and filing patient documentation as necessary.
    ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ — Maintain cleanliness and organization of exam rooms.
  • Clean, sterilize, and store reusable equipment.
  • Notify your Medical Team Host if ANY emergency drugs or IV fluids are used or if other supplies or medications are critically low.
  • Complete and document an opiate control count with another Medical Team member at the beginning and end of assigned camp dates and whenever any opiates are dispensed.
  • Obtain and file medical release forms in the Infirmary. Scan forms for critical health problems and/or medications that should be turned in to the medical team.
  • Assist in administering registered medication to campers after each meal.
  • Initiate follow-up visits with guests and staff.


All EMTs and Paramedics must have an Oregon license. ​ For information on how to obtain reciprocity or an Oregon license, please visit the Oregon EMS Trauma Systems website.

Role of an EMT-Paramedic
  • Attend all scheduled camp activities (i.e. Obstacle Course, Field Games, Pool Olympics, etc.) and be available to triage traumatic injuries or medical conditions.
  • Assist physicians in determining transportation needs for emergent and non-emergent patients.
  • Monitor radio for response needs.
  • Maintain the inventory of EMS kits in the medical vehicle and re-supply if used.
  • Be familiar with Air Link procedures.
  • Assist in administering registered medication to campers after each meal.

To Apply:

First, check availability. Then complete a Camp Medical Professionals Application.

Questions? Contact our office, we’ll be able to answer any questions you may have and review the upcoming summer schedule as well as available spots.

Want to bring a team? Recruit some friends and colleagues to join you for your week. Book early to make it possible to get everyone here the same week. Ideally, each Canyon team is made up of two physicians, two nurses and two EMT-paramedics.

Weekend Wrangler

Session 1: May 24 - June 20

Session 2: June 20 - July 12

Session 3:​ July 12 - August 7

During the school season, WFR relies heavily on volunteers to help keep camp running. We call these volunteers wranglers. Our wranglers are college-aged and older folks from different schools and communities that partner together with our staff to be a living presentation of the Gospel. Wranglers have the opportunity to interact with guests as they serve on ropes elements, in the store and snack bar, and in housekeeping. In addition to volunteering, you will stay on camp alongside other volunteers. Room and board will be included.

Please email Hannah Brod at if you have any questions!

To Apply:

For more information, please fill out this form.​ Once this is complete, our team will send you a follow up email with more information.


Housekeeping, retail, coffee shop, snack bar, giant swing/ropes course, climbing wall, or housekeeping.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Come Serve at Washington Family Ranch! ​

Washington Family Ranch values its volunteers! Every year, in addition to our work crew and summer staff, adult volunteers contribute hundreds of hours in many vital roles at camp.

Summer Opportunities

Adult Guest Hosts

The Adult Guest Program​ needs hosts! Each week, these guests are led by a host who is familiar with Young Life's camping ministry. This Host is their 'cabin leader' for their stay, and is available to lead them through an amazing camp experience- just like leaders are for kids!

If you enjoy serving people and you love the camping ministry of Young Life, consider applying to be an Adult Guest Host this coming summer! You can apply through your local area office.​ Host selections are made by regions and each host has rooms reserved for them to invite guests from their local areas. Guests frequently cite their experience as being just as life-changing for them as it is for the kids. As a host, you are in a unique position to introduce Young Life to church pastors and youth leaders, school teachers and community members. Be prepared for a week of watching the Holy Spirit move in the lives of kids and adults!

If the host role isn't right for you but you know people in your community whom you want to see involved in Young Life, consider sending them to camp as adult guests! Sign them up through your local area office.

Experience Required

  • Young Life background (camping and field)
  • Experience as an Adult Guest
Tour Host

There are no Tour Host opportunities at this time.

YoungLives​ Camp Childcare

This opportunity is only available at Creekside.

A great way to affect two generations at the same time. ​ Cuddle babies while their moms attend club and other camp activities. This is a five-day commitment!

Check the info page here for registration link!

School Season Opportunities

Long Term Volunteer Program

There are no long-term volunteer opportunities at this time.

Please reach out to with inquiries about volunteer opportunities.

Weekend Warrior Projects

There are no Weekend Warrior projects at this time.


Current Weekend Warrior Projects

Nothing at this time.

Spring and Fall Work & Worship

For updates on our Work & Worship event, check our Upcoming Events​ page!

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