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Deans | Ambassadors | News

Deans | Ambassadors | News

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Camp Deans/Volunteer Camp Counselor

We are so excited to work alongside you for what promises to be another great summer at your camps!  Thank you so much for your gifts of time, commitment, leadership, and love with the children, youth and adults of the Dakotas and Minnesota UMC  Conferences.  There are a lot of exciting things happening in camp and retreat ministries and we're eager to share some highlights with you. 

All persons interested in serving as a camp deans/volunteer counselors in the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Ministries program are required to complete a Volunteer Application and an annual background check.  Simply Register Online for the camp you will be assisting with.  Once registered, the Volunteer Application will be available in the Online Forms section of your registration Dashboard.  This application should be completed a minimum of two weeks before camp to allow time to complete background checks.  Thank you for serving in this ministry! 

Below are some new opportunities for you as a camp dean/volunteer camp counselor and also forms and helpful resources for a positive experience  at camp for you and the campers. 

Dean/Volunteer Counselor Required Documentation

The forms and documents listed below can be found in the Online Forms section of your online registration Dashboard. 
**Signature required annually

  • Volunteer Application
  • Volunteer Dean/Leader Agreement (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Social Media and Communication Guidelines (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Child Abuse & Neglect Policy Statement and Appendix (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Annual Background Check (included in Volunteer Application)
  • Dakotas-Minnesota Area ADULT Camper Medical Information Form
  • Dakotas-Minnesota Area Release of Liability Waiver

Dean/Volunteer Counselor Helpful Information 

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Be a shepherd

Shepherd Smore

A shepherd is a person who helps to ensure our youngest campers have a great camp experience! Shepherds should plan to: be responsible for up to five campers, participate in all camp activities, supervise cabin time, and assist staff and deans as needed. Whenever possible, shepherds will be placed in cabins with the child/children
they’re bringing to camp. However, when moms come with sons and dads with daughters, or if additional staff of the same gender is needed to meet required supervision ratios, shepherds may be placed in sleeping rooms away from their own child/children.

All adults working with campers (including shepherds) must complete an annual background check. All shepherds must register at least seven days prior to the beginning of camp to allow time for the background check to be completed. 

Register early! There are a maximum number of shepherds for each camp. The fee for shepherds is $90.00.

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2020 Summer Curriculum

The theme for 2020 is This is Our Prayer.  Some people pray by speaking their thoughts aloud or quietly clearing their mind.  Others pray through music, art, dance, and being active.  God is longing to connect with us. Campers will experience many different ways to pray and connect to Christ, Creation, & Community in our special places apart. 

If you would like the 2020 This is our Prayer curriculum and resources, please contact the site where you will be volunteering!

Camp Ambassadors

A Camp Ambassador is a vital part of the camping team and shares real-time camp and retreat information with the children, youth and families in their local churches and communities, as well as other ways to become involved in this life-changing ministry! Camp Ambassadors act as the spokesperson for UMC camping within their church.  

They are the conduit for information to flow between camp and local churches. Ambassadors work closely with their pastors, Christian education staff, church families and Camp staff to help make sure families stay in-tune with camping opportunities throughout the year, but primarily in the spring.  Camp Ambassadors work within their local churches to continue the tradition of sharing the mission and ministry of a UMC camping experience and are an instrumental part in helping campers experience the next level of connection to Christ, Creation, and Community. 

Camp Ambassadors are asked to:

  • Work with other church leaders to plan a Camp Sunday celebration—a day designed to provide multiple opportunities for people to hear about Dakotas Camping, including in worship
  • Work with church leaders to set a goal for camp participation and find ways to financially support campers
  • Promote Dakotas Camping through announcements, bulletins, and newsletters.
  • Discuss Dakotas Camping in Sunday School and with youth groups.
  • Answer questions and encourage people to register for camp!

Make sure we know who you are by completing the Camp Ambassador - Contact Information Form. It's quick and easy!

Camp Ambassador's  Hang TEN!” Incentive

Take camper Experiences to the Next level and receive TEN percent off the cost of camp!

Hang Ten

We appreciate all the ways Camp Ambassadors help promote Dakotas UM Camps. As a way to say THANK YOU for all your hard work, we would like to offer you 10% off the price of YOUR next camp for every *new camper you register/registered this year! There is no limit on the number of *new campers or number of discounts you can claim! You may use this discount for yourself, for a family member, or as a gift to someone in your church or community to help them pay for camp. 

To redeem your discount(s), simply complete the “Hang TEN!” Incentive Form.  Remember, any *new camper you helped connect to camp this year is eligible to count as part of your discount incentive. If you have any questions, please contact

* New campers are defined as those who have not been to any Dakotas United Methodist Camp events in the past three years.

    Camp Ambassadors Resources

    The camping ambassador for your church does not do their job alone.  The Dakotas Camping Staff is happy to work with your ambassador in helping inform your church and community of the camping opportunities in the Dakotas.

    Our goal is to make it easy…even FUN to share this powerful opportunity, rich in tradition and rooted in faith, which is why we have put together these amazing tools for you to use to share camp!!

    The Camp Ambassador Guide is your road map to everything you need to know!  Planning tips, a timeline guide, what to say, how to plan a Camp Sunday.

     Camp Sunday Worship Resources

    Camp News

    Encounter Camp This Summer: Invitation & Insights from Rev. Clay Lundberg: The 2020 Camping Season at your Dakotas UMC Camps is right around the corner. Rev. Clay, co-chair of the Dakotas-Minnesota Camping Council, shares his own experiences as a camper and how camp experiences are relevant to faith development. (May 2019)

    Rock that Doesn't Roll Camp Article: 2019 was another awesome year for your Dakotas Camps! Staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure our campers experienced Christ, creation, and community in ways only time at camp can provide. (October 2018)


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