Summer Staff Opportunities

Resident Counselor position for Camps Latgawa, Magruder, and Suttle Lake


Resident Counselor Applications have just opened for summer 2018!  Resident Counselors are paid traveling summer camp counselors hired by the United Methodist Camping Ministries in Oregon and Idaho to serve three of the camps in this conference.  From the serene mountain and lake views of Suttle Lake Camp to the rushing waterfall at Camp Latgawa out to the beautiful Oregon Coast at Camp Magruder, Resident Counselors (RCs) have the opportunity to lead campers as role models, spiritual guides, and friends.  This work provides an environment that is as meaningful as it is fun in three beautiful locations.

The hiring process for the Resident Counselors is changing.  This is the process for summer 2018:  Applications can be returned as soon as they’re finished, and an interview date will be set individually shortly after applications are returned.  RCs will be hired continuously throughout the year until the position is filled.  Typically, eight RCs are hired per season.


To apply for this position, return an application and have two references submit reference forms.  (The application and reference forms are fillable forms that should be filled out and returned digitally.  Please contact Hope at with any questions.) You are responsible for sending your references the forms and seeing that they are returned in a timely manner.  Interviews will not be scheduled until all reference forms have been returned.  Applications can be found here, and reference forms can be found here.  For more information call or email Hope Montgomery, the Program Director at Camp Magruder at 503-355-2310 or  Get your application now, before the position is filled for summer 2018!

You need to be 18 years of age by the start of summer 2018 to apply.  You must attend or be signed up to attend a Counselor Training retreat in the spring to receive certification from Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Camping and Retreat Ministries, or you must have been counselor certified by this conference in the past.  Training dates will be posted by December 2017.  If you know in advance you will not be able to attend the retreat, contact Hope Montgomery to make other arrangements.  Applicants attending this retreat will receive priority over those requiring other training arrangements.


Resident Counselors spend each week leading a cabin of campers of Lower Elementary, Elementary, Middle School, or High School ages and counsel 7-8 weeks with one additional training week in June.  In addition to these program camps, Resident Counselors will also have an opportunity to serve during one week of Camp Hope at Magruder, a camp for adults with developmental disabilities, and another week at Magruder for Camp Discovery, a camp for youth affected by epilepsy. Resident Counselors are paid $2,925 for nine weeks of service in the summer, including one week off mid-summer. Transportation between camps will be provided. The start date is approximately June 9, and the end date is as late as August 21.

RCs accompany campers through most of the camp schedule and are expected to participate in all activities with campers.  Counselors serve as a role model, spiritual guide, disciplinarian, and advocate. This position requires the applicant to be a person who works wells as a leader to children and youth and who can provide a safe, fun, and meaningful experience to campers even amidst fatigue. The work serving as a Resident Counselor involves long hours and is very physically demanding.  Applicants should understand this is a position that requires stamina and endurance, as well as a positive outlook.


*The application and reference forms are fillable forms that should be filled out and returned digitally.  Please contact Hope at with any questions.

Additional Summer Staff Positions for Camps Latgawa, Magruder, and Suttle Lake

Magruder Resource Staff 2018

Resource Staff's responsibilities include facilitating activities for guests, planning worships for intergenerational and youth camps, and some cleaning and minor service projects.  Resource Staff are present through intergenerational camps, youth camps, adult groups, and retreat groups (groups programmed by their own leadership for which Camp Magruder hosts activities, lodging, and meals).  Resource Staffers are highly encouraged to register for lifeguard certification if they are not already certified.


Resource Staff Reference Forms

*The application and reference forms are fillable forms that should be filled out and returned digitally.  Please contact Hope at with any questions.

Stay current on each sites' individual position openings by visiting their Facebooks or direct websites! 


Sam Grainger, Camp Latgawa Site Director, 541-826-9699

Troy Taylor, Camp Magruder Site Director, 503-355-2310

Hope Montgomery, Camp Magruder Program Director, 503-355-2310

Jane Petke, Suttle Lake Site Director, 541-595-6663

Todd Bartlett, UMOI Camping and Retreat Ministries Executive Director, 503-802-9211


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