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Staff Quick Facts Camp War Eagle

Application Process

SWEAT Work WeekMay 13-May 19
Lake Crew Orientation May 17 (report at 6pm) – May 20
Wrangler Certification May 19 (report at 1pm) - May 24
Pre-Orientation (Certification Classes) May 20-May 24
Returner Orientation May 24 (report at 6pm)
Orientation May 25-June 2
1st Session June 3- June 16
2nd & 3rd Session June 16-June 30
4th Session June 30- July 14
5th Session July 14 – July 28
6th & 7th Session July 28 – August 12

*Note: Summer staff dates are different than camper dates because staff arrive the day before a session begins. Also, Staff working 7th Session will check out Sunday, August 12, at 7am, as reflected above.

You may apply for either partial or full-summer employment. Staff members must work a minimum of 4 weeks AND attend Staff Orientation in May. Exact session dates are listed above.

1. Sign up for an Interview

2. Fill out an online Summer Staff Application
Note: You are not required to complete your application prior to an on campus interview but you will be required to complete an application before a Skype interview.

3. Submit your references:
First year staff - 4 references through an electronic link on our website.

I. Professional - employer, supervisor, etc
II. Personal - coach, youth director, teacher, parent, friend, etc.

III. Personal - coach, youth director, teacher, parent, friend, etc.

IV. Family Member - immediate family member

References are sent automatically. After entering their email address in the reference section of the online application, they will receive an online form that they will fill out electronically and submit through their email link. Applicants are responsible for checking with references to make sure they received the link and are able to complete the form in a timely manner.

Returning Staff members must submit 2 references. One must be from a family member and one from the Professional or Personal category.

Camp War Eagle recruits on approximately 30 campuses each Fall and Spring. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our staff, learn more about Camp War Eagle and have a face to face interview. You may visit our Campus Page to find out when we will be on your campus.

If you don’t see your school, you can get started with the interview and application process by clicking here.

If you are a seeking employment at Camp War Eagle and need to submit a reference request, please log onto your Staff Dashboard and scroll down to the References Box to submit your references from there.

If you are trying to fill out a reference for an employee, please email  [email protected] and she can send you the automated link.

First year War Eagle staff members receive $190.00 per week plus room and board. You are paid for your 8-day Orientation training as well.
Camp War Eagle recruits over 500 college-age students from many schools and universities across the country, as well as internationally, for our summer staff. Check out our Campus Page to see when we might be at your school.

There are many factors that go into our application and interview process, but there are a few main criteria:

1. Must Love Kids!

  • Able to develop fun, positive relationships with campers

  • Concern and proactive approach to camper safety (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual)

  • Focus on kids and show them God through your life example

2. Must have energy!

Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control


3. Must be a positive, upbeat Christian role model!

  • Strong Christian faith and an active relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Good character, integrity, and adaptability

4. Must have a strong work ethic!

5. Must possess some sort of skill that helps our program!
Counselor staff must also have the ability to teach or assist in one or more of the 100 plus activities offered at Camp War Eagle.

After an interview with Camp War Eagle, complete your application and submit your references if you have not done so already.

If you wish to contact your recruiter, you may email or call them directly or send any questions you have to [email protected]

You will hear back from Camp War Eagle by the following dates:

Fall Recruiting: December 15th

Winter Recruiting: April 1st

Essential Functions and Qualifications of Camp War Eagle Staff

The principal mission of Camp War Eagle is to help campers establish and deepen relationships with Jesus Christ.  Each employee serves as a teacher and role model of the Christian beliefs, principles and values embraced by Camp War Eagle. Nightly devotionals and evening worship services, plus other aspects of our religious programming, are essential components of what we do. All employees are expected to be able to carry out the relational ministry to campers that is the core of our existence.  

The Camp War Eagle program also involves a wide range of sports and recreational activities.  Work with Camp War Eagle is very active and physically challenging for staff members. Regular attendance and active participation in daily activities is a requirement. Daily activities include, but are not limited to, swimming, hiking, running, jumping, contact sports, games and other children’s activities, most of which require physical stamina. Most activities are conducted outdoors. A successful staff member must be able to perform all essential functions, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Constant 24 hour supervision of campers ages 7 to 17 for a five to twelve week time period, depending on contract.
  • Understand and carefully follow all camp procedures and policies, and hold campers and other staff accountable, including:
  • Ensuring that appropriate procedures are followed in dealing with abuse or discipline problems, as outlined during orientation and
  • Providing adequate support and timely referrals to appropriate staff regarding personal issues such as eating disorders, mental illnesses, tragedy, etc.
  • Specific essential functions include but are not limited to:
  • Supervise directly a group of children and ensure their safety and wellbeing at all times and respond to critical incidents as outlined during orientation;
  • Teach in one or more areas of the Camp War Eagle program;
  • Coach a team in competition;
  • Serve as Christian role model and teacher of religious principles, values and lifestyle for campers;
  • Engage in relational Christian ministry to campers;
  • Lead and participate in various Christian religious activities and programs with campers and other staff including nightly devotionals, evening worship services, and other camp religious programming;
  • Work outdoors in the heat of the summer or inclement weather for extended hours;
  • Reside in non-air-conditioned, rustic and remote living quarters;
  • Work in remote areas for extended periods of time with little to no access to food or medical attention;
  • Supervise and actively participate in daily camp activities and weekly trips, which include, but are not limited to hiking, running, jumping, contact sports, games and other children’s activities such as swimming in a lake (e.g., when at the waterfront area, if not lifeguarding, staff members are expected to be IN the water, swimming and playing with kids, while providing ACTIVE supervision);
  • Participate in at least one hour every day of rigorous team competition and two to three hours of individual instruction, most of which require physical stamina and includes participation in contact sports. Active participation in these activities can include, but is not limited to, frequent running, jumping, cutting, pivoting, throwing, standing, walking, bending, stooping, crouching, reaching at, above and below shoulder level, pushing, pulling, twisting at the waist, handling, gripping, grasping; and
  • Lift and move heavy equipment and objects weighing 25-50 pounds (i.e., coolers, canoes, program equipment, etc.).
  • Willingness to be current and submit documentation on all CWE required Immunizations.  The required immunizations for summer staff are: Current Tdap (Tetanus, Pertusis, Diphtheria), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A for staff serving in kitchen or all international staff, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella (or date of Chicken Pox Virus), Menactra (Meningococcal/Meningitis Vaccine)
  • Ability to attend a mandatory 8-day orientation and training program at the beginning of the summer. During the orientation, the staff member must be able to pass the training for CPR/First Aid or have the ability to obtain such certification prior to orientation by an accredited agency.

Qualifications for Camp War Eagle staff members include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have completed one year of college or its equivalent.
  • Be eligible to work in the US.
  • Share the Christian faith, beliefs, values and principles of Camp War Eagle, including belief in the truth of the Bible and salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Love for kids.
  • Be a positive, upbeat, Christian role model.
  • Hearing and visual capacity, and strength, agility and stamina, to supervise and actively participate safely in a range of fast-paced sports and recreational activities with children.
  • Must lift and move heavy equipment and objects weighing 25-50 pounds.
  • Must withstand summer heat and humidity, and inclement weather, including outdoor sports and other activities and residence in un-air conditioned living quarters.
  • Must live and work in remote areas, rustic facilities, and on rough terrain for extended periods with little or no access to food or medical attention.
  • Sense of responsibility and accountability needed to lead and hold others to compliance with camp rules and procedures.

Due to the fast-paced schedule; sensory stimulating dining hall experience, and emotionally and physically demanding role of a summer staff member,

  • If a medical condition(s) exists, the staff member must be capable of performing all essential functions listed above and capable of “self-management” of his or her own condition;
  • If the staff member is currently or has recently been under the care of a therapist for any reason, that staff member must be able to self-manage their condition while under the employ of Camp War Eagle;
  • Extreme eating differences or medically verifiable allergies must be considered on a case by case basis;
  • If surgery has been performed for orthopedic repairs, the staff member must be able to perform all functions listed above and must use supports (braces, knee sleeves, etc.) during all physical activities as directed by physician. A release from the physician must be sent to camp if the device is not necessary.

This list of essential functions and qualifications is not intended to be all-inclusive. A staff member may also perform other functions assigned by Camp War Eagle. The essential functions may be modified by Camp War Eagle at any time.


Please check out our Positions Page  for a listing of all positions we offer as well as further description on what each job entails.


This is for all Top Staff and will be held April 6th – 8th, 2018.
This is for all Lake Crew members and will be held May 17, 2018 – May 20, 2018.
This is for all Wranglers and will be held May 19, 2018 – May 24, 2018.

Pre-Orientation is an important part of staff training when specific area training, instruction and certification are provided to summer staff. Here are the class descriptions:

  • Ropes Training:
  • May 20, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    You will arrive on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm for this class. You will be certified on our ropes course and climbing wall at Camp War Eagle. The class includes belaying, initiative games, and high ropes course instruction. It is a challenge but a great one.
  • Lifeguarding:
    May 20, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    You will arrive on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm for this class. You will get a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification for this class at no charge to you. (This class normally would cost you around $250—so that is a pretty good deal!!!) This certification is good for 2 years and you can use this at any pool that accepts a Red Cross LG Certification. The skills required for this class are:
    • Swimming continuously 300 yards without stopping (Breast and Freestyle Strokes are the only allowed strokes)
    • Retrieving a 10 lb brick out of 9 feet of water and swimming on your back with it for 20 yards.
    • Treading water for 2 minutes using only your legs
    • Holding breath underwater for 10 seconds
    • Performing all skill tests/rescues and passing a written test for LG and CPR with 80% accuracy
  • Outdoor Skills:
    May 20, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    You will arrive on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm for this class. This class is so much fun and has a huge variety of things you will learn!!! They include:
    • Archery
    • Riflery
    • Mountain Biking
    • Skeet
    • Woodworking

The only thing that would affect you not doing well in this class would be if you are afraid of guns. Otherwise, regardless of experience, you will do fine in this class.

  • Horses:
    May 19, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    Wranglers will arrive on Saturday, May 19th at 1 pm for this class. (Note: This is a day earlier than all other certifications due to the instructors’ schedule).  We will certify you to work in our horse program.
  • Crafts:
    May 20, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    You will arrive on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm for this class. You will get certified in multiple Camp War Eagle crafts including: Pottery Wheel, Ceramics, Hand Molding, Jewelry Making, Candle Making, Wood burning, Tye Dye T-shirts, Beads, etc. If you like crafts, you will love this class!
  • Nature:
    May 20, 2018 – May 24, 2018
    You will arrive on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm for this class. You will be certified in all aspects of our Nature Program at Camp War Eagle. The Camp War Eagle Nature Program is a program that allows us to use God’s Creation in teaching kids about nature, ecology, conservation, camping, wilderness survival, and the outdoors. There is no prior experience needed for this class, but it would be good if you had a passion or interest in the outdoors and nature.

Summer staff members are required to attend our 8-day Staff Orientation held May 25, 2018 - June 2, 2018.


Summer Staff members are responsible for their transportation to and from Camp War Eagle. There are three main options for traveling to camp:

1. Drive yourself to camp

2. Carpool to camp with a fellow Summer Staff Member

3. Fly into the Northwest Arkansas Airport to then be transported to camp via shuttle bus (only available on limited days)

Camp War Eagle is located east of Rogers, Arkansas on the shores of Beaver Lake.  Major cities are also only a short drive away. Downtown Rogers, AR is only thirty minutes from camp, and Fayetteville, AR is about an hour drive. In these cities, you can find almost any entertainment, store, or restaurant for your time off from camp.  

View DIRECTIONS to Camp War Eagle, 14323 Camp War Eagle Road, Rogers, AR 72756


Each day is a different day at Camp War Eagle, but you can check out and look at what a day in the life of all our staff positions typically looks like at by watching our position videos on our Positions Page.

You can also see our typical daily camper schedule here.

You can receive internship credit in a number of areas throughout a Camp War Eagle summer. We have working relationships with several colleges and universities as an accredited intern program. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Yes! We have a few different types of time off:

Between Sessions - Session responsibilities generally end on Saturday around 1 PM and begin on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.
Days Off - Most staff members will receive a full day off at some point during the 2 week session.
Lunch Off - Cabin Counselor staff will have the opportunity to have lunch off every other day for around 2 hours (This excludes Sundays and Final Fridays)
Nights Off - Staff have a "Staff Time" from 10:30-12 midnight most every Monday - Thursday.