Summer Employment

at an LO Camp


Hundreds of people like you have found a summer at our camps to be one of those "best experiences" of their lives and it provides leadership development that you can’t get anywhere else! You will gain valuable experiences in training, learning to know themselves, growing in faith, developing their own gifts, and growing together in close Christian community. We encourage you to apply to become a part of the Lutherans Outdoors Summer Staff Family!

Choose the camp best suited for your interests.

Look at our info, talk to your friends and decide which program interests you. Which age group do you prefer? Do you have horseback riding experience? Do you want to spend the summer on a lake? Do you prefer smaller or larger groups? If you are unsure, we would be glad to help you explore your options at your interview. Working at camp captures the attention of future job recruiters!

The period of employment is from late May through mid to late August, depending on the program you apply for and the letter of call you will receive if you are accepted.

Job Descriptions By Camp

Complete the application form.

Applications for summer staff are available online. Complete the application process and one of our staff will follow up with you.

Personal Interview

Staff from LO will arrange a personal interview with you following receipt of your application. This will be done during our regular travels throughout South Dakota and surrounding states. If distance makes a personal interview impractical, then we will explore other options for the interview.

Following the interview process.

Following the interview process we make the first selection and notify people promptly whether they are accepted or not. If accepted, staff agreements are signed and staff policies are explained before signing. We also ask applicants to notify us immediately of any change prior to their signing of an agreement.


Next we begin a process of pre-camp mailings. These mailings sensitize all of our staff for what is ahead and also give concrete ways to plan and prepare for a great summer!

Again, we thank you for your interest in doing ministry with Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota. If you should need additional information about the programs of Lutherans Outdoors, please feel free to write or call.

+ Recruiting Schedule 2020

  • Dates will be updated as they become available.

Dates subject to change. More dates will be added throughout the recruiting season.

Year-round Employment

Currently Hiring Outlaw Ranch Retreat Host

POSITION:  Primary host for retreats and conferences at Outlaw Ranch. Principal responsibilities include set up, clean up, welcome, orientation, housing, cleaning camp facilities, and doing dishes. Includes some planning, coordinating, and leading of programmed retreats. This position is seasonal from September to May, with the option of continuing on in a new position for summer camp.

To apply: Please send a current resume to Program Director, Taylor Wiese at