Summer Staff

This volunteer experience is for those who are at least one year out of high school (college age or older). You'll have the opportunity to get to know families, share your experience of Jesus with them and also grow in your own faith! Qualified applicants will be accepted into positions based on the order applications are received. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Each summer staff session is about one month long. Summer 2022 session dates are:

1st Session: Friday May 27th - Saturday June 25th

2nd Session: Saturday June 25th - Saturday July 23rd

3rd Session: Saturday July 23rd - Saturday August 13th

Session 1:​ May 22 - June 21

Session 2: June 20 - July 19

Session 3: July 18 - August 16

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.


Administration, Kitchen, Horse Wrangler, Kids Klub Wrangler, Lifeguard/Rec Tech, Jeep Wrangler, Town Runner, Maintenance, Round Up/Ropes, Retail, and Sound Tech.

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. Summer 2022 session dates are TBD so please check back!

Session 1: May 22 - June 21

Session 2: June 20 - July 19

Session 3:​ July 18 - August 16


Dining Hall Server, Tawashi (Housekeeping & Laundry), Outdoor Crew, Pits (Dishwashing Crew), Kids Klub Wrangler

To Apply:

The application process begins with a Young Life staff recommendation. To apply, please talk with your local Young Life staff.

Adult Volunteer Program

Volunteers have been an integral part of Trail West Lodge since the beginning, over 50 years ago! Thousands of hours of volunteer labor enabled the Lodge to initially open its doors and to continue operations today, touching the lives of families nationwide. As with any camp there are innumerable projects and tasks being completed before, during and after families stay at Trail West Lodge. In order for us to improve the guest experience and help control costs, we have initiated a year round volunteer program.

We have a list of projects for volunteers, ranging from working in the kitchen or housekeeping to serious construction projects; from small groups to large groups, youth and seniors; for a weekend or a full week, and a wish list for donations.

Four ways you can be involved:
  • Weekend Warrior Projects: various projects around camp that we need help to complete. Our goal is for you to recruit friends and family to join us for a weekend or a few week days of serving at camp.
  • Long Term Volunteer Program:​ designed for individuals and couples interested in living at Trail West Lodge for a few months or more.
  • Summer Volunteer Program:​ a great way to help families while they experience Christ in a new way at camp. ​ Cuddle babies and assist with Kids Klub while their parents attend club and other camp activities.
  • Financial Gifts and Donations​ are needed to continue operating camp in an excellent manner. ​

If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact the camp office​ or by calling the camp office at 719-395-2477.

Session 1: May 22 - June 21

Session 2: June 20 - July 19

Session 3:​ July 18 - August 16

PHysicians Program

Summer Camp Doctor​ — Trail West is here to provide the most meaningful family vacation to families. During the summer we have about 40 families per week experiencing camp together. To provide the best possible care, we need physicians to help us meet the medical needs of the campers and summer volunteers at camp. All camp doctors and their families stay at camp during the week of service at no cost.

If you have any questions before applying please reach out to our Guest Services Manager, Kyle Young.

  • Week 1: June 15 - 19
  • Week 2: June 20 - 24
  • Week 3: June 25 - 29
  • Week 4: June 30 - July 4
  • Week 5: July 6 - 10
  • Week 6: July 11 - 15
  • Week 7: July 6 - 20
  • Week 8: July 21 - 25
  • Week 9 (WL): July 27 - 31
  • Week 10 (CPNM): August 1 - 5
  • Week 11 (CPNM): August 6 - 10

The week will be more like a mission trip than a vacation. The camp physician’s primary role is to provide timely triage assessment of guests who require medical care for an injury or an illness during their week at camp. They direct the course of action in the event of an emergency and decide which patients need to be transferred to the local clinic or hospital. The physician is on call 24/7 for any emergencies. The physician must also adequately document the medical record to reflect the care that has been given. At no time should any physician practice medicine that falls outside of their medical license and level of experience and training.

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 family 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. 

Work Week- May 20th-25th, 2022

Our Work Week dates for 2022 are May 20th - May 25th. We will open registration on Monday January 3rd, 2022 for Work Week here on our website. Please be sure to check here for the link to sign up!

Our Work Week is available to Young Life groups ​ and families. Projects might include: cleaning up the Aspen Grove, prepping guest activities, housekeeping, landscape, staining, window washing and food service.

Meals and lodging will be provided. We will also have club, skits, worship, and a camp speaker.

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