Join Our
Disciple Team

Best Summer Ever!

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Work, Live,
Play & Grow

The Disciple Team at Trout is designed for High School and Junior High Students who have completed grades 7th-11th. Students are given an ‘entry-point’ into developing skills, leadership, and basic theology in a unique camp community. The Disciple Team offers paid and volunteer positions all summer long as students live, work, play, and grow as junior staff members at Trout.

Students commit to volunteering on a weekly basis and can pick any number of weeks to volunteer. (1-11 Weeks) and can pick weeks that work for their summer schedule. Got a family vacation the 3rd week of June? No problem. Have a summer sport that goes through the end of July? We have weeks in August! You pick the weeks that work for you. We even provide bus transportation to and from Arden Hills & Princeton, MN at the start and end of each camp week.

The best part- Disciple Team is free and IF you are available to work all summer, we will even pay you starting at $250 per week.


Don’t Waste
Your Summer

Tailored to You!

Bring a Friend! (or two)

7th-8th Grade


Completed Grades as of Summer 2023

Volunteer at Family Camps & Serve Young Families

Junior high Dteam members play an important role in family ministry at Trout Lake Camps. Apply to anyone of our Family Camps to:

  • Babysit for camp families when needed
  • Help at the waterfront, rec shack and program areas
  • Assist with group classes, special projects and more
9th-12th Grade


Completed Grades as of Summer 2023

Volunteer When You Have Time & Assist Campers/Staff

Senior High Dteam members learn from and work alongside our college-aged summer staff. They can pick anywhere from 1 week to 11 weeks to work and are placed into one of 20 different staffing areas including:

  • Adventure
  • Waterfront
  • Craft
  • Program
  • Housekeeping
  • Food Service
  • Horse Corral / Petting Zoo
  • Maintenance
  • Office
  • Recreation
  • Audio / Visual and many more

Under supervision, Dteam members also serve as Cabin Leaders-In-Training (also known as L.I.T.s) and minister directly to campers.

10th-11th Grade


Completed Grades as of Summer 2023

Want to Work Most of the Summer & Get Paid!?

Disciple Staff (Dstaff) earn $250/week and fill what are typically full-time college-age summer staff positions. We are extremely selective in hiring Dstaff. You must be at least 16 years old, mature, trustworthy and available most of the summer (May 29–August 26).

Dstaff must also participate in overall Summer Staff programs and training. Are you ready for a summer job that makes a lasting difference?

Better Than Your
Local Coffee Shop

Along with the training, skills, and life impact you will help us achieve as a Disciple Team member, you will also develop life-long friendship that run deep. Each day you will spend engaging God’s Word with peers and chapel teachers who are experts at their craft. You will do fun things during your time off including outings to local events, staff meals, and playing in a summer backyard that includes high ropes, horses, climbing walls, and boats. Does your starbucks reward program offer you that?

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How to Apply

For all Dteam applicants, we require an application as well as two references – one from a pastor who knows you well or someone who can comment on your faith journey, and one from a person of your choice. After submitting your application, you will be shown form links that you must send to your references.


The Process

Your journey to the Best Summer Ever begins here. Follow along with the steps below to learn more about what’s next in the process, what you can be doing to further the process along, and helpful information at every step of the way.

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Spend your summer following Jesus

Spend Your Summer
Following Jesus!

Maybe you can’t be one of the first followers of Jesus. But you can follow Jesus in an original way here at camp, when you go back home, and for the rest of your life. Through our Disciple Series, Dteam members dive deep into Biblical text—reading, discussing, and reflecting on the Living Word of God. We’ll help you work through your faith while here, so you can take home a better understanding of the Bible.

Parent FAQs

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What is the cost of my teen joining Trout’s Disciple Team?

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How is my teen supervised at Trout?

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What does housing look like?

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What does the time commitment look like for my teen?

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What does a typical day/week on Disciple Team look like?

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Does the camp have laundry facilities

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What types of Jobs will my teens be doing?

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Does my teen get to pick which job they want / are assigned to?

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What is camp’s cell phone policy?

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If my student isn’t allowed on their phones for most of their day, how can I contact them if needed? How can they contact me?

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Is there a map of camp?

Have Fun and Share God’s Love

Have Fun and Share God’s Love

Dteam members are part of the entire camp community. You'll eat, sleep, laugh and pray with other students just like you. At Trout Lake Camps, you'll discuss ministry-related issues together, hold each other accountable to live a life of spiritual integrity, and develop some of the strongest friendships you'll ever have.