Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya is an all-volunteer organization that relies on volunteers to run smoothly throughout the year, as well as the summer.

Staff positions include: Senior and Junior counselors, Health Officer (Nurse), Lifeguards, Bus Drivers, Maintenance, Grounds Keepers, House Keepers, Janitors, Food Prep, Dining Room, Dish Room, and Craft Instructors.



High school students work alongside adult volunteers, learning to serve God and campers. These junior staffers take leadership skills home to serve God and others within their local churches, schools, and communities.


  • Attend staff training weekend (June 2-4, 2017)
  • Attend High School week of camp
  • Completed Freshman year of high school
  • Complete staff application

Summer Interns

Interested in being even more involved with how Camp happens? Feel God calling you into a deeper level of camping ministry? Apply to be part of the internship program! Internship applications are due February 1, 2017.


  • Attend staff training weekend (June 2-4, 2017)
  • Attend a week of Intern training, prior to summer weeks
  • Attend all weeks of summer programming, and at least one rental group 
  • Complete internship application (due February 1st, 2017)

C.A.i.r.n. Program

Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya desires to develop next generation leaders through the unique setting of Christian camping. Participants will commit to a 17-month long internship that will prepare them as disciples in four key areas: Spiritually, Vocationally, Relationally, and Recreationally.

Learn more about the C.A.I.R.N. Program here.

Staff Training

June 2-4, 2017

Our staff training weekend runs from 7pm Friday to 1pm Sunday. We gather all our staff together to go over both camp and State of Michigan rules/regulations, child safety, and our theme for the year, as well as get better equipped to teach and care for the kids that show up all summer long. It's a great time of fellowship and fun as we prepare for the upcoming summer.