Summer Staff

Summer Staff 2019

The summer staff team at Stonewater Ranch, 2019.

Each year Youth Dynamics hires a select number of young adults as Summer Staff to help lead adventure trips for teenagers in the Pacific Northwest.

As a member of the Summer Staff team, you will be trained to guide teenagers on a variety of wilderness activities, including whitewater rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, challenge courses, horseback riding, and kayaking. You will be mentored and work alongside our seasoned staff to design ministry programs, assist in group facilitation, and help with the logistical details that come with each trip. As you serve, you will have the opportunity to lead and spend valuable time participating in mission work!

As a relational adventure ministry, Youth Dynamics desires to give teenagers the opportunity to experience God’s creation through adventures, while connecting those experiences to real-life situations they are facing. As a Summer Staff, you are often the one coaching a student through an emotional moment while rock climbing or the one listening as they open up about their life while kayaking. These are powerful moments that provide space for God to use you in a life-changing way.

Summer Staff opportunities are available at each of our Adventure bases. Each base is unique because of the location and the demographic of people they serve but united by the same heart to help young people discover life with Christ. If you connect with the heart of Youth Dynamics’ ministry, please submit an application and we’ll contact you!

If you want to specifically connect with one of our staffing managers please click below.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a passion for sharing about Jesus Christ with teens
  • Be willing to learn and adapt
  • Have a high level of (or desire to develop) relational skills
  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Be willing to commit to a full summer season
  • A full summer commitment
    • Dates vary by adventure base
    • Flexible with college schedules
  • Willingness raise financial support to cover ministry expenses and summer salary (materials and training provided):
    • Idaho: $1,200
    • Oregon: $1,500
    • Washington: $1,500 for your first summer and $1,200 for your second summer

What Youth Dynamics offers you

  • Mentorship from our seasoned and professional staff
  • Professional training & certifications including:
    • Climbing
    • Whitewater 
    • Backcountry Travel
    • Horse Wrangling
    • Wilderness First Aid
    • Relational Ministry Tools
  • Opportunities to engage with a variety of student/group demographics
  • Real-world leadership opportunities
  • A Christian community that is authentic and intentional
  • A fun and adventure-filled summer!
  • Housing:
    • Idaho: Community Staff Housing
    • Oregon: Host Family/Community Staff Housing
    • Washington: Community Staff Housing