We loved our Summer 2022 campers!

You can find and view saved stories from each camp session on Instagram by following us @spiritinthepines

You can view your current camp account using the link below.

Contact Sarah Blasing, the Outdoor Ministry and Youth Leadership Director with questions (

2022-2023 School Year Retreat Options for Counselors

All Counselors/CITs from last summer are eligible to volunteer at our school year retreats. Please view the dates below and let us know which ones are possibilities for you. Please also rank them from your more preferred retreat to your least preferred. If possible, depending on how much interest there is, we will have you be a counselor for all of the ones that you want to be at. 

  • Grade 9 – Closing Confirmation Retreat: October 21-23, 2022
  • GRADE 6 & 7 – First Confirmation Retreat: January 27-29, 2023
  • GRADE 8 – Closing Confirmation Retreat: April 21-23, 2023

NOTE: All counselors will ride the bus to and from camp. We will have your parents fill out a registration after we confirm that you are a counselor over email. Your parents can submit a change of transportation form online if they want you to drive, and whether or not your arrival or departure time will be different than the bus schedule. 

Employment Opportunities

Summer Camp preparations are always ongoing! Spirit in the Pines will be posting and accepting applications for employment for Summer 2023 no later than November 15. 

This year we are seeking to hire 15 program staff positions, as well as Assistant Directors and a Health Care Manager. We also have several part-time maintenance and kitchen staff roles.

You can find Employment FAQs from 2022 available here such as salary, position descriptions, start and end dates of employment, lodging, meals, and training. Much of this information will remain the same for 2023.

Interviews will occur as applications are received starting in December until all roles are filled.

Camp Counselors and Counselors-in-Training (CITs)

Thank you for your interest in wanting to be a Camp Counselor or Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at Spirit in the Pines Camp for Summer 2023. These important volunteer roles are available to those who are currently in Grades 10-12 or who are over the age of 18.

  • Counselor-in-training (CIT): Grade 10
  • New Counselors & Returning/Lead Counselors: Grade 11, Grade 12, and Age 18+

References: In addition to completing an application, each student must also submit two personal references. This is required EVERY YEAR for all new and returning counselors. A link to do this will be sent to your references and to you after you submit this application. References cannot be completed by family members.

Trainings: Trainings will begin November 20 and run monthly on either the second or third Sunday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Make-up sessions will occur on zoom once per month.

March Registration & Fees: After completing this application, I understand that my parents will need to fill out a registration form later in the spring (or I will need to because I’m over 18). If you are under 18, there will be a one time fee for all first time Counselors and CITs to support the training and re-training experience annually ($240). Scholarships can be requested if needed. There are no fees for the camp weeks themselves; all Counselors and CITs attend camp free of charge in gratitude for their volunteerism. 

Required Counselor Retreat: All counselors who are in Grades 10-12 are required to attend the counselor retreat March 31 – April 2, 2023 at Spirit in the Pines. Before the pandemic, this was a regular and essential part of our training experience every year. If you aren’t able to make it in person, you will need to attend a local or virtual make-up event. The retreat fee is the same, regardless of which way you choose to participate ($120).

Spirit in the Pines Camp at Home Videos!

Several of the camp staff have created some fun videos and boredom busters for kids of all ages. The videos are grouped into; Activities & Games, Arts & Crafts, Science & Magic, and Faith & Camp – including 3 campfire worship videos.

The Spirit in the Pines YouTube channel can be accessed anytime by going to the camp YouTube link (below), or online. Be sure and click “SUBSCRIBE” for more fun camp videos and information.

Camping Ministry at Spirit in the Pines

Spirit in the Pines is our resident youth camp located on Pleasant Lake, one hour north of Brainerd, MN. We have been running camp sessions for the past 21 years since 2001. During the summer months, it is a youth camp with age specific sessions each week with high school and college age volunteer counselors. Paid camp staff run the waterfront and other activities. Summer weekends provide adult and family camp options. Spirit in the Pines also offers adult retreats in the spring & fall, winter camps and retreats, and volunteer opportunities for all ages.