Project Description


We are currently looking for summer staff for Mingus Mountain Camp – both paid and volunteers.

Camp Counselors – Paid Staff

Do you love children and youth? Is playing games and being a little ridiculous your idea of a good time? Join the Mingus Mountain team as camp counselor and grow your leadership skills as you lead small groups of children and youth in camp activities, devotions, and small group discussions. (Ages 19 and older are eligible for these positions, with preference to those in their 20’s.)  Camp Counselors will start training on May 25 and and will serve as counselors through July 4.

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Site Interns – Paid Staff

If you love the idea of working behind the scenes, this is the right position for you! Help us to create an environment where the Holy Spirit can move by becoming a Site Intern. You’ll get to experience a little slice of all the areas of camp. Your experience will include: Lots of teamwork completing light maintenance duties, some housekeeping, a little bit of kitchen work, and help with camp activity areas. (Ages 18 and older are eligible.)  Site Interns will begin training on May 25 and will serve as interns through July 31.

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We are in need of volunteers to serve as camp counselors for each one week session of camp.  Camp counselors serve as the adult role model to campers during the week, ensuring that campers arrive to activities on time, leading some activities and events, sharing meals with the campers. Counselors spend the night in the cabins with their campers.

Also needed are volunteer camp nurses.

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Questions about serving as summer staff?  Please contact Cat Holbert, Executive Director at Mingus Mountain Camp.


Our Summer Camp Sessions have been cancelled at this point due to COVID-19.  Please check back for updates.

Our summer camp sessions at Mingus Mountain are 5 night/ 6 days camps (Monday-Saturday), with the exception of Youth Mission Camp,  a 5 night, 6 day camp (Sunday -Friday) which will be hosted by Trinity Heights UMC in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Our camp rate of $380 per session is subsidized by the Desert Southwest Conference.  Scholarships of $100 are available and provided by camp supporters.  To receive the scholarship, please select this option during registration.

Campers attending more than one Summer Camp session will receive a $50 discount, applied to the additional session/s.  Campers referring a new camper (other than a family member) will receive a $25 discount, applied when the new camper is registered.

Campers may elect to ride the bus to and from Mingus Mountain Camp. The bus will pick up and drop off campers at St. Mark’s UMC (Tucson) and the Desert Southwest Conference Center (Phoenix). The bus fare is $25 each way.  Please note that space on the bus is limited and will fill quickly.  The camp bus will not be available for Youth Mission Camp, however, optional transportation to and from this camp session will be provided by church vans traveling round trip from First United Church of Mesa and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Flagstaff.

Elementary Camps

Summer camp at Mingus is about finding adventures in the pine trees of Arizona, joining a caring community of friends, and experiencing the love of God and others. Campers at Mingus Elementary Camps will explore the wonders of the outdoors and the love of God as they take part in a variety of camp activities: arts and crafts, challenge course activities, evening campfires, small group activities, and much more. In addition, there will be a night of tent camping for 5th & 6th graders! Campers will go “over the hill” for a special campfire and to spend the night in our open air tents.

Elementary camp sessions are open to children entering grades 3-6 (Fall 2020).  Elementary  campers will be housed in retreat cabins.

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Junior High Camps

Summer Camp provides an ideal time to make new friends, explore your identity, and grow in faith!  Junior High campers will explore and experience God’s Creation and presence with us. Youth will have opportunities to challenge themselves in a supportive community environment to build faith and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Junior High Camp sessions are open to students entering 6th through 9th grades (Fall 2020).  Jr High  campers will be housed in retreat cabin and rustic cabins, depending on the session.

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Youth Mission Camp – Cancelled

Youth Mission Camp will be hosted by Trinity Heights UMC in Flagstaff, Arizona.  This location will allow youth to serve at a number of local non-profit agencies in the Flagstaff area, including local food banks, animal shelters, senior centers, etc. Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities in the evenings, including small group time, games, crafts, worship, and other fun activities.

Youth Mission Camp is open to campers entering 7th-12th grades (Fall 2020) plus recently graduated seniors (Spring 2020).

Youth Mission Camp participants will have the option to travel between First United Methodist Church of Mesa and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church via church vans.  You make select this option during registration.

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Senior High Camps

Ecology Camp – Cancelled

Have you ever wondered what really happens to our trash when it leaves our house, or where the water that goes down the drain goes?  Have you ever wondered why certain plants/animals live in certain areas?  Are you interested in our own changing world?  During this fun-filled, adventurous, educational and inspirational week, we will look deeper at the relationships between creatures and their environment.  This will lead us to looking at humans and our own relationships to our environment.  We will look at the human impact on the world around us. We will also reflect on God’s presence in and through creation.  Activities include hiking, hands on learning the names of creatures and plants around camp, possible field trips to Waste Management sites and water reclamation and treatment sites, as well as all of our classic camp experiences (archery, high and low ropes, worship, etc).  We will apply what we learn to teach a group of Elementary campers later in the week.

This camp will be led by Rev. Misty Howick, who has a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, experience at an Outdoor School teaching Ecology and Environmental Ed, and an MDiv.

Senior High Ecology Camp is open to campers entering 9th through 12th grades (Fall 2020), plus seniors who just graduated (Spring 2020).  Campers will be housed in rustic cabins.

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Spiritual Formation Camp – Creation’s Wisdom: Spirituality & Climate Change, Cancelled

The God of the Universe is ready to be personally known, yet the rapid pace (and change!) of life in our modern world seems to draw us away form the childlike faith and trust we might once have know. The new camp will guide senior high youth (those entering 9th-recently graduated seniors) into practices to help orient their hearts and souls to discover the peace and joy of connecting with God, even in a harried, heated world.  Each day will connect ancient Christian practices to modern life through the wisdom of the core “elements” of creation:  space, earth, air, fire, and water.

This unique camp will emulate the routine of a monastic community, combining periods of education and practice, silence, prayer and worship, and rest and recreation (along with familiar camp experiences).  The camp is for your desiring and ready to go deeper in their faith, those ready to move beyond “consuming” Christian programs and toward creating a connection with the divine presence of God. The camp is limited to only 24 campers, allowing us to utilize a single retreat cabin for our unique, immersive experience.

Spiritual Formation Camp will welcome special guest Rev. Daniel Wolpert to lead our daily experience. Dan, a Presbyterian minister, is co-founder and executive director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing ( and has  taught in numerous settings, including college campuses and at The Upper Room’s spiritual retreat, “The Academy for Spiritual Formation”.

Senior High Spiritual Formation Camp is open to campers entering 9th through 12th grades (Fall 2020), plus seniors who just graduated (Spring 2020).

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Senior High Classic Camp – Cancelled

Senior High Classic Camp participants will enjoy all the traditional camp activities including high and low ropes course, climbing wall, archery, hiking, field games, crafts, camp fires, outdoor worship, and small group activities. Campers will have the opportunity to connect with old friends and to make new ones in the beautiful setting of Mingus Mountain.
Senior High Classic Camp is a 5 nights, 6 days (Mon-Sat) open to youth entering 9th through 12 grades (Fall 2020) as well as recently graduated seniors (Spring 2020).  Campers will be housed in rustic cabins.

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Our camps are designed to guide adults and children in exploring and experiencing God’s love while having absolute FUN among new and old friends, in a safe and beautiful setting.