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Cross Trails Ministry needs the time and talents of volunteers in order to keep Lutheran Camp Chrysalis and Ebert Ranch Camp operating to their full potential. Cross Trails has limited full time staff positions, the rest of this ministry is completed by dedicated summer staff, part time help and many, many volunteers. If you have questions about volunteering with Cross Trails, please contact our main office at (830) 257-6340.

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Home Congregation ProjectsSeveral projects can be completed at your home congregation. Our staff can help coordinate materials and pick-up.


Long Term & Summer VolunteersVolunteers are welcome to give of their time and talents year round with Cross Trails Ministry.  Volunteers can help us to complete major projects or several smaller ones. Volunteers are asked to give a set amount of time in return for housing or RV hook-ups.  Because of our responsibility to our guests year round, summer and long-term volunteers are asked to complete a volunteer application with permission to conduct a criminal background check. Projects will be matched to your personal skills and abilities.  Please note that parents of campers may not volunteer the same week their child attends summer camp.


Serve as a Trail GuideThe goal of the Trail Guide Program is to build relationship between congregations and Cross Trails Ministry by raising awareness and communicate to their home congregation the unique opportunities that Cross Trails provides, and seeking support for Cross Trails Ministry through prayer, invitation, giving, volunteering, and partnerships.  We want every congregation to have Trail Guides that are passionately excited about sharing how Cross Trails transforms the lives of others.  Contact your congregation to see if you can serve in this capacity.  For more information or details, please contact Deanna Christensen at deanna@crosstrails.org.


Volunteer RetreatsVolunteer Retreats happen year round at Lutheran Camp Chrysalis as well as Ebert Ranch Camp.  If you can commit to a minimum of 8 hours of work time over the course of the weekend, your retreat cost is very minimal. Skilled and unskilled groups are welcome, and funding is often available through Thrivent.

Work Weekends– Once a year we have pre-scheduled work weekends where individuals or groups can volunteer at Chrysalis and Ebert.  These weekends happen before summer and are crucial to preparing the sites for summer camp.  There is no fee for volunteers on these weekends.

Volunteer ApplicationVolunteers are welcome and needed to give of their time and talents year round.  Because of our responsibility to campers and guests year round, a volunteer application with permission to conduct a criminal background check is required for summer and long-term volunteers.  Parents of campers may not volunteer the same week that their children attend.


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