Volunteer Opportunities

If you haven’t donated time to a worthwhile cause lately, would you consider helping us? We are dependent on volunteers to help us prepare young lives for a fruitful lifetime of serving Christ. Below are some areas in which you can be of service through our ministry.


Most Current Needs

Contact Hannah at 717-369-4539  for information.

  • Elves (Monday clean-up crew): Our “Elves” crew members come to Joy El on Monday mornings to help clean our main building and gymnasium after a busy weekend of campers. Primary duties are sweeping and mopping floors, emptying trash, resetting tables and chairs in meeting rooms, vacuuming and straightening rooms for immaculate appearance for incoming guests.
  • Tuesday morning maintenance crew: This crew is comprised of handymen (or women). Folks who love to fix things will fit right into this group. We supply the tools, the projects and the fellowship! This group comes to Joy El on Tuesday mornings, works until lunch, and then we provide them with a free lunch.
  • Donation Pick-up/Delivery Person: We are in need of one or more people with a current driver’s license to pick up food donations from the local Mercersburg Food Lion each Friday morning and deliver it to Camp Joy El. One person who can consistently do this each week is preferred, but we will work with more than one to alternate weeks if necessary.


Camping Programs

  • Direct mailings crew: Many of our bulk mailings are prepared for the post office by hand. Volunteers are called upon to help us with this task. It’s usually a morning of easy labor supplemented with refreshments and lots of good fellowship. Mailing dates vary.
  • Elves (Monday clean-up crew): Our “Elves” crew members come to Joy El on Monday mornings to help clean our main building and gymnasium after a busy weekend of campers. Primary duties are sweeping and mopping floors, emptying trash, resetting tables and chairs in meeting rooms, vacuuming and straightening rooms for immaculate appearance for incoming guests.
  • Office help: Volunteers are always needed for various tasks around the ministry office. If you like photocopying, cutting flyers apart, filing, sorting materials for programs or storage, working on the computer with data entry, or anything similar, we’d love to have you join us. We can work around your schedule and the time frame you have to give us.
  • Kitchen help: Volunteers are essential to helping us operate our dining hall during the summer months. If you enjoy cooking and young people, this is the position for you. The need for kitchen help during other times of the year vary depending on our events and banquets schedule.
  • Tuesday morning maintenance crew: This crew is comprised of handymen (or women). Folks who love to fix things will fit right into this group. We supply the tools, the projects and the fellowship! This group comes to Joy El on Tuesday mornings, works until lunch, and then we provide them with a free lunch.
  • Volunteer receptionist: There is always a need for a substitute receptionist to answer phones when our staff receptionist is away, or in the midst of preparing materials for one of the programs. If you simply like talking on the phone and want to give some time doing that, we’ll train you to be the “hostess with the mostest” on the Joy El phones.
  • Phoneathon crew: Our camping department needs volunteers willing to make phone calls prior to our camping events. We provide a list of students for the crew to contact along with information on the event we’re calling about. If you like talking, this position is ideal and the time commitment is minimal.
To volunteer within our Camping programs, click here or contact us at:
Joy El, Attn: Camping Dept, 3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225. Ph:717-369-4539 .

Bible Adventure Program

Bible Adventure simply doesn’t happen without volunteers. While Joy El sponsors the program, volunteers do every part of operating each individual BA class. This program truly is a community outreach that transcends denominational lines. Involvement in Bible Adventure is a way that you can use the spiritual and natural gifts God has given you to glorify Him.

Here are the roles filled by BA volunteers. In what capacity do you see yourself serving?

  • School Coordinator: This person has oversight of a weekly BA class, staff, and students. The school coordinator interacts with school officials, recruits volunteer staff for the class, cooperates with the area coordinator in training staff, and leads staff in devotional time and other activities.
  • Teacher: This person teaches a 20-minute Bible lesson on a weekly basis. Curriculum is provided as well as training.
  • Listener: This person encourages students by listening to them recite memorized verses. The listener develops a close personal relationship with a small group of students (2-4).
  • Song Leader: This person leads the group in song time.
  • Pianist: This person plays the piano for group song time.
  • Bus Driver: The bus driver transports students from the school to the host facility and back again. This person must have a CDL with passenger endorsement.
  • Child Care: This person watches the preschool children of fellow volunteers while class is in session.
  • Prayer Warrior: This person prays regularly for the ministry of Bible Adventure and its staff.
  • Public Relations: This person shares highlights of what God is doing in Bible Adventure with the community through a variety of means.
  • Praise Journal Recorder: This person records weekly Godsightings (ways God is working in their class) and shares these with staff to encourage them.
  • Historian: The historian documents and collates important information and highlights
  • Key Follow-up Person: Oversee the follow up on all leads for students and staff
  • Camp Champion: This person promotes camp events held at Camp Joy El to the students and volunteers in the Bible Adventure Program. Excitement, enthusiasm and creativity are the needed qualities for the individuals filling this role.

To volunteer with a Bible Adventure class, click here or contact us at:
Joy El Ministries, Attn: Bible Adventure Dept, 3741 Joy-El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225. Ph:717-369-4539 .


Being a Bible Adventure volunteer has helped me to grow in my own spiritual walk. I’ve had to learn God’s Word in order to teach it to the children and being a role model for the children helps me to be accountable for living as Jesus wants me to live.” — a York County Bible Adventure volunteer

We like helping out at the ministry offices. There are always materials to be printed, cut and sorted for the various programs. We enjoy doing tasks that help change young lives.” — a volunteer couple from Fulton County

“I help out in the kitchen during summer camp and I just love the fellowship I have with the other volunteers. My favorite part is being with the kids. They keep me young!” — a volunteer from Franklin County

I disciple two young men in the Barnabas ministry. What amazes me is how much they both appreciate the investment that I am giving them. I pray that other mentors will enjoy this experience as much as I do.” — a Barnabas ministry mentor

When I retired I needed something to fill my time. I enjoy doing things for people, so I help clean up the buildings after busy weekends. I push a broom and a mop around, and I do it unto the Lord. He honors that.” — a volunteer with our Monday Morning crew



We hope you find the possibilities of volunteering for Joy El exciting.
If you’d like to inquire further about volunteering,
call our office at 717-369-4539, fill out an application here or email us at [email protected].

Volunteer Resources

New Volunteers

So you have made the decision to become a Bible Adventure volunteer. Now what comes next? Well, here are some beginning steps you should take to get more information about your decision and how to begin.

1) First, you are going to want to have more information about Joy El. Click here to find our history, mission statement, vision, and core values.

2) Second, you will want to know what you are committing yourself to doing. Click here to find the scope of involvement you will be asked to meet.

3) Next, you may want to know what standards you will be expected to meet. Here you will find information on our standards.

4) Perhaps now you would like to figure out at what school program you would like to volunteer. Find our program locations and schedules here.

5) Next you will need to fill out our Volunteer Application. Express your interest in volunteering here and someone will contact you to guide you through the application process. CLICK HERE.

6) And of course, you will want to share the opportunity of Bible Adventure with children you know. Click here to print forms for children to sign up.

7) Finally, you will want to invite others to participate as volunteers. Click here to print information on volunteering to share with friends.

Bible Adventure Songs

Name of Song

(Click on Title to open YouTube video)

Lesson  Bible verse Distributor Description 
RT Curriculum memory verses-Series A        
Tell The World Unit 1 Lesson 1 Mark 16:15 Hillsong Kids You Tube w/lyrics
Thy Word Unit 1 Lesson 2 Theme Ps.119:105 Michael W. Smith-Kids w/lyrics Memory Verse song
The Word of God-Light (Theme) Unit 1 Lesson 2 Theme Ps.119:105 Brenton Brown video w/ Lyrics
All have sinned Unit 2 Lesson 1 Rom.3:23 Paul McIntyre (no lyrics)
For All Have Sinned Unit 2 Lesson 2 Rom.3:23-24 The Big Bible Verse Challenge w/lyrics
Good News Great Big God Unit 2 Vineyard UK Kids Worship
Be Strong and Courageous Unit 2 lesson 2 Series A Joshua 1:9 Son Force Kids Video kids singing w/ lyrics
Wherever You Go Unit 2 Lesson 2 Series A Joshua 1:9 Pastor Rufus1 video kids sing/dance w/ lyrics
Be Kind One to Another Unit 2 Lesson 3 Eph. 4:32 Children’s Bible Drill-Green Cycle 3
Be Kind Unit 2 Lesson 4 Eph. 4:33 Scripture Lady (no lyrics)
Run with Perseverance Unit 3 Lesson 3 Heb.12:1-2 Biblesong.ca w/lyrics
In the Beginning Unit 4 Lesson 1 John 1:1-2 Shannon Linville You Tube no lyrics
Give all your worries to God Unit 5 Lesson 1 1 Pet.5:7 Joyful Church Kids
God Cares for you Unit 5 Lesson 1 1 Pet. 5:7 John Hardwick
Greatest Commandment Unit 6, Series A Mark 12:30-31 Brianimations
God So Loved The World Unit 7 Lesson 1 Easter Series C John 3:16 Maranatha Kids no lyrics slow sing along with Kids

Miscellaneous Bible Verse Songs

Name of Song Lesson  Bible verse Distributor Description 
Do everything without grumbling Phil.2:14-16 Shannon Linville You Tube with lyrics
Don’t Be Anxious Phil.4:6-7 Seeds w/lyrics Various Bible Memory Verses
Don’t Let Anyone I Tim. 4:12 Seeds Family Worship
For God so Loved the World  John 3:16-17 Shannon Linville You Tube w/lyrics
Full Armor of God Eph. 6:10-20 Kidspring Children’s Ministry
If my people 2 Chron. 7:14 Dimitri Caver with lyrics
Make Every Effort 2 Pet.1:5-7 Scripture Lady
My Grace is Sufficient 2 Cor. 12:9 Shannon Linville You Tube w/lyrics
Psalm 103 (entire) Psalm 103 Bibleinsong-You Tube w/lyrics
Send Me Out (2017-2018 Theme Song)
The Greatest Commandment Matt.22:37-39 Hillsong Kids Jr. No Lyrics
Therefore Having Been Justified Rom. 5:1 Shannon Linville You Tube w/lyrics

Misc Worship Song Favorites

Name of Song Lesson Bible verse Artist or Distributor Description 
10,9,8 God is Great Colin Buchanan You Tube w/lyrics
13 Gospel Bible Songs-Cedarmont w/lyrics-Misc Ezekiel saw the wheel, I wanna be ready, The B-I-B-L-E, Do Lord, Were you there?, I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N, I have decided to follow Jesus, etc
10,000 Reasons Matt Redman
Alive Hillsong Young & Free
All of Creation Mercy Me
All the People Said Amen Matt Maher
BaaBaaDooBaaBaa Is.53:6 Colin Buchanan You Tube no Lyrics
Be Strong and Courageous
Bible Books-Bigsby Show Version Books of the Bible w/lyrics
Bible Rap 2015 Books of the Bible Rap w/lyrics
Books of the Bible Song (Old Testament)
Courageous Casting Crowns
Every Move I Make Hillsong Kids-You Tube w/lyrics
Fix My Eyes For King and Country
For All the Glory of You
Forever (God is faithful) Chris Jonalin
Give Me Oil In My Lamp Cedarmont Kids w/lyrics
God Made Me Slugs and Bugs-Randall Goodgain w/lyrics
God Is on the Move 7eventh Time Down
God’s Not Dead
God’s Not Dead-No-He’s Alive Ronnie Caldwell
Greater Mercy Me
Hello My Name Is Matthew West
Help Me Find It Sidewalk Prophets
Holding Nothing Back Ryan Stevenson
I Am A “C” Great Worship Songs Kids Praise Band
I Am Free
I Could Sing of Your Love Forever Hillsong Kids w/lyrics
I Will Follow Chris Tomlin
Jesus in Disguise Brandon Heath
Jesus Is My Super Hero John 1:5 Joy El Camp Theme 2015 w/lyrics
Just Say Jesus Big Daddy Weave
Lay Me Down
Let God Arise
Lift Me Up The Afters
The Light in Me Brandon Heath
Live With Abandon Newsboys
Me Without You
Mighty to Save
Miscellaneous Songs w/lyrics
My Hope Is in You Aaron Shust
My Savior, My God Aaron Shust
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Hillsong United
The Only Name (Yours Will Be) Big Daddy Weave
Our God
Redeemed Big DaddyWeave
Shout to the Lord Hillsong Kids w/lyrics
Sing Sing Sing
Soul on Fire Third Day
Start A Fire Unspoken
Strong Tower Kutless
Ten Commandments Song Lumin8 Children’s Choir w/lyrics & motions
Ten Commandment Boogie Go Fish-You Tube w/lyrics
This Is Amazing Grace Phil Wickham
Thrive Casting Crowns
Unspoken Start A Fire
With Every Act of Love Jason Gray
Whom Shall I Fear
You Are
You Make Me Brave Amanda Cook and Bethel Music
Your Love Never Fails