Family Option

Holden Village

Family Work Option

Family Work Option is a program that was developed to allow families with school-age children (ages 4-17) to serve on staff in the summer. Adult volunteers who wish to bring children may only do so if they are the parent or legal guardian of those children. We unfortunately cannot accommodate families with children under 4 . Please learn more and follow the steps below to start the process!

If you are interested in serving as a long-term volunteer or employee for a year or more with your family, please first contact to inquire about this possibility. Long-term housing for families is limited and capacity for families to serve on staff varies. During the school year, children of long-term staff attend the Holden School, a public K-12 school operated by the Lake Chelan School District.

Family Work Option Logistics

Read more about the logistics and work requirements for the Family Work Option below, and get ready for the whole family to work and play together!

All Families

When participating in the Family Work Option, all adults will participate in Garbology and Dish Team, which involve serving the Village by sorting trash and recyclables, composting food waste, washing dishes, and cleaning the dining hall after meals. Here’s what the rest of the family can expect:

  • Youth 12-13 and over can participate in Garbology and Dish Team at Family’s request
  • Youth age 14-15 volunteer half time in a work area in addition to Garbology and Dish Team
  • Youth age 16-17 work full-time in a work area in addition to Garbology and Dish Team
  • Youth 18+ can apply independently as adults and should submit an application according to the instructions on the Holden Job Board. Work area positions and descriptions are listed on our website on the Holden Job Board. Please only select positions that are open to Short-Term applications. 

Two-Adult Families

Both adults participate in Garbology and Dish Team. If any of your children are under 12,  one adult volunteers full-time (36 hours/week) and one adult volunteers half-time (during youth program hours). If all of your children are 12 and over, both adults volunteer full-time (36 hours/week). 

Single-Adult Families

The adult participates in Garbology and Dish Team. If any of your children are under 12,  you volunteer half-time (during youth program hours). If all of your children are 12 and over, you work full-time (36 hours/week). 


Children ages 4-15 will participate in Holden’s youth programs, which are not available for the whole workday. This means that for children 4-11, one adult works half-time during youth program hours (mornings) and cares for their own children in the afternoon. For children 12 and over, there may be some unsupervised time when there is no youth programming and the adults are at work. Holden is unable to provide childcare outside of our normal guest youth programming. If your child is 12 and over and requires more supervision, please apply as though your child is under 12. 


Families are mostly housed in one room with multiple beds and share a community bathroom down the hall.

Summer Family Option Sessions

  • Session 1: June 7th – June 21st
  • Session 2: June 21st – July 5th
  • Session 4: July 19th – August 2nd

Apply for Family Option Summer 2024

Once we have received all your application materials, we will notify you that your application is complete. The priority deadline for applications is March 1st. Decisions for applications received on or before March 1st will be communicated via email by April 1st. We still have limited space for families during session 1 (June 7th – June 21st), 2 (June 21st – July 5th), and 4 (July 19th – August 2nd) If you have any questions or concerns please email


Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.