Volunteering at Summer Camps



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One of the benefits of summer is that you can volunteer your time to help kids of all ages enjoy their summer camp experience.  This is a great activity to do as a family or for each of your children, depending on their age to venture out to do on their own.  You can choose from many different levels of camps – day camps, or overnight camps, the options are endless!

Is Your Child Going to Camp?

If you are sending your child to summer camp, and want to volunteer your time, make sure you talk to the person in charge to see how you go about passing all the requirements.  A lot of care is taken now with background checks, etc to ensure that the folks caring for the kids at camp are safe.  If your child is going to camp, this is a great place to start volunteering.

I can remember the first year my daughter when to a 4-day overnight camp sponsored by our church – she was a little apprehensive, so I assured her I would be coming out a couple different times to volunteer, so she was sure to see me.  It worked out great!

Vacation Bible School

Is your local church providing a Vacation Bible School this summer?  If so, find out how you can help out.  If you don’t have the means to volunteer for the entire week, perhaps you can share a position with another mom who is in the same position.  Or perhaps you could volunteer to supervise lunch time so allow the other volunteers to get a break.  There are options open to helping out.  Volunteer to provide snacks or craft materials.

Older Kids?

If you have older kids, why not encourage them to volunteer at a camp that would be interesting to them?  This is a great thing to keep in mind as your child grows and begins to fill out job and college applications.  This type of volunteer experience is highly favorable by admission offices and prospective employers.

Family Experience

Perhaps you can find a camp to volunteer together as a family.  Something as simple as helping out on check-in day can make things easier for other camp volunteers.  Helping to take campers to their cabins or tent areas is really helpful and can ease a campers anxiety.  Even with small children you can find a camp who will allow you to share your experience and willingness in just the right way.

Finding a Camp

Finding a camp is rather simple, there are a myriad of online sites who are asking for volunteers this summer. Check the summer camps in your area to determine which one is the best for you.

Here are a few online camp resources:

Camp Page –  This site is great, not only can you check the summer camps within your state, but you will be able to email them as well. In addition, this site also provides the individual camp’s website, where you can apply for the type of camp you are looking for. Or you can utilize their Summer Camp Articles and Resources page  which includes links for employment as well.

What is so wonderful about this particular site is that it gives you the type of camp, age range, and a little piece of information about the camp and its activities. You really can’t ask for better than that!  Instead of scouring around trying to find a specific camp, this site will direct you to all of the camps within your state so that you can make an informed decision. In some cases, for example, this listing also letís you know when the camp was established.

Volunteer Guide – This site has a huge list of camps which cater to special needs campers.  If this area is close to your heart, check it out to see if there is a camp locally which could use your support.

Girl Scouts – I went to Girl Scout camp s0 many times while growing up – these were some of my best memories of summer vacation.  Perhaps this is a place to start – you could volunteer while your daughter attends a camp?

Volunteering for summer camp, for whatever age group you choose, is a selfless act. The benefit in volunteering for summer camp is immeasurable. Knowing that you took time out of your summer to show and kindness to others is invaluable to the camps and the kids.  If you did this as a family, even better!

Whether you choose girls, boys, coed or wilderness – you can be certain it is appreciated, since most of these camps need as many volunteers as possible.

Have you volunteered at a summer camp before?

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