Every camper has at least one partner assigned to them. Some campers who may be more challenging to take care of physically or emotionally may have two partners. A partner is the most important and demanding of all jobs at camp. It is also the most rewarding. The goal of the partner is to make the camper’s experience a great experience. However, it is not the sole responsibility of the partner to achieve this goal. Every person who volunteers at camp is there to strengthen the relationship between a camper and his or her partner. This requires that the partner communicate closely with the camper’s parents, cabin leaders, cabin respiratory therapists, cabin nurses, and the camp director to maximize the camp experience. We are all there for the campers and since you have the role as a partner, we are there for you too. A partner is with their camper all five days, all day long, functioning as a caregiver and friend. In many cases, lifelong relationships have developed. The partner’s day starts with getting their camper up, dressed and out of bed then heading off to breakfast. This means that you should plan to be dressed and ready to begin the day by 8:00 a.m. each morning. As a partner, you will accompany your camper to meals and activities during the day. At the end of the day, it is the partner’s responsibility, with help from the cabin leaders to put the camper to bed. Once the camper is set for the night the cabin leaders, cabin RN’s and cabin RT’s are there to take over for the rest of the night. Partners are then free to relax. All volunteers are required to stay on the camp grounds for the entire week of camp unless special arrangements are made with the director.
- Having a background in health care for most, but not all, partners is important as healthcare needs during the day will be addressed by the partner.
- Patience, patience and then some more patience!
- A positive attitude and willingness to realize that the number one priority is assisting their camper to have the best week of the year..
- High energy.
- The ability to work well with others; teamwork is a must.
- Be able to make a home visit prior to camp to meet your partner.
Activity staff are volunteers designated to plan and organize daily scheduled activities for campers and to provide supplies and ideas for fun things to do during free time. They begin working on camp months in advance and have the challenge of planning activities that will be suited for campers with a wide range of abilities and ages. They also have to plan for both indoor and outdoor activities due to the unpredictable weather during the first week of June.
- Physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and recreational therapists are preferred but not required.
- Must be VERY flexible and ready to change a plan in a matter of minutes.
- Creativity is very helpful.
- High energy with the ability to do a lot of walking.
The kitchen is staffed by volunteers like the rest of the camp staff. They are a dedicated group who spend long hours in the kitchen preparing good tasting and nutritious meals so that the staff has the energy necessary to keep up with the rigors of camp. The unique thing about the meals at camp is that the menus are not typical “camp food”. No beans and weenies here! The kitchen staff prepare three meals a day starting with lunch on Saturday at noon, through Friday breakfast. The menus are developed by the head chef long before the start of camp and the food is ordered weeks in advance. On the Friday before camp, the kitchen staff arrives early and has the monumental task of putting away a weeks worth of food - dry goods, refrigerated and frozen food for approximately 145 volunteers and campers. A lot of thought and care is put into the ordering and preparation of the food to ensure that no one goes home and says “the food was lousy!”
- Lots of energy
- The ability to work and stand for long hours.
- A love (or at least a like) for washing dishes - we have lots of them after each meal.
- And most of all the willingness to stand the heat ‘cause we’re cooking!