Volunteer

Camp Blue Skies volunteers support all aspects of the camp experience and are the key to our success! Below are descriptions of the different volunteer roles (for all Camp Blue Skies camps), expectations, and how to sign up!

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

ATL 2012 full camp fun photo      Session 1 Final Group Photo
Atlanta Spring 2012                    NC Fall 2012 (session 1)

Session2 Final Group Photo      volunteers1
NC Fall 2012 (Session 2)                               Atlanta Spring 2013

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Volunteer Job Descriptions

Experienced Caregiver or “HEP”
(“Has Experience with Population”):
Full-Session Volunteer.
Every cabin has at least one HEP. In addition to the experienced caregiver, cabins typically include 5-7 campers and 1-2 Cabin counselors. PC’s are responsible for the overall welfare and supervision of their cabin unit, ensure that safety procedures are followed at all times, and oversee cabin activities. PC’s participate in cabin life with campers and fellow counselors and provide support to campers throughout the day during activities and programs. PC’s also work with the camp nurses to ensure that medications are taken as directed and that diet restrictions are observed. Experience in the care of individuals with cognitive disabilities required.

Cabin Counselor: Full Session Volunteer. Cabin Counselors are community volunteers that will be at camp for the full session and stay with campers in the cabin. Two (2) counselors are assigned per cabin group. Counselors work with a team of volunteers to provide daily supervision to a small group of campers. Counselors participate in cabin life with campers and fellow counselors and provide support to campers throughout the day during activities and programs. No experience in camping or the care of individuals with cognitive disabilities required.

Program Instructor: Full Session (preferred) or partial session volunteer. Most recreational activities will be lead by Camp Blue Skies staff or the host camp staff. However, we welcome volunteers with special skills and experience who wish to lead recreational or life skills activities. Program Instructors will teach approximately five 2-3-hour lessons per camp session. No more than 12-14 campers will participate in each class. Assistant Program Instructors, Counselors and Day Volunteers will provide support. Teaching supplies and facilities will be provided by camp. Experience in teaching life skills or camp activities required.

Program Assistant: Full Session or partial session volunteer. Program Instructors will lead camp activities, but volunteer assistance is greatly appreciated. Program Assistants will be assigned to a specific activity and support their Activity Instructor each day throughout the week.

Medical Volunteers: Full Session Preferred. Registered nurses and pharmacists work in conjunction with the Head Nurse and Director of Health Services to attend to the medical needs of the campers and staff. A Physician will either be on site or on call during the camp session. Medical volunteers will triage and treat accidents, illnesses and emergencies, distribute prescribed medications to campers and complete the necessary documentation. Medical qualifications required.

Day Volunteers: Single or multi day volunteer. Day volunteers will work in one of two capacities, either assigned to a cabin group or a camp activity. Day volunteers who wish to volunteer multiple days and stay over night will most likely stay in a “staff cabin”.

- Cabin group volunteers are assigned to a group of campers and will accompany them through the day, following the group’s schedule.

- Activity volunteers are assigned to a specific life skills or recreational activity to assist the Activity Instructor throughout the day. These volunteers stay with the assigned activity while the various campers groups rotate through during the day’s schedule.

Volunteer Expectations

  • Commit to the entire week (if possible)
  • Participate in camper/volunteer “social” event prior to camp (if you live close to the event)
  • Complete Online Training Video
  • Remain camper-focused while at camp
  • Participate in activities with campers
  • Camp policy requires at least 2 volunteers to be with campers at all times
  • Have a lot of fun!

Staff Support

  • Medical team is on site to handle accidents, illnesses and emergencies.
  • Camp Blue Skies staff is responsible for planning/implementing all activities.

Volunteer Training Video

Supporting Materials:
Online Training Agenda

Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
“Rights” and Our Campers

All volunteers are required to complete our Online Volunteer Training. This video provides a sampling of the information that will be shared with volunteers to prepare them for camp.

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For More Information about Volunteering –
Please Contact:
Alison Barry (704) 724-0495, email hidden; JavaScript is required


Frequently Asked Questions (Volunteers)

Below are Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers. For more information about daily life at camp, please see Camper’s FAQ’s on the website homepage.

What are the facilities at camp like?
All three Camp Blue Skies locations (NC, GA, and OH) provide a traditional camp experience in a comfortable and accessible setting. All cabins are heated and air conditioned and have a large living/sleeping area with bunk beds and an attached modern bathroom area with multiple showers, sinks, and toilets.

What does a typical day at camp look like?
Morning/Afternoon
– Campers will participate in group activities. Recreational activities may include giant swing, challenge course, basketball, soccer, bocce, nature hikes, canoeing, fishing,arts/crafts, dance, etc. Life Skills activities (with the emphasis on greater personal independence) may include cooking classes and good nutritional decision making, fitness, stretching and exercise, and innovative arts and crafts.

Evening - All of the campers will have an opportunity to explore their artistic talents and improve their social skills. Activities include dancing, music and singing, skits, board games, talent shows and camp fire story telling.

How old do I have to be to be a counselor? Since our campers are adults (21 yrs. and older) we need our counselors to be at least 21 years old. There is no age limit for other volunteers, such as greeters and administrative assistants.

What is the alcohol and tobacco policy of the camp? Alcohol is not allowed on the premises and no staff member or volunteer should be under the influence of either while on the grounds of any Camp
Blue Skies campus. All Camp Blue Skies campuses are smoke free environments. Smoking and other uses of tobacco are not permitted.

Will I be left alone with my campers? No. Counselors will work on teams. Teams will typically be comprise of 2 cabins, which is approximately 6 Counselors and 12-14 campers.

Will I have free time? Yes. Free time is built into the schedule for all volunteers, including medical volunteers. Additionally, since counselor are working in teams, if you have a specific time you need to get away you will have others to back you up. We will also have “Floater Volunteers” who can watch your campers while you are away.

Do I need experience as a counselor or with the target population? No experience is necessary. Each cabin will have a Professional Caregiver who has experience with the our population. Otherwise, you just need to have a caring, patient and enthusiastic personality and focus on your campers.

As a camp counselor, will I have to be an activity instructor? No. Camp Blue Skies instructors will lead the activities. Volunteers will simply participate with and assist their campers as needed during each activity. You are a guide and helper. However, if you have experience in teaching activities or would like to assist with a particular activity, please indicate that on your volunteer application.

Will there be any training prior to arrival at camp? Yes, all volunteers are required to attend our Volunteer Training that will occur a couple of weeks prior to camp. All volunteers will be notified of the date/location well in advance. Please view the volunteer training video above for an introduction to our staff training program. Additional orientation and training will be provided upon arrival at camp.

Will I have a chance to meet my camper before camp starts? Yes, a welcome reception and orientation will be held a few weeks prior to camp, allowing counselors, volunteers, and campers to all meet one another.

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