Spend a Week With Our Awesome Kids as a Volunteer Summer Camp Counselor
Quick Overview: Each year our program seeks individuals who can be positive caring adult role models to our campers and families while living in and appreciating a rustic outdoor environment. Being a Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times camp counselor volunteer means changing the life of a child with cancer.
Organization Name and Website: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times – http://www.rmhsc.org/camp
Mission or Broader Program Description: The Mission of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times® is to create a positive, long-lasting impact on children with cancer and their families by providing fun-filled, medically supported Camp experiences. To accomplish this mission our Camp activities are intentionally designed, and our staff training is deliberately executed to enhance the opportunities for our participants to experience intended outcomes:
As a result of being at Camp, each camper will:
Develop a positive identity
Develop independence and self-reliance
Develop social competencies
Feel a sense of support.
Impact: By becoming a Camp Ronald McDonald counselor, you will be enriching the lives of children with cancer and their families.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: For 5 days, 24 hours a day, volunteer staff members play a number of roles to create the wonderful experience we call "Summer Camp." Two or three cabin counselors create a family for six to ten campers, joining in activities, eating meals, sleeping in the cabins, and providing friendship and supervision. Activity counselors are the group of individuals who instruct or assist in the presentation of one or two of the many activities offered at Camp. Specialized training is offered to prepare activity counselors and cabin counselors in their roles. Nurses and doctors volunteer to help provide 24-hour healthcare to our campers. They hand out the daily bandages for bumps and bruises, distribute medications at mealtimes, and monitor the health of all campers and staff. Volunteer support directors are a group of experienced staff members who provide support, coaching, and feedback to cabin and activity counselors.
Requirements: Each year we look for volunteers to join the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times team to serve our campers and carry out our mission. Our group interview is designed to help us get to know each other. Our interview takes approximately three hours for a group of six to ten applicants. The interviewers are a group of experienced volunteers and paid professional staff of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times®.
The actual interview process includes the following experiences: introductions (served up in campfire skit style), small group interviews (more traditional “Q and A” time), group problem-solving tasks, and role-play situations. Please remember we have created this process to enable us to select the best applicants to work with our campers, not to intimidate potential volunteers. We invite you to relax and, most importantly, to be yourself.
As a reminder of what we’re looking for in our volunteers, here’s a list of minimum qualifications:
Desire and ability to work with children outdoors
Ability to commit to an 8 day camp session.
Ability to relate to one’s peer group
Ability to be a positive member of a staff team
Ability to accept supervision and guidance (coaching, support)
Good character, integrity, and adaptability
Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
High School graduate or equivalent and at least 19 years of age
Filling out our Camp Volunteer application completely