Volunteering at Camp

APPLY TO BE A CAMP VOLUNTEER

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY PRIOR TO APPLYING TO BE A CAMP VOLUNTEER.

CAMP APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FROM NOV. 15 – MARCH 15.

Who are our Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky Volunteers?

Seany’s camping programs are staffed by a group of tremendously dedicated, responsible volunteers who like to have fun. All volunteers undergo special training so that they can best understand the unique needs and experiences of our camper population. Many of our volunteers have firsthand knowledge of cancer, either as survivors or siblings of a brother or sister who has battled the disease. Others are medical professionals who enjoy being counselors and seeing the campers in a non-medical environment. Our volunteers are quite special and truly an inspiration to all.

What qualities are we looking for in a Camp Volunteer?

  •    Desire and ability to work with kids of all ages
  •    Ability to be a positive member of a staff team
  •    Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  •    Good character, integrity and adaptability
  •    Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, motivation and self-control

What kind of training do Camp Staff volunteers receive?

“New Volunteer Training” is a MANDATORY training for all new staff members and is designed to introduce new staff to Camp’s policies, traditions and culture. We host it at our office, located in San Diego the Thursday night prior to each camp (see dates below).

“All Staff Training” takes place the day prior to the six-day Camp session at the designated campsite. During this time, both new and returning volunteers will participate together in important training sessions and team building events. Volunteer staff members are expected to arrive at the campsite ready to begin their Staff Development & Training by Sunday at 11:00a.m. and leave the following Saturday after an all staff wrap up.

Do I need any experience in health care to be a volunteer?

No, although helpful, it is not necessary. A Volunteer/Counselor is responsible for being aware of the general health and safety of their campers, and they report any changes to the doctors and nurses at Camp. During Pre-Camp Training, all volunteers receive a medical orientation that addresses Camp procedures as well as any concerns volunteers may have regarding the health of their campers.

When is the application due and what happens next?

Applications for volunteering at our summer camps will open on November 15th, 2017 and close on March 15th, 2018 or once capacity is met, whichever comes first. After your online application is completed (100%), it will be reviewed. If you meet our minimum requirements, you will be contacted in late March to schedule an interview.  

What is a volunteer interview like?

Once your online application is complete and you meet the criteria for being a volunteer, we will call to schedule an interview. Each camp has it’s own set of interviews, which are conducted by the corresponding leadership team of each camp. If you apply to three camps, you will have three separate interviews. Our interviews take approximately 20-45 minutes and are located at our office. If you live out of town, a phone interview can be arranged.

When will I be notified of my status?

After your interview, we will notify you of your status within two weeks from the time of the interview. After your acceptance, we will run a background check and assign pre-camp training to be completed by a designated date. All online training must be completed in order to remain eligible to volunteer.

How do I get started?

First, take a look at the following Summer Sessions and new staff training dates for 2018, and make sure you are available for the entire session(s):

  • RESIDENT ONCOLOGY CAMP (Patients ages 8-17) July 1- July 7 2018

        *New Volunteer Training: Thursday, June 28th @ 6:00pm

  • SIBLING CAMP (Siblings ages 8-17)- July 22-July 28, 2018

        *New Volunteer Training: Thursday, July 19th @ 6:00pm

  • DAY CAMP (Patients and Siblings ages 4-7)- August 12 – August 18, 2018

        *New Volunteer Training: Thursday, August 9th @ 6:00pm

Our online volunteer application is only for our weeklong summer sessions. Please email Lori Jolliffe directly at [email protected] for any Family Camp and Teen Winter Weekend volunteer inquiries.

CLICK HERE to be taken to our online Camp volunteer application (and follow the steps below).

Once you click the link above, create an account in our Camp Volunteer Registration System (CampDoc.com), and follow these steps to fill out your application:

Read each page carefully.

  1. Create a CampDoc.com user account with your name. This will also be your “participant “account.”
  2. Choose “Volunteer” when picking “Type of Registration” then register for the camps in which you are applying and begin filling out the application.
  3. Once complete, you’ll profile will reach 100%. Once your profile reaches 100% you will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours letting you know your application has been received with further information. If it does not reach 100% by March 15th, your application will move to a waitlist.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky. Camp Makes a Difference…