Show kids affected
by cancer they’re
not alone.

Apply your time and talents to helping children affected by cancer while creating memories you’ll cherish forever. Choose from multiple ways to get involved and start making the world a better place for these amazing kids.

Volunteer at Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky.

Join our awesome camp staff made up of some the most inspiring individuals you’ll ever meet. Our highly-qualified volunteers range from former campers and cancer survivors to medical professionals. Each is carefully vetted and trained to understand the unique needs and experiences of kids dealing with cancer. All play a key role in creating unforgettable moments for every child in attendance.

Important information for
potential camp volunteers.

Please CAREFULLY read all of the following information prior to applying to be a volunteer.

The 2019 Volunteer Camp Application period is NOW CLOSED.

Who volunteers at Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky?

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 do we look for in volunteers?
  • Desire to work with kids of all ages
  • Ability to be a positive member of a staff team
  • Openness to accept supervision and guidance
  • Integrity, adaptability and good character
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, motivation and self-control
What kind of training do volunteers receive?

New Volunteer Training

MANDATORY for all new staff members, this training introduces camp policies, traditions and culture. This training is held at The Seany Foundation office, the Friday prior to each week-long camp session.

All Staff Training

Held at the designated campsite the day before (Sunday) our six-day Camp sessions, this time allows both new and returning volunteers to participate in important training sessions and team building events. Volunteers are expected to arrive at the campsite ready to begin Staff Development & Training by 11:00am (unless told otherwise by leadership) on Sunday and leave the following Saturday after an all-staff wrap up.

Do I need healthcare experience to volunteer?

Experience working in healthcare is not required to become a camp volunteer or counselor, but it is helpful. Our volunteers must be aware of the general health and safety of campers to report any changes to onsite doctors and nurses. During Pre-Camp Training, all volunteers go through medical orientation to address camp procedures and any concerns regarding camper health.

When is my application due and what happens next?

Volunteer applications for our camps open on November 15th each year and close on January 31st or once capacity is met, whichever comes first. One you fully complete your online application (100%), it will be reviewed. If you meet our requirements, we will contact you within one week after the Jan. 31st deadline to schedule an interview.

What can I expect during the volunteer interview?

If your online application meets our criteria, we will contact you to schedule an interview within one week after the January 31st deadline (applies to new volunteers). Each camp holds its own set of interviews, which will be conducted by the corresponding camp leadership team. Volunteers that apply for all three camp sessions will have three separate interviews. Interviews are held at The Seany Foundation office in Mission Valley, San Diego, they take approximately 20-45 minutes. Phone interviews can be arranged for applicants that are located out of town.

When will I be notified of my status?

After your interview, we will notify you of your status within two weeks. If you are accepted, we will run a background check and assign Pre-Camp Training to be completed by a designated date. All online training must be completed to remain eligible to volunteer.

Ready to apply to be a volunteer at camp?

The volunteer application period for 2019 has CLOSED. Camp dates for 2020 will be announced in August 2019 and the applications for 2020 will open on November 15.

First, take a look at the following week-long Summer Session dates for 2019, and make sure you are available for the entire session(s):

RESIDENT ONCOLOGY CAMP (Patients ages 8-17) June 30- July 6, 2019

SIBLING CAMP (Siblings ages 8-17)- July 21-July 27, 2019

DAY CAMP (Patients and Siblings ages 4-7)- July 28 – August 3, 2019

To apply, click the link below and follow the instructions listed.

  1. Create a user account with your name/frequently checked email address, also referred to as 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 the Health Profile sections are complete, your profile will reach 100%.

    Returning volunteers: You will be notified of your application status by March 1st (after new volunteer interviews are complete).

    New Volunteers: If your profile is 100% complete, you will receive an email within a week after the January 31st deadline with further information regarding your interview(s).

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


"Seeing the kids outside of the hospital environment. Laughing, playing and just being themselves. There’s no words to describe how great that feels."

– Dr. Joan Smith, Camp Volunteer

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Help us spread the word.

Create a page on Classy.

Raise money and awareness by starting an online fundraiser for The Seany Foundation on It’s a quick and easy way to apply your creativity toward helping kids with cancer.

Host your own Seany event.

Put your party planning skills to work for a great cause. Invite your friends and family to enjoy a day or evening of fundraising fun. Make it a no-pressure event by keeping donations optional, but remind your guests that any amount helps!

Share your experience as a patient, survivor or loved one.

Consider telling your story on Facebook and other social media outlets, or sending friends and family a personal email or letter to raise awareness and donations for our cause. Let us know if you need help getting started.


Join our TSF Council

Help shape the future for kids with cancer as a member of The Seany Foundation Board of Directors. As a part of our influential volunteer board, you’ll be pivotal in raising awareness, funds, and support for our programs and projects. Qualified candidates must be passionate about the plight of those coping with childhood cancer and deeply committed to our mission of bringing joy to kids, teens, and young adults affected by cancer.

Board members are expected to:


More ways to help.

Donate to The Seany Foundation or sponsor an upcoming event to support urgent research initiatives and programs for childhood cancer.

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