Be A High School Volunteer
Our High School Volunteer Program (HSVP) is celebrating its eighth year as one of the best summer-time opportunities for high school students to build leadership skills, learn job responsibilities, and make new friends. It is also a unique opportunity for students to explore different career paths in a relaxed setting. A major benefit of being a volunteer in our program is that while acquiring the skills and experience to enhance their resume, volunteers will be making summer camp memories that last a lifetime!
Above all else, we hope that our volunteers add value to each camper's experience. Volunteers do this by performing tasks such as assisting campers with projects, helping staff lead games and activities, and contributing to the positive and FUN atmosphere of a wide variety of camps. It is an excellent chance to learn and grow, to be positive role models, and to give back to the community.
Our goal is to assign at least one volunteer per camp. The application requirements are listed below. Please be prepared with all required documentation before beginning the application process. We look forward to reviewing your applications, and hope to be in contact with you soon!
Commitment of at least 2 weeks (does not have to be in a row)
Agreement to our Staff Expectations & Policies
One letter of recommendation (see SAMPLE)
Attendance at a mandatory informal interview
Attendance at a mandatory pre-camp training session
Applications for the 2019 Summer Camps HSVP are no longer being accepted. Please be sure to check in with us next year for 2020 Summer Camps!
The mission of the Rec & Ed High School Volunteer Program is to enrich the camp experience for volunteers, staff, and campers while providing volunteers with the leadership and collaborative skills to become valuable members of the community.
Frequently Asked HSVP Questions:
Q: How many weeks can a student volunteer?
A: The summer camps run for 11 weeks total (mid-June through the end of August). Volunteers must agree to participate for a minimum of 2 weeks; however, they do not have to be in a row. We understand that teens/families typically have other activities planned throughout the summer, but the ideal situation is to maintain a consistent group of volunteers who are as invested in the summer camps as our regular camp staff. Preference may be given to qualified candidates with the most availability.
Q: What hours are volunteers assigned?
A: All camps run Monday - Friday. During full day camps, students volunteer for approximately 7-1/2 hours (8:30am - 4:00pm) with one break in the morning and one break in the afternoon. During half-day camps, students volunteer for approximately 3 hours, either in the morning (9:00am - Noon) or the afternoon (1:00pm - 4:00pm).
Q: Can graduating seniors volunteer with the program?
A: The HSVP is designed for students who are entering grades 9 - 12. Students who have graduated and are
18 years of age or older can still volunteer; however, they will be subject to both a background check and fingerprinting (at the volunteer's expense).
Q: Is any prior volunteer or work experience required?
A: No, this is a learning experience. Volunteers with open minds and a willingness to learn are preparing themselves to be successful with the guidance of camp staff.
Q: Is transportation provided?
A: No. Transportation to and from camp needs to be arranged by the volunteer. If the volunteer is at a camp that goes on a field trip, transportation for the field trip portion of the camp will be provided.
Q: What will the informal interview be like?
A: The informal interview will consist of group activities designed to assess candidates' understanding of the volunteer expectations. It will also be an opportunity for candidates to discover the day-to-day happenings at camp. Ultimately, we will attempt to determine whether the volunteer will be a good fit for Rec & Ed's summer camp setting.
Q: What training will volunteers receive before camp begins?
A: All volunteers must participate in one training session prior to the start of camp. The training session will take place in late May or early June. Continuous training will be provided throughout the summer.
Q: My son/daughter wants to be involved in something productive and fun over the summer. Is that something the HSVP can provide?
A: With over 200 camps with varying volunteer opportunities, there's a good chance that we will have something your son/daughter is interested in. As long as he/she wants to participate, is willing to learn, is open-minded, and can meet the expectations of the program, it should be a wonderful experience. However, it is very important that the choice to be a volunteer is made by the son/daughter, not the parent. Volunteers who are not motivated to be at camp will likely struggle, and could be sent home.
Q: Will the volunteers be expected to complete the application and communicate with the Camp Specialist?
A: After a volunteer has been invited into the HSVP, all communication regarding camp assignments should be directly between the volunteer and the Camp Specialist (see contact information below). It is expected that the volunteers will respond to the Camp Specialist in a timely and appropriate manner. We will only contact parents if there is a disciplinary issue or if we are unable to reach the volunteer.
Q: Is there anyone I contact with additional questions?
A: Yes. Please email our Camp Specialist, Yvette Harris, at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.