VOLUNTEERS DON'T GET PAID, NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE WORTHLESS, BUT BECAUSE THEY'RE PRICELESS
At Camp4kids we believe that even if you just change one life, you’ve changed the world forever. Camp4Kids' staff lives by a higher standard. We believe that there is more good in the world than what you see and hear about every day. We believe that each person has the ability to help if only they know how, and as Audrey Hepburn once said we believe that "as you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
At Camp4Kids we believe perhaps the greatest thing about volunteering may not only be the benefits it offers to the individual recipients, but to their communities, and the volunteers themselves.
At Camp4Kids our greatest assets are our Camp counselors. They are adults who believe in giving back, and in helping children become the very best they can. They spend countless hours in training, preparing for that week in camp. Our volunteers do not necessarily have the extra time to spend a week in camp; but what they do have is the heart. They truly believe that at the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, and who you’ve made better. It’s about giving back that feeds the soul.
Many of our camp counselors are young adults themselves, college degrees aren't required but are preferred. Camp counselors must possess leadership skills and have a passion for helping others. To be a Senior Counselor you have to be at least 18 years of age. Counselors should be physically fit and in good general health. If you are interested, please fill out an application for us.
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The heartbeat of Camp4Kids is our volunteer staff. After all, without a great staff, who would bring the magic of summer camp to the kids and teens who need it most?
Great Counselors aren't just born, they're carefully trained! Our Counselor-in-Training program (CIT's for short) is the venue through which we teach teens the skills and expertise necessary to care for campers.
CIT's must be a minimum of 16-years-old at the time of camp. Though previous camp experience is not required, it certainly helps.
After extensive training "down the hill" (outside of camp), CIT's are paired with Senior Counselors while in camp, receiving firsthand experience and one-on-one training, learning what it takes to be an effective leader while in a supervised and controlled environment.
Becoming a great Counselor comes from years of training first as a CIT.
Volunteer work is not just something you do to put on a resume or college application – it’s an essential part of a functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work reach far and wide with a ripple effect that begins with the individual and nonprofit organization and extends beyond the larger community.
In 2012, 64.5 million Americans – 26.5 percent of the population – contributed 7.9 billion volunteer hours, worth an estimated $175 billion in service.
IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERING
Volunteer work is the cornerstone that joins charitable service and hard work. While an individual generally does not receive compensation for volunteer hours, the rewards of service go far beyond that of monetary payment. In addition to the personal satisfaction and deeper understanding of community gained in helping a person or organization, individuals who volunteer are likely to develop a network of contacts that can become lifelong friends.
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