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Camp Courage Volunteers

What can I expect if I volunteer for Camp Courage?

Responsibilities of Camp Courage Counselors:

Each camp counselor will be assigned a small group of children who they are responsible for throughout the course of camp. Each small group will have at minimum two counselors assigned. The responsibilities of the counselors are:

  • Meeting the daily basic needs of their small group (encouraging them to shower, brush their teeth, change clothes, etc.).
  • Supervising their small group at all times (day and night) unless otherwise assigned. No child should be unsupervised at any time. Group supervision of campers should include paying attention to all of the following: health, happiness, discipline, cleanliness, safety, character and skill development.
  • Not allowing yourself to be one-on-one with a camper in a private place. If a camper wants to speak with you privately do it in an open place where you are in the sight of others.
  • Directing their small group where to be according to the master schedule. Counselors are not to leave the camp without permission. Counselors are to maintain the curfew designated by the camp director.
  • Identifying and tracking which children in their small group needs to receive medication from the camp nurse and making certain they receive it.
  • Taking care of oneself throughout the course of camp. Scheduling breaks with their co-counselor so that they can re-charge, get a snack or just escape their duties for a short-time.
  • Actively participating in all silly camp antics such as skits, songs and general clowning around. (Don’t be “too cool” for fun or the kids will not participate.)
  • Not encouraging or participating in pranks on other small groups.
  • Working with camp director and other camp staff to iron out difficulties with facilities, programs and campers.
  • Helping develop, carry out and evaluate a camp program that reflects the goals of Camp Courage.
  • Immediately reporting any problemsyou see with a child to the Camp Director. This includes disciplinary problems within the group, any problems you believe a child is having at home, or any suspect of physical, emotional, or psychological abuse.
  • Following and modeling safe COVID-19 protocols:
    • Practice physical distancing.
    • Wear a face covering when required.
    • Practice good hand hygiene/use hand sanitizer.
    • Practice good cough/sneeze etiquette.
    • Monitor for symptoms and stay home if you are ill or have had unprotected exposure to COVID-19.
  • Setting a good example in ALL you do at camp. Camp is a fun learning experience!

Prohibited Camp Courage Counselor Behavior:

In order to have a safe, healthy camp that is a good experience for everyone, counselors will NOT:

  • Use objectionable or inappropriate language. (This will be discussed at counselor training- ask questions if you’re unsure what is inappropriate.)
  • Engage in or permit verbal or non-verbal put-downs of others.
  • Permit destruction of nature in any form.
  • Permit vandalism of property in any form.
  • Permit any kind of littering.
  • Engage in or permit excessive “horseplay” or physical “rough-housing” with campers.
  • Make threats to or administer physical punishments.
  • Be under the influence of or in possession of any drugs, alcohol or tobacco products.
  • Make or permit inconsiderate noise and disturbance in the cabins after “lights out” and before wake up time.
  • Drink soda, eat snacks or have special privileges such as using a cell phone in front of campers.
  • Wear t-shirts, cap or clothing that advertise alcohol, tobacco or anything offensive.