Please read the following documents before your volunteer participation with The Center for Courageous Kids. Once you have read each document, please sign below and submit. Contact the CCK Volunteer Recruiter if you have any questions. Thanks!
Center for Courageous Kids
Job Title: Volunteer Counselor
Department: Camp Programming
Reports to: Lodge Leader, Volunteer Recruiter, Camp Director, Medical Director
Position Summary: Working with seasonal/fulltime staff to provide supervision, leadership, guidance and a medically and emotionally safe environment for children that are diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- To work with campers serving as a leader, supervisor and role model.
- To guide campers through the programming schedule, assisting them in an experience that is safe, uplifting and empowering.
- To facilitate positive and appropriate interactions between campers to increase group interaction and bonding.
- To treat all campers in a manner that fosters and maintains their individuality, dignity and respect.
- To maintain positive interactions and communication with fellow staff members.
- To seek out resources (camp director, leadership member, co-staff member) when in need of support.
- To supervise and assist campers in all aspects of daily camp life, including: all lodge activities, program area rotations, rainy day plans, meals, and evening programming.
- To instruct campers in emergency procedures such as fire and severe weather drills.
- To adhere to and implement the policies and procedures of the Center for Courageous Kids.
- To assist campers and co-counselors to maintain a clean and neat environment in both program and living areas.
- To assist in doing a thorough clean-up of lodges at the end of each session.
- To assist in any tasks deemed necessary by the Camp Director.
- At least 18 years of age
- Must be able to independently provide personal self-care
- Assisting staff in transferring campers weighing as much as 250 pounds
- Navigating various terrains on camp such as concrete, grass fields and dirt trails
- Ability to gauge and recognize camper behavior that may be harmful to camper or others and utilize appropriate behavior techniques as needed
- Ability to recognize potential safety hazards and enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures
- Ability to physically and mentally lead and assist in taking care of 8 campers during the entire session, navigating camp schedule and any required adjustments
- Ability to attend to mild personal care needs as necessary including some showering, transferring, and changing of campers
- Ability to accept supervision and guidance
- Ability to function in a team atmosphere
Equipment Used: Hoyer lifts and other devices including but not limited to power wheelchairs.
Living Arrangement: Housing provided on camp. Shares den with fellow staff members/volunteers.
Volunteer/Staff Dress Code
The Center for Courageous Kids strives to ensure that employees’ clothing is dignified, modest and reflects the appropriate balance of campy and professional. These guidelines are in effect at all times on camp grounds. It is expected that all staff/volunteers will make choices in dress that will appropriately convey them as role models. The following guidelines are in place for clothing selection.
- All staff members/volunteers must wear shirts at all times. Exceptions will be made when swimming.
- When in outdoor and active program areas all staff members/volunteers are expected to wear shoes or sandals with a heel strap. The barn and fun and games require sneakers (this is our Wear Your Shoes policy). Only at the lodges and at the pool, staff is welcome to wear flip flops.
- Socks will be needed for anyone participating in bowling. You’ll thank us later.
- All shorts and skirts must be at least an arm’s length (If you can drop your arms down to your sides and touch your skin, the garment is too short).
- Spaghetti strap tank tops or white undershirt tank tops are prohibited. Low cut tops are prohibited at all times.
- No undergarments should be visible at any time.
- Shirts should be long enough to cover the mid-section at all times. Shirts with messages that glorify sex, drugs, alcohol or violence are prohibited. Concert shirts are acceptable if they do not include the previous mentioned messages.
- Two piece bathing suits and Speedos are not acceptable.
- Thematic costumes are always acceptable!
- Shirt and short dress code policy apply to pajamas.
Volunteer Service Agreement
Policies and Procedures: Volunteer agrees to comply with all items contained in his or her job description, to fulfill any additional responsibilities required by the Camp Director, or his/her designate, and abide by all Camp rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Termination: Volunteer’s service with The Camp is “at will” and may be terminated at the discretion of The Camp. Without limiting the foregoing, the following shall constitute grounds for immediate termination by The Camp:
- If the volunteer is absent from The Camp without the permission of the Camp Director or without justification as determined by the Camp Director.
- If the volunteer’s services, conduct or influence is/are deemed to be unsatisfactory or detrimental to the best interest of The Camp or:
- If the volunteer fails to comply with any of the terms of this Agreement or policies or procedures delivered to the volunteer during his/her term of service.
Photo Release: The volunteer does hereby release and grant The Camp perpetual and unrestricted rights in and to the volunteer’s pictures and voice contributions employed in the creation of printed media, photographs, sound tapes and motion picture films while at The Camp premises or otherwise. The rights and contributions granted herein are more particularly described as follows:
- To use name, photograph, acts, poses, plays and appearances made in connection with said production in any manner; to record, amplify and simulate the voice of the volunteer and to reproduce, distribute, publish, exhibit and transmit the same by a mechanical and electrical means for any purpose whatsoever.
- To “double” or “dub” the voices, acts, poses and appearances to such an extent as may be desired by The Camp.
- To use name, photograph and experiences pertaining to funded agencies in materials produced by The Camp for the purpose of promoting The Camp.
Volunteer Injury: If The Camp deems it is in the best interest of the volunteer to use outside medical assistance or have the volunteer hospitalized, volunteer hereby agrees that The Camp shall bear no liability for the medical care provided or the cost thereof. Further, the camp is not responsible for injury or illness incurred while off Camp during free time and session breaks.
Indemnification of The Camp: The volunteer hereby agrees to assume full responsibility for any goods and/or merchandise brought by the volunteer to The Camp and further agrees that The Camp will not be held financially liable for the loss or damage to any such goods and/or merchandise whether through theft, fire, laundry, accident, vandalism, etc. Further, the volunteer hereby agrees to assume full responsibility for any damages or destruction of property incurred by the volunteer due to intentional misuse or abuse of any of The Camp’s equipment/facilities. Said responsibilities shall include reimbursing The Camp for repairing or replacing equipment and/or facilities. In the event the volunteer becomes indebted to The Camp, The Camp is authorized to pursue any and all legal means to recover the remaining amounts owed.
Confidentiality: The volunteer will not release, divulge, discuss or otherwise use information gained from any source, written or verbal, about a camper’s records and charts except as required in the work assignment.
Leaving The Camp During Session: During the camp session, the volunteer may not leave The Camp without the expressed permission of the Camp Director. If the volunteer is absent from The Camp without the permission of the Camp Director or without justification as determined by the Camp Director the volunteer will be terminated.
Additional Terms: In addition to The Camp’s policies and procedures for which the volunteer is made aware, additional terms and conditions of the volunteer’s service may be attached as an exhibit hereto, and if attached hereto, it is incorporated herein by reference.