Camp Kindle Day Camp- New Volunteer Application

Camp Kindle Day Camp is a unique day camp program for children with special needs, chronic illnesses, and other life challenges. This camp will offer a medically and emotionally supportive environment for each of its participants. Each participant will be paired with a counselor and will work one-on-one with staff throughout the week of camp. This program will help each child find positive meaning in their life by making friends, having fun, and sharing hopes with others confronting similar circumstances. Additionally, this camp will help primary caregivers by providing respite and necessary time for themselves. This summer day camp experience is funded primarily by Boston Scientific’s Charitable Foundation, and will emphasize teaching children life skills through math, science, music, and art. We believe that every camper will learn and grow through this program.

Camp Kindle Day Camp will be held June 13 - 17, 2016 in Santa Clarita, CA. Staff will be asked to arrive daily at 8 AM and stay until 4 PM. There will be a mandatory staff training date on Saturday, June 11th, as well as a webinar training (date TBA).

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Camp Kindle Day Camp. Please answer all of the questions below and make sure you wait for confirmation that your application was submitted. You will not be able to save and return to this application. It will take you 20-30 minutes to complete. New Staff applications are being accepted until all spaces are filled!

For questions, please contact Kristen Nekovar at kristen@projectkindle.org or (877) 800-2267 ext. 703

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    EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

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    EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

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    Working with children with special needs, chronic, debilitating and/or life threatening illness is a unique and challenging experience. It can create a variety of feelings and questions within yourself and your life. It is an essential part of the role of a Companion Counselor to be aware of your own feelings. The following questions will give you an opportunity to think about some of your previous experiences and reactions. Please consider these carefully, and then share your thoughts with us. Your responses will provide us with a better understanding of who you are and how you might deal with the responsibility of this role.
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    CERTIFICATIONS

    If you hold any of the following certifications, please check and mail or fax copies of these certifications to Project Kindle. (These certifications are not required for volunteers.)
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    Volunteer Position Selection

    All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to participate at Camp Kindle Day Camp. Please note age guidelines when making your choice of volunteer positions to be considered. Position descriptions provided below- Companion Counselors (must be 16+ years old): Companion Counselors will work in a one-on-one capacity with the child they are assigned to for the week. You will accompany your child to their activities throughout the day, and assist them with any needs that may arise in the camp environment. You will serve as your child’s mentor for the week, and will provide support and guidance to give your camper a rewarding camp experience. Project Directors (must be 16+ years old): Project Directors will bring a skill concerning math, science, art, or music to Camp Kindle Day Camp and teach it to the campers. Project groups will rotate throughout the day and be divided by age. Project Director will be responsible for approximately 8-10 campers at a time. If you have unique math or science knowledge, or a special skill or talent that you want to share with the children of Camp Kindle Day Camp then this is the right position for you! We need approximately 5-6 Project Directors. Project Directors will double as Programs Assistants, and Camp Assistants when not busy throughout the day Medical Staff (must be 18+ year old): These Individuals will work closely with the other staff members who make up the camp infirmary including nurses and a possible physician. You may help check in and out patients, supervise medication disbursement, handle small injuries, gather campers for medication, etc. You need to have some medical background to be considered for this position (example: medical or nursing student). Psychosocial Team (must be 18+ years old): You will help maintain harmony among the campers and staff in helping them to work through behavior difficulties. Experience or educational interest preferred. You will also need to handle any abuse claims that may arise. You may also be asked to help teach one or more of the educational breakout sessions. Camp Assistants (must be 16+ years old): You will help in any way needed, this may include assisting with various campers, conducting activities, setup or take down of activities, running into town for needed items, helping with the infirmary, etc. Part-time volunteers may be Camp Assistants.
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    Letters of Recommendation

    All staff must submit one letter of recommendation to be considered for a position. The recommendation form can be viewed below.

    Letter of Rec Form

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