For this year's Orange Army we are looking for responsible, proactive students entering grades 10-12 (entering 9th graders considered) to be onsite support at our camps across the DFW Metroplex, Waco, Austin, and DC. Because of our partnership with Education Unbound, a 501(c)(3) non-profit who helps underwrite the camp, you can earn credit hours toward your obligations in various organizations that may require volunteer hours with a non-profit.
Stage one of the application process is to complete and submit this form. If you're a match for Camp Pursuit 2018, you'll be put into contact with camp Site Directors, who will coordinate detailed scheduling with you. You can find a list of exact camp dates and venues here: http://numien.com/cp2018/
Sure, volunteering for the Orange Army is hard work at times, but from all the feedback we've received it's also a blast with many benefits: new friendships. lots of free snacks, exposure to new ideas, experience for your resume, a bright orange shirt, and maybe even a great reference for a future school or job application. :)
As a volunteer at Camp Pursuit, I understand that appropriate conduct and the observance of rules enhance the experience for all involved. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience for me, but my first priority must be to make Camp Pursuit a meaningful and rewarding experience for the campers. In order to do this unselfishly and with a positive attitude, I promise to observe the following guidelines:
1. To follow all rules of Camp Pursuit, to lead by example, and to be a positive role model for all campers, I will: a. Adhere to the camp schedule at all times; b. Wear appropriate clothing; (flip-flop casual, but avoid revealing clothing like spaghetti straps or low-cut tops). c. Respect all facilities, including the property d. Refrain from use of the phone/computer for personal reasons (except in the event of an emergency)
2. To represent Camp Pursuit—in camp and out of camp—in a respectful and positive manner, I will: a. Strive to have mature, respectful and friendly interactions with parents; b. Maintain a positive attitude in front of campers and counselors c. Seek assistance from a camp director when needed, rather than take frustrations out on campers or parents; i. Be respectful of parents, and allow us (the camp directors) to deal with any difficult situations. d. Completely refrain from alcohol/tobacco during camp hours and while wearing camp attire; e. Refrain from inappropriate relationships with other volunteers and/or staff members
3. To create the best and most stable learning atmosphere, I will: a. Communicate to the camp directors any emergency that causes a conflict with your responsibilities; b. Show sensitivity towards the various manifestations of giftedness. Not all gifted students are quiet, polite, and high-achieving. However this does not mean you have to tolerate disrespect (please inform a camp director).
I promise to make a commitment to these rules and guidelines while volunteering at Camp Pursuit, as a way to make camp the most positive and supportive environment it can be for both campers and teachers.