“Volunteers gain experience with and an appreciation for people of diverse abilities.”
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and the personal rewards and experiences are something you will have for the rest of your life. Volunteers are very special at Camp PARC and we greatly benefit from a volunteer’s time, talents, and generous spirit.
More than 500 volunteers donate countless hours to Camp PARC each year. Without our dedicated and caring volunteers, there would be no Camp PARC. Volunteers make a direct impact in our mission of enriching the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. We have opportunities for both individuals and groups to volunteer time with Camp PARC.
Full-time volunteers are individuals who serve as senior staff, medical staff, custodial staff, junior counselors, peer buddies, resident staff assistants, and media staff during the week of camp and are required to stay on the campground day and night for the duration of the session. In addition to camp, many of these volunteers help with leading various fundraising activities and planning throughout the year. Applications for resident volunteers at Camp PARC 2019 are available online. To begin the application process, please fill out the online application. The online application should be used for all returning staff and new applicants.
Daily Volunteers assist with camp maintenance, support the camp kitchen, assist in arts and crafts, provide support for fundraising events, operate carnival games, and more. We always have volunteer projects that individuals or groups or organizations can do.
Senior staff are adults (age 22 and older) who make camp run each day and throughout the year. They are the backbone of Camp PARC! Senior Staff are divided into teams with specific roles.
Senior Counselors lead daily camp activities, supervise resident cabins, assist Junior Counselors with camper needs, plus generate and share the Camp PARC spirit with enthusiasm. Many of our Senior Counselors are experienced Junior Counselors who have chosen to continue volunteering at camp in their adult life.
If you are interested in serving as a Senior Counselor in 2019, please fill out the Staff Application. Should you have any questions about serving as a Senior Counselor please contact one of our Camp Directors, Judy and Ted Risch, at email@example.com or 814-410-5343.
Active, licensed and insured healthcare professionals work together as a team in providing a safe environment for all campers, staff, and volunteers. All medical volunteers serve a full session and stay on sight at all times during their selected session. The medical team at each session provides first aid, pours and distributes medications, and applies topical treatments.
No medical specialty area is required, however, having the patience and stamina to work with individuals with special needs in a campsite setting is necessary. If you interested in serving as part of the medical team at any of the sessions in 2019, please fill out the Staff Application. Questions regarding the Medical Team should be addressed to our Medical Team leader, Melinda Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the leadership of an experienced food service professional, these dedicated and hard-working volunteers help prep, cook, and serve three meals daily, as well as snacks, plus keep the kitchen and its equipment clean and sanitized. No experience is needed. This is one of our biggest needs during summer so if you or someone you know has a heart for cooking, please please fill out the Staff Application. Questions regarding the Kitchen Staff should be addressed to our Kitchen Team leader, Chris Wallace at email@example.com.
These valuable and important volunteers maintain a clean and sanitized facility for campers, counselors, staff, volunteers, and visitors during the camping sessions. This group of individuals helps with kitchen and bathhouse cleaning, dishwashing, garbage collecting, and laundry, as well as light maintenance tasks such as changing light bulbs, circuit breakers, window and door repairs, and minor plumbing.
Interested in serving as custodial staff, please fill out the 2019 Staff Application and one of our staff members will contact you. Should you have any questions about serving on our Custodial Staff, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-410-5343.
All Pennsylvania State mandated clearances are required for anyone, age 18 and older, volunteering at Camp PARC.
Junior Counselors are the heart and soul of Camp PARC, their dedication, compassion, and enthusiasm are what our campers take home with them and will long remember. Junior Counselors are neurotypical senior high or college youth or adults who provide 24-hour care to one or two individuals with special needs throughout the camping session.
Junior Counselors put service above self for the entire session, as the needs of the camper take precedence over their own needs for this week. Participation with campers in ALL activities is required. Additionally, they must possess stamina and a caring heart, as well as the ability to work cooperatively with the Senior Staff in order to make a difference in the lives of others.
The vast majority of our Junior Counselors return year after year, a testament to the impact that Camp PARC has made on their lives.
If you are interested in participating as a junior counselor this summer, please fill out the 2019 Staff Application and one of our directors will be in touch with you. In the meantime should you have any additional questions, please email email@example.com or call 814-410-5343.
In order for some of our Senior Staff to serve at Camp PARC, they must bring their children with them to enjoy the experience. Childcare Counselors are needed to care for these children so that their parents can uphold their responsibilities as Senior Staff. Childcare Counselors are broken into two groups, depending on the age of the child(ren) for which they are caring:
School Age Child Care
These counselors must have completed 6th grade. They are responsible for caring for staff children, ages preschool through 4th grade, during ALL camp activities and assist with their care during mealtimes and bath/bedtimes. This requires 24-hour quality care throughout the entire camping session.
These childcare counselors must have prior childcare experience, especially with the needs of babies and toddlers. They will provide 24-hour care for an infant/toddler up to 3 years of age and participate in as many Camp activities as is possible for the age of the child. It requires patience, understanding, enthusiasm and stamina to take on this very difficult task of caring for very young children.
If you are interested in participating at Camp PARC 2019 as a Child Care Counselor, please fill out the 2019 Staff Application and one of the camp directors will be in touch with you. Should you have any further questions about being a Childcare Counselor, please contact our Camp Director or call 814-410-5343.
A “Peer Buddy” is a role exclusive to the Youth Mini Camp Session.
Peer Buddies are neurotypical children ages 7 through 14. These individuals stay at Camp for the entire Youth Mini-Camp session and work cooperatively with their assigned Junior Counselor to provide a meaningful camping experience for one peer who has special needs and is also in the same age range. The Peer Buddy must be positive, enthusiastic role models and friends to our campers, and have a caring, compassionate heart.
If you are interested in participating as a Peer Buddy for the 2019 season, please fill out the 2019 Staff Application and one of our directors will get in touch with you. Should you have any questions about the Peer Buddy program, please contact our Camp Director directly.
Additional Resident Volunteer Positions
These roles are often behind the scenes but are a vital support to the overall mission of Camp PARC. These positions are available to adults, senior high youth and/or college students.
Resident Photographer and Social Media Manager: The resident volunteer photographer position would capture images each day of the session. Edit images as needed to have them ready for print, online publications, and digital distribution. This position would post images and assist in managing social media throughout the camping session.
Resident Videographer: Camp PARC is looking for a volunteer at each camping session to produce high-quality videos. The intent of the videos is to create promotional materials that would post to the Camp PARC website and YouTube Channel. The videographer will shoot footage and manage the editing. This volunteer must have their own equipment.
Sound Technician: Camp PARC is looking for individuals who enjoy working with high-quality sound systems. Seasoned sound technicians are needed, but beginners with a good ear are welcome. Volunteers will be responsible for helping set up the sound system (mics, speakers, etc.) cue microphones, sound effects, music–whatever is needed for a particular event.
If you are interested in participating at Camp PARC 2019 in one of the Auxiliary Staff roles please fill out the 2019 Staff Volunteer Application and one of our staff members will be in touch. Should you have additional questions regarding these positions, please email Sarah Wallace or call 814-410-5343 for more information.
Daily & Special Event Volunteers
Individuals who are not able to stay at the campsite overnight, but can travel to the site to participate on certain, specified days can participate in projects, help with activities, and interact with our participants. Depending on the background and experience, these adult volunteers can also assist with the medical staff, kitchen staff, custodial staff, photographers, or they might help with special events.
Groups can make a lasting impression on our participants as well as the community! Our volunteer opportunities are an excellent way for local organizations, corporations, and businesses to enable their staff to get involved in the community and share their time, energy, and talents to help Camp PARC provide activities that nurture the social, cultural, recreational, environmental, and spiritual well-being of our participants.
This experience is a fantastic way to not only make a direct impact in the lives of individuals with special needs, but also participate in a great team-building exercise. Volunteering at Camp PARC creates an atmosphere of camaraderie as you interact with our participants and work on projects and activities that help us maintain our exceptional programs.
Group opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Waitstaff: assist in the set-up, preparation, serving, and clean up of a special theme dinner at each of the camping sessions.
Carnival Volunteers: assist in the set-up and operation of Camp Carnival games. Must be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 16. Carnival is held during the Friday evening of Main Camp and Wednesday afternoon of Mini Camp.
Equipment Transport Volunteer: on designated dates, trucks and drivers are needed to assist in hauling goods and equipment between our warehouse /office in Davidsville, Pa., and the campsite at Laurel Hill State Park.
Fundraising Events Volunteer: Camp PARC hosts many fundraising events throughout the year. Please visit the Fundraising Events page for more information.
Individuals and groups interested in involunteering at Camp PARC, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.