What does a volunteer do?
We love Volunteers! Without our dedicated volunteers camp just could not happen. We need a diversity of talents and abilities to make camp successful. If you want to help we can find a way to use you!
Check out a few of the opportunities we have below. Some require a few hours of your time, others a day or two, and some the full time. If you see something that you know you would love, email us and let us know.
If none of them suit you, but you want to find a way to be involved, please reach out, and we’ll get creative together to find a place for you at EC Camp.
We are always in need of nurses. Since close to 95% of our campers are on some form of medication, nurses are one of the most vital parts of our camp. Are you a nurse? Do you know a nurse? Have a nurse in your family? Send them our way. We try to staff at least 3 nurses per session (no more than 20 campers per nurse) so even if you just want to check it out, we can set up a time for you to come and help.
As a counselor at EC Camp, you take on the responsibility of caring for a camper and their unique needs. Our goal is to make our campers feel like royalty. We give them the freedom and independence to be themselves, but also take care of them. We get their meals at meal times, apply sunscreen, ensure that the camper is staying hydrated helping with hygiene and encouraging them to participate in all camp activities. Due to space limitations, counselors are required to sleep on the top bunk in the cabins, while campers take up the bottom bunks.
- Most of our counselors are junior high, senior high and college students. We do have adults who also volunteer and won’t turn away interested parties. Counselors are typically required to be 13 years of age. Exceptions to this can be made by recommendation and interviewing the interested applicant.
- Do we provide service credits? Yes! Absolutely. You are volunteering the entire time you are at camp and that counts as community service. The directors are happy to sign whatever documentation is needed for your school or organization.
- We do ask that you invest in camp both through your service and financially. Just like a mission trip, it costs us money to have you join us at camp. There is a mandatory $50 fee if you are volunteering for camp. If you are unable to attend the entire camp week, but are able to attend a complete session, the fee is $40. Please note that on your application and we will be in touch to discuss this option. . If this cost is a hardship to you, please speak with the directors as some scholarship money available, as well as opportunities for you to work earn that fee.
- Please fill out the application and follow the directions to see if you will be selected to join us this summer!
Staff and Special Guests
Occasionally we have available staff positions for the various activities that happen throughout camp. Our current positions are Music, Recreation, Crafts, and Chapel. All of these positions fill in all the extra areas throughout the camp. Often you will be assigned a main duty such as recreation, and then additional duties such as evening snacks and stunt time. All staff members are considered vital to the leadership of the camp, and have served the camp in other capacities previously. In addition to being in charge of their area, they also assist in supervising during lake time and cabin watch in the evening.
We also have special guests that can come to teach us new skills as part of our camp experience. So if you have a talent or skill you think the camp could use, let us know. This is less of a time commitment, requiring a little over half a day each session. We currently have martial arts and cooking scheduled for the 2019 camp but are open to other additions as they fit our schedule.
One day or one nighters
One day counselors are potentially needed for Sunday and Wednesday for our one day intro to camps. This is a great position for former counselors who want to stay involved but can’t commit to a full camp experience.
One night counselors are needed to allow our weeklong counselors some time off mid-camp for an evening to recharge a little. These folks hang out, play games, watch movies, provide snacks and help get campers back to their counselors at bedtime on Monday. We ask these one night people to come in around 1 pm on Monday and stay through breakfast Tuesday morning (you’re totally welcome to come earlier Monday and stay later Tuesday if your schedule allows).
Supply drivers and loaders
Throughout the year, we store all of our supplies. These include things for the office, nurses station, decorations, crafts and recreation. It’s a lot of things to haul. We need people willing to load supplies, drive to camp and serve as unloaders on July 19th. We also need people willing to load everything back up and return it to storage on July 25th. If you’re interested in this, it may not seem like a lot, but it would be a huge blessing to us.
Organization and Inventory
We receive supply donations throughout the year. We need someone who could organize all of these supplies by category and inventory it the week before camp, preparing items needed for transportation to camp.
In the weeks following camp we update our wish list for the following year. At the end of camp we typically are packing up quickly and everything doesn’t always get put away properly, so someone to organize and inventory the items we have left after camp in order to make sure nothing gets overlooked.
Camp can be expensive. We are committed to not raising the camper cost, as many of our campers are on fixed incomes and cannot afford an increase in camp cost. Due to the unique nature of our camp, providing a 1-1 camp experience, we also have to pay for volunteers to be there for the week. Our campground meets all of our needs and partners with us in our ministry.
In order to keep camp costs low, continue to use our format and afford to use our current campground we are in need of people who love to raise money. If you love coming up with creative ideas to raise money, like talking to groups about camp and seeking business sponsors and donors, this may be a great position for you.
Camp is made up of a million little stories. Each story is important and unique. We are looking for people who love to interview and write stories to meet with our campers, counselors, caregivers and extended family to tell individual stories.
Our goal is to show how much impact all these little stories have on the lives of people who have participated in camp. Our storytellers would write up individual stories -either as one time events or as a series of several events to help tell our story.