“Camp is always a great place to spend my summer. I love not only getting to know all of the kids, but getting to know the other counselors. I feel like I grow a lot when I spend a summer at camp. It’s exhausting work and long hours, but totally worth it when you have a summer full of memories to look back on.”
–Summer Camp volunteer
Christian Appalachian Project offers two summer camp programs in Eastern Kentucky: Camp Andrew Jackson and Camp Shawnee. Both provide a rewarding week of learning and fun to hundreds of Appalachian children each summer. With a charge of only $10 per child, the camps serve those who could otherwise not afford the opportunity to attend a summer camp. No child is turned away due to inability to pay.
Summer Camp activities include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, camping, and field games. While all the activities are fun for the children, they also provide the opportunity to learn important life skills such as leadership, safety, team building, self-esteem, and respect for others. The kids love the activities, but what they remember most about camp are the volunteers who cared enough to spend their summer with them.
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Become a Camp Volunteer
- Camp Counselors: If you are high energy and love the outdoors, we need you to be a hero for kids in need.
- Lifeguards or Counselor/Lifeguards: We do a lot of swimming and other water activities, so we need lifeguards to keep our campers safe. If you are not currently certified but are interested in becoming a lifeguard, training may be available.
- Medical personnel: We’re looking for RNs, LPNs, and EMTs.
- Arts and crafts leaders: Help inspire campers’ creativity by leading our arts and crafts activities.
- Floaters and office help: You don’t have to be a camp counselor or nurse to a huge part of making camp a success. Volunteers are needed to answer phones, help process camper applications, and just lend a helping hand to whatever might be needed.
Airport pickup is available in Lexington for Camp Andrew Jackson and in Huntington, West Virginia, for Camp Shawnee. You may also bring a car to camp. Travel costs are the responsibility of the volunteer. Up to $400 in travel reimbursement is available to volunteers who serve the full camp season.
To be considered as a camp volunteer, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Complete a thorough volunteer application, including three personal references and a criminal background check.
- Be 18 years old or older. We have no upper age limit.
- Make a commitment to the Volunteer Program’s pillars of Service, Community, and Spirituality.
- Serve for a minimum of three consecutive weeks (minimum one week for medical personnel). Service can be anytime during camp season, which is typically mid-June through early August.
- Pass a drug screening upon arrival at camp.
- Nurses (RN and LPN) must have a Kentucky license or be licensed in a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact.