“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 2013 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, praise and worship, 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.
Summer Camp 2014 Schedules
Camp Andrew Jackson (McKee, Ky)
June 9-13: Volunteer Orientation
June 16-20: Ages 7-12
June 23-27: Ages 7-12
June 30-July 3: Boys Ages 13-15
July 7-11: Girls Ages 13-15
July 14-18: Girls Ages 7-12
July 21-25: Ages 7-12
July 28-August 1: Ages 7-12
Camp Shawnee (Martin, Ky)
June 9-13: Volunteer Orientation
June 16-20: Day Camps
June 23-27: Ages 9-12
June 30-July 3: Ages 6-8
July 7-11: Ages 7-9
July 14-18: Boys ages 10-15
July 21-25: Girls ages 10-15
Become a Camp Volunteer
- Camp Counselors: If you are high energy and love the outdoors, we need you to be a hero this summer 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 is 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.
All camp volunteers receive room and board; those who are accepted for either camp’s full season are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,175. 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.
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 and/or personal reflection.
- Serve for a minimum of three consecutive weeks (minimum one week for medical personnel). Service can be anytime during camp season, which is tentatively scheduled for June 9-August 1.
- 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.
Now accepting volunteer applications for Summer 2014.