“Camp brings out the best in everyone. The counselors are extraordinary because they exist in this rare period of time when they don’t think about themselves for weeks on end. Watching the counselors open up and perform radical feats of love is equally as moving as seeing the campers open up and see that they are lovable.”
–Summer Camp 2012 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.
Benefits & Requirements of Summer Camp Volunteering
CAP’s summer camps would not be possible without the service of the nearly 60 volunteers who come each summer. Counselors, lifeguards, arts & crafts instructors, office helpers, and medical personnel (RNs, LPNs, and EMTs) are needed to make camp a success. What we promise you in return is a summer you will never forget and the chance to meet some amazing volunteers from across the country.
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:
- Minimum age of 18 years old
- Commitment to service, community, and spirituality and/or personal reflection
- Willing to serve for a minimum of three weeks (minimum one week for nurses). Service can be anytime during camp season.
- Complete a volunteer application including three personal references and a criminal records check
- 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 applications for volunteers to serve in Summer 2014.