PALS would not be possible without its dedicated volunteer counselors. Comprising more than 80% of the volunteer community, our counselors train for and attend a full week of camp, sharing living accommodations with a peer with Down syndrome, and building friendships with their roommate, teammates, and the camp community at large. Many of our counselors have experience in the special needs community, but this is not a requirement to volunteer and we welcome individuals of all backgrounds to apply!
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Complete volunteer training as directed by PALS staff and camp directors
• Attend a full session of camp including pre-camp training
• Room with a peer with Down syndrome, accept responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of your roommate, foster kindness and genuine friendships with all camp attendees
• Promote inclusion, acceptance, and dignity by remaining open- minded, patient, and mature in all situations and encounters
• Agree to support overall camp safety and logistics by completing, at least once, morning and night residence hall rounds, and one day of on-call duties as prescribed by the camp directors (e.g. setting up for or cleaning up after meals, making a supplies run, etc.)
• In the spirit of volunteerism, prioritize the positive and impactful experience of your roommate to ensure that he or she has an amazing and unforgettable week
Qualifications and Skills:
• Aged appropriately for camp program to which you apply
• Ability to maintain high energy and enthusiasm for a strenuous week of activities
• Willingness to follow instructions carefully and trust in the guidance of superiors
• Patience and respect for individuals with disabilities, which could potentially include: their unique perspective and approach to daily tasks, need for more structure or support, and the unlikely possibility of managing, with dignity, tact, and respect, any delicate and potentially embarrassing situations or encounters
• A fun and positive approach to camp and life in general!