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Family Retreat Weekends

(September – April)

In the spring and fall, Camp Boggy Creek offers three to five day retreat weekends inviting campers to bring their entire family to camp. Each weekend we host a different illness group. Volunteers serve as Family Pals who accompany their family through all the camp activities or as Activity Pals who help run the camp’s activity areas. Certified Lifeguards are a critical volunteer position during our weekend programs so that the families can enjoy our swim center.

Volunteer Groups are welcome! Campus clubs, fraternities, sororities, and career focus groups will find a great opportunity for team building, college credit, service hours, or career experience. Group Leaders can contact the Volunteer Coordinator for special instructions at volunteer@campboggycreek.org or call toll-free at 866-462-6449 extension 4293.


Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Family Pals
  • Activity Pals
  • Support Group Facilitators
  • Certified Lifeguards
  • Medical Support, Nurses and Physicians
  • Dining Hall/Kitchen/Dishwasher

Family Pals

Each family is paired up with a family pal who acts as a host for the weekend. Depending on the family’s needs, family pal responsibilities can include greeting families upon arrival, touring them around camp, joining family members in camp activities, playing with the children when the parents are in parent-only activities, helping the family with any needs that arise, and generally helping them to have the best experience possible.


Activity Pals

Activity areas during family weekends include Boating and Fishing, Pool, Woodshop, Arts and Crafts, and Archery. Each activity pal is part of a team that is responsible for setting up, operating, and cleaning their assigned activity area. In addition, each activity pal is expected to join the family he/she is assigned to for meals, evening programs, and assisting the family pal with the children when the parents are in parent-only groups.


Certified Lifeguards

Three to four Certified Lifeguards are needed each weekend to work at our pool and lakefront. We have a great need for these qualified volunteers. After attending one volunteer orientation, certified lifeguards may volunteer on Saturdays between 9am and 6pm if they cannot commit to the entire weekend. We require a copy of the valid Lifeguard and CPR certifications.


Medical Support, Nurses, and Physicians

The medical volunteers consist of doctors and nurses that specialize in the illness we are serving during that session. Some sessions require other medical volunteers, such as EMT/Paramedics and respiratory therapists. They work side by side with our camp doctor and nurse. If you volunteer as part of our medical team, you must have your Florida License appropriate for your discipline. Medical and nursing students are encouraged to volunteer as activity pals or family pals. Please click here for more information about joining our medical team.


Support Group Facilitators

During family retreat weekends, licensed clinical psych-social professionals or third-year clinical psych-social graduate students are needed to facilitate the parent support groups. In addition, they may act as activity pals. Facilitators may attend Saturday afternoons between 3pm and 6pm if they are unable to attend the entire weekend.


Dining Hall / Kitchen / Dishwasher

Dining Hall / Kitchen / Dishwasher volunteers help the food service manager and chef serve hearty and healthy meals all day long. They set and clean up the dining hall before and after the meals as well as prepare the food that everyone enjoys for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Do you have more questions?

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

If you need more information, please contact the Volunteer Department at volunteer@campboggycreek.org or call 352-483-4200 ext. 4293 or toll-free at 866-462-6449 ext. 4293

Please click here to fill out our online volunteer application

*The medical volunteer application is not online yet.

"Thanks so much for a great weekend! It always amazes me the amount of memories and information we come home with!"
- The Frank Family