Who are the campers?
Camp Boggy Creek accepts children ages 7-16 that have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, sickle cell anemia, and epilepsy. Many children are still under active treatment, while others are in remission. Sessions are divided among 15 different illness groups. Summer Camp allows the camper to experience camp for one week in a medically safe environment, while Family Weekends allow the camper’s entire family the chance to enjoy camp for a weekend stay.
Who are the Volunteers?
We accept volunteers from all walks of life who are from all over the USA. Students, professionals, retirees, husbands and wives, ages 19 years and older, are welcome to apply. We also encourage groups to volunteer with us. These camp sessions offer great opportunities for team-building, college credit, and service hours.
NOTE: Medical volunteers are also needed for each session. Please click here for more information about becoming a medical volunteer.
How can I help?
During the fall and spring…
You may volunteer during our Family Weekends as a Family Pal, Activity Pal, Certified Lifeguard, Support Group Facilitator or Dining Hall Assistant. Generally there are 65 pals needed for each weekend. Volunteers participate in a range of camp activities, assisting our campers and their families in reaching the main goal….having FUN!
NOTE: Certified Lifeguards are always needed, so please help us spread the word.
During the summer…
You may volunteer as a Cabin Counselor, Equestrian Assistant or Dining Hall Assistant. Generally, there are 25 male volunteers and 25 female volunteers needed for each session. Volunteers participate in the full range of camp activities, assisting our campers in reaching the main goal… having the week of their life! Ask your friends and family to join you this summer! NOTE: While we need both male and female volunteers during the summer, we have a great need for male volunteers. If a summer session fills, we do have waitlists and encourage applicants to be placed on the waitlist as we may have cancellations.
Where will I stay?
During the fall and spring…
All Family Weekend Volunteers will stay in one of two air-conditioned Staff Lodges while the families stay in the cabins with their campers.
During the summer…
As a Summer Cabin Counselor, you will join two full-time summer staff and live in one of our 16 duplex cabins adjoining 8-10 campers. All other volunteers stay in the Staff Lodges. Medical volunteers will stay in the Medical Duplex.
What time do I need to arrive on Volunteer Arrival Day and when do I leave on Departure Day?
You will need to arrive at camp by 1pm on Volunteer Arrival Day for Summer Camp of your selected session and 2pm for Family Weekend session. (Check Volunteer Calendar for arrival dates). This will enable you to settle into your cabin and meet for the Mandatory Volunteer Orientation. Departure is usually at 2 pm on the last day of your session. Family Weekend and Summer Camp volunteers must commit to the entire session they have chosen.
Do I have to attend the Orientation?
Yes! Each volunteer must take part in an intensive training session prior to camper arrival. Orientation is your toolbox for the week or weekend. You would be at a great disadvantage without it. We discuss the schedule of activities for the week or weekend, review camp policies and procedures and present a general medical overview of the session illness. You will also take a tour of camp and receive other important information regarding your volunteer role with our campers. You will be asked to attend a second orientation upon returning for another session.
What does it cost to volunteer?
Nothing! Food and lodging are provided. Volunteers only need to provide their own transportation to and from camp along with their personal belongings.
Do you provide transportation to camp?
You will need to provide your own transportation to camp. However, if you fly into Orlando, we will provide limited shuttle service to camp. Plan to fly into Orlando International Airport before 11am of your scheduled Arrival Day and depart after 5pm on Departure Day. We are located one hour from the airport and will make one trip each way. Please purchase airline tickets after you have completed the application process and been accepted.
What do I need to bring?
After you have completed the application process, you will receive an Acceptance Packet via email. There will be packing tips, a map to the camp, a mock schedule of the week’s or weekend’s activities, and during summer months a manual that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Camp Boggy Creek. We suggest you bring an alarm clock as we start each day at 7:30 am! We also strongly encourage you to bring a wrist watch, as you will be asked to leave your cell phones in the staff lodges/cabins while you are playing with kids.
May I volunteer for more than one session during the summer?
Yes! You may volunteer for up to two sessions with an evaluation made after the second session if additional sessions are desired.
How does the application process work?
You should complete the online application, ASAP. After we have received the completed application and you have been placed to volunteer, you will be emailed instructions to schedule and complete a level two fingerprint back-ground check at a location nearest you. This is a new Florida State Law requirement for all persons working with children for 10 or more hours a month. Camp Boggy Creek will incur this cost if our instructions are followed correctly.
You will then be contacted, closer to your scheduled session, to participate in a telephone interview. You will be accepted after your background check clears, your Medical Forms with TB test and immunizations has been turned and three personal reference emails are contacted. An electronic Service Agreement must also be signed.
NOTE: an additional Summer Physical signed by a physician is required for summer camp volunteers only.
The volunteer process typically takes 4 to 5 weeks. If you are interested in a particular session, you should submit your application at least 6 weeks prior to the session to insure placement. Groups should contact the Volunteer Coordinator for special instructions. We do have waiting lists for all sessions that may fill.
Does Boggy Creek hire counselors for the summer?
We do! Please see the Summer Camp page for more information.
"Thank you to my pal and all the families that helped me forget about my illness and put a smile on my face!!"