Do you have questions regarding Camp volunteers, how to sign up, qualifications, or the benefits of being a volunteer? You can find frequently asked questions listed below. If you have a question that is not listed below, please send us an email.
Who are the campers?
Camp Boggy Creek accepts children ages 7-16 that have been diagnosed with a serious illness 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 Getaway Weekends as an Activity Pal. Generally there are up to 14 pals needed for each weekend. Volunteers help to host the camp activities, assisting our campers and their families in reaching the main goal....having FUN!
During the summer… You may volunteer as a Cabin Counselor. Generally, there are up to 24 volunteers needed for each session. Volunteers participate in the full range of camp activities, assisting our campers in reaching the main goal... having FUN! 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 in case we experience volunteer cancellations.
NOTE: Certified Lifeguards are always needed, so please help us spread the word.
Where will I stay?
During the fall and spring… Volunteers will have a private sleeping space and private bathroom in one of our lodges or cabins while the families stay in the cabins. Medical volunteers will stay in the Medical Duplex.
During the summer… Volunteers will join two full-time summer staff and live in one of our 8 duplex cabins with up to 8 campers. 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?
For Family Getaway Weekends, you will need to arrive at camp by 3:30pm on the Friday of your selected session. Departure is usually around 12:00 pm on Sunday. Check the Volunteer Calendar for session dates.
For Summer Camp, you will need to arrive at camp by 1:00pm on Volunteer Arrival Day of your selected session. Departure is usually around 12:00 pm on the final day of your session.
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?
No. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.
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 you complete the online application, you will be contacted closer to your scheduled session to participate in a phone conversation, so that we can learn more about you and you can learn more about camp. The conditional offer of a volunteer position is contingent upon the results of your reference checks, criminal background screening, and medical/immunization requirements.
NOTE: a current physical exam signed by a medical professional and fingerprint background screening are 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 ensure placement. Groups should contact the Volunteer Coordinator for instructions. We do have waiting lists for all sessions that may fill.
"232 acres of love, hope and joy. Camp Boggy Creek is the best place on earth." -- Lisa, camper