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Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Make an impact on the lives of kids and young adults with neuromuscular diseases during the best week of the year.

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Camp can change your life just as it changes the lives of campers.

MDA Summer Camp wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Each summer, hundreds of volunteers serve as counselors and medical team members during weeklong, overnight Summer Camp program to help make it a safe, fun, and memorable experience for all participants.

As a volunteer, you will support campers as they participate in adaptive camp experiences, games, dances, mealtime and more. You also will take on the role of 24-hour caregiver, friend, and confidence-builder.

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It’s so very satisfying to see kids step out of their comfort zone, experience new things gain confidence while having the time of their lives! Knowing I am a part of this is the most rewarding feeling in the world!

2023 MDA Summer Camp Volunteer, WA

It was honestly the best week of my life. The happiness brought to the kids was so contagious that I've never felt this happy before. I will definitely be coming back next year and would recommend everyone to be a part of this beautiful experience.

2023 MDA Summer Camp Volunteer, FL

Camp is pure magic. If you've been once, it's the easiest decision in the world to return year after year.

2023 MDA Summer Camp Medical Team Volunteer, IL
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Volunteer Role & Responsibilities

Create a fun, safe and inclusive environment for campers.

Act as a companion and encourager of campers, promoting strong self-esteem.

Assist campers as needed with camp activities and personal care, including bathing, toileting and feeding. Work with cabin leaders, program directors or other staff to meet the needs of the campers.

Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.

Have fun and participate in camp activities with enthusiasm.

Set a good example to campers and others by upholding all camp rules.

Set a high standard of cooperation.

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Medical Team Role & Responsibilities

Review camper applications prior to the session to gain an understanding of camper needs and support Camp Director in acceptance decisions.

Provide first aid and administer routine medications and treatments.

Support the mental, emotional and social health of all camp participants.

Maintain the Camp Health Center and medical supplies.

Document all care provided within Camp Health Records.

Collaborate with the Camp Director as part of the Emergency Decision Team.

Have fun and participate in camp activities with enthusiasm.

Set a high standard of cooperation.

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Application Requirements & Time Commitment:

At least 17 years old.

Of sufficient ability to lift and care for campers and assist with campers' personal care. Must be able to independently lift 25 pounds.

Commit to attending the entire week of MDA Summer Camp.

Completed online application through UltraCamp system.

Criminal Background Check through Sterling Volunteers.

Interview with MDA Staff.

Two Professional References.

Provide record of physical examination completed within 12 months of camp, a copy of insurance card, and immunization record.

Participate in all required pre-camp trainings and the onsite orientation and training.

91%

of volunteers said that volunteering is beneficial to their career

99%

of volunteers left camp with a better understanding of neuromuscular diseases

98%

of volunteers shared that their volunteer experience was positive and fulfilling

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I don’t have any experience working with individuals with disabilities or knowledge of neuromuscular diseases. What if I have questions or need help during the camp week?

    There are many people available to support you at camp! MDA staff, fellow counselors, and medical team members all work as a team to support each other and the campers’ physical, emotional, social, and personal care needs. Additionally, Cabin Leaders are appointed by the Camp Director to provide guidance and leadership to both counselors and campers within their cabin/ unit. They are experienced volunteers who have previously demonstrated leadership capabilities. Cabin Leaders will frequently connect with counselors to ensure they feel supported, clear, and confident in their role. You are encouraged to maintain a growth mindset, seek guidance, and opportunities to learn from others!

  • I understand that part of the counselor role is to support the campers’ physical, emotional, social, and personal care needs, and this might mean in the middle of the night. Will I be able to take a break?

    While the role of a camp counselor is a week-long commitment, your health and needs are important! Providing care and compassion for campers requires that you are rested and supported as well. Daily schedules vary for each camp session, but you can expect to collaborate with the counselors within your cabin and within the greater camp community to support all camp participants’ needs. Breaks are provided daily, and open communication amongst cabin members and leadership allows for counselors to feel supported. Specifics about regularly scheduled volunteer break times will be shared during Volunteer Orientation.

  • Will I be participating in the camp activities with the campers?

    Counselors engage in the full summer camp experience alongside the campers, through adaptive activities, games, dances, mealtimes and more. You can expect to encourage their participation and provide support as needed to further ensure activities are adapted and accessible to all. Get ready to engage and have fun!

  • What if I have dietary restrictions?

    Most camp facilities are able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions and needs. You will be asked to note any dietary needs within your volunteer application and can also share more during the interview.

Thank you again for your interest in MDA Summer Camp! If you have any further questions, please contact us at camp@mdausa.org.