Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Make an impact on the lives of children with muscular dystrophy or related diseases during their best week of the year.

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 staff for up to one week to help make Summer Camp a safe, fun and memorable experience.

As a volunteer, you will be a camper’s “buddy” for the week as you participate in adaptive camp experiences, games, dances, meal time and more. You also will take on the role of 24-hour caregiver, friend and confidence-builder.

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You’re there to help the kids, and you’re also there to help them function independently. If there’s any impact we make, it’s having these kids feel like they have more of an ability to live independently [than they did] prior to camp. As different as we are, we’re not that different.

As far as life decisions go, I cannot think of any other decision I have made that has made such a large impact on my life and career than agreeing to be a part of the MDA camp experience.

Heeren Patel, M.D., medical staff volunteer

At camp, the resiliency of the human spirit is evident all around you. It is a place where “I can’t” becomes “I can,” the “impossible” becomes “possible” and “limited” becomes “limitless.

Kaitlyn Thompson, counselor
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2019 MDA Summer Camps

Camps are held nationwide during the summer months. Use the search below to find a camp near you.

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5/25/2019 to 5/31/2019
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
Antioch, Tennessee
6/2/2019 to 6/8/2019
Apple Canyon Center
Mountain Center, California
6/1/2019 to 6/7/2019
Whispering Hope (age 13-17)
Payson, Arizona
6/1/2019 to 6/7/2019
Camp For All
Burton, Texas
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
Whispering Hope (age 8-13)
Payson, Arizona
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
Recreation Unlimited Farm
Ashley, Ohio
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
True Friends (age 8-12)
Maple Lake, Minnesota
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
Calvin Crest Camp
Fremont, Nebraska
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
Airfield 4-H Conf. Center
Wakefield, Virginia
6/8/2019 to 6/14/2019
Salvation Army Wonderland Camp
Camp Lake, Wisconsin
6/9/2019 to 6/15/2019
Grizzly Creek Ranch
Portola, California
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Camp Fairlee
Chestertown, Maryland
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Variety Club Camp
Worcester, Pennsylvania
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Camp Grant Walker
Pollock, Louisiana
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
True Friends (age 13-17)
Maple Lake, Minnesota
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Camp John Marc
Meridian, Texas
6/16/2019 to 6/21/2019
Rocky Mountain (age 8-12)
Empire, Colorado
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Sherman Lake YMCA
Augusta, Michigan
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Pinecrest Camp
Fredericktown, Missouri
6/15/2019 to 6/21/2019
Camp Cedar Lakes
Ripley, West Virginia
6/17/2019 to 6/22/2019
Camp Cuyamaca
Descanso, California
6/23/2019 to 6/28/2019
Rocky Mountain (age 13-17)
Empire, Colorado
6/22/2019 to 6/28/2019
Camp Cavell Conservancy
Lexington, Michigan
6/22/2019 to 6/28/2019
Manzano Mountain Retreat
Torreon, New Mexico
6/22/2019 to 6/29/2019
YMCA Camp Seymour
Gig Harbor, Washington
6/23/2019 to 6/28/2019
Camp Courageous of Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
6/22/2019 to 6/28/2019
YMCA Camp Campbell Gard
Hamilton, Ohio
6/25/2019 to 6/30/2019
Camp Harmon 1
Boulder Creek, California
7/6/2019 to 7/12/2019
Camp Twin Lakes
Rutledge, Georgia
7/6/2019 to 7/12/2019
Canyon Camp & Conference
Hinton, Oklahoma
7/6/2019 to 7/12/2019
Camp Aranzazu
Rockport, Texas
7/6/2019 to 7/12/2019
Timber Pointe Outdoor
Hudson, Illinois
7/7/2019 to 7/13/2019
Robert & Marjie Bennett Foundation Summer Camp
Orange, California
7/13/2019 to 7/19/2019
Macleay Conference and Retreat Center
Salem, Oregon
7/20/2019 to 7/26/2019
Bradford Woods Camp
Martinsville, Indiana
7/28/2019 to 8/2/2019
Wonderland Camp
Rocky Mount, Missouri
7/27/2019 to 8/2/2019
Elks Camp
Umatilla, Florida
7/27/2019 to 8/2/2019
Rochester Rotary Sunshine
Rush, New York
8/3/2019 to 8/9/2019
YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee
Fombell, Pennsylvania
8/3/2019 to 8/9/2019
Quaker Hill Camp & Conf.
McCall, Idaho
8/4/2019 to 8/8/2019
Victory Junction
Randleman, North Carolina
8/4/2019 to 8/9/2019
Pleasant Ridge Camp
Marietta, South Carolina
8/10/2019 to 8/15/2019
Camp Harmon 2
Boulder Creek, California
8/11/2019 to 8/17/2019
Happiness is Camping 1 (age 8-17)
Hardwick, New Jersey
8/18/2019 to 8/24/2019
Happiness is Camping 2 (age 8-17)
Hardwick, New Jersey
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A volunteer counselor’s role at a glance:

Meet the needs of assigned campers with respect and care

Attend to a camper’s needs, such as dressing, bathing and feeding.

Maintain a clean, orderly and safe environment in cabins

Have fun and participate in daily activities with enthusiasm

Set a high standard of cooperation

Implement procedures to keep all campers safe 

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Application requirements & time commitments:

18+ years of age

24/7 commitment during the week of camp

Ability to attend mandatory pre-camp training

Of sufficient strength and health to lift and care for campers

Completed camp application with two references and a background check

Physical exam in the past year and up-to-date immunizations

Interview with MDA staff

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A medical volunteer’s role at a glance:

Supervise and maintain the health and well-being of campers

Dispense medications and perform first aid

Maintain health and treatment documentation

Review all camp applications prior to camp

Be part of the Emergency Decision Team

Maintain equipment and supplies

Please note: Lodging, meals and activities are provided. Transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the volunteer.

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