Come join the fun and make a positive impact on children with serious illnesses. Whether you have a day, weekend, week or an entire summer, our camps offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. An integral part of making camp happen all around the world, our volunteers make up more than 50% of the adults that help run our camps; they come from all walks of life and defy all age, race, social, economic, and professional boundaries.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities by downloading the 2013 SeriousFun Camps Calendar (203kb, PDF) or visit the camp websites listed below to apply.
Through this volunteer or seasonal position you’ll be actively involved in the supervision, guidance and motivation of campers for the entire session. From ensuring campers have brushed their teeth to helping them prepare for stage night, cabin counselors are required to do it all!
activity / program staff
These staff members are responsible for preparing, supervising, and facilitating one of the program areas at camp, as well as helping to implement evening programs such as campfires, carnivals and Silly Olympics. Program areas include: Adventure, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Aquatics, Boating, Fishing, Horses and Nature, Sports & Recreation, Theatre and Wood Shop.
At SeriousFun Camps, the number one concern is the safety of the children, from patching up a scraped knee to making sure campers receive medications on time. In addition to the full-time Medical and Nursing Directors, camps require other medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and psychologists to support the program both on a weekly and seasonal basis.
In addition to these three main opportunities, camps often have other needs, including kitchen and maintenance support, photographers and musicians.
Learn more about specific camp volunteer opportunities and to apply, visit the individual camp websites below or download the 2013 SeriousFun Camps Calendar.
To learn more about specific camp volunteer opportunities, visit the websites below.
Camp Boggy Creek, Florida
Camp Korey, Washington,
Double H Ranch, New York
Flying Horse Farms, Ohio
Roundup River Ranch, Colorado
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Connecticut
The Painted Turtle, California
Victory Junction, North Carolina
Europe & Israel
Bator Tabor, Hungary
Dynamo Camp, Italy
Over the Wall, UK
Jordan River Village, Israel
you asked. we answered.
discover the answers to some of our most common questions and queries about working and volunteering at camp.
Applicants must be at least 19 years old to work at camp. Please confirm the age requirement for the camp and position of your choice prior to applying.
We are looking for fun, energetic, creative, responsible and compassionate individuals who will be dedicated to giving our campers the best camp experience possible. For certain program areas (for example, lifeguarding, ropes course, etc.), specific skill certifications are required. CPR and First Aid certification is strongly recommended. Leadership positions may require additional experience, and additional requirements for other positions may vary (please review the specific requirements for the position of your choice before applying). Each position is also contingent upon submission of requested medical documentation and a successful background check.
SeriousFun camps are specialty medical camps and we must take every measure to protect the campers’ health and safety. Camp staff and volunteer members are required to submit a variety of medical documentation, including proof of childhood vaccinations, an updated physical and other medical information. We do not provide health benefits for summer positions.
Paid summer staff positions may span from late May to late August, depending on individual camp needs. Candidates must be able to commit to the entire period.
Training is a mandatory requirement for all staff members and volunteers. If you are a student and training conflicts with school, consider researching whether your professors will allow you to take your finals early. Alternatively, camps offer shorter term volunteer positions that start later in the summer.
Lodging on site is available and required. In some cases you may be housed in the same cabin as your campers and co-counselors, in other cases you may live in a separate staff lodge. Don’t worry, either way, you’ll have a place to rest your head at the end of a tiring day. Both cabin and program housing areas are equipped with bathroom facilities. Staff members have access to refrigerators, as well as access to common area laundry rooms and kitchenettes.
Yes. Staff members receive a stipend for the duration of employment. In addition, you will also receive lodging and meals while you’re working at camp. Volunteers are not paid.
Summer staff is responsible for airfare or travel to and from the campsite. Your largest expense while at camp might be any extra travel/recreation you choose to enjoy during your time off, as well as any meals you purchase during time off in between sessions. Other expenses might include personal items you will need to bring to camp such as a one-piece swimsuit, bug spray, etc. Health insurance is not provided and is your own responsibility to obtain.
Employment positions will be contingent on positive references, criminal background check and completion of comprehensive medical history/physical forms. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our campgrounds. Drinking and drug use are also strictly prohibited and are grounds for immediate termination.
Each camp has a specific deadline based on their specific hiring needs. However, generally speaking, applications will be accepted from January to March. Interviews will begin in February and all staff will be accepted by May.
Each camp operates on a slightly different schedule and conducts their own hiring, therefore we recommend that you visit the camp(s) of your choice, review their calendar, opportunities and requirements and then apply directly through their website.
You may apply to more than one camp; however, you must disclose this information on your application. Please note that each camp has its own separate application and interview process. Applying and/or interviewing at one camp does not make you eligible for employment at any of the other SeriousFun Camps. Once an applicant accepts a position at one of the camps, all other position offers are void.