WHAT DO WE EAT?
All campers, counselors, and staff volunteers are provided three meals in our cafeteria. Offsite food is not permitted unless prior approval has been obtained from the Camp Director. Volunteers may bring their own snacks to keep in their room.
WHAT IS THE CAMPER TO STAFF RATIO?
We have a unique 1:1 ratio. Each camper has their own counselor. However, there may be times where a camper with more severe disabilities/ special needs may be assigned 2 or more counselors. This is at the discretion of the Camp Director.
HOW DO I APPLY?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ONCE I GET TO CAMP?
On the night you arrive, you will be involved in a training and briefing session. This session will provide details in the everyday routine of the camp and any other special considerations. You will also review your camper's profile at this time. Campers arrive the following morning and you and your camper will go through a brief check-in process, and then begin your adventure together.
WHERE DO STAFF / VOLUNTEERS SLEEP?
Each counselor sleeps in the same room as their camper, and are responsible for their camper's needs during the nighttime hours. Other staff and junior counselors will either sleep in the cabins with the campers or in a staff cabin as determined by the Camp Director.
IS TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP PROVIDED?
Not at this time, each individual is responsible for transportation to the camp.
WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF RETURNING VOLUNTEERS?
For the last 10 years, more than 80% of volunteers return annually.
WHO MAKES UP THE STAFF OF CAMP DREAM AND HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
The staff is made up of individuals who have served at the camping sessions with a combined 100+ years of service. Our extensive experience in working with individuals with special needs in a recreational environment, allow us to provide you the support and knowledge you may need for any situation that may arise.
WHAT TYPES OF DISABILITIES AND WHAT SEVERITY LEVELS ARE THE CAMPERS?
Camp Dream serves all disabilities and severity levels for campers of all ages. Often times, Camp Dream will accept campers that other camps turn away due to the severity of their disabilities.
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY KIND OF MEDICAL BACKGROUND?
You do not, unless you are serving as a volunteer for our medical staff (a doctor or nurse). Before each session, you will be provided a profile of your camper. Upon arrival, you will meet with the camper's parents and a member of the medical staff to review your camper's medical needs. We have a medical staff that is available at all times to handle each and every medical issue that arises; we just ask that you alert the medical staff to anything of concern. If you wish to apply as a medical volunteer, please contact our Camp Director at 678-367-0040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN A VOLUNTEER?
We are looking for bright, energetic individuals with compassion, patience, and understanding to create an environment for one child/ young adult with special needs to have a memorable and rewarding camping experience. Experience working with children, teens and/or young adults with special needs, as well as experience at other camps is helpful but not required.
WHAT DO COUNSELORS DO?
Counselors are the primary persons responsible for the experience the camper has while at camp. As a counselor, you will be assigned one camper to bond with and care for during the camping session. You are responsible to ensure that the camper is on time to activities and that all personal care, grooming, and bathing needs are met.
WHAT DO JUNIOR COUNSELORS DO?
Junior Counselors assist camp staff to organize the diverse activities we offer at camp. This includes art projects, outdoor recreation, and special evening activities such as dances, karaoke, movies, etc. Junior counselors also help counselors during activities such as pool time, fishing, and other activities to ensure that the campers have the opportunity to experience each activity, regardless of their condition.
Medical: (medical professionals only)
Each camp session, we select a group of doctors and nurses to review camper medical files, administer medications, and handle any medical emergencies 24 hours a day. If you wish to apply as a medical volunteer, please contact our Camp Director at 678-367-0040 or email@example.com.