WHAT DO WE EAT?
All campers, counselors, and staff volunteers are provided three meals in our cafeteria. 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 may be assigned 2 or more counselors, or times where Counselors In Training (CIT's) are paired with higher functioning campers under the supervision of another qualified Counselor. This is at the discretion of the Camp Director.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Go to the Counselor or Junior Counselor pages to register. Complete and submit the application, and our Programs Team will get in touch to confirm or deny your acceptance. Backgrounds are checked for all Counselors and Staff.
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 is responsible for their camper's needs 24/7. 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/ from the camp facility.
WHO MAKES UP THE STAFF OF CAMP DREAM AND HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
The staff is made up of individuals who have previously volunteered, and are a part of the Camp Dream Team outside of Summer Camp and Camp Out programs. With a combined 100+ years of service, our staff are able to provide the knowledge and support needed for any situation that may arise.
WHAT TYPES OF DISABILITIES AND WHAT SEVERITY LEVELS ARE THE CAMPERS?
Camp Dream serves all types of disabilities and campers of all ages. Often times, Camp Dream will accept campers that other camps turn away due to the severity of their disabilities or their inability to pay.
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY KIND OF MEDICAL BACKGROUND?
Unless you are serving as a volunteer for our medical staff (a doctor or nurse), you do not need any medical experience. 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 may arise; we just ask that you immediately 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 your 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 nurses/ doctors to review camper medical files, administer medications, and handle any medical emergencies 24/7. If you wish to apply as a medical volunteer, please contact our Camp Director at 678-367-0040 or email@example.com.