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Become a Camp Aide

The Blandford Nature Center Camp Aide Program is an opportunity for teens ages 13-18 to volunteer for 1-2 weeks during Blandford’s Summer Day Camp.

Through this program and your child’s service to the West Michigan Community we hope to grow tomorrow’s leaders.

Perks of being a Blandford Camp Aide:

  • Spend your summer outdoors!
  • Share your love of the environment with campers ages 4-12!
  • Learn exciting leadership skills!
  • Earn community service hours–up to 40 a week!
  • Stipends available based on experience!

Interested in applying?

Camp Aide Applications & Forms are requested by Wednesday, April 12th.

Everyone submitting by April 12th will receive information and camp assignments on Monday, May 1st.

Applications received after Wednesday, April 12th will be considered on a rolling basis.

All NEW camp aides must complete all the steps below:

STEP #1.  Complete and submit this Online Application.

STEP #2.  Complete a Volunteer Application & Parental Permission Form.

Completed documents can be sent to Katelyn, our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, at either katelyn@blandfordnaturecenter.org or 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49508. 

STEP #3.  RSVP for and attend a Blandford Nature Center Volunteer Orientation.

RSVP to Katelyn, our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, at either katelyn@blandfordnaturecenter.org or 616-735-6240 with which date you’ll be attending.

  • Saturday April 8th 10-11:30am
  • Saturday May 13th 10-11:30am
  • Thursday June 8th 6-7:30pm

STEP #4.  Attend Camp Aide Training on Thursday, June 15th from 9:30am-2:00pm.

All RETURNING camp aides must complete the steps below:

STEP #1.  Complete and submit this Online Application.

STEP #2.  Verify with Katelyn, our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, that you already have both a Volunteer Application & Parental Permission Form on file. 

Katelyn can be reached at either katelyn@blandfordnaturecenter.org or 616-735-6240.

STEP #3.  Attend Camp Aide Training on Thursday, June 15th from 9:30am-2:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What days/hours do Camp Aides work?

For the week(s) they are assigned, Camp Aides work Monday to Friday from 8:45am-4:15pm. It is essential that Camp Aides work their complete shift, as staff counts on them to assist with setup, check-in, check-out, and cleanup.

Can my Camp Aide volunteer for more than 1 or 2 weeks?

Interested Camp Aides will be assigned 1-2 weeks of camp. Additional weeks may be offered based on coverage needs and Camp Aide performance.

How are the Camp Aide assignments made?

Assignments will be made based on best fit and availability. Typically, younger Camp Aides are assigned to the Nature Buds & Wild Sprouts groups, while older Camp Aides are assigned to the Trail Blazers and & Outdoor Explorers camp groups.

My Camp Aide wants to volunteer for a specific themed camp. Where can I find the date/time for that camp?

You can find all of the different camps dates, times, age groups, and themes via our Summer Camp Brochure. Click on the image below to see our 2017 Summer Camp line up.

Use this link for mobile devices (phones, iPads, etc.)

Will my Camp Aide receive a stipend for their work?

Stipends may be available for experienced Camp Aides. Staff will notify you on May 1st if you qualify. Please make sure to complete the stipend application section if you’re interested.

Thank you for your interest in our Camp Aide program!

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Johns, our Program Manager, at laura@blandfordnaturecenter.org or 616-735-6240 ext. 102.