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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!

Camp Aide Perks:

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!

THE DEADLINE FOR 2018 SUMMER CAMP AIDE APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED!

Applications & Forms submitted after April 30th will be considered on a ‘roll-in’ basis.

 

All Camp Aides receive their Summer Day Camp assignments on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Please see below for information on completing additional paperwork, training dates, and FAQs.

All NEW camp aides must complete all the steps below:

Step 1: Complete a Volunteer Application (mark ‘camp’ as your interest area)

Completed documents can be sent to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or mailed to: 1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504

 

Step 2: Additionally, we require you to complete the Camp Aide Form and RSVP to one of the two Camp Aide Training optionsThis form and RSVP is automatically submitted to our Volunteer Manager upon completion. 

This form is mandatory as it requests your summer availability, which age group of campers you’d like to work with, which Camp Aide Training you will be attending, in addition to other questions that help us provide the safest environment and experience for everyone.

 

Once the above steps are completed, the Volunteer Manager will verify that your request to be a Volunteer Camp Aide was received within 7 business days. We will do our best to process your Volunteer Application and Camp Aide Form as quickly as possible.

We request all Volunteer Applications and Camp Aide Forms be submitted by Monday, April 30, 2018. We will alert all accepted Camp Aides of their Camp Assignments by Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

All RETURNING camp aides must complete the steps below:

Step 1: Verify with our Volunteer & Outreach Manager that you already have a Volunteer Application on file at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or call 616-735-6240 ext. 104.

 

Step 2: Additionally, we require you to complete the Camp Aide Form and RSVP to one of the two Camp Aide Training optionsThis form and RSVP is automatically submitted to our Volunteer Manager upon completion. 

This form is mandatory as it requests your summer availability, which age group of campers you’d like to work with, which Camp Aide Training you will be attending, in addition to other questions that help us provide the safest environment and experience for everyone.

 

Once the above steps are completed, the Volunteer Manager will verify that your request to be a Volunteer Camp Aide was received within 7 business days. We will do our best to process your Volunteer Application and Camp Aide Form as quickly as possible.

We request all Volunteer Applications and Camp Aide Forms be submitted by Monday, April 30, 2018. We will alert all accepted Camp Aides of their Camp Assignments by Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

FAQs

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?

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 in our brochure! Click on the image below to view our 2018 Summer Day Camp Brochure:

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 9th 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 or need more information, please contact our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or call 616-735-6240 ext. 104.