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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!

Applications for new 2018 Summer Day Camp Aides will start being accepted in February!

Please see the sections 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: Our Volunteer Manager will send you a follow-up email that will contain a Camp Aide Form. Complete and submit the Camp Aide Form.

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

 

Step 3:  RSVP and attend the Blandford Nature Center Summer Day Camp Camp Aide Training.

RSVP to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or call 616-735-6240 ext. 104 with which date you’ll be attending.

  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, June 16th, 2018 from 12:30pm-3:30pm

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: Our Volunteer & Outreach Manager will send you a follow-up email confirming that your application is on file. This email will also contain a Camp Aide Form. Complete and submit the Camp Aide Form.

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

 

Step 3: RSVP and attend the Blandford Nature Center Summer Day Camp Camp Aide Training.

RSVP to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager at volunteer@blandfordnaturecenter.org or  call 616-735-6240 ext. 102 with which date you’ll be attending.

  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, June 16th,2018 from 12:30pm-3:30pm

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