Operation: Military Kids is Recruiting Camp Counselors
We are looking for outstanding young people who are interested in making a difference by serving as a counselor for our 2013 Operation: Military Kids Family Camp for military youth and their families in Rhode Island. We welcome college students and young adults as Team Leaders and Youth Counselors are 16 and up. The camp is a program of Rhode Island Operation: Military Kids (OMK), URI 4-H Youth Development, along with the support of other military and community partners.
As a camp counselor, you will get to be part of providing the “experience of a lifetime” for youth who have a family member serving in the military. As one of past year’s counselors said: “I loved being a counselor last year. It was a whole new experience for me and I loved all the amazing people I met.”
Working with military youth in OMK programs can bring immense satisfaction helping them to grow, learn, and succeed. Camp counselors actively develop leadership skills through the challenges presented to them as they supervise and teach campers and interact with their fellow counselors and adult staff members.Additionally, serving as a camp counselor provides an opportunity to meet other young people from across the state.
Camp Dates: Family Camp will be held on the URI campus, August 2-4, 2013.Families sign in on Friday evening and depart Sunday afternoon.
Selection Process: All interested individuals will complete and submit an application. Download a 4H Volunteer Application here. When we get your application, you will be contacted to set up a time for an interview with the camp directors. Selection decisions will be made on an on-going basis until positions are filled.
Other Requirements: Those 18 years or older must complete a fingerprint and background check prior to camp. The application for the background check is in the Volunteer Application here. We will be having a mandatory training for all Family Camp counselors this year. Watch this space for dates and times.
How to Apply: Interested individuals should download and return the completed Volunteer Application as soon as possible.
Parents and children very much appreciate the opportunity to attend Family Camp together. Military families are often under great stress due to the frequent deployments of their loved ones, and Family Camp gives them a chance to be together apart from the difficulties of military life.Without our camp counselors, we would not be able to get comments like these from military families:
“The best part was just having time together as a family”
“It was nice for my daughters to meet other children going through similar circumstances of deployment.”
“Thank you for a great family escape!”
All Counselors, volunteers and staff are required to attend one counselor training event. The trainings will be held in June, but specific dates have not been planned yet.
If you have questions, please contact Pamela Martin, OMK Program Coordinator at 401-874-5291 or email@example.com
- Volunteer Position Description
- 2013 Camp Packing List
- Permission to Participate form for Youth Counselors