Volunteer at Camp

If you like working with individuals with special needs, have an outgoing, positive attitude and enjoy learning, this is for you!  Summer volunteers can earn up to 100 community service hours. 

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Mountain-based Programs

Our mountain programs are held at YMCA of the Rockies – Snow Mountain Ranch and Estes Park, both located about 2 hours from Denver. Volunteers for these programs are in residence; accommodations and meals are provided. Volunteers need to provide their own transportation to and from camp.

Mountain Intensive Therapy Family Camp Assistants

Four different Mountain Intensive Therapy Family Camp programs provide multidisciplinary, intensive therapy for children with developmental disabilities ages 5 and older. Teams consist of 5-8 campers, 3-5 therapists and 2 volunteers, with the specific configuration determined by the specific program, age and developmental support needs of the campers. The level and frequency of outside activities varies with the program as well.

Each program provides an excellent opportunity for volunteers to be part of a multi-disciplinary team; working with and observing therapists in disciplines like Physical, Occupational, Music, Art, Behavior and Speech therapy in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in any disability-related fields. Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Helping with set-up and break-down of equipment
    • Greeting families in the morning
    • Maintaining therapy equipment and space
    • Participating in indoor and outdoor activities with the children
    • Taking pictures and editing, downloading and organizing them for therapy reports
    • Providing childcare during parent/therapist conferences
    • Conferencing with the therapists after therapy sessions and helping with therapy reports

Volunteers are in residence for 6 days and nights. (Minimum age requirement of 16)

Sibling Program Assistants

The Siblings program provides exciting activities for the siblings of our Mountain Intensive Therapy family Camp program participants and is divided into 3 groups by age. Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Working closely with the Sibling Program Coordinators to provide fun and exciting activities for the kids
    • Being part of the Adventure Camp evening activities
    • Other support duties as assigned throughout the day

Volunteers are in residence for 6 days and nights. (Minimum age requirement of 14)

Adventure Camp Volunteers

Adventure Camp is a sleep-away, recreation-based camp designed for youth, teens and young adults with mild to moderate special needs held in summer and fall. The emphasis of the program is on fun and adventure in the mountains while building self-esteem, independence and social skills. Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting campers with daily living activities such as getting ready, dressing, eating, etc.
    • Participating in recreational activities such as swimming, zip line, archery, go-karts, river rafting and more
    • Providing a safe and fun environment for the campers
    • Facilitating interaction with and between campers
    • Role modeling team behavior and interaction

Volunteers are in residence for 6 days and nights. (Minimum age requirement of 16)

Denver-based Programs

EARLY START

ElijahEarly Start is our intensive therapy program for children 1 to 4 years of age. One-on-one therapy sessions are held Monday – Friday from 9am to 12 noon. Each team has four children and is staffed by four pediatric therapists; physical, occupational, speech and music therapists; and one volunteer therapy assistant. We also offer Child care for the siblings. Sessions are scheduled in spring and fall at community locations in the Metro Denver area. Volunteer responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • helping with set-up, break-down and maintenance of space
    • greeting children and families in the morning
    • participating in activities with the children
    • taking and editing pictures, uploading and organizing them for therapy reports
    • providing childcare during parent/therapist conferences

(Minimum age requirement of 16)

Apply to Volunteer

 

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager by email or call 303-563-8290.

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