Comfort Zone Camp is honored to partner with The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to provide this camp for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a firefighter parent who has died in the line of duty and been honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD.
Fire Service Volunteers Needed!
During this six-hour program, you will meet Comfort Zone staff, campers, and volunteers who will explain what to expect at camp and how our program impacts grieving children and teens. You will receive education about childhood bereavement and we’ll give you tips on how to be successful in whichever volunteer role you are selected to fill.
Volunteers are the life blood of Comfort Zone Camp - our camps could not happen without a large community of volunteers. And, as each year our services grow, so does our need for volunteers at camp, and outside of camp.Camp Volunteer Roles*
Big Buddy (60-65 needed per camp)
Active adults who can give a weekend of their time to camp are needed to fill our Big Buddy role. Each child is paired one-to-one with a Big Buddy volunteer based on the same gender, interests and hobbies. Big Buddies serve as the child's role model, mentor and anchor for the weekend and take part in all aspects of camp along side their camper, or Little Buddy.
Big and Little Buddies eat meals together, play games and participate in Healing Circles SM, which are support groups led by licensed therapists. As a Big Buddy, volunteers will be asked to run, jump, climb and lift. The Big Buddy role is the most intensive volunteer role, but often the most rewarding. Big Buddies do not have to have experienced a loss, but simply know how to listen, be supportive and have fun.
Note: All Big Buddy volunteers need to attend a six-hour training session and complete a background check before camp. Also, on camp weekends, Big Buddies need to be available from 2:30 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Healing Circle Leader (5-10 needed per camp)
Licensed therapists with experience facilitating support groups, working with children and addressing grief issues are needed to lead our Healing Circles SM. Our Healing Circles SM are age-based grief support groups that meet multiple times over the weekend. Healing Circle Leaders will have the same Healing Circle SM group all weekend, and will be asked to participate in the challenge course with their group. Healing Circle Leaders can stay at camp overnight or leave in the evenings and return each morning.
Healing Circle Assistant (5-10 needed per camp)
Healing Circle Assistants are responsible for aiding the Healing Circle Leaders and offering support for the Big Buddies in their assigned Healing Circle SM. Once at camp, Healing Circle Assistants are responsible for organizing their group's supplies, working with the Healing Circle Leaders to discuss materials needed, and helping supervise the campers during Big Buddy break and evening staff meetings. Healing Circle Assistants can stay overnight at camp or leave in the evenings and return each morning.
Camp Nurse (2 needed per camp)
Two registered nurses are needed onsite for the entire camp weekend (including overnight), to assist with any medical needs and to administer prescription medications to the campers. Camp Nurses must be available during camper registration to review and collect camper medications and dosages.
Jr. Counselors (5-8 needed per camp)
Jr. Counselors must be at least 15 years old. Jr. Counselors serve as the bridge between the campers and adults, act as role models for the campers, and participate in all camp activities. They are assigned to a Healing Circle SM all weekend and assist Comfort Zone Camp staff, Big Buddies and Healing Circle Leaders. Also, Jr. Counselors assist with supervising campers during Big Buddy break, evening staff meetings and in the cabins. Jr. Counselors do not have to have experienced a loss, but must serve as mature yet fun-loving role models for the campers.
Note: Jr. Counselors need to attend a six-hour training session before camp. Also, on camp weekend, Jr. Counselors need to be available from 2:30 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Floaters assist behind the scenes at camp, from helping with volunteer and camper registration, to setting up camp activities and more. Floaters assist with supervising the campers during Big Buddy break and evening staff meetings. Floaters can stay a few hours, a day or an entire weekend based on our needs.
Camp Photographer (1-2 needed per camp)
The Camp Photographer takes candid pictures throughout the weekend as well as posed Big and Little Buddy photos for each camper to take home on Sunday. The Camp Photographer is responsible for having the photos printed by lunch on Sunday and developing a slideshow for the final day of camp.Non-Camp Volunteer Roles
Comfort Zone also relies on volunteer assistance outside of camp, including:
- Office assistance - Help organize files, prepare mailings and assist with other general office work.
- Camp preparation - Preparing for camp by helping organize camper name tags, making grocery store runs, packing and counting inventory for the Camp Store.
- Committee or Board members - Serve on Comfort Zone Committees or Boards.
- Event support - Help with event planning, preparation, set up and execution (Fall Bash, Golf Tournament, Grief Relief Gala, etc).
- Advocates - Share Comfort Zone in your community by distributing Comfort Zone information, or speaking about Comfort Zone in front of organizations for which you are a member.
- Screeners - Screeners assist the local intake coordinator with phone interviews with parents and guardians of campers. These phone interviews determines if Comfort Zone Camp is a good fit for the children at the time. A mental health background is required for all screeners.
If you have any questions about a specific role, contact Comfort Zone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mental Health
- Child Development
- Family Therapy
- Youth Services
- Special Needs
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 15
- Orientation or Training
- Depends on volunteer role
- Must attend volunteer training.