*Our residential camps will be following all protocols and procedures set by local and state officials to keep the risk of COVID at a minimum. We will also be following guidelines set by the American Camp Association.*
The Laurel Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS (Camp Laurel) and transgender/gender diverse youth (Camp Mulberry). We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference in either lives of the youth we serve. If you love to help others, make life-long friendships, and expand your horizons, then volunteer at Camp Mulberry!!
This year, camp will look very different to ensure everyones safety and health. Our number of campers will be smaller and our number of staff will increase to ensure our volunteers have all the support they need.
Through the support of our volunteers, Camp Mulberry transports transgender/gender diverse youth to a safe and fun environment where they are free to just be themselves. Our programs enable these at-risk youth to experience the magic and wonders of childhood, free from the stresses of their daily lives.
Volunteers at Camp Mulberry act as mentors, activity facilitators, and cabin counselors. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work directly with the kids at camp and get to participate in a variety of traditional camp activities (archery, arts & crafts, campfires, horse-back riding, yoga, rock climbing, etc.). Camp counselors will also get the opportunity to introduce our campers (many of whom have never been out of the city) to the natural beauty of the California mountains through outdoor education programming.
Volunteering with Camp Mulberry is a rewarding and challenging experience, one that many volunteers return to year after year. Volunteers must be at least 20 years of age, be comfortable working with transgender/gender diverse youth and adults, have good judgment, and lots of energy. Experience with resident camps and/or transgender/gender diverse youth is helpful but is not necessary.
"Every time I come to camp I learn a new life lesson, and that life lesson is always taught to me through the heart of a camper. I have never had any experience that comes close to what I experience every time I come to camp. It’s amazing and life changing and I always come away with more than I could ever give." - Jody (7 camps)
The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth, and the at-risk youth population through educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment.The Laurel Foundation’s programs tackle the emotional and social challenges at-risk children and youth face by constructing environments that support the mental and physical welfare of the participants. Our programs give participants the tools to build self-sufficient, productive, healthy lives.
Our volunteers will be camp counselors for our residential camp. We need wacky, high-energy, and motivated individuals for camp counselors. These are people that are role-models in their community and among their peers. All volunteers will be provided with food and housing for the entire camp. Must be 18 years old and a high school graduate.
Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Sports & Recreation
Sat Jul 31, 2021 - Fri Aug 06, 2021
75 S Grand AvePasadena, CA91105
March 29, 2021
Must be at least 20
Orientation or Training
Camp Mulberry: July 31-Aug. 5; Training dates: TBD
All volunteers must be able to provide 3 references and pass a background check.