Santa Cruz County - Volunteer Counselors to Assist on Weekend Trips w/Special Needs
WhenIt's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where102 Brook LaneBoulder Creek (13 mi fr. Santa Cruz), CA 95006
Welcome to Camping Unlimited! For the past 60 years, Camping Unlimited has offered exciting recreational-educational programs for children and adults of all disabilities. Participants with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and other physical/emotional challenges enjoy a wide variety of weekend programs and summer camp sessions with the assistance of our wonderful group of Volunteer Counselors and staff.
Year Round Programs
Campers, staff and Volunteers participate in a great selection of events for all to enjoy! We hike, explore state parks, cheer at sporting events, enjoy theatrical productions, picnics in the park, visit museums, community fairs, festivals and more. On certain weekends we head for the Santa Cruz Mountains and stay at Camp Krem, our nearly 100 acre resident camp in Boulder Creek. Together we dance, create with arts n'crafts, enjoy performing arts with karaoke, talent shows, skits. We also garden, play sports, games and have magical campfires celebrate with special events for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Campers also trek to the snow country and out of town camping locations to enjoy other exciting type of adventure such as our favorite tradition, going to Apple Hill near Lake Tahoe in the fall.
Volunteers may assist on a variety of weekend options per their own availability. We are currently seeking Volunteer "Counselors" for our extremely popular weekend overnights. This is great experience for those interested in Medicine, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Physical-Occupational Therapy.
Year-Round Respite Events
January 6 - Exploratorium, SF
Let’s begin our Year-Round season with a Camp Krem favorite- San Francisco’s Exploratorium! We will learn about the science behind the exhibits, explore the fog bridge outside, and even take a turn in the tactile dome!
January 12-14 : Donner Lake Snow Trip
Join us on our annual trip to Donner Lake where we will play in the snow, cozy up with some hot chocolate, games and movies in our comfy winter cabin.
January 20: Harlem Globetrotters
Don’t miss this exciting day watching the Globetrotters strut their stuff on the court at the ORACLE Arena!
January 27-28: Winter Wonderland Overnight at Camp Krem
Let’s enjoy a cozy winter’s weekend with our friends as we sip hot cocoa, make snowflakes and many other arts & craft activities, bake cookies, get bundled up to go on a beautiful nature walk and more!
February 3: Academy of Sciences
Join us for this day of fun, exploration and learning as we check out all of the activities the California Academy of Sciences has to offer, including the planetarium, rainforest, aquarium and other engaging exhibits!
February 9-11: Cross Country Ski Trip
This one is for our athletes and adventure seekers! Join us as we head to Bear Valley, CA to participate in Cross Country Skiing with Environmental Traveling Companions. Each year ETC provides kayaking and other outdoor adventure programs for over 2,100 people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth. We will spend Saturday on a guided cross country skiing adventure and on Sunday we will check out Calaveras Big Trees State Park which has some of the largest sequoias in the world!
February 17: The Tech Museum of Innovation
Join us as we explore science and technology exhibits at the Tech Museum of Innovation. We will get to see an IMAX movie, try out the earthquake simulator and check out the new Body Worlds Decoded exhibit!
February 24-25: Valentine’s Day Overnight
Love is in the air at Camp Krem! We will make Valentines, play games, and enjoy our other favorite camp activities such as hiking, baking, and singing karaoke. Afterwards we will get toasty warm by the fire as we enjoy the company of our friends!
March 3: Disney on Ice
Follow Your Heart and come with us to Disney on Ice! We’ll see our favorite characters from Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Frozen, the gang from Toy Story, plus Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and, of course, Minnie and Mickey!
March 17: Bowling and a Movie
Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a trip to bowling alley and the movies! Don't forget to wear green!
March 24-25: Movin’ and Groovin’ Weekend at Camp Krem
Join us as we "spring" into action. Get ready to boogie down at our "through the eras dance party"! We will also explore the hiking trails and have a campfire under the stars.
March 31: Sky High Sports and Playground!
We are headed to the Sky High Sports and Trampoline Park, followed by a fun afternoon at Magical Bridge Playground, where we’ll have a picnic lunch and play the afternoon away!
The typical schedules available to volunteer are:
1. Saturday Day Trips - 9 - 4
2. Saturday/Sunday weekend overnights, (includes a 1-night stay at our beautiful Camp Krem) Saturday, 9 - to Sunday 4-5
3. Or extended weekends from Friday at 3pm to Sunday at 5pm.
4. Special Travel Camps - TBA
RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers "Counselors" should be good role-models and mentors, offering friendship to children or adults of all ages and abilities. They assist with supervision, providing guidance and interacting with activities. They also help with mealtimes prep, cleanup and support Campers who need assistance with personal care.
Being a Volunteer Counselor can be both physically and emotionally challenging. Camp Counseling can also include strenuous activities and long hours. Volunteers become a part of our team and are provided with ongoing support and training by our experienced Program Director and staff.
Our staff, Volunteers and Campers travel to all destinations via our Camping Unlimited bus. The trip pick up points are in Emeryville and San Jose (Campbell), California. Volunteers may also be able to drive to/from to the camp according to special scheduling.
There are no fees to become a Volunteer Counselor or to participate in any of our programs. All volunteers must complete an application, provide references and will be background checked.
TO APPLY : To become a Volunteer Counselor and see a current list of our weekend programs, please visit our website.
See photos and videos taken on some of our wonderful trips on FACEBOOK "Camping Unlimited - Camp Krem".
Thank you for your interest in being a Camping Unlimited Volunteer!
Staff of Camping Unlimited
- Outdoor Recreation
- Child Care
- Special Needs
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Music Arts
- Theater Arts
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- See Schedule of Dates above.
- patience, maturity, sense of humor, good communication skills, able to assist special need campers
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