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! Since 1957, 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 with the assistance of our wonderful group of Volunteer Counselors and staff.
Campers, staff and Volunteers participate in a great selection of events for all to enjoy! We hike and explore beautiful 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. Among the California redwoods, we hike nature trails and 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. Campers adore our mini animal farm complete with Miss Piggy Smalls and many delightful chickens! So many experiences to love! 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. The typical schedules available to volunteer are:
1. Saturday Day Trips - 9 - 5
2. Saturday/Sunday weekend overnights, (includes a 1-night stay at our beautiful Camp Krem) Saturday, 9 - to Sunday 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 during 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.
* This is great experience for those interested in Careers such as; Medicine, Therapeutic Recreation, Education, Physical-Occupational Therapy.Our staff, Volunteers and Campers travel to all destinations via our Camping Unlimited bus. The trip pick up points are in Emeryville, San Jose (Campbell) and Boulder Creek, California. For Volunteers who live in the South Bay area, many weekend trips will be available where you may assist at the camp in Boulder Creek 13 miles from Santa Cruz. Volunteers may 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 : Please email your interest to Katie Giampa, Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let her know you viewed this opportunity on Volunteer Match. She will contact you soon.
See photos taken on some of our wonderful trips on FACEBOOK "Camping Unlimited". View our website for photos and current information also! www.campingunlimited.org. Please also enjoy our video of summer camp at Camp Krem!
Thank you for your interest in being a Camping Unlimited Volunteer!
Staff of Camping Unlimited
***** ******** NEW WEEKEND FALL TRIPS - More trips for November and December will be coming soon!
September 17: Great America
Thrillseekers, this one’s for you! We’ll spend the day enjoying all the great attractions!
September 24: Northern California Renaissance Fair
Huzzah! We’re heading to the Renaissance Fair to enjoy all of the fun activities, crafts, booths, live music and entertainment!
October 1 - 2: Overnight at Camp Krem
Join us as we enjoy the remaining warm days at Camp Krem! We will prep the garden for fall, enjoy some nature hikes, roast marshmallows over a campfire and enjoy plenty of music, dancing and arts & crafts!
October 8: Pumpkin Patch
With autumn upon us, we’ll head to a pumpkin patch, enjoy a hayride and a picnic lunch and look for the perfect pumpkins to carve!
October 15 - 16: Fall Overnight at Camp Krem
October is a great time at Camp Krem! We will enjoy crisp nature hikes, baking goodies to share, fall themed arts and crafts, and of course, a toasty campfire!
October 22: Oakland Zoo! Oh My! Lions, Tigers and Bears! Lions and Tigers and Bears- Join us for a day full of these and other animals as we visit the Oakland Zoo.
October 28 - 30: Halloween Overnight
Don't be too scared -- it's Halloween Weekend at Camp Krem! Bring your costume and be ready to have a spooky good time as we trick-or-treat, carve jack-o-lanterns and enjoy each other's company around a campfire!
November 5: San Jose Sharks Game! (Night Game)
Let’s go cheer on the San Jose Sharks as they play the Pittsburgh Penguins! This is an evening game so please be aware of the trip time change:
Campbell- 4:45pm- 10:30pm
November 11, 12 & 13: Apple Hill: It’s that time of year again! Join us as we head to the Placerville KOA for a weekend in Apple Hill! We will check out some local farms, get lost in a corn maze and, of course, sample some apple pie! **Please note that we will be leaving from Campbell at 11am and Emeryville at 12noon for this event**
November 19: Alcatraz: We will explore Alcatraz Island through audio tour, check out the views from The Rock, and enjoy the ferry ride from San Francisco and back.
November 25-27: Thanksgiving Overnight at Camp Krem: We are thankful to get to spend the weekend our campers! We’ll celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious dinner, which we’ll all work to prepare together, as well as lots of crafts, games and activities!
December 3: San Jose Christmas in the Park: We are off to downtown San Jose to see Plaza de Cesar Chavez turned into a winter wonderland. There are over60 fun musical and animated exhibits to check out, as well as the chance to see all the glittering lights and meet Santa Claus! Those who want to can also head over to Downtown Ice to enjoy some ice skating.
December 10-11:Roaring Camp Holiday Train Ride Overnight: Baking, cozying up next to the fire, and sipping hot cocoa are on the agenda for this winter weekend as well as some hiking and holiday themed Arts and Crafts. On Sunday we will pack up early and head to Roaring Camp Railroad where we will ride the steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, we will sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees.
December 16-18: Holiday Overnight @ Camp Krem: Let’s get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a cosy long weekend with our friends at Camp Krem! We’ll decorate a Christmas tree, bake, do arts & crafts, enjoy sipping cocoa around the fire and plenty more!
To become a Volunteer Counselor, please contact email@example.com.
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