Help kids living with HIV/AIDS this winter!


Cause Areas


Fri Jan 20, 2017 - Tue Feb 21, 2017


900 University Ave.Riverside, CA 92521


The Laurel Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference. If you love to help others, make life-long friendships, and expand your horizons, then volunteer at Camp Laurel (February 17 - 21)!!

Camp Laurel’s Family Camp programs offer a unique opportunity for children, youth (ages 3-17), and families to come together away from the stresses and isolation associated with HIV and AIDS. Volunteers at Camp Laurel 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, 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 Southern California mountains through outdoor education programming.

This program offers fun and support for the whole family! In addition to traditional camp programs with their kids, adult campers also participate in educational workshops geared towards encouraging mental and physical health, such as stress management courses, HIV disclosure discussions, and healthy living classes. For many of our parents Camp Laurel is the only place where they feel safe, understood, and supported to talk about the challenges they face. It is a truly life-changing experience for them knowing that they are not alone. Those experiences bond both the children and parents together as they build a community of peer-peer support.

Volunteering with Camp Laurel is a rewarding and challenging experience, one that many volunteers return to year after year. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be comfortable working with adults and children with HIV/AIDS, have good judgment, and lots of energy. Experience with resident camps and/or HIV/AIDS 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)


Camp Laurel Details:

Camp Dates: February 17 - 21

Camp Location: Julian, CA

Pre-Camp Training: January 21 & 22

Training Location: Pasadena, CA


  • Child Development
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Camp: Feb 17 - 21; Training: Jan 28 & 29
  • All volunteers must be legal US residents and pass a criminal background check
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