MDA Summer Camp- Volunteer Camp Counselor


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Cause Areas

When

Sat Jun 23, 2018 - Fri Jun 29, 2018

Where

MDA Summer Camp at Rotary Sunshine CampusBuffalo, NY 14201
MDA Summer Camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of accessible activities such as adaptive sports and recreation, arts and crafts, a camp dance, swimming, fishing, and so much more!

About

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is seeking volunteers ages 16+ to serve as Camp Counselors at a weeklong, overnight camp session for children ages 8-17 who are living with Muscular Dystrophy and similar neuromuscular diseases. The 2018 MDA Summer Camp at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus will be held June 23-29, 2018 in Rush, NY.

Help change lives and create hope for children living with muscle-debilitating diseases.
Sign up today, and prepare to be inspired!

As part of MDA’s mission to improve the lives of kids with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases, MDA’s summer camp program for kids ages 8-17 is offered at no cost to families and provides a barrier-free, fully accessible camp experience. Kids with muscle disease attend MDA summer camps across the country each year. At MDA Summer Camp kids create lifelong friendships, build self-confidence and develop independence. Our one-of-a-kind camps provide a life-changing experience for all who attend.

Children living with neuromuscular diseases face many unique challenges. As their muscles progressively get weaker, these children often lose basic functions such as walking, dressing, eating, talking or even breathing. In many cases, these diseases can be life-threatening, and some children may require 24-hour care from parents or another caregiver. MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who are by campers’ sides day and night so that they can do all the fun activities that summer camp offers. Counselors serve as a "buddy" for the week and participate in activities with the campers. They push wheelchairs, lift and transfer youngsters and provide assistance with daily living activities as needed.

"At MDA Summer Camp, it does not matter if you roll, walk or run. We are all there together to have some fun. Camp is the one place I can truly be the same as you and you’re the same as me!"- Charlie, Volunteer Counselor

"Nothing makes me happier than watching the excited kids arrive with anxious smiles and nervous parents! Then warming up to everyone else, cutting loose and just being a kid, where their disabilities aren’t an obstacle for a week! - Elizabeth, Volunteer Counselor

For more information, visit https://www.mda.org/summer-camp/volunteer, or contact Tess Oliver at TOliver@mdausa.org or (315) 451-8269.

Skills

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Special Needs
  • Physical Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6/23/18-6/29/18

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