Camp Counselors and Staff Needed for Program for Children with Chronic Illness!

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The ELM Project

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Camp AmeriKids is our first and longest running program. Camp AmeriKids is a one-week free summer camp for youth ages 8-16 who are infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or sickle cell disease. We work with youth who might not normally be able to attend camp because of medical concerns and provide them with a traditional summer camp experience - all free of charge.

We have a comprehensive medical team living at camp, available 24/7, which allows youth living with sickle cell, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses to have a great time at camp while their families can be assured their health and well-being are monitored. In addition to our healthcare staff, we have a Wellness team overseen by a mental health professional. There is one child specialist assigned to each age group to assist counselors and staff members in managing any challenges associated with living in a new environment.

The entire camp staff volunteer their time and energy to provide this incredible one-week experience for our youth. While we understand the difficulty in fully disengaging from the outside world, we expect volunteers to be present and engaged at all times to help create a fun, loving and safe environment for both staff and campers. Volunteers are given two nights off after campers have gone to bed and one period off each day to take a nap, grab a coffee or call home.

Besides daily lessons in dance, drama, sports, arts & crafts, spoken word and more, we have a slew of special events. These include an evening luau, day at the carnival, a talent show and of course - campfires and s’mores!

Given the responsibilities involved in caring for children and the unique nature of our program, we take every precaution and screen all applicants extensively to ensure a good match.

All volunteers are provided with housing and meals for the week. Mandatory orientation on Saturday, August 3 rd will acquaint you with camp and fellow volunteers to prepare before the campers arrive.

Descriptions for cabin counselors, program and operations staff and preferred qualifications are below.

To apply, please fill out a Volunteer Application online. For more information, email Executive Director Chloe Ettari at


A team of counselors is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a 2:1 camper to counselor ratio. The cabin counselor’s enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp is crucial in creating a memorable experience for our campers. We expect counselors to be completely engaged and participate in the fun alongside the kids - whether that’s hopping in the pool, trying a new sport, or dancing on stage! Counselors are expected to be leaders and role models, as well as sources of energy and ideas. They are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community.


  • Experience working with children
  • Excellent team player and leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Flexible, energetic and creative (having skills or talents to teach campers is a plus!)
  • Comfortable multi-tasking and working in a fast-paced, changing work environment
  • Ability to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude under stress
  • Passion for our mission and desire to work with children in a camp setting

Program Staff

Every summer we welcome a phenomenal crew of talented artists, performers and teachers from around the world to share their skills and experiences with our campers. Program staff facilitate learning and fun for campers in their area of expertise (i.e. dance, arts & crafts, sports). Each day, cabins will visit different program areas and participate in 45-minute activity periods. We expect program staff to come prepared with activities for campers of various age groups to learn and participate in - and be flexible when the schedule changes!

In addition, we offer older campers (ages 12-16) the opportunity to choose a dedicated program area to attend every afternoon and work on a "weekly project" with a larger group. Campers will showcase their work on the last evening at our Talent Show - i.e. performing a short play, reciting original poetry, singing a song, or performing a choreographed group dance.


  • Personal or professional experience in at least one of the following areas: dance, theatre, arts & crafts, music, spoken word/poetry, sports, nature or film. If you have skills or talents not listed, we encourage you to apply and let us know what new program area you can teach!
  • Experience working with or teaching children
  • Flexible, energetic and creative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude under stress
  • Passion for our mission and desire to work with children in a camp setting

Operations Team

If you are interested in volunteering at camp without being directly responsible for campers’ daily care, operations might be the place for you. This team handles the behind the scenes aspects of camp - including setting up and managing special events, facilitating golf cart transport for campers with medical needs and providing technical support as requested.


  • General maintenance experience; ability to carry heavy equipment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to shift focus on work tasks on short notice
  • AV technician experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience operating a golf cart a plus!
  • Passion for our mission and desire to work in a camp setting

More opportunities with The ELM Project

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Arts & Culture Children & Youth Health & Medicine


Sat Aug 03, 2019 - Sat Aug 10, 2019


46 Bowen RdWarwick, NY 10990



  • Youth Services
  • Child Care
  • Children Medical Services
  • Child Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Social Work




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Full-time for one week over the summer. Residential summer camp - 24/7 care of children.

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