Camp Courage Volunteer
Annie’s Hope - The Center for Grieving Kids is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families who are grieving a death. Each year, Annie’s Hope serves over 3,600 kids and families through ten unique programs. Camp Courage is the organization’s summer camp program, and annually serves nearly 175 kids via two five-day, four-night camps. In Summer 2021, Annie’s Hope will adapt our Camp offerings to include one week of Camp in person and one week of Camp virtually. Volunteers serve as cabin counselors and have a direct relationship to the number of bereaved kids we can invite to join us at Camp. Each year we especially have a great need for male volunteers. Can you help us ensure no child grieves alone this summer?
Cabin Counselors work as a member of the Camp Courage team, joining Arts & Crafts Volunteers, Assistant Directors, Helping Hands, and Nurses in serving the kids who join us for the Camp experience. Cabin Counselors oversee the day-to-day activities and safety of campers. They facilitate an energetic, fun, joyful, safe, and welcome environment. One’s presence as a volunteer sends the message that kids’ grief matters.
- Cabin counselors may volunteer for one or two weeks of Camp.
- Camp Courage serves kids ages 6 - 18. The volunteer commitment is Saturday, June 12th - Friday, June 18th. Training takes place Saturday & Sunday; campers are present Monday, June 14th - Friday, June 18th.
- Camp Courage - Virtual serves youth ages 6 - 18. The volunteer commitment is Saturday, June 26th - Friday, July 2nd. Training takes place Saturday & Sunday; campers join via Zoom on Monday, June 28th - Friday, July 2nd.
- Willingness and ability to convey warmth, compassion, respect and non-judgment
- Willingness and ability to work with campers and other volunteers from a broad range of backgrounds, grieving deaths of various causes
- Ability to be flexible in consistently changing environments
- Must be a team player and leader
- No experience as a social worker/counselor or major in a social service profession is required. Some of our greatest counselors have represented the nursing, education, child life, outdoor education, physical education, and business disciplines. No matter the course of study, a volunteer experience with Camp Courage is sure to inform one’s educational and professional work.
To apply to be a volunteer camp counselor, please complete a volunteer application found at www.annieshope.org/programs or call (314) 965-5015.
All volunteers must complete a face-to-face interview for consideration as a Camp Counselor.
About Annie's Hope
1333 W LOCKWOOD AVE, Suite 104, SAINT LOUIS, MO 63122, US
Annie's Hope provides comprehensive support services for children, teens and their families who are grieving a death.
We offer facilitated support programs that improve the mental health and physical well-being of grieving children throughout the St. Louis region. Our support services combat school failure, depression and risk-taking behaviors by normalizing the grieving process, providing a forum for exploring grief without judgment, connecting grievers with peers who understand their pain and introducing positive coping strategies. Programs of Annie’s Hope are offered to grieving children ages 3 to 18. Services include (1) Family Support Groups; (2) School Support and Education (three components: in-school support groups, professional education and crisis intervention); (3) Camp Courage and Camp Courage - Teens (overnight camps for grieving children and teens); (4) Horizons (a family-centered, home-based anticipatory grief program); (5) weekend teen retreats; (6) speaker's institute; (7) family social events; (8) community resource library; (9) grief referral service; and (10) an annual Hope & Healing Gathering.