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A Summer Camp Like No Other - Free + No Experience Needed to Apply!

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PALS Programs creates inclusive camp experiences for people with and without Down syndrome. Our volunteer-led programs change attitudes, transform lives, and inspire a world of belonging.

Our volunteers gain valuable experiences and lifelong friendships after joining the PALS Family. Apply today, and learn about what you can gain through your service to PALS!

One volunteer wrote: "I want people to know that there is hope that this world could be different. That we could live in a world that loves openly and deeply and fiercely. That we could be a people who is capable of loving all people despite all differences. I know that it is possible - because for a week, it was my reality."

Volunteers attend camp for free, and are offered a wide range of opportunities. To efficiently execute a successful program, PALS seeks volunteers to fill the following roles:

Peer * counselor in training * medical * media

Comprising more than 80% of the volunteer community, PALS Peer attends a week-long camp program, paired one-to-one with a peer with Down syndrome, while building friendships with their teammates and the camp community at large. Many of our Peers have experience in the special needs community, but this is not a requirement to volunteer and we welcome individuals of all backgrounds & experience levels to apply!

Prerequisites: Aged 14-30

Volunteer photographers & videographers capture the PALS magic for the outside world to see! Beyond using footage for marketing and promotion, families are provided an opportunity to follow along with camp activities throughout the program.

Prerequisites: Aged 18+

Medical volunteers are ultimately responsible for keeping all camp participants healthy and safe. Our medical volunteers consist of professionals in the field in addition to students looking to gain more experience.

Lead Medical: MD, PA, NP, RN, or EMT with state licensure at camp location
Assistant Medical: students of medicine, nursing, CNAs, and practicing medical professionals with out-of-state licensure.

Prospective volunteers may also apply for the following leadership opportunities:

team lead * support lead * activity lead

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Mission Statement

PALS creates inclusive camp experiences for people with and without Down syndrome. Our volunteer-led programs change attitudes, transform lives, and inspire a world of belonging.


Our programs are held on college campuses across the country and typically run between the months of June to August. Programming includes a dynamic blend of unique on-campus activities, and off-campus trips to explore local sites and attractions, while participants experience life on a college campus.

No experience is needed to participate in a PALS program, and all are welcome and encouraged to join us. Please visit for a current list of our program dates and locations, and to complete our participant application.


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People with Disabilities


Wed Jun 08, 2022 - Mon Aug 15, 2022


Multiple locations Doylestown, PA 18902






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 7 days and 6 nights - from Sunday afternoon to the following Saturday afternoon.
  • Volunteers are responsible for travel to and from campus. Travel stipends are available for those who are eligible.

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