APPLICATION ARE OPEN AND DUE APRIL 15TH!
We are looking for folks that can stay at Camp for the entire time, have experience working with transgender and gender creative youth, and have a willingness to facilitate activities for the campers. The camp takes place August 31 - September 3rd, but we do not release the location until we have reviewed your application and interviewed you, for the safety of our campers.
Our volunteer roles come in many flavors, before camp you can help with the planning and logistics of camp. At camp you can lead events, help all ages with; crafts, costumes design, sewing, makeup, and lead hikes and nature walks. You may be asked to interact with the parent's group, help with the running of the camp, and staff the kitchen either full time or part time.
What do we look for?
- Most of our volunteers are transgender or gender queer. Many of the youth and parents will be looking to you for advice and to share stories of triumphs and challenges or they may just need you to be open to listening without passing judgment and possibly offering actionable advice.
- Diverse Experiences. We are looking for all kinds of volunteers and are striving to create a camp where ALL of our campers can see themselves reflected in the volunteer staff.
- Dedication! If you agree to volunteer and make commitments we need you to be able to keep them! If you can’t for any reason tell us as soon as possible so we can adjust.
- Youth and family oriented. This is a family camp, our focus is on the youth and families, and we serve them at multiple levels.
- Be flexible and open-minded. Anyone who has ever gone camping around many youths knows you have to be adaptable to the camp experience, as well as open-minded to what goes on there.
- Be open to letting the youth grow and think on their own. We don’t tell anyone who they are or should be, nor do we place labels on them. If they self-identify with a label, by all means, use it!
- Volunteers are encouraged to share their life story with the youth (not all at once, please). You may not connect immediately with the youth, but later down the road, you may be someone they can turn to.
- It can be helpful in group settings or one on one to let the youth know enough of your story that they can understand where you are coming from without making the experience about yourself.
- If you are not comfortable sharing your story, that’s okay. Just let us know so we can plan around it if needed.
- CPR training, Wilderness training experience, and an AZ fingerprint clearance card are all helpful!