Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp

Make an impact on the lives of kids and young adults with neuromuscular diseases during the best week of the year.

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Camp can change your life just as it changes the lives of campers.

MDA Summer Camp wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Each summer, hundreds of volunteers serve as counselors and medical team members during weeklong, overnight Summer Camp program to help make it a safe, fun, and memorable experience for all participants.

As a volunteer, you will support campers as they participate in adaptive camp experiences, games, dances, mealtime and more. You also will take on the role of 24-hour caregiver, friend, and confidence-builder.

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It’s so very satisfying to see kids step out of their comfort zone, experience new things gain confidence while having the time of their lives! Knowing I am a part of this is the most rewarding feeling in the world!

2023 MDA Summer Camp Volunteer, WA

It was honestly the best week of my life. The happiness brought to the kids was so contagious that I've never felt this happy before. I will definitely be coming back next year and would recommend everyone to be a part of this beautiful experience.

2023 MDA Summer Camp Volunteer, FL

Camp is pure magic. If you've been once, it's the easiest decision in the world to return year after year.

2023 MDA Summer Camp Medical Team Volunteer, IL
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Volunteer Role & Responsibilities

Create a fun, safe and inclusive environment for campers.

Act as a companion and encourager of campers, promoting strong self-esteem.

Assist campers as needed with camp activities and personal care, including bathing, toileting and feeding. Work with cabin leaders, program directors or other staff to meet the needs of the campers.

Assure campers are properly supervised at all times.

Have fun and participate in camp activities with enthusiasm.

Set a good example to campers and others by upholding all camp rules.

Set a high standard of cooperation.

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Medical Team Role & Responsibilities

Review camper applications prior to the session to gain an understanding of camper needs and support Camp Director in acceptance decisions.

Provide first aid and administer routine medications and treatments.

Support the mental, emotional and social health of all camp participants.

Maintain the Camp Health Center and medical supplies.

Document all care provided within Camp Health Records.

Collaborate with the Camp Director as part of the Emergency Decision Team.

Have fun and participate in camp activities with enthusiasm.

Set a high standard of cooperation.

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Application Requirements & Time Commitment:

At least 17 years old.

Of sufficient ability to lift and care for campers and assist with campers' personal care. Must be able to independently lift 25 pounds.

Commit to attending the entire week of MDA Summer Camp.

Completed online application through UltraCamp system.

Criminal Background Check through Sterling Volunteers.

Interview with MDA Staff.

Two Professional References.

Provide record of physical examination completed within 12 months of camp, a copy of insurance card, and immunization record.

Participate in all required pre-camp trainings and the onsite orientation and training.


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Interested in volunteering in other ways with MDA?

Complete our general volunteer inquiry form. We’ll be in touch!

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