Volunteer applications for Summer 2018 will be available soon!
Volunteer Staff Minimum Qualifications:
- At least 19 years old and at least one year post high school life experience (e.g. a year of college, a year of work, etc…)
- Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in a camp setting
- Good character, integrity and adaptability
- Ability to be a positive member of a staff team
- Commitment to attend the entire week of camp
- Commitment to attend pre-camp training and orientation
- Possess strength and endurance required to maintain consistent supervision of campers for seven-day resident camping experience
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activities of camp programs
New Staff Training Dates:
- New Staff Training Option A: May 2, 2017 or May 4, 2017 (6:00 pm-9:00 pm)
- New Staff Training Option B: May 20, 2017 (9:00 am-3:00 pm)
- New Clinician Training Option A (pump training to follow): May 6, 2017 (9:00 am-12:00 pm; 1:00 pm-3:00 pm)
- New Clinician Training Option B: May 16, 2017 or May 18, 2017 (6:00 pm-9:00 pm)
You don’t have to know anything about diabetes… just be willing to make a difference in the lives of very special children.
Volunteer Camp Positions Job Descriptions
Our cabin counselors live in the cabins with the campers, accompany them to activities and are the first people they see in the morning! They introduce campers to one another, check blood sugars a lot, carry backpacks full of diabetes supplies and sunscreen, make sure everyone showers and brushes teeth, help start conversations at Circle Time and more. In tandem with our medical team, they are there to maintain the camper’s health and safety.
It takes many sets of hands to get Camp Kudzu ready and keep Camp Kudzu going once the gate opens and the campers arrive. We have dedicated staff to support the operations of camp from filling up water coolers, to delivering the mail, to putting out the benches for an evening program, to actually opening the gate. We call this invaluable team the Logistics Staff. Typically, there are 5 to 7 members of this team, led by a Head Logistics Staff Member.
Our host camps provide the facilities, as well as some of the program activities (and necessary staff) such as horseback riding, waterfront, rock wall climbing, challenge/ropes courses, archery and more. Every summer, Camp Kudzu has talented volunteers who share their own skills to enhance the program offerings for our campers. These staff members are called Activity Staff.
- Arts and Crafts
- Field Sports
- Gym Games
- Song Writing
- Wood Working
Interested in the Medical Staff Positions of Camp Kudzu?
Camp Kudzu needs endocrinologists who are able to supervise clinicians and advise on insulin adjustments each day. Endocrinologists at camp are expected to help clinicians with midnight rounds by taking call 2 to 3 nights per session. Even if you are only able to volunteer for 2 or 3 days, your help is greatly appreciated. This setting is much different than the clinic or office setting because Camp Kudzu is focused on promoting education in an exciting, camping environment.
Pediatric Health Care Providers
Camp Kudzu needs pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners and pediatric physicians’ assistants every session. While at camp, pediatricians will help with general medical needs of campers and staff. You will collaborate with the Clinical Program Manager and the medical lodge nurses.
Medical Lodge Nurses
The Medical Lodge at Camp Kudzu needs nurses (RN, NP, LPN’s) of all specialties to help with general medical needs. Med Lodge nurses will provide non-insulin medications to all campers and will practice appropriate triage for injured or ill campers and staff.
Camp Kudzu is always looking for more clinicians (LPN, RN, NP, PA, MD, DO)! Each clinician typically cares for 9 campers with type 1 diabetes. The main job of a clinician is to ensure that insulin adjustments are made appropriately for food intake and high blood glucose levels while taking into account the upcoming activities for the campers. Clinicians collaborate with campers on insulin doses and promote independence for campers at age appropriate levels. To fill this role, you need a base knowledge of type 1 diabetes and insulin dosing.
Licensed medical professionals (LPN, RN, NP, PA, PharmD, MD) who are new to Kudzu or nursing students nearing graduation can volunteer as Medical Clinicians in Training until they feel comfortable to manage campers’ diabetes on their own. For students, preceptorship and supervised practice hours may be offered.
Dietary Head Staff Person
The dietary head staff (RD) is largely responsible for supervising and aiding dietary staff in preparing the carb counts of meals and planning diabetes nutrition educational programs for campers and staff. You will work hand in hand with our host sites in planning for healthy, balanced meals for the duration of camp.