There are so many ways you can help with summer camp; read the descriptions below:
Please note that staff are asked to remain at camp for the entire week.
Cabin counselors reside in cabins with campers, accompany them to activities and are the first people they see in the morning! They help the campers get to know each other, check blood sugar levels, carry backpacks with diabetes and camp supplies, make sure everyone showers and brushes teeth while making sure every camper in their care stays healthy and safe.
Each camp has 5-7 logistics staff, led by a Head Logistics Staff Member. This team supports camp operations by keeping everything running smoothly, from opening the gate, filling water coolers, delivering mail and more.
Every summer, talented volunteers share their skills to enhance program offerings for the campers. Activity staff help with:
Our valuable, caring medical staff bring their skills and a healthy attitude to the Camp Kudzu community. An entire spectrum of healthcare professionals supports our camp programs. We rely on their expertise to manage an entire camp of children living with type 1 diabetes, but they can easily blend in with the day-to-day activities of camp such as tie-dying t-shirts, singing in the dining hall or zip lining. While any type of specialty is welcome, we especially seek the following positions:
Our camp endocrinologists 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 very different than your typical clinic or office setting – Camp Kudzu focuses on promoting education in an exciting, camping environment.
Medical Lodge Nurses
Camp Kudzu needs nurses (RN, NP, LPN’s) of all specialties to help with general medical needs. Medical lodge nurses will provide non-insulin medications to all campers and will practice appropriate triage for injured or ill campers and staff.
We’re always looking to add to our team of clinicians. Whether you’re an LPN, RN, NP, PA, MD or DO, we have a place for you! Each clinician typically cares for 9 campers with type 1 diabetes. Our clinicians’ main job is to ensure that insulin adjustments are made appropriately for food intake and high blood glucose levels while considering the campers’ upcoming activities. 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.
Medical Clinicians in Training (MCIT)
Licensed medical professionals (LPN, RN, NP, PA, PharmD, MD) who are new to Camp Kudzu or nursing students nearing graduation can volunteer as Medical Clinicians in Training until they feel comfortable managing campers’ diabetes on their own. For students, preceptorship and supervised practice hours may be offered.
Nutrition students in college or graduate school are needed on the dietary staff to help prepare boxes of low blood glucose supplies, aid dietary head staff in carbohydrate counting and participate in diabetes/nutrition education of campers and staff as needed. For students in Dietetic Internships (DI) or Coordinated Programs (CP), preceptorship and supervised practice hours are offered.