Volunteer at Walden West!!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Walden West! Whether you volunteer to be a cabin leader during the school year or a counselor during the summer, you’ll find that it is a great opportunity to build self-esteem, work as part of a close knit team, and acquire leadership skills while having fun working with children.
As a Cabin Leader, you will supervise 5th/6th grade students in the cabins, model appropriate behavior, assist during hiking class time, be a part of all camp activities and give the students someone to look up to and count on during their week away from home. You have a chance to be a part of these kids' life-long memories! It is hard work but extremely rewarding. Volunteers receive 100 hours of community service for their week at camp.
We are looking for motivated volunteers for almost every week of the school year. We ask that volunteers are at least 16 (juniors, seniors) or have a reference from their school/teacher saying that they are mature and would make a good leader and role model.
All volunteers, 18 years and older, must be fingerprinted by the Live Scan Fingerprint Services in order to work with children at Walden West Outdoor School (you will not be able to volunteer without a Walden West fingerprint clearance even if you have been printed elsewhere). Your prints will take a few days to clear and may take up to two weeks, so please plan ahead!
Some high schools require a specific GPA or attendance record, others may only let students volunteer during their school breaks - please check with your school to learn what their policy is before signing up! If you will be missing class, all of your teachers and an administrator must be willing to sign you out.
Volunteers not currently in high school do need a reference of their character. A simple note from an employer, college professor or past high school teacher stating that you would be a good match to work with children will do. (Please note- if you are 18 years old or older, we will be sending your name through the County Office's database as per Megan's Law protocol.)
HOW TO SIGN UP:
The training will answer all sorts of questions and teach you all you need to know about being a leader. Most weeks we will split the group of volunteers, asking some to go to our second site on Tuesday. We will do our best to take requests and keep friends together but do not make promises in advance!
As a Counselor, you will have three different opportunities to volunteer. You may work one week at Wild Things, Day Camp, and Core Crew for a total of three weeks during the summer. All of these programs require patient, caring, and responsible high school and college students. You can choose to volunteer up to three weeks, but, because of the large number of volunteers you can work with each program only once.
Counselors who want credit should let Badger know during the week they are at camp. He will provide them with a form letter or they can bring a service form from their school. Summer Camp volunteers receive 55 hours, Wild Things 40 hours, and Core Crew 40 hours.
Summer Counselors must be at least 15 years old, or be LIT graduates, and have previous involvement in any of our summer programs as either a camper or counselor.
Those interested in volunteering as a Summer Camp Counselor should call Badger, Summer Camp Director, @ 408-573-3055 and leave their name and email address. Please speak slowly and clearly to insure that we have your correct address.
Information regarding Summer Counselors will be sent in late April. Applicants will be asked to schedule a meeting with Badger at which time they will be asked to complete a form listing their availability for work. Please do not worry about scheduling vacation around volunteer dates. Badger will work around your schedule.
Leaders-in-Training graduates from the previous summer will automatically receive this information if their email address hasn’t changed.For more information call Walden West at (408) 573-3060 or email us at email@example.com.