Youth Volunteering: Team pegasus
Team Pegasus is youth coming together, with adult guidance and advice, to develop leadership that allows them to engage powerfully in the organization and its community, as well as in the summer camp sessions. Camp Ten Trees staff provide guidance to this collective of youth (13-17) and their young adult allies (18-22) as they build skills and increase their participation in all aspects of the organization and its programming. Joining Team Pegasus is a great way to contribute to a youth-led model while also gaining community service hours, developing leadership/organizing skills, and spending time with other youth of LGBTQ/non-traditional families and other LGBTQA youth. CHECK IT OUT!
summer camp volunteering
Each year, Camp Ten Trees selects a team of enthusiastic, skilled, and youth-focused volunteers to serve as cabin counselors, specialists, health & wellness providers, kitchen crew, etc. All volunteers must complete an application process, provide references, submit to a background check, and receive Camp Ten Trees training.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Camp Volunteering
2014 Summer Camp Volunteer Training Dates:
Saturday, August 2 - Tuesday, August 5
Note: This is a residential training. Volunteers will receive lodging and meals and will stay at the training site, which is about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour drive from Seattle (depending on traffic). Volunteers in Coordinator and some Lead roles will begin training at 8 a.m. Saturday; all others will begin at noon Saturday. Training will end at 6 p.m. Tuesday.)
2014 Camp Session Dates:
AUG 10-16*: Children/Youth (ages 8-17) of LGBTQ/Non-traditional Families
AUG 17-23*: LGBTQ and Allied Youth (ages 13-17)
* Volunteers arrive the day before the session for which they are volunteering.
2014 Summer Camp Volunteer Application Materials
Deadlines: FEB 28 for Coordinator & Lead roles and Specialist roles requiring certification
MAR 17 for all other summer camp volunteer roles
Step 1: information on volunteer roles and cabin areas
Review the 2014 Camp Ten Trees summer camp volunteer roles (brief descriptions or, for more information, full length descriptions) and 2014 cabin area descriptions.
Step 2: online application
Application form for those NEW to Camp Ten Trees summer camp volunteering
Application form for RETURNING Camp Ten Trees summer camp volunteers
Step 3: other required application materials
A. Essay Questions - for NEW summer camp volunteers and for RETURNERS
B. Identity Verification, Background Check, and Image Release Form
C. Reference Request Form (new applicants only)
Request Form for Need-based Assistance for Travel or Certification (.doc or .pdf)
Interested in staying involved throughout the year? Read on below...or click here!
FLEX VOLUNTEERS: Flex Volunteers are a continually networked group of folks who are offered regular opportunities to sign up for various projects over the course of their time volunteering for Camp Ten Trees. Flex Volunteers have the option of working on projects in various areas or specializing in a particular area (contributing ideas for summer camp programming, for instance). These roles are a great fit for people with skills and energy to contribute on a flexible schedule throughout the year. Download and print the Flex Volunteer application.
ONE-TIME VOLUNTEERS: One-time Volunteering is a great way to connect with Camp Ten Trees...or to become reacquainted if you've been away! After a brief orientation, you can help with an upcoming project, without ongoing commitment. Contact us if you're interested in One-time Volunteering!
board or board committee
The board of directors is entrusted with overall governance of the organization. The board works on policies and procedures, ensures fiscally solvency of the organization, supervises the executive director, and serves as organizational ambassadors. The board currently meets 3rd Wednesdays monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the Camp Ten Trees office. Meetings are open to all! If you'd like to attend a board meeting, just contact us at info(at)camptentrees(dot)org. Visiting a board meeting is a great way to decide whether you're interested in applying to the board.
Interested in applying to join the board? Submit your application at any time, and the Board Development Committee will reply to you. Board terms are cyclical. Generally, new board members begin their terms in October at the Annual Meeting and are expected to serve at least one year (October through October). People of color, trans*feminine people, young adults, adult children of LGBTQ families, parents of LGBTQA youth, and parents of LGBTQ families are especially encouraged to apply. Download the board application.
How about a board committee? Have fun, meet awesome folks, and sustain the Camp Ten Trees Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice by pitching in on a board committee. Board committees are made up of board members and non-board members. Download the board committee application.
- Ad hoc Committee to Review Summer Camp Session Policies - This committee began meeting in late 2012 and will meet until its work is complete. The committee will read, discuss, and make recommendations related about the policies listed in the summer camp volunteer handbook. If you're interested in assessing summer camp session policies in relation to the Camp Ten Trees mission, values, and commitment to social justice as well as best practices of risk management, organized camping, and American Camp Association standards, then this is the committee for you! Campers and parents of campers are particularly encouraged to get involved. Learn more about this ad-hoc committee's work here. Interested in joining this ad-hoc committee? Email us at info(at)camptentrees(dot)org. You can also write to us if you just want to receive regular email updates of this group's work.
- Fund Development Comm. - 2nd Wednesdays monthly, 6:00 p.m.
These folks create and work from a solid fund development plan that brings in the funding needed to deliver quality programming. Volunteers on this committee work on the annual auction, learn about and apply for grants, share the stories of Camp Ten Trees with donors and supporters, and more!
- Finance Comm. - 2nd Wednesdays monthly, 5:15 p.m.
This committee provides oversight of bookkeeping, budgeting, and financial reporting. Don't mistake this committee for a yawn fest; it brings a reflection of our Values into the realm of number-crunching. What a revolution!
- Board Development Comm. - 3rd Wednesdays monthly, 5:00 p.m.
Imagine nonprofit board members who are nurtured in their skills development, who reflect the individuals and communities they serve in all their depth and beauty, and who use their experiences and insights to support and sustain an organization with integrity and vision. Sound good? Well, join this committee to make it happen!