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 proces, provide references, submit to a background check, and receive Camp Ten Trees training.
Read answers to questions frequently asked about summer camp volunteering.
2014 Summer Camp Volunteer Training:
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. on Saturday; all other volunteers will begin at Noon on Saturday. Training will end at 6 p.m. on 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)
Interested in volunteering for the 2014 summer camp sessions? Application materials will be available here by January 1, 2014. Are you a past summer camp volunteer who's interested in staying involved throughout the year? Check out the information below...and/or read this!
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. The title says it all here! 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 positions 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 completing a brief application process, One-time Volunteers help with an upcoming event or project, with no ongoing commitment. Contact us if you're interested in One-time Volunteering!
board or board committee voluntering
The board of directors is entrusted with the overall governance of the organization. The board works on policies and procedures, ensures that the organization is fiscally solvent, supervises the executive director, and serves as organizational ambassadors. The board of directors currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month 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 Airen 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. (NOTE: There will be no board meeting in November 2013 as the board will have its annual working retreat that month.)
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? Not sure you want to apply to the board? You don't need to be on the board itself to join a board committee. You can have fun, meet awesome folks, and sustain the Camp Ten Trees Mission, Values, and Commitment to Social Justice by joining a board committee. 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. If you are interested in joining this ad-hoc committee, please email Airen at info(at)camptentrees(dot)org. You can also write to Airen if you just want to receive regular email updates of this group's work.
- Fund Development Committee - meets 2nd Fridays monthly at 7:15 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 Committee - meets 2nd Mondays monthly at 7:15 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 Committee - meets 2nd Fridays monthly at 6:30 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 bring their experiences and insights together to support and sustain an organization with integrity and vision. Sound good? Well, join this committee to make it happen!