Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp offers volunteer opportunities to high school students via the Program Aide Program. Program Aides (PA) are assistants to Counselors, or Counselor-in-training. PA’s work collaboratively with two counselors, fellow PA’s, and their camper group each day to ensure that campers have a safe and fun camp experience.
Program Aides must be at least 14 years of age and/or entering the 9th grade. Proof of age is required for new applicants. PAs may volunteer for 2 or 4 two-week camp sessions. PAs are expected to attend the entire time period to which they have committed - no exceptions.
Program Aides are expected to abide by the following rules:
1. Attendance - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the entire volunteer period. PAs are expect to arrive on time and ready to volunteer. PAs are asked to arrive early on Carnival day for set-up. Excluding emergencies, PAs should not arrive late or leave early. Routine doctor appointments, sporting events, etc. do not constitute emergencies and should be scheduled outside of the volunteer time period.
2. Uniform - Two camp staff T-shirts will be provided. Additional shirts may be purchased for $5. PAs must also wear shorts (of appropriate length; no denim) and comfortable sneakers daily.
3. Participation - PAs are expected to participate in all camp activities with enthusiasm and energy!
4. Attend a mandatory information session at 1pm the Saturday before the start of camp session I.
5. Adhere to general expectations of a professional work environment.
6. Bring lunch daily. For your safety, PAs are not allowed to leave the facility. Food may not be ordered, but PAs are able to purchase items from the Courtside Eatery located within the Herbert Wellness Center if desired.
*The above list is a sampling of expectations. For more detailed information about Program Aide expectations, please contact our camp staff.
NOTE: PROGRAM AIDES MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL DAYS OF THE SESSIONS IN WHICH THEY ARE ASSIGNED. IF A VOLUNTEER IS UNABLE TO FULFILL THIS REQUIREMENT, THEY WILL BE REPLACED BY A WAITLISTED VOLUNTEER WHO CAN FULFILL THE TIME COMMITMENT.
What to Do
* check campers in and out
* organize snack breaks
* escort campers to other venues, rest room, locker rooms, etc.
* assist and/or lead instruction of activities
* participate in activities with campers (i.e. warm-ups, games, etc.)
* participate in Friday Extravaganza
* assist arts and crafts, wellness, and movement
* assist children who need extra instruction (i.e. how to hold a baseball bat)
* bring a disruptive child to the attention of the counselor
* model good behavior and sportsmanship
* assist with supervision of campers while in the locker room during swimming
* assist with equipment set-up, carnival days and sport days
* assist with clean-up after activities are concluded
* other duties as assigned
What NOT to Do
* administer first aid to an injured camper
* discipline a camper physically
* use profanity or other inappropriate language
* discuss inappropriate topics during camp
* leave the group without informing the Counselors
* take a large number of children by him/herself
* fool around or cause campers to misbehave during activities
* touch or pick up campers or other volunteers in an inappropriate manner
* use cellular phones or other electronic devices during camp hours
There are probably as many reasons for your participation in this program as there are Program Aides. Whether you need volunteer service hours for your school, you get easily bored and enjoy a lot of activity, or you just want to get out of the house for the summer this can be an incredible experience!
In addition to all the benefits of having work experience for your future resume and job references, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends your own age with whom you will be working as fellow Program Aides. This is a volunteer position that can be used toward satisfying your school requirements for community service.
Although it is sometimes difficult to do so because of the hectic nature of some activities, you will be allowed one “off period” each day which you may take either during swimming or recreational games. Please feel free at this time to swim, play racquetball, or work out. We encourage you to take the opportunity to get to know the counselors, find out what college life is like, what their career goals and their majors are as a beginning to your own exploration in this area in the near future.
Official community service letters detailing the service and number of hours completed are given to volunteers on their final day of volunteer work.
For additional information, please visit the Wellness Suite or call Ashley Falcon, Assistant Director for Wellness and Program Aides, at 305-284-6524.