Every summer, we have many parents who help us at Woodward. A parent's motivation for being involved in camp may vary: some are looking for a way to subsidize their child's tuition, others may want to bring a young child who may be leery about their first full week away from home. Whatever the reason, we're always looking for people who can help make camp a great experience for kids!
What camp parents should expect:
- A rewarding experience
- To be a parent to up to 18 kids
- To sleep in a bunkbed
- To be available for other duties
- To enforce camp rules
- To meet children different from your own
- Memories to last a lifetime!
What camp parents should NOT expect:
- To have time for personal obligations
- To spend every waking minute with your own child
- To sleep in the same cabin as your child
- To interfere with your child's camp experience
Parents are selected as counselors, drivers, and canteen workers. You'll be asked to list your order of preference on the application. All parents sleep in camper housing, even if they are not officially counselors.
All camp parents MUST arrive by 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday of the session you are scheduled. NO EXCEPTIONS. Late arrivals will jeopardize their volunteer opportunity for the week. You will attend a mandatory training session covering all aspects of your responsibilities. YOU ARE ONLY ABLE TO BRING YOUR OWN CHILD/CHILDREN WITH YOU AT THIS TIME.
Your week will end the following Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
For each week a parent volunteers as a camp parent, a $300 discount will be applied toward the balance of one camper's fees. If your child's enrollment is dependent on you being chosen, please put a note on his or her application.
All parents, even those who were not chosen as drivers, must be prepared to drive in case of emergency. Consequently, we ask all parents applying to provide driver's license information.
We also have CAMP NURSES for each week. Full tuition discount is offered in exchange for medical services. Camper's registration form must accompany a staff application.
Selection typically begins in March. Submit your staff application (available online) as soon as possible.
Camp drivers must be at least 25 years old and have a clean driving record for the past 3 years. A camp driver is typically responsible for transporting campers, staff, and special guests to and from airports, bus stations, or medical facilities with camp vehicles. Drivers have scheduled driving times and are also on-call during their entire stay in case of emergency. Drivers are our first priority for camp parent selection.
A mini parent typically lives with children aged 7 to 9 and is the counselor for these children all week. There could be up to 18 children in your cabin. Your role is to be a parent to these young children all week, to eat meals with them, make sure they get to activities on time, help them to call home, etc. As a counselor, you'll have specific duties related to keeping the cabin clean, helping campers check-in and orient them to camp, enforce rules, participate in recreation activities, etc. A comprehensive training upon arrival will provide detailed information. Mini Moms and Dads are our second priority for camp parent selection.
The social center of camp is our canteen. We've found it valuable to have extra adults present during our busiest times. Be prepared to scoop ice cream, pour sodas, clean tables, sweep floors, etc. Canteen parents have scheduled times in the Canteen. Canteen Parents are our third priority for camp parent selection.
Nurses Must be at least 25 years of age and will receive a 100% discount of one child's camper fee. Volunteers must be registered RN's in the state of residence and will be responsible for dispensing medication and tending to campers with illness. Other duties may apply.