Being a volunteer counselor at Horton Center is fun, tiring yet energizing, and can have a deep impact on the life of a camper, as well as on the Deans and all you interact with!
So, what’s it like to be a volunteer counselor?
First and foremost, it’s about making sure that each camper is safe, welcomed, and having the best week of their summer! From the start, you’ll be supported by the Deans (who are volunteer leaders, and there are 1-2 per session), and the Summer Staff. You’ll go through an online training session before camp to help you prepare for your time on Pine Mountain. The Deans of your session will prepare you for your time at camp, communicating with you throughout the spring. You will be asked to attend several planning meetings in the spring or early summer.
You’ll arrive at camp the day before the campers to connect with your co-counselors, Deans, and go through additional camp-led training. When the campers arrive, the fun begins! Two counselors stay in each cabin. Counselors go through the day with their campers, sometimes co-leading activities. We make sure you get a rest in the afternoon, and regular check-ins with the Deans and other Counselors. Afternoon and evening programs are a blend of counselor-led and staff-led activities.
You’ll leave at the end of the session after the last child has been picked up.
All counselors and volunteers working with youth at Horton Center are required to fill out several forms. If you have not filled out an online form in the past, you need to fill out these 6 forms.
Please see the instructions for filling out Online Forms.
Click here to go online and Fill Out Online Volunteer Forms
Once your forms are online, they will be easier in the future to update or indicate that they are still accurate, so please thank you for taking the time to fill them out online this year.
Once you are scheduled for a camp, please go online and fill the forms out as soon as possible. Thank you!!
Here’s a list of the forms you’ll fill out online: