Student Camp Counselors Needed for Summer Nature Camp 2018 at The Arboretum

Published : Monday, May 28, 2018 | 12:37 PM

Student volunteers are invited to earn community service hours by assisting with the Summer Nature Camp 2018 as camp counselors at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

This camp program is an opportunity for children, ages 5 – 11, to experience the wonders of nature through outdoor hands-on experiences, including hiking through the 127 acre gardens and discovering the amazing animals and plants from around the world found throughout the grounds. Children will discover the science behind gardening and explore their creative side with nature crafts. Camp attendance is typically 35 – 40 campers per session with a minimum ratio of 1 staff member for every 15 campers.

Student volunteers make a commitment to be here each and every day of their assigned weeks. This commitment is extremely important, insuring the appropriate staff/volunteer ratio to students in providing oversight and safety of our campers.

Camp Dates and Programming:
For all sessions – One week, Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Extended care
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Morning session – Wilderness Adventures/Gardening/Art
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon session – Art/Bugs
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Extended care

Session 1: June 4 (Monday) – June 8 (Friday)
Session 2: June 11 (Monday) – June 15 (Friday)
Session 3: June 18 (Monday) – June 22 (Friday)
Session 4: June 25 (Monday) – June 29 (Friday)
Scholarship Camp: July 2 (Monday) – July 6 (Friday)
Session 5: July 9 (Monday) – July 13 (Friday)
Session 6: July 16 (Monday) – July 20 (Friday)
Session 7: July 23 (Monday) – July 27 (Friday)
Session 8: July 30 (Monday) – August 3 (Friday)
Session 9: August 6 (Monday) – August 10 (Friday)

Volunteer Shifts:
Students must make a commitment to volunteer for at least three full sessions (but are welcome to volunteer for up to all ten sessions), and work a full day (7:55 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) or a half-day (7:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.). The all-day volunteer schedule will provide time for lunch breaks.

Upon request, and with adequate notice, student volunteers can arrange for alternate shift times to accommodate summer school programs including band practices or athletic program commitments. This request must be noted on the student’s application.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision and direction of a staff member or adult volunteer, assist instructors and campers with extended care, morning and afternoon session programming and lunch coverage.

Training & Requirements:
Summer camp experience or working with children is preferred, but not required. Preferential placement will be given to students who have volunteered as Camp Counselors at the Arboretum previously. Volunteers must attend one of two, 4-hour training session (dates to be determined). Volunteer training is mandatory for all new and returning volunteers. It is an opportunity to learn new skills, remember previously learned skills, and for the camp staff to meet the volunteers. Nature Camp volunteers are under full supervision by camp staff. The camp staff will work with volunteers to help them develop stronger leadership skills and interpersonal skills that can be applied at school and elsewhere.

Summer camp counselors are required to be live-scanned (fingerprinted) and cleared prior to their volunteer service. Live-scan appointments will be scheduled through the Volunteer Services Department at a cost of $20. Previous student volunteers of the Arboretum’s Summer or Spring Nature Camp need not be rescanned.

Minimum Age: 15 years old

Tools & Supplies: All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the Arboretum, including a summer camp t-shirt. Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own lunch and a reusable water bottle (water is provided).

Camp t-shirt or other appropriate shirt
Jeans or shorts (no short shorts)
Good walking or tennis shoes (no flip flops or opened toed shoes!)
Hat & sunscreen (recommended)

Application Deadline: May 11 (Friday), 2018
Contact Chris Orosz, School and Youth Programs Manager to obtain the application (Arboretum application and County P & R 201 form). Students who have previously volunteered for the Arboretum’s Summer or Spring Nature Camp need not complete/return the County P & R 201 form.

Applications will be considered and applicants placed on a first-come, first serve basis with preference given to previous Arboretum counselors. Applicants will be contacted within one week of receipt of their application.

For more information, contact Chris Orosz, School and Youth Programs Manager – Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA. 91007) at (626) 821-5897 or email







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