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Volunteers

Welcome to the journey.

Volunteer Roles for Camp Sheilah

The Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation invites you to take part in a special journey for youth ages 7 to 17. The truth is that a child takes grief from homicide with them the rest of their life. Their loss is not something they ever “get over.” Volunteers empower young people with the navigation tools for their incredible adventure. Whatever role you choose, here are your awesome responsibilities.

A weekend of volunteering will change their life… and yours.
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Explorer

EXPLORER

(40 – 50 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

At Camp Sheilah, Explorers are given the important responsibility of walking alongside the grief journey of a camper who has experienced loss through homicide. As travel companions, you will share meals, small group discussions, activities, and free time. Together, you might shoot baskets or take a walk or climb a rock wall. One thing is for sure, the experience will change your life – as well as the life of the young person by your side. Explorers, here are your requirements:

  • Be paired with a specific Jr. Explorer (camper) over the three-day camp
  • Serve as a role model and guide for a Jr. Explorer traveling along their grief journey
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a high school graduate (For returning campers, you need to be at least 25)
  • Be a great listener
  • Generate excitement about the future
  • You and your Jr. Explorer will be matched based on gender and similar interests
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session
  • Stay all weekend – from 2:30 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday

Helpers

JOURNEY HELPERS

(20 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Long voyages require many details. Journey Helpers lend a hand where needed. Responsibilities might include registering people as they arrive on Friday, setting up a craft, walking a Jr. Explorer for a visit with our Camp Sheilah Nurse, or watching over Jr. Explorers between activities. Journey Helpers, here are your requirements:

  • Must be 15 years of age or older
  • Expect the unexpected and be open to new tasks as they arise.
  • Make sure all activities are set up and run smoothly. You will be working as a team to
    make sure the details of camp flow.
  • Cheer on the Jr. Explorers and Explorers throughout their weekend
  • Be prepared to find answers to questions if you don’t know them
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session

Scouts

SCOUTS

(8 – 10 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Scouts play a very important support role for camp leaders. You will work side-by-side with Explorers and Journey Leaders to ensure weekend activities run efficiently and on time. Scouts, here are your requirements:

  • Must be 15 – 18 years old and currently attending high school
  • Participate in weekend activities
  • Assist leaders throughout weekend
  • Organize group supplies
  • Be enthusiastic and supportive to Jr. Explorers
  • Oversee Jr. Explorers when Explorers need breaks or have leader meetings
  • Jr. Explorers will look up to you so this job is for mature, caring role models only
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session
  • Stay all weekend – from 2:30 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday

Nurse

CAMP NURSE

(3 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

You never know the bumps and bruises that may occur along a big adventure. As the Camp Sheilah Nurse, you will be on hand to help with boo-boos and any medical emergencies that may arise. Camp Sheilah Nurse, here are your requirements:

  • Must have a nursing degree
  • Be compassionate to all Camp Sheilah participants, especially Jr. Explorers
  • Medical supplies will be supplied by Camp Sheilah
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session
  • Stay all weekend – from 2:30 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday

Photographer

CAMP PHOTOGRAPHER

(2 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Every great voyage needs someone to chronicle the journey. Here is your opportunity to make Camp Sheilah a lasting memory for participants and help share the value of our work and yours. Camp Sheilah Photographer/Videographer, here are your requirements:

  • Must have expertise in both photography and videography
  • Draft a shot list with SAD Foundation leadership prior to camp weekend
  • Take still shots that may be used in marketing materials and on social media
  • Film video segments
  • Photo session with posed pictures of each Explorer and Jr. Explorer pair
  • Create a slideshow to be shown Sunday of camp
  • Please bring your own equipment
  • While photo/video rights belong to the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation, we happily give you credit in marketing materials and a thank you acknowledgement in our Cheers for Change program
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session
  • Stay all weekend – from 2:30 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday

Leader-Assist

JOURNEY LEADER ASSISTANT

(8 – 10 individuals needed)

RESPONSIBILITIES

Journey Leader Assistants support Journey Leaders (licensed clinicians) as they lead small group discussions about the path ahead for Jr. Explorers. Journey Leader Assistants, here are your requirements:

  • Assist your designated Journey Leader throughout weekend
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a have a Master’s Degree
  • Looking for individuals with or in pursuit of their mental health professional license
  • Participate in small group activities
  • Get excited for Jr. Explorers as they embark on their journeys!
  • Bring a can-do, we-got-this attitude in your support role to Journey Leaders
  • Support Explorers within your group as they mentor and guide campers
  • Oversee Jr. Explorers when Explorers need a break or have leader meetings
  • Attend the Camp Sheilah Training Session
  • Stay all weekend – from 2:30 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Sunday