Camp Healing Tree - August 18 - 20, 2017

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Camp Healing Tree is a special weekend camp for grieving children and teens ages 7 to 17

Do you know a young person who would benefit from a weekend of grief support, encouragement and enjoyable activities? Camp Healing Tree exists to provide an opportunity for young people to share feelings of loss with other campers and caring adult volunteers and to learn that these feelings are normal.

Camp Healing Tree, established in 1995, is a program provided by several local hospice agencies and other community supporters. Grief and bereavement specialists from sponsoring organizations direct and supervise the camp. The camp utilizes over 100 screened and trained volunteers to provide a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief. Campers are matched with an adult, trained buddy during the weekend for support and supervision. The camp provides a supportive environment in which to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and trust. Although the camp focuses on grief, there are many enjoyable and fun activities for the campers, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfire, sing-a-longs and entertaining shows. While the camp environment is rustic, the cabins are modern and air-conditioned. A registered nurse will be at the camp at all times.

Camp Healing Tree, located on the west side of Indianapolis at Jameson Camp, Inc., begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes with a Memorial Service for the camp participants and their families at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. There is no charge to attend Camp Healing Tree. A $25 per camper/$50 maximum per family registration deposit is collected to reserve attendance and is returned upon check-in. Scholarships are available for families in need.

Due to limited availability, priority will be given to first-time campers. Additional bereavement support and referral services for grieving families are available through Brooke’s Place (www.brookesplace.org or 317-705-9650.)

Camp Healing Tree Volunteer Opportunities

Application Process

  • Step 1 - Complete Volunteer Application by clicking on the "Apply Now" buttons below.
  • Step 2 - You will then be contacted for an interview.
  • Step 3 - At the completion of your interview, a background check and sex offender check will be conducted and required professional licensing will be verified.
  • Step 4 - Attend training session(s) if required.
  • Step 5 - Once you have completed all the necessary requirements, it is time to VOLUNTEER! 

Please Note: All volunteers will require a criminal background check, sex offender check and required professional licensing will be verified. Volunteers under the age of 18 must get a juvenile criminal history check and present that report at their volunteer training. Volunteer participation is at the discretion of the Camp Healing Tree Supervisory Board.


Buddy

Camp Healing Tree Volunteer Opportunities

Maximum number of buddies: 70
Requirement: Must be at least 18 years old
Responsibility: Supportive role model to the camper(s) to which you are assigned.
Skills: Good listener and communicator, significant physical energy, patient, sense of humor.
Requirements: Attend camp the entire time; Participate in all activities with your camper(s), Bunking in cabin, Share in all activities and meals. Must be at least 18 years old
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. ALL buddies must also attend a meeting on August 14 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.


FACILITATOR:

Maximum number of facilitators: 10
Responsibility: Facilitate a group of up to 7 campers and their buddies
Skills: Experience facilitating children’s grief support group, a good listener and communicator
Requirements: Attend camp the entire weekend but not required to stay overnight. Must be at least 18 years old
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. ALL faciliators must also attend a meeting on August 14 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.


RUNNER:

Maximum number of runners: 15
Responsibility: Help with camp from set up to clean up; assist the directors in preparation for activities and errands
Skills: Significant physical energy and flexibility, ability to follow instructions.
Requirements: Attend camp the entire weekend. If under 18 must present documentation of fingerprinting. Must be at least 14 years old
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm.
Training Requirements (18 and Under) : If under 18, you will need a juvenile criminal history check and a parental release form signed. You will need to have the check completed three weeks before training on July 15, 2017.  They will send the report to you within approximately 1-2 weeks. Bring the report and parental release form with you to the new volunteer training.


KITCHEN CREW

Butterfly Release

Responsibility: Assist in preparation and serving of all camp meals and kitchen clean up.
Skills: Under general supervision, ability to prepare and serve meals for large groups while adhering to health and safety standards.
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age.This position can be part time – choosing to work only particular meal times and not others – or full time. Early arrival required for breakfast shift. Kitchen crew is not required to remain at camp over night.
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. 


CAMP NURSES

Responsibility: Provide first aid for campers and volunteers.
Skills: Must be a licensed R.N. Camp maintains 24-hour nursing coverage
Requirements: Nurses can work a 6 or 12-hour shift.
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. ALL volunteers must attend a meeting on August 14 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.


PRE / POST CAMP VOLUNTEER:

Maximum number of pre-camp volunteers: 10
Responsibility: Assist with things that can be done prior to camp; examples include mailing, preparing arts & crafts, name tags, camper packets, shopping for supplies, set up and preparation of camp, bunk assignments, traffic direction, inventory control.
Skills: Availability to assist in multiple ways
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age. Availability on August 18 from 8:00am until 4:00pm and/or availability on August 20 from 9:00am until clean up completed.
Training Requirements: Training session (July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm) encouraged but not required.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities

ARTS & CRAFTS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers assist with various arts & crafts activities. This includes assisting campers with their craft items, assisting with supervising campers, setting up and cleaning up the craft areas. There are two craft sessions – one for older campers and one for younger. Arts & Crafts volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All new Arts and Crafts Volunteers will need to attend training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Paws and Think Dog

Walks around camp during the weekend and takes pictures of numerous activities. May work one day or the whole weekend. Pre-camp training is encouraged, but not mandatory. Photographer volunteer must be at least 18 years of age.

PAWS AND THINK

Paws and Think is an organization that provides therapy dogs. If you are interested in helping them during the camp you may indicate that on your volunteer registration. The owner/handler and dog would need to become registered with Paws and Think, including passing a team evaluation. Go to the Paws and Think Website to get more information about becoming registered. Paws and Think volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 15th, 2017 from 8:30am - 1:00pm and also attend a meeting on August 14 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.