Camp Civitan in Williams has summer staff provider positions
and volunteer opportunities for high school and college students. a
PHOENIX (January 28, 2019) – When school gets out this spring, how many college or high school students will start looking for a job or volunteer service hours? How successful will they be if they wait? They probably won’t find something that pays great, will make life-long friendships and have an experience they will cherish the rest of their careers. Camp Civitan is offering this opportunity.
Founded in 1968 in the cool north woods of Williams, Arizona, Camp Civitan was one of the first stay-over camps for people with disabilities in the country. Today, the 15-acre wheelchair accessible camp is recognized nationally for its services and programs for the developmentally disabled. The summer camp offers 10-weeklong sessions where campers experience a variety of enriching and fun experiences that promote positive self-esteem, teamwork, socialization, and healthy activities.
Camp Civitan is part of Civitan Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization providing services for children, youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The foundation is recognized as a community leader in dynamic, purposeful, and impactful programs and services that promote independence, community integration and a healthy lifestyle.
Each weeklong camp session, starting May 25 through August 10, offers special needs campers, some as young as 8 and as old as 65, the opportunity to make new friends, sing, dance, create art projects, do theatrical skits, fish and visit area attractions. Many of the trips include the Grand Canyon, Bearizona, area lakes, and other local destinations. Campers and staff, as well, gain many new life skills which include self-confidence and independence.
On average, summer staff, 18 years-of-age and older return to Camp Civitan for four summers, and many work weekends during one of the 12-weekend camp sessions throughout the year. Staff not only return to camp each year for the fun and relationships with other staff and returning campers, but camp staff positions are also paid, on average, for the entire 10-week summer sessions over $5,000, including all meals and lodging.
Camp Civitan encourages teens, ages 13-17, to volunteer. Not only will the experience offer community service hours and resume reference, but teens will share their talents and skills, learn activity planning, develop leadership skills and make life-long memories and friends, as well. Volunteers spend a full week at camp, which includes food and dorm accommodations. Assignments include kitchen duty, organizing sporting activities and assisting camp staff with members.
To learn more about Civitan Foundation and to apply for Camp Civitan staff positions and volunteer opportunities, go to www.civitanfoundationaz.org/camp-civitan or call 602-953-2944. Camp staff must be a high school graduate or GED, at least 18-years-of age. Volunteers must be 13 to 17 years of age.