Volunteering and Youth Development & Leadership Programs
If you are passionate and motivated to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve, Camps of Courage and Friendship has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities; whether it be programming with campers or supporting our leadership team, each volunteer plays a vital role in creating a safe space for our campers during our year round respite and seasonal programs.
Every year hundreds of volunteers discover how rewarding it is to live in community with other volunteers and share opportunities and friendship with our participants and their families. Others come and conduct various tasks both residentially and non-residentially.
The most important ‘got-to-have’ for volunteers is passion for the work we do and drive to make it happen.
Applications can be submitted by those 14 years and older
Personal references are required
Interviews are required
All volunteers will receive in-depth per-position and on-the-job training with direct supervision
Please review the volunteer opportunities available by clicking on the links below. CCF wishes to utilize volunteering opportunities as a developmental opportunity and vehicle for future success for each volunteer, thus choosing a program which meets your needs is important to you and us.
Youth Development & Leadership (more information below)
Health Care & Nursing
Farm Help & Horse Riding
Build Your Own
National & International Travel Guides
Youth Development & Leadership Programs
Camps of Courage & Friendship host two Youth Development & Leadership Volunteer programs for young people typically aged 14 - 18: Leaders in Training (LIT) program and the Cabin Assistant (CA).
The LIT program operates during the Summer Camp Program (June - Aug) at Camp Friendship and is typically populated by 14-16 year olds.
The CA program operates at all five locations during the summer months and is typically populated by 16 - 21 year olds.
The CA program also operates year-round with the respite programs at three of our locations: Maple Lake, Eden Prairie and Annandale. Volunteers arrive on Friday and depart Sunday. During this program the volunteers will reside in a cabin group with Counselors and Campers assisting with various aspects of programming.
Conor McGrath directs the Youth Development & Leadership programs and the Volunteer Department Camps of Courage & Friendship.
To hear from former volunteers by clicking here to read their testimonials.
The Volunteer Application Process
If you'd like to begin the Volunteer application process, you are invited to review the links below.
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Everyone is invited to complete a:
In addition to the above, if less than 18 years please also complete:
If 18 years or more please also complete:
Please print and complete each necessary form from above. You may wish to scan and email your completed forms.
What happens to my Volunteer Application once I submit it?
All volunteers must review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their first day of training with Camps of Courage & Friendship.
This will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of your role, the organization and its policies.