"Camp Quality means the world to all of us campers. The volunteers are what makes Camp Quality so special. It would be nothing without you guys. I want to thank you for being that special someone in the lives of all of us kids. You have made an incredible difference."
A camper's "best friend for the week" is their Camp Quality Companion. The caring and supportive relationship between the pair begins at camp, and continues to be fostered throughout the year. In many cases, Camp Quality kids develop such strong friendships with their companions that they ask to be matched up year after year.
Camp Quality Companions come from all walks of life-- teachers, college students, lawyers, young professionals, retired professionals, police officers, firefighters. Quality companions must be willing to invest their time, energy and heart into the experience of their camper . . . but the return is priceless.
An overview of companion qualifications include: provide a list of 2 references, pass a personal interview, successfully clear a security check, attend the companion/staff training workshop, make contact with the camper as soon as an assignment is made, attend the full length of camp, adhere to the rules governing Camp Quality, give round the clock companionship to your camper while at camp, maintain contact with the camper throughout the year through email, mail, phone calls or visits. The minimum age for any companion is 18, but there is no upper age limit. If a person is "young at heart" and can stand the rigor of being a 24- hour guardian for one of our campers, we want you!
If you want to volunteer with Camp Quality:
- Find a camp that is convenient to where you live or with dates that are best for you to attend. Find the best Camp Quality for you here.
- Complete the application.
Note to all potential companions:
At your personal interview, you will be asked to read through and initial the rules of Camp Quality USA, Inc. The following are some of those rules.
I understand and agree that:
- I may not discuss alternative medicine with any child at camp.
- Medical Staff ONLY must administer all medicine for campers, including such things as removal of splinters, treatment of minor cuts, headache tablets, etc.!!!
- I understand and agree I will not bring tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs to camp.
- I agree not to press any particular health food or diet on any child at camp.
- Caring for a large group of children with cancer is, in itself, stressful. The only way to relieve some of this stress is to ensure every companion assigned to care for a child, fully understands the demands of their role. The safety and happiness of the camper ALWAYS COMES FIRST! If I am assigned as a companion, I fully understand that if I do not care for my camper as instructed, I will be asked to leave camp.
- I understand that no expression of religion may be initiated or promoted by camp staff.
- Even though rest periods are rarely popular with the youth, I agree to observe horizontal rest periods.
- Any and all equipment I bring to camp is entirely my responsibility. If necessary, I will ensure adequate insurance coverage for loss or damage, which may occur at camp.
- I understand that specific personnel have been assigned to handle media coverage. I will not contact the media, nor release any names, photographs, or articles without first securing written permission of the camp director.
- I understand that I may not bring any of my own children under 18 years to camp.
- I understand that I must attend a Staff Training Workshop before I can be assigned a staff position. I agree to attend the orientation meeting held at the campground prior to the start of camp. (You will be notified of dates and times.)