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Special Friends Volunteers

Special Friends Volunteers

Special Friends Camp Volunteers

Be a caring presence in the lives of special needs adults

Spend an amazing week by being a camper “buddy” for a special needs teen/adult at Special Friends Camp. Volunteers share Christ’s love by being a caring presence in the lives of campers, helping them participate in fun summer camp activities. This is a great local mission opportunity for individuals or groups. Camp staff take care of training, registration and program content so volunteers can focus on serving and having fun with their campers.

Serve, Stay and Care

Unique camp experience

This unique camp experience brings a special blessing to volunteers!

As a “buddy” for a special needs camper, volunteers help them participate in summer camp activities like swimming, climbing tower, crafts, worship, games, and more!

Volunteers are welcome to stay overnight for their week of volunteering free of charge. After campers leave for the day, volunteers are free to participate in fellowship activities with other staff and volunteers.

Details and Requirements

No experience necessary

Come individually or as a group

  • Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
  • Stay overnight or commute. Meals are provided.
  • Volunteer sessions are Sunday afternoon through Friday.
  • Training provided.
  • Students can earn community service hours for school.

Dates & Application 2019

Volunteer for one or more weeks this summer.

Each week begins with a two days of mandatory training; 2pm Sunday through Monday afternoon. Campers arrive on Tuesday!

SessionDates
Session #1June 23-28
Session #2June 30-July 5
Session #3July 7-12
Session #4July 14-19
Session #5July 21-26
Session #6August 4-9
Special Friends Volunteering at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Personal Development

Learn from others while gaining life skills.

Special Friends Volunteering at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Have fun

Participate in fun activities with your buddy.

Special Friends Volunteering at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Develop Relationships

Make friends as you get to know campers, staff, and volunteers.

Application Process

Notes: Read the volunteer information pdf before proceeding to the application.

Special Needs Program Leadership

Laurie Fertello, Special Friends Director, at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Laurie Fertello

Day Camp & Special Needs Program Director

Laurie has worked at Warm Beach Camp for over 37 years. Her passion is seeing people come to Christ. Laurie strives to create an atmosphere where campers feel accepted, encouraged, and loved! She enjoys watching people experience transformation through God’s love in the Special Friends Camp and Day Camp programs.

Faith Oates, Volunteer Coordinator, at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, Stanwood, WA; near Seattle.

Faith Oates

Volunteer Coordinator

Faith Oates is passionate about connecting people to the ministry at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center. She has worked in camp ministry for many years, and has a heart for others, and enjoys meeting new people.

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