Volunteer at MDA Summer Camp
Make an impact on the lives of children with muscular dystrophy or related diseases during their best week of the year.
Camp can change your life just as it changes the lives of campers.
MDA Summer Camp wouldn’t be possible without people like you. Each summer, hundreds of volunteers serve as counselors and medical staff for up to one week to help make Summer Camp a safe, fun and memorable experience.
As a volunteer, you will be a camper’s “buddy” for the week as you participate in adaptive camp experiences, games, dances, meal time and more. You also will take on the role of 24-hour caregiver, friend and confidence-builder.
2020 MDA Summer Camps
Camps are held nationwide during the summer months. Use the search below to find a camp near you.
MDA Summer Camp Update, 3/26/2020
After careful review of the growing seriousness and community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and discussion with trusted medical professionals and organizations, MDA has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer camp programs in 2020. Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff. We know that our campers, volunteers, sponsors, and MDA staff look forward to these life-changing weeks at camp every year, and this decision was not made lightly. We hope you’ll still complete the MDA Volunteer interest form at mda.org/volunteer to stay engaged and get connected to other opportunities to volunteer!
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A volunteer counselor’s role at a glance:
Meet the needs of assigned campers with respect and care
Attend to a camper’s needs, such as dressing, bathing and feeding.
Maintain a clean, orderly and safe environment in cabins
Have fun and participate in daily activities with enthusiasm
Set a high standard of cooperation
Implement procedures to keep all campers safe
Application requirements & time commitments:
18+ years of age
24/7 commitment during the week of camp
Ability to attend mandatory at-camp training
Of sufficient strength and health to lift and care for campers
Completed camp application with two references and a background check
Physical exam in the past year and up-to-date immunizations
Interview with MDA staff
A medical volunteer’s role at a glance:
Supervise and maintain the health and well-being of campers
Dispense medications and perform first aid
Maintain health and treatment documentation
Review all camp applications prior to camp
Be part of the Emergency Decision Team
Maintain equipment and supplies
Please note: Lodging, meals and activities are provided. Transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the volunteer.