An image of the Nature House, from the outside

Summer Camp Volunteers

Spend some of your summer in the great outdoors when you volunteer at LSNC's Summer Camp! Join other teens from throughout the Ann Arbor area as you develop new leadership skills, gain valuable work experience, and learn about Michigan's natural history and ecology.

That's not all—camp volunteers also get to hike the trails, participate in field trips, and play camp favorites like Wolf Pack, Camouflage, and Scatterball!

Applications for 2017 Summer Camp Volunteers are now closed.

Volunteers at Camp

Who should apply?

  • Youth 13-17 years old (preference is given to those in 9th grade and up)
  • Youth interested in environmental issues, outdoor programming and education, camp, teaching, or leadership
  • Responsible individuals who are interested in mentoring younger kids
  • Folks who are interested in spending the summer outside, rain or shine
  • Youth who can commit to volunteering for at least two weeks, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday between June 19 and September 1, 2017

What are the responsibilities?

Please read the summer camp volunteer job description closely before applying. Contact Etta Heisler, Camp and Public Programs Director, with any questions.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop leadership skills, learn about science and nature, and gain work/volunteer experience
  • Share your talents in music, arts, cooking, athletics, and more during Choice Time and Chillaxation
  • Participate in leadership development and skill-building opportunities, and receive performance feedback from Summer Camp Educators
  • Enjoy the summer outside, whether you're strolling in the pollinator garden, playing kickball in the big field, exploring our wooded trails, or dipping for insects in Black Pond
  • Upon request, receive documentation of community service or volunteer hours and a letter of recommendation

How should I apply?

Applications for the 2017 summer are now closed. Applications typically open in mid-March. Interested youth must complete an online application form including some short answer questions and contact information for two references. We have a limited number of spaces available and preference will be given to youth who can attend all of the training sessions and can volunteer for at least two weeks of summer. If you would like to be notified when applications open for the 2018 summer, please complete this form.

What Happens After I Apply?

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the training events (see dates and times below). Applicants who are selected to be summer camp volunteers will be notified of their assigned volunteer dates no later than June 1, 2017.

Orientation and Training Commitments

LSNC provides a series of staff- and peer-led training sessions for camp volunteers to cover important safety guidelines, introduce you to the camp day, and of course, play some group games! Volunteers who are unable to attend all of the training sessions should indicate that on the application or contact the camp director in writing. All training sessions are held at LSNC.

  • Summer Camp Volunteer Training 1: Sunday, May 7, 2-4:30pm
  • Summer Camp Volunteer Training 2: Monday, May 15, 6-8pm
  • Summer Camp Volunteer Training 2: Monday, May 22, 6-8pm

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Photo Day, and Camp Reset: Friday, September 1, 8am-1pm

Summer camp volunteers are invited to attend a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Friday, September 1, 2017. Volunteers and staff are then invited to play some group games and take an all-staff picture for the camp new year's card. Volunteers who want a few last service hours can stay and help clean and reset our camp buildings for fall field trip season.