Summer Camp Volunteers

Spend some of your summer in the great outdoors when you volunteer at Unity in Learning Summer Camps! Join other teens from throughout the Ann Arbor area as you develop new leadership skills, gain valuable work experience, and learn about STEM at Leslie Science & Nature Center and Yankee Air Museum.

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 the 2018 Summmer are now closed. We typically post applications in late March or early April. Please sign up here to receive information about the 2019 volunteer program.

Volunteers at Camp

Orientation and Training Commitments

Unity in Learning Camps provide 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 will be expected to attend all training sessions. More information on dates and times will be released with the volunteer application in early 2019. 

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 17 and August 30, 2018

What are the responsibilities?

Please read the summer camp volunteer job description closely before applying. Email Zach Wood (or call 734-205-9531), LSNC's Camp Programs Manager, 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

What Happens After I Apply?

Successful applicants will be invited to attend the training events. Applicants who are selected to be summer camp volunteers will be notified of their assigned volunteer dates no later than June 1, 2019.

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Photo Day, and Camp Reset: Friday, August 31, 2018 8am-1pm

Summer camp volunteers are invited to attend a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Friday, August 30, 2019. 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.

For Volunteer Families

Our volunteer program is all about providing teens with opportunities and experiences that push them to learn, grow, and practice new skills. We believe that giving teens the chance to develop important life and career skills is a cornerstone of our program and we appreciate our volunteers’ families’ dedication to joining us in this process at home. We ask all of our volunteers to take the lead in managing their schedule, correspondence, and responsibilities when working with our volunteer program and we ask for adult family members to support them in doing so. With this in mind, we encourage volunteers complete their own applicationsand list their own email contact information when doing so. We thank families for helping their volunteers begin this process and encouraging teens take the lead.