Want to Volunteer?

 

Camp Twitch & Shout employs a variety of volunteers to impact the lives of our campers. From counselors to medical staff, we are looking for people who have a passion to work with children and make them feel like shining stars. Energy, enthusiasm, patience, adaptability, and compassion are just a few of the qualities that we look for in our fun and energetic staff.

Volunteers must:

  • Be a fun, energetic, and positive person who is willing to get a bit messy & very silly!
  • Be age 19 or older (at least 1 year out of High School before the start of camp preferred)
  • Complete and pass a background check
  • Complete and pass reference checks
  • Be physically and emotionally capable of supervising campers and participating in all activities with campers the entire week of camp
  • Be able to commit to being at Camp Twitch & Shout 24/7 starting with training at 8:00AM on the Saturday before the campers arrive, through Friday, the last day of camp, at 12:00PM
  • Sleep in the cabins with the campers all week long. Supervision ratio is approximately 2:1 (campers to counselors)
  • Arrange and pay for your travel to and from camp.  Volunteer food and lodging will be paid for during training and the week of camp. All counselor positions are volunteer.
  • Have an interest in working with children with a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and the possible associated disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, social skills struggles (some campers are on the autism spectrum), sensory integration dysfunction, and learning disabilities.

While adults from all different fields and expertise are accepted, students and professionals with experience or a focus on education, special education, psychology, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, health related fields, social work, advocacy, behavior management, recreation therapy, music therapy, art therapy, a service industry, or counseling are encouraged to apply.

If you have an interest in joining our team we want to hear from you! Review the job role descriptions and apply online through the “Volunteer Registration” button for your chance to experience the “world’s greatest” camp and change the life of child with Tourette, as well as your own.

Contact campdirector@camptwitchandshout.org with any questions.

 

Cabin Counselor

 

Reports to: Cabin Leader

Prerequisites: At least 19 years of age, pass a background check, reference checks, and an interview before consideration for this position. Counselors must also be a least 1 year out of high school. Counselors must complete an online application, reference check, background check, and interview before being considered for a Volunteer position with us this summer.

Position Purpose: Camp Twitch and Shout Counselors are the primary caregivers for our Campers. They are responsible for the Campers’ health and safety, communication with their Leadership and Support Teams, as well as inspiring personal growth through the 5 core principles of Camp Twitch and Shout.

 

5 Core Principles of Camp Twitch & Shout

 

  1.  Resilience: Instilling the process of adapting well in the face of adversity in order to “bounce back” from difficult experiences.
  • Seeks to learn more about possible struggles and comorbid conditions for those individuals with Tourette syndrome through participation in training, ongoing communication, observation, and active listening.
  • To foster resilience by being aware of the possible individual challenges of each camper in their care, and to continually provide encouragement and feedback to positively impact their ability to handle those challenges.
  1.  Independence: Creates an environment that gives our Campers the opportunity to function independently, with the goal to improve their self-esteem through discovering their gifts and strengths. A counselor will encourage them to adopt and reinforce the routines and strategies that will help them develop self-competence through positive, supportive, and empathetic means.
  • To continually guide, supervise, and help organize activities related to the campers living in their cabin in order to foster self-competence in meeting their own personal needs and goals at camp.
  • Seeks opportunities for Camper’s personal growth and provides positive encouragement and compassionate support for each unique individual’s needs and goals.
  1.  Friendship: Assists in the development of friendships with others that are kind, and act as a positive influence in their lives.
  • Consistently acts as a positive role model for Campers and Volunteers by actively engaging in the spirit, community, and fellowship of all individuals living in your cabin.
  • Understands the importance of peer-to-peer relationships/friendships, and seeks to encourage and develop social skills in order to reach this goal with the support of the Leadership and Support Teams as needed.
  1.  Individuality: Assists campers to discover and embrace their unique qualities and gifts that distinguish them from others.
  • To embrace and respect the individuality and diversity of each camper in your care.
  • To seek opportunities that increase self-esteem and pride of all individuals by continually acknowledging and reinforcing their unique gifts and strengths.
  1. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feeling, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
  • To gain knowledge of mindfulness practices through the training process, and seek guidance from the Leadership and Support Teams during Camp.
  • To incorporate the tools and strategies learned in training to effectively calm and reassure campers when they are having a difficult time, feeling stressed, or struggling with their symptoms of Tourette Syndrome or associated disorders.

 

Health and Safety

To ensure the health and safety of all campers at all times.

 

  • To see that all campers are properly supervised at all times.
  • To report to your Unit Leader any behavior or activity of a counselor, staff member, Camp Twin Lakes staff member, or camper that is concerning, inappropriate, unkind, insensitive, or aggressive in nature.
  • To recognize and communicate any personal issue or need of yourself to your Unit Leader to ensure your emotional and physical health throughout the week.
  • To make sure you are knowledgeable of any medical needs of the Campers in your care, and access the Medical Team as needed for information, resources, and medical care as needed.
  • To ensure timely medication administration.
  • To ensure proper clothing, sunscreen, bug repellent, fluid hydration, and any environmental needs (heat related, etc…) of yourself and the Campers in your care.
  • To take advantage of scheduled breaks and relief when offered to ensure your personal health.

Communication & Policies

To read and understand all policies & information listed in the Volunteer Manual.

 

  • To seek the guidance and support of the Leadership and Support Teams as needed in order to gain knowledge and growth in the role of counselor.
  • To communicate effectively with other volunteers and the Leadership team.
  • To always be aware of, and follow the programming schedule for your cabin to ensure timely participation in all the activities provided.
  • To honestly and effectively contribute to all verbal and written evaluations required.
  • To respond in a timely manner to all communication prior to and during camp.
  • To participate fully in training and camp: All volunteers are required to be on site at Camp Twitch and Shout 24/7 from the beginning of training until dismissal on the last day of camp.
  • To participate fully and enthusiastically in all the activities with the campers.
  • To read and agree to all of the policies and information listed in the Volunteer Manual.
  • To make sure that everyone is having a lot of fun!

Cabin Leader (CL)

 

Reports to: Unit Leader

Prerequisites:  At least 1 year experience as a counselor with Camp Twitch & Shout.

Position Purpose:  To oversee and guide the Counselors in their cabin to ensure the health and safety of everyone, promote the 5 core principles of Camp Twitch and Shout, and provide an engaging and supportive environment for the Campers in their care.

Essential Job Functions:

  • To effectively communicate with everyone in their cabins, and foster a sense of fellowship, spirit, and community within the Cabin and Unit.
  • To ensure that your Counselors are complying with all Camp policies and duties detailed in their job descriptions.
  • To provide Leadership in an organized, calm, and empathetic manner.
  • To participate in Pre-Camp meetings, and prepare for your Cabin’s needs prior to Camp.
  • To participate in Unit Meetings, and immediately report to the Leadership Team any problems (or potential problems) with individuals in your Cabin, or with the Cabin group dynamics.
  • To effectively communicate with the Leadership Team of any identified struggles, or potential issues such as inappropriate behavior, unsafe behavior, or concerns of any individual in your Cabin.
  • To promote timely participation in all scheduled activities.
  • To take responsibility for the prevention of any heat or environmental illness or injury by ensuring that all the Camper and Counselors have knowledge of proper clothing, sunscreen coverage and bug repellent application, as needed for upcoming activities.
  • To ensure that all Counselors have knowledge of what to do for any medical needs, allergies, or possible medical emergencies that might require immediate medical attention in their Cabin (such as seizures or allergies).
  • To engage the expertise of the Medical Team, and report to them any additional information and resources you might need to address any medical concerns for the health and safety of those in their care.
  • To seek support of the Support Team through your Leadership Team in order to facilitate communication and awareness of any concerns related to those in your Cabin.

 

5 Core Principles of Camp Twitch & Shout

 

  1.  Resilience: Instilling the process of adapting well in the face of adversity in order to “bounce back” from difficult experiences.
  • Seeks to learn more about possible struggles and comorbid conditions for those individuals with Tourette syndrome through participation in training, ongoing communication, observation, and active listening.
  • To foster resilience by being aware of the possible individual challenges of each camper in their care, and to continually provide encouragement and feedback to positively impact their ability to handle those challenges.
  1.  Independence: Creates an environment that gives our Campers the opportunity to function independently, with the goal to improve their self-esteem through discovering their gifts and strengths. A counselor will encourage them to adopt and reinforce the routines and strategies that will help them develop self-competence through positive, supportive, and empathetic means.
  • To continually guide, supervise, and help organize activities related to the campers living in their cabin in order to foster self-competence in meeting their own personal needs and goals at camp.
  • Seeks opportunities for Camper’s personal growth and provides positive encouragement and compassionate support for each unique individual’s needs and goals.
  1.  Friendship: Assists in the development of friendships with others that are kind, and act as a positive influence in their lives.
  • Consistently acts as a positive role model for Campers and Volunteers by actively engaging in the spirit, community, and fellowship of all individuals living in your cabin.
  • Understands the importance of peer-to-peer relationships/friendships, and seeks to encourage and develop social skills in order to reach this goal with the support of the Leadership and Support Teams as needed.
  1.  Individuality: Assists campers to discover and embrace their unique qualities and gifts that distinguish them from others.
  • To embrace and respect the individuality and diversity of each camper in your care.
  • To seek opportunities that increase self-esteem and pride of all individuals by continually acknowledging and reinforcing their unique gifts and strengths.
  1. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feeling, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
  • To gain knowledge of mindfulness practices through the training process, and seek guidance from the Leadership and Support Teams during Camp.
  • To incorporate the tools and strategies learned in training to effectively calm and reassure campers when they are having a difficult time, feeling stressed, or struggling with their symptoms of Tourette Syndrome or associated disorders.

Unit Leader (UL)

 

Reports to: Leadership Team

Prerequisites:  At least 1 year at Camp Twitch & Shout and have worked in supervisory role (does not have to have been at Twitch and Shout) in another position.

Position Purpose:  To assist in providing an engaging program that meets the needs of the Campers in their Units. The UL’s responsibility is to actively participate in the development and implementation of volunteer training, under the direction of the Camp Director and Leadership Team. The UL must also enthusiastically seek to inspire their Unit’s spirit through pre-camp preparations, as well as provide oversight and support for the Cabin Leaders (CL) and Counselors in their Unit in the mission of Camp Twitch and Shout.

Essential Job Functions: To effectively communicate and reinforce the Camp’s policies and expectations of the Cabin Leaders and Counselors in their Units. To provide all volunteers in their Units the guidance, support, access to the training, and resources that will ensure their success in performing the tasks and goals listed in their job descriptions. Also you must be willing to step in as a Cabin Counselor/ Leader when needed. Keep open communications with Medical and Support staff about campers within your unit.

Team Approach: The Unit Leader will have knowledge of the resources available to them, and seeks to utilize those resources when necessary with the guidance of the Camp Director and the Leadership Team.  These resources may include the Support and Medical Teams. Utilizing a team approach will help ensure the physical health, emotional health, safety, and personal growth of the Campers and Counselors in their Unit.

  • To develop and encourage suggestions for Cabin & Unit Spirit pre-camp.
  • To participate in all Unit & Cabin activities.
  • Promote daily communication with your Cabin Leaders.
  • Participate in pre-camp, and at-camp meetings with your Cabin Leaders & Counselors.
  • To provide guidance and support regarding the environmental needs of the Campers to ensure the health and safety of the Counselors and the Campers.
  • To actively participate in, and contribute to the Training process as requested from the Unit Director, and Assistant Unit Director.
  • To provide access to, and incorporate a toolbox of strategies and ideas for the Counselors to utilize when facing changes in the schedule or challenges.
  • To encourage and foster personal growth for all Counselors in their Units.
  • To immediately report any incident or concern to a Leadership Team member..
  • To oversee the emotional and physical health & safety of all counselors through the facilitation of breaks and activities promoting rest & fellowship throughout the week.

Leadership Team

 

Reports to: Camp Director

Prerequisites:  At least 2 years as a Twitch & Shout volunteer, and previous experience in a leadership role (does not have to be from Twitch and Shout).

Position Purpose:  The Camp Twitch and Shout Leadership Team’s responsibility is to oversee development and training of all volunteers. This training will help prepare and empower our volunteers to accomplish the organization’s mission, incorporate the 5 Core Principles of Camp Twitch and Shout, and their responsibilities as outlined in their job descriptions. The Leadership Team will also oversee all volunteers and their responsibilities during the week of Camp Twitch and Shout.

Essential Job Functions:  To develop and deliver a training program that meets and supports the needs and interests of the Camp Twitch and Shout Campers.

Training Goals:  The Leadership Team will work with the Camp Director to plan and incorporate the mission, goals and objectives of Camp Twitch and Shout into volunteer training.

Resources:  The Leadership Team will work with the Camp Director to identify resources, delivery method, budget, and support needed to execute the training process for the season. The Leadership Team will also update any ACA Standards that relate to training and staff oversight at Camp Twitch and Shout.

During the Camp Session:  The Leadership Team will coordinate and utilize the resources available to them in order to accomplish the set goals for training. During the camp week, the Leadership Team will work together to provide oversight of all volunteers in order maintain their health and well being, and continued support and development of the staff during the week of camp.

Support Team

 

Reports to: Camp Director

Prerequisites:  Professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Behaviorists, Social Workers, Photographers, and Administrative support.

Position Purpose:  The Camp Twitch and Shout Support Team communicates and assist in exploring ways to implement strategies of support aimed at improving and enhancing the campers’ experience during the week of Camp.

Essential Job Functions:  To assist in effectively training the volunteers, and integrating support for campers and staff by providing effective tools, techniques, strategies, and support that relate to the diagnosis and comorbidities that may be expressed by the Campers throughout the week of Camp Twitch and Shout.

Staff Responsibilities:  To collaborate with the Camp Director in determining the types of support that may be necessary at Camp. To provide resources for and to assist the Unit Director in development and implementation the types of support training that may be necessary. Work with the Camp Staff concerning documentation and quality assurance measures that may be necessary regarding support.

Team Approach:  The Support Team will work closely with the Camp Director to facilitate communication to guide the team in the exploration of resources, techniques, and strategies that may be helpful in the Camp environment. Share any and all concerns with the Camp Director, Medical Director, or Executive Director.

Support Team:  This Team may include professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Behaviorists, and Social Workers.

Medical Team

 

Reports to: Medical Director and Executive Director

Prerequisites:  Physicians, Physician Assistants, RN, LPN, EMT- All Levels

Position Purpose:  The Camp Twitch and Shout Medical Team implements strategies of medical support aimed at improving and enhancing the campers’ experience during the week of camp by giving direct medical care as needed. Medical support includes direct medical care, medication management and dispensing of all medications, upkeeping of documentation in medical records for all campers and volunteers.

Essential Job Functions:  To provide quality medical care to all campers and staff as needed and appropriate based on medical specialty. These services will include treatment of injuries and illnesses, and medication management.

Staff Responsibilities:  To collaborate with the Executive Director and Camp Director in determining the types of Medical support that may be necessary at Camp. Work with the Camp Staff concerning documentation and quality assurance measures that may be necessary regarding medical support.

Camp PALS

 

Reports to: Support Staff

Prerequisites: At least 19 years old and  experience with Camp Twitch & Shout.

Unique to CTAS, the PALS (People Always Listen and Support) are very special people. They are an extra set of hands, ears, and shoulders.  They are different from Counselors as they don’t hold the responsibility of a specific set of campers.

Specially trained in tics and related behaviors, they will be the calm during a storm. PALS have a special skill-set as they have walked in the campers shoes. Ignoring the tics does not mean ignoring the person, and PALS are very cognizant of this.

PALS are mentors. They model positive behavior for others who are “like them” but are in a more advanced place in life. They rely on personal experiences to better understand life from a campers point of view.

They are “rovers” who will be utilized all over! They may remain in certain high traffic areas (Mess hall, Gym, etc.)  or in particular out-of-the-way areas while activities are in session (equestrian, archery, waterfront, etc.) When someone needs an extra person to help out, they are ready and able.

The Rule of 3 – PALS are ready and willing.  Camper becomes immobile, call on a PAL to lend a hand. Camper has violent tics and needs distraction or redirection, call on a PAL to be your 3rd person.