WHO ARE CAMP I AM SPECIAL BUDDIES!
Our Buddies are caregivers at Camp I Am Special. Our completely volunteer buddy staff is made up of high school and college students who selflessly give of their time to serve as a buddy for the entire camp session. Each buddy is responsible for one and only one camper during the week. Many of our disabilities may require more 1:1 attention and we have the volunteers, and staff to meet the needs of each camper. Our buddies earn 121 service hours for a week of camp and 48 hours of service for a Mini- Camp.
Buddies are expected to be selfless, dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and, of course, FUN.
How do I become a Buddy?
If you're entering high school, attend high school, or are a college student, you are eligible to become a buddy .
Please note that we accept Buddies based on the needs of the campers. We will accept 34 Buddies per summer session. We recommend you select as many sessions as you are available to increase your chances of getting a spot. If you are not chosen and put on our waiting list, do not fear! We will continue to try to get you in for the sessions you selected on your application should someone need to back out. Please refer to the Buddy Application for the date in which we begin accepting applications.
What kind of training does a Buddy receive?
To become a Camp I Am Special Buddy you must undergo an extensive training program that covers the following areas:
- Safety and Security
- Seizure Protocol
- Swimming Protocol
- Adaptive Equipment
- Lifting and Transferring