Camp MYDA operates several programs that need your help! Knowledge about diabetes is not required for volunteering at Camp MYDA; we will provide education to ensure the safety of our campers and volunteers.
Staff training is a very important part of our volunteer program; all volunteers are required to complete online training, attend mandatory training, and orientation before camp.
There are so many ways you can help with summer camp; read the descriptions below:
Please note that we strongly prefer volunteers remain at camp for the entire week.
Cabin counselors reside in cabins with campers, accompany them to activities, and are the first people they see in the morning! They help the campers get to know each other, check blood sugar levels, carry backpacks with diabetes and camp supplies, ensures that every camper in their care stays healthy and safe.
Join our Busy Bee Team
This team supports camp operations by keeping everything running smoothly, from opening the gate, filling water coolers, emptying trash, supporting dietary, setting up activities and more.
Our campers love to swim, we need experienced licensed life guards who would be responsible up to 25 children in the water at a time. We rotate the groups out throughout the day. This position does not require you to stay on site.
Every summer, talented volunteers share their skills to enhance program offerings for the campers, such as Art & Crafts, campfire, nature hikes, dance and much more!
Our valuable, caring medical staff bring their skills and a healthy attitude to the Camp MYDA community. An entire spectrum of healthcare professionals supports camp MYDA.
We rely on their expertise to manage an entire camp of children living with Type 1 Diabetes, but they can easily blend in with the day-to-day activities of camp such as tie-dying t-shirts, singing in the dining hall or playing gaga ball. While any type of specialty is welcome, we especially seek the following positions:
Our camp endocrinologists supervise clinicians and advise on insulin adjustments each day. Endocrinologists at camp are expected to help Med staff with 2am BG rounds by taking call 2 to 3 nights per session. Even if you are only able to volunteer for 2 or 3 days, your help is greatly appreciated. This setting is very different than your typical clinic or office setting – Camp MYDA focuses on promoting education in an exciting, camping environment.
We’re always looking to add to our team of clinicians. Whether you’re an MD, DO, PA, or NP, we have a place for you! Each clinician typically provides direct diabetes care for 9 campers with Type 1 Diabetes. Our clinicians’ main job is to ensure that insulin adjustments are made appropriately for food intake and high blood glucose levels while considering the campers’ upcoming activities. Clinicians collaborate with campers on insulin doses and promote independence for campers at age-appropriate levels. To fill this role, you need a base knowledge of Type 1 Diabetes and insulin dosing.
Nutrition students in college or graduate school are needed on the dietary staff to help prepare boxes of low blood glucose supplies, aid dietary head staff in carbohydrate counting and participate in diabetes/nutrition education of campers and staff as needed. For students in Dietetic Internships (DI) or Coordinated Programs (CP), preceptorship and supervised practice hours are offered.
Medical Clinicians in Training (MCIT)
Licensed medical professionals (PA, NP, PharmD, RN, LPN) who are new to Camp MYDA or nearing graduation can volunteer as Medical Clinicians in Training while under the supervision of a clinician or endocrinologist. For students, preceptorship and supervised practice hours may be offered.
Medical Lodge Nurses
Camp MYDA needs nurses (RN, LPN’s) of all specialties to help with general medical needs. Medical lodge nurses will provide non-insulin medications to all campers and will practice appropriate triage for injured or ill campers and staff, along with changing CGMs and pump sites.