Students & Vounteers - Our Fabulous "Blue Shirt Staff"

 Camp Counselor / Volunteers Wanted this Summer!

Position: Camp Counselor - Volunteer 1 Week (or more)

Camp Counselors can be Team Leaders, One to One Assistants or Team Assistants and get lots of interaction time with campers with professional supervision/support. It is a great learning opportunity for those who like working closing with children and as part of a team.  

 

Camp Counselor positions are best for college students who cannot commit to a 6-week internship, but have 1 or more weeks to offer and who are interested in general and special education, social work, counseling, psychology, occupational and physical therapy, nursing, and other related fields in the helping professions.

 

High school and middle school students (age 13+, no history of IEP or 504 Plan) are also considered Camp Counselors and can have their volunteer hours signed off by camp directors for graduation requirements. We LOVE our teen counselors!

 

 Camp Counselor Skills/Requirements:

  • Has not received special education services or 504 plan in school (if so, please see CYY's Junior Camp Counselors or Yak Apprentice Programs)

  • Likes working with a group of people

  • Fun, encouraging, flexible and patient personality

  • Can remain calm when faced with stressful situations/people

  • Easily directed/accepts feedback from supervisors

  • Has transportation to and from camp location daily

  • Can bring a personal cell phone for texting/emergencies

  • Able to visually & physically monitor child safety

  • Physically active - can run, climb stairs, etc. to help monitor children

  • Clear speech

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Lift/carry 25 pounds

 

Camp Counselor Program Requirements

  • Background & Reference Check- For those age 18 and over, applicants must receive favorable results from a nationwide criminal background check before working with children. A reference check for staff ages (age 13-17) will be conducted.

  • Camp Counselors attend a JOB SHADOW DAY on the THURSDAY of the week BEFORE he/she is scheduled to volunteer. On July 7 from 4:00-5:00pm - Week 1 Only - Teen Camp Counselor Orientation for camp tour, Q & A, and pick up staff t-shirt lead by Staff Coordinator. (This is for Week 1 middle & high school student volunteers only - there is not a Week 1 Job Shadow opportunity prior to camp.)

  • Camp Counselors complete CYY's Online Training before July 7th or their designated Job Shadow Day. Information on the training will be provided to you by email. 

  • Attend Daily Staff Meetings: Each morning and afternoon, staff meet to discuss best practice strategies to support campers and daily announcements. Volunteers attend the meetings but no preparation for the meeting is required. 

  • Certificate of Service Hours: Camp Counselors will get a certificate of total volunteer hours at end of their service to camp signed by the Camp Director. Volunteers are encouraged to list CYY as volunteer experience, but no formal letter of recommendation or job reference will be provided to weekly volunteers, unless individuals have served the camp for 3 or more weeks. Camp counselors are encouraged write about their service in a personal statement, job application, etc. ​​​

 

Position: Intern - 6-Week Internship Summer for College Students

Interns can work at camp as Team Leaders and Team Assistants, One-to-One Assistants to campers with more significant needs in the Buddies or JCC programs, or as Camp Coaches for Yak Apprentices. Interns can also work alongside of our Occupational Therapist, Camp Nurse or our Camper Support Team to learn more about those fields.

 

Interns are college students who are admitted into our rigorous training and hands-on learning program for 6 weeks (or approximately 300 hours) that includes extensive pre-camp training and staff days/meetings. Preparation, research, guided discussions and reflections are required. 

 

Internship Skills/Requirements:

  • Likes working with others in dynamic team environment

  • Fun, encouraging, flexibility and patient personality

  • Can remain calm when faced with stressful situations/people

  • Easily directed/accepts feedback from supervisors

  • Has transportation to and from camp location daily

  • Can bring personal laptop to camp on a daily basis

  • Can bring personal cell phone for texting/emergencies

  • Familiar with use of Google Drive and Google Apps

  • Able to visually & physically monitor child safety

  • Will speak up within a group, share ideas, ask questions

  • Physically active - can run, climb stairs, etc. to help monitor children

  • Clear speech

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Lift/carry 25 pounds

 

Internships positions are best for college students who commit to a 6-week internship,  and who are interested in general and special education, social work, counseling, psychology, speech, occupational and physical therapy, nursing, and related fields in the helping professions. Those interested in speech pathology are better suited for a clinical practicum role so they have access to supervision from speech pathologists.

 

Interns must pass a criminal background check and complete 15-20 hours of CYY training modules before being onsite. Information on the training will be provided to you by email. Training modules include video examples and online discussions with supervisors.

 

Interns receive a stipend of $599.00 on August 11th at the conclusion of the internship to cover the cost of transportation and other expenses of a 5-week internship. We are also happy to work with you for a robust letter of recommendation for graduate school or future employment.

Position: Clinical Practicum Student - SLP Graduate Students Only

Clinical Practicum Students are graduate students in speech pathology from one of our partnering universities- Portland State or Pacific University. Clinical Practicum Students can work at camp as Team Leaders and Team Assistants, One-to-One Assistants to campers with more significant needs in the Buddies or JCC programs, or as Camp Coaches for Yak Apprentices. The students' main responsibility is to support the communication of campers while under the supervision of speech-language pathologists.

 

Clinical Practicum Skills/Requirement:

  • Graduate student enrolled in a university clinical practicum course in speech-language pathology 

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Likes working with others in dynamic team environment

  • Fun, encouraging, flexibile and patient personality

  • Can remain calm when faced with stressful situations/people

  • Easily directed/accepts feedback from supervisors

  • Has transportation to and from camp location daily

  • Can bring personal laptop to camp on a daily basis

  • Can bring personal cell phone for texting/emergencies

  • Familiar with use of Google Drive and Google Apps

  • Able to visually & physically monitor child safety

  • Will speak up within a group, share ideas, ask questions

  • Physically active - can run, climb stairs, etc. to help monitor children

  • Clear speech

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Lift/carry 25 pounds

 

Clinical Practicum Students volunteer at camp for 2-3 weeks (or approximately 80-120 hours) depending on their university program. 

 

CYY's online staff training modules need to be completed before being onsite. Information on the training will be provided to you by email. The camp is happy to be a job reference when you are out of graduate school.

Position: Fieldwork Level 1 Occupational Therapy Student - for Graduate Students from Pacific University

Fieldwork Level 1 students are graduate students in occupational therapy from Pacific University and attend one of our week sessions. Fieldwork Level 1 Students can work at camp as Team Leaders and Team Assistants, One-to-One Assistants to campers with more significant needs in the Buddies or JCC programs, or co-instruct our PLAY or Games classes. The students' main responsibility is to observe our occupational therapist work in a variety of settings throughout camp and get some hands-on experience along the way.

 

Fieldwork Level 1 Skills/Requirements: 

  • Enrolled in Pacific University's graduate program for occupational therapy

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Likes working with others in dynamic team environment

  • Fun, encouraging, flexible and patient personality

  • Can remain calm when faced with stressful situations/people

  • Easily directed/accepts feedback from supervisors

  • Has transportation to and from camp location daily

  • Can bring personal laptop to camp on a daily basis

  • Can bring personal cell phone for texting/emergencies

  • Familiar with use of Google Drive and Google Apps

  • Able to visually & physically monitor child safety

  • Will speak up within a group, share ideas, ask questions

  • Physically active - can run, climb stairs, etc. to help monitor children

  • Clear speech

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Lift/carry 50 pounds

 

Fieldwork Level 1 students attend Camp Yakety Yak for 1 week for an approximately 40-hour experience.

 

CYY's Online Staff Training must be completed before being onsite. Links to the training will be emailed to you.

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Our college and teen student staff come from many schools in and out of state for this unique experience!

28 Colleges     27 High Schools     8 Middle Schools

Can you find your school on this list of camp counselors and interns? If not, be the first from your school to join us!

Camp Yakety Yak is an amazing program that effectively educates and accepts kids of all abilities while placing great emphasis on interprofessional collaboration. The staff works as a cohesive team to teach kids how to do the same! I think that makes CYY special.
 
 - Nick B., Medical Student at Creighton University, 2018

The PSU graduate program in speech-language pathology is so fortunate to partner with Camp Yakety Yak. Every year, our graduates and undergraduates are transformed by the experience of working at Camp. They learn how to support kids with social communication goals while having so much fun. They learn that therapy is not just hard work, but also full of moments of joy and connection. PSU loves Camp Yakety Yak! 

-Claudia Meyer, Clinic Director, Portland State University

Email: office@campyaketyyak.org​

Camp Cell: 971-303-3901

Fax: 503-200-1095

 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 161

West Linn, OR  97068​

Nonprofit TAX ID: 45-4197236

Summer Camp Location: 

Mountain Park Church

40 McNary Parkway

Lake Oswego, OR  97035

(June-August Only)

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