Volunteer Opportunities

Double H is more than a camp. This fall and winter, hundreds of kids living with serious illnesses and their families will have the chance to experience camp in a unique way – purposefully designed, fully adapted, and medically safe. Season after season, the dedication and passion of our volunteers makes the magic of camp a reality. Apply to volunteer at Double H and learn how you can be part of something more!

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Current Volunteers: Check the Volunteer Hub for everything you need to know before arriving at camp!

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2022 Fall & 2023 Winter Program Dates

  • Outreach Prom:
    September 24
  • Cindy’s Comfort Camp:
    September 30-October 2
  • Camp Bravehearts:
    October 7-10
  • General Family Weekend:
    October 14-16
  • Spina Bifida Family Weekend:
    October 21-23
  • Adaptive Winter Sports Program:
    January-March 2023 – dates coming soon!

2022 Fall Volunteer Positions

Description

Outreach Prom Volunteers will help run Double H’s first-ever camp prom event for campers aged 21 years and older. Volunteers can choose one or more shifts to help with…

  • Prom Set Up: 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Running Workshops & Activities: 1:00pm-4:30pm
  • Chaperoning & Running Games: 4:30pm-8:30pm

Visit our Outreach Page to learn more about the Prom event.

Requirements:

Previous experience working or volunteering during another Double H program.

Questions?

Please contact Corinne Lafayette, Family Outreach Coordinator at clafayette@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Family Pals are paired with campers and their families to act as a counselor throughout the weekend. Family pals accompany participants at activity areas and during meal times, help guide families through the daily schedule, and provide general assistance when needed.

Requirements:

    • At least 19 years of age, or 18 years of age and a year out of high school.
    • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
    • Complete required e-learning courses and onsite training upon arrival.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Activity Volunteers support camp program areas including Archery, Arts and Crafts, Barn, Discovery (Science), High Ropes Course, Outdoor Extreme (Nature), Pool, and The Waterfront (Fishing & Boating). Activity Volunteers help set up program areas, facilitate engaging and fun activities for campers and families, and keep areas and supplies clean and disinfected between use.

Requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Complete required e-learning courses and onsite training upon arrival.
  • High Ropes Course, Lifeguards, and Archery volunteers will require additional training regarding safety in these areas.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Volunteer Drivers support camp programs by providing scheduled transportation for campers, families, and volunteers throughout the season. Drivers utilize Double H vehicles to bring others between camp and various public transit hubs, like the Albany train and bus stations.

Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Complete required e-learning courses and driver’s training.

Questions?

Please contact the Chris Pezzulo, Assistant Camp Director: Residential Life at cpezzulo@doublehranch.org

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2023 Winter Volunteer Positions

Description:

Ski and Snowboard Instructors teach campers new skills on the hill in group or one-on-one lessons. Instructors complete training requirements in accordance with Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) standards that cover different methods of ski and snowboard instruction, the appropriate use of adaptive equipment, and more. No prior teaching experience is required.

Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Ability to ski or snowboard.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Junior Ski and Snowboard instructors learn the ropes of adaptive teaching for campers with serious medical conditions. Junior Instructors receive the same training opportunities throughout the season and are paired with experienced instructors when teaching lessons. No prior teaching experience is required.

Requirements:

  • 16-17 years of age.
  • Ability to ski or snowboard.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Certified National Ski Patrol volunteers provide supervision, guidance, and first aid for our campers and instructors while out on the hill.

Requirements:

  • Certified National Ski Patrol Member.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Lodge Hosts provide campers and families with a warm welcome and a sense of comfort. Lodge Hosts guide families and instructors to their stations, help maintain the cleanliness of the ski lodge, tend to the fire, and assist our food service team with meal and snack prep to ensure everyone has the energy they need for a day of fun.

Requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Equipment Room Technicians (ERTs) are responsible for the proper setting of ski and snowboard bindings. Equipment Room Assistants (ERAs) assist ERTs in proper protective equipment selection and fitting, equipment tracking, and use of adaptive teaching tools.

Requirements:
  • At least 19 years of age.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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Description:

Conveyor Lift Operators (CLOs) help campers and instructors safely enter, ride, and exit the conveyor lift, or “magic carpet,” during lessons. CLOs are stationed outside on the hill for 1-2 hours at a time and should have the ability to physically assist campers on and off, as well as return campers to a standing position if they were to fall.

Requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
  • Attend onsite Winter Volunteer Orientation: November 5, 2022.
  • Complete required e-learning and in-person training courses.

Questions?

Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org

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camper rides horse led by two volunteers smiling
Three people roast marshmallows around a fire while it snows.

Volunteer Eligibility

To be eligible to volunteer during Fall Weekend Programs and the Adaptive Winter Sports Program, applicants must…

  • Successfully wear a mask throughout the day.
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from camp, including early departure if necessary.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster dose if eligible. (Must have a complete primary series of either Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. If eligible, must receive a booster dose at least five months after receiving the last dose of the primary series.)

Please see specific roles above for age and experience requirements.

Application Process

The 2022 Fall and 2023 Adaptive Winter Volunteer Application is now open! Please keep in mind the following deadlines…

  • Winter Part One Deadline: October 21

After the deadlines pass, volunteer applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as long as spots are available. If you are excited to get involved, but unsure about which role would best suit your interests, we can help! Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@doublehranch.org.

Training Dates

Double H provides thorough training to help volunteers feel prepared and comfortable in their roles. Training varies based on the role and time commitment. If you have any questions about trainings or are not able to make a listed date, please contact the Volunteer Office to talk about more options.

  • NEW! Fall and Winter Pre-Camp E-Learning Courses
  • NEW! Fall Virtual Volunteer Info Night
    Tuesday, September 27 from 7pm – 8pm on Zoom
  • Winter Virtual Volunteer Info Night
    Tuesday, October 25 from 7pm – 8pm on Zoom
  • Winter Onsite Volunteer Orientation
    Saturday, November 5 from 9am – 4pm at Double H Ranch. This orientation is strongly recommended, but not required for volunteer participation.

 


Questions about volunteering this fall or winter? Please contact the Volunteer Office.

volunteer@doublehranch.org     |     (518) 696-5676 x 290