Double H is more than a camp. Become a volunteer and make more of your summer.
We are thrilled to be welcoming campers, volunteers, and seasonal staff back onsite for a residential 2022 Summer Camp Program. Hundreds of kids living with serious illnesses will have the chance to experience camp in a unique way – purposefully designed, fully adapted, and medically safe. Summer after summer, the dedication and passion of our volunteers makes the magic of camp a reality. Take the chance to be part of something more this summer!
Learn about available volunteer positions, session dates, and application process below; then submit your application today!
Description: Cabin Counselor Volunteers are enthusiastic, nurturing individuals who join a staff of counselors in caring for a cabin of campers throughout the 5-day session. Each day, volunteers participate in cabin activities, camp program areas, mealtimes and evening events with their cabin. They work closely with fellow volunteers, staff, and the medical team to ensure that campers have their needs met, are having a positive experience, and are staying safe.
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.
Attend required virtual trainings, e-learning, and onsite training the day before their session begins.
Accommodations: Residential – Cabin Counselor Volunteers are provided housing and meals during camp sessions.
Description: Activity Volunteers help support the operation of camp program areas including, Archery, Arts and Crafts, Barn, Creative Arts, Discovery (Science), High Ropes Course, Outdoor Extreme (Nature), Team Adventure (Sports), The Waterfront (Fishing & Boating). Alongside Activity Leaders, Activity Volunteers help set up program areas, facilitate engaging and fun activities for campers, and keep areas and supplies clean and disinfected between use.
At least 16 years of age.
Prior experience or interest in working with kids.
Attend required virtual training, e-learning, and onsite training on June 4th
High Ropes Course and Archery volunteers will require additional training regarding safety in these areas (further details will be provided during the application process).
Accommodations: Non-Residential – Activity Volunteers are non-residential positions. Volunteers must have their own transportation to and from camp for shifts.
Session Physician: Join our medical team and help keep campers safe and healthy during their five-day session at camp. Children of Session Physicians are eligible to apply to attend camp during their parent’s volunteer session.
Cabin Nurse: Join a camper cabin to provide medical care, pass daily medications, and monitor the health of campers throughout their five-day session. Children of Cabin Nurses are eligible to apply to attend camp during their parent’s volunteer session.
Camp Inspiration Nurse: Help provide shift coverage during the Camp Inspiration Program, designed for campers who require breathing assistance (BiPAP, CPAP, ventilator, O2, etc.) and their families. You’ll work with a team of Respiratory Therapists to provide medical care, pass daily meds, and monitor the health of campers.
Camp Inspiration Respiratory Therapist: Help provide shift coverage during the Camp Inspiration Program, designed for campers who require breathing assistance (BiPAP, CPAP, ventilator, O2, etc.) and their families.
Requirements: All Medical Volunteers must be professionally licensed to practice in New York State.
Accommodations: Residential – Session Physicians and Cabin Nurses are provided onsite housing and meals during camp sessions. Camp Inspiration Nurses and Respiratory Therapists are provided meals and optional onsite sleeping arrangements during their shifts.
Description: Volunteer Drivers support summer camp by providing scheduled transportation for campers, volunteers, and staff 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.
At least 21 years of age.
Hold a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Attend required virtual Volunteer Welcome Night on May 12th and complete a driver’s training.
Accommodations: Non-Residential – Volunteer Drivers are non-residential positions. Volunteers must have their own transportation to and from camp for shifts.
Description: Registration Day Volunteers welcome campers to Double H on the first day of each session with cheers and enthusiasm. They support the camper check-in process through distributing t-shirts and water bottles, organizing and transporting camper luggage, and providing parents and guardians with important information, like schedules and pick up times.
At least 16 years of age.
Attend required virtual Volunteer Welcome Night on May 12th.
Accommodations: Non-Residential – Registration Day Volunteers are non-residential positions. Volunteers must have their own transportation to and from camp for shifts.
To be eligible to volunteer during the Summer Camp Program, applicants must…
• Successfully wear a mask throughout the day.
• Be able to provide their own transportation to and from camp, including early departure from the session if necessary.
• New! ALL VOLUNTEERS are required to 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.)
Our volunteer application deadline has been extended! We are still looking for volunteers to help make the magic happen for our campers this summer. Both residential and non-residential positions are available. If you want to get involved but are unsure about what to choose, we would love to chat with you to find the best match for your interests. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Hot Tip:For Part 2 of the application, volunteers are encouraged to select as many sessions or day shifts as you would like. Completing Part 2 of your application early will offer a greater number of dates to choose from!
Volunteer Training Dates
Double H will provides thorough training to ensure volunteers are prepared and comfortable in their roles. Training requirements will vary based on your role and time commitment. If you have any questions about trainings or are not able to make listed date, please contact the Volunteer Office to talk about your options!
NEW! Virtual Volunteer Welcome Night: May 12
Onsite Activity Volunteer Training: June 4 NEW! Virtual Volunteer Kick-Off: June 16
Onsite Session 1 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: June 22
Onsite Session 2 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: June 29
Onsite Session 3 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: July 6
Onsite Session 4 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: July 14
Onsite Session 5 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: July 21
Onsite Session 6 Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: July 28
Onsite Alumni Volunteer Cabin Counselor Training: August 4
Questions about volunteering this summer? Please contact the Volunteer Office.
We are confident that you have heard (and read) this before – what a truly wonderful experience you provide at Double H Ranch! We just wanted to take a moment and express our heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone of you for the great time our daughter Melanie had at camp during Session 2. From the very first second upon entering the camp grounds and being greeted with applause and cheering to the tearful singing and hugs good-bye we knew she was in good hands. In fact although you tell people that Double H stands for Health & Happiness – we know the secret (shh – we won’t tell). Double H really stands for Heavenly Hands!
Thank you for making a difference – making a difference in the lives of the campers who attend, like Melanie and also making a difference in the lives of the families too (like ours!). We are telling everyone of Mel’s adventures – whitewater rafting, overnight tent camping, and zip-lining. We have tried to always include Melanie in everything we do – to not let her physical condition prevent her spirit from experiencing all that life has to offer.
She is a blessing to us. She has transformed our lives and so often the lives of those she meets. We have been blessed by all of you – from the nurses, to the maintenance worker, to front office staff, to the board of directors, the corporate partners, to the 2nd grader reading books to raise funds, and especially the wonderful counselors in the Bear Cabin.
Thank you from all of us!
Tim, Valerie, Lisa, Melanie, Andrew & Nicole