Camp & Community
Opportunities at Camp and Year-Round Programs
Our staff is very diverse and includes high school students ages 17 and above, college students, graduate students, teachers, and professionals of various backgrounds. All staff, whether paid or volunteer fulfill the same roles in camp. They are counselors, assistant unit heads, unit heads, and specialists.
Positions available include, junior counselors, counselors, activity specialists, assistant unit heads, unit heads. All staff may choose to be volunteers or paid and are assigned to work with an age group or a specialty area for the duration of their commitment.
What’s the difference between a volunteer and paid staff position?
Volunteers are considered full staff members, who have chosen to work at our camp without financial compensation. Whereas paid staff are required to commit for the entire camp season, volunteers need to commit to working for a minimum of four consecutive weeks, of their choosing. This is to allow volunteers to become an integral part of the camp staff team and for the campers to have a sense of continuity as well as time to develop a trusting and supportive relationship with them.
Though volunteers are not required to work for the full summer, they are an integral part of our community, participating fully in staff training and having all the same responsibilities in working with our children and their fellow staff as their paid counterparts. Volunteers are expected to uphold all the values and guidelines of the camp community as stated in our staff manual and reviewed during both orientation and regular staff meetings at the campgrounds. Staff orientations are held both at the campgrounds in Pearl River prior to the summer.
If you are considering becoming a volunteer staff member, please click on the link below for the staff application. You will be asked in the application whether you are applying for a paid or volunteer position. You will also be asked to provide the four weeks for which you are available to work. If your dates are flexible, please make note of that as well. You will also be asked to provide contact information for a minimum of 3 references and each reference will be sent a form by email.
If you are considering becoming a paid staff member, please click on the link below for the staff application. You will be asked in the application whether you are applying for a paid or volunteer position. You will also be asked to provide contact information for a minimum of 3 references and each reference will be sent a form by email. All potential candidates will be contacted based on available positions and consideration of individual skills, background and dates available to work.
Special Volunteer program for 16 year olds
If you are 16, you are welcome to become a Sunrise volunteer. Get in on the ground floor and be trained to work as a junior counselor. As with all volunteers, you may select to be on staff for a minimum of four consecutive weeks up to the full summer and are required to participate in staff training prior to and during the summer session.
Staff Application Forms (volunteer or paid staff):
Please click on the link below to access the staff application and reference information. After all references are received, pending staff openings, we will contact you for an interview. Please note that the primary mode of contact will be email so please provide a current email address that can be checked frequently.
Volunteer Opportunities other than Camp
From time to time we have need for volunteer services other than direct work with campers. Possible opportunities include, office work, activity preparation, facility clean up, helping in advance of or at our Walkathon, to name a few.
Call our office at 914.343.5405 to inquire about what current needs might be.
Sunrise on Wheels is a truly unique hospital outreach program, offered as part of Sunrise Day Camp’s year-round programming. Our consistent presence in both inpatient and outpatient areas helps support children struggling with cancer, while creating the happiness that leads to healing. To learn more about this rewarding program, please contact: Lisa Lehrman, Hospital Liaison for Sunrise Day Camp/Pearl River, Coordinator, Sunrise on Wheels at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914.343.5395
How do I apply?
Just download the appropriate application below along with the reference forms. After all references are received, pending staff openings, we will contact you for an interview. Please note the the primary mode of contact will be email so please provide a current email address that can be checked frequently.
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