2 Weeks, Coed, Rising 12th Grader
Session 1: June 6 - 18
Session 2: June 20 – July 2
Session 3: July 4 - 16
Session 4: July 18 – 30
*Service Corps members may only participate in one session.
The YMCA Camp Carson Service Corps Program is a two-week leadership experience for those entering the 12th grade. This program is designed to help our Service Corps members gain leadership skills through experiential service learning, leadership sessions, and trainings during their two-week stay. They will form a tight knit group with the other Service Corps members as they work together to complete their daily responsibilities.
It is our hope that they will leave the Service Corps Program with an understanding of our “kids and guests first” philosophy, which makes Camp Carson a place where ALL children, staff, and guests are Accepted for who they are, Challenged to stretch their comfort zones, and Empowered to make a different in this world. We also hope they leave with a desire to continue their service to others.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Fill out the Service Corps Program Application.
Click here to download a 2021 application.
2. Return to Ryan Meeks via email at
3. Your application will be reviewed by the Camp
Carson team and an interview will be set up.
4. Selection will be dependent on the interview,
availability, openings, and needs within the
SERVICE CORPS RESPONSIBILITIES
Service Corps primary responsibilities during their two-week stay will be to perform an assortment of jobs and tasks throughout the camp that are essential and necessary for our success in providing quality experiences for our campers. These tasks include washing dishes, helping with lost and found laundry, working in canteen, developing camper skills in an activity area, and mentoring campers in a cabin setting. These experiences are used to develop the leadership skills that will be beneficial in future summers at camp and other life endeavors.
Service Corps members will have time for classic camp fun and time with campers during their program time. There will be opportunities to engage with campers at activity areas. They are assigned an activity area they will work during morning blocks. In addition, during the afternoons, they will spend time with their campers during cabin activities and during waterfront times, they will work and engage with campers in canteen or shadow a staff member on lookout rotation. They will attend all evening programs including opening and closing campfires, hootenanny, and staff meetings on Friday evenings and be a part of devotions and showers with their cabins. They will also be given some opportunities to assist with the organization and implementation of camp-wide programming.
SERVICE CORPS TRAINING WEEKENDS
Each Service Corps member will be required to attend a Service Corps Program Training in the Spring. This training weekend will include a stayover at Camp Carson and a volunteer event (either a Camper Night Out or our Open House). This weekend will help prepare our Service Corps members for their summer stay at camp.
The dates for the trainings are:
Saturday, April 10 - Sunday, April 11
Saturday, May 1 – Sunday, May 2