SERVICE CORPS PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO SERVICE CORPS MEMBERS HAVE COUNSELORS?
The Service Corps Program is led by a Service Corps Coordinator. The Service Corps Coordinator is a college-age leader who will supervise them in the kitchen, during their sessions and trainings, help them build friendships, and guide them through their transition from camper to volunteer. The Service Corps Coordinator lives in the cabins so they are near the Service Corps members to help them with anything that comes up during their stay.
HOW LONG DO SERVICE CORPS MEMBERS STAY?
A Service Corps Program session is two weeks long. Service Corps members will stay on-site during the Saturday of their two-week program. They will have time to relax, do their laundry, and have an activity of recreation including a trip to town to purchase any necessary items for the following week. If there is a Holiday World trip over their Stay-Over weekend they may have the opportunity to choose to attend that trip and help with our Stay-Over campers. Parents should not expect to visit with their Service Corps member during their two-week session.
WHY DO THEY LOVE VOLUNTEERING IF THEY ARE DOING ALL OF THAT DIRTY WORK?
Our Executive Director has a saying here at Camp Carson that if you can make the Dish room fun here at Camp then you can make any part of Camp fun! Our Service Corps members also understand that in order for our campers to have the best week at camp that all departments must be functioning at their best, and that includes the kitchen, the dishroom, the property team, our office staff, and our counselors. There is also something said of the friendships built over shared experiences and hard work. We have also found that our teens like having a purpose at camp and seeing behind the scenes. Mostly, the friendships that are not only created, but strengthened and the team built by serving others in a Service Corps Program session are what makes all the hard work worth it.
WHAT EXACTLY DO SERVICE CORPS MEMBERS DO?
Service Corps members are volunteers here at Camp Carson and their roles rotate between service roles at camp (washing dishes, laundry, facility projects, etc.) and mentoring and working with our campers at activity areas and in the cabin.
WHAT DOES A SERVICE CORPS DAY LOOK LIKE?
A day in the Service Corps Program is very similar to a day at camp for our campers and staff members. Their programming and break times will vary from day to day, but overall will follow our sample daily schedule.
SAMPLE SERVICE CORPS DAILY SCHEDULE
Cabin Activities/Waterfront Time
Leadership Session or Break or Cabin Activity
Rec Hour/Evening Program
Showers/Devotions with Cabin
Devotions with Service Corps members