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Student Volunteer Opportunities Summer 2016

Student Volunteer Opportunities Summer 2016

by Carolyn Jennings -
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Student Volunteer Opportunities Summer 2016

Climbing Higher Ministries, Inc. will be providing two summer camps for special need persons.

The first camp is a 3 day Summer Camp experience for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Climbing Higher Ministries aspires to help those with special needs CLIMB HIGHER in their relationship with Christ. The camp will be held June 7-9, 2016 at Camp Pitt in Chatham, VA. This year’s theme is "Up On the Roof".

This camp offers an opportunity to work with adults with special needs providing various outdoor activities, crafts, music, and socialization, along with Christian ministry.

Several volunteer options for are available:

  • Camp staff – assigned to one or more campers, accompanying them to activities and assisting with activities of daily living, including morning and nighttime routines.
  • Camp Nurse assistant. 

Joyce Scott, RN, CCON, Faculty Instructor will be working as the camp nurse for the special needs camp.

Camp nurse assistant activities, under the direction of the registered nurse, include:

assisting in medication preparation and dispensing, checking blood glucose, administration of insulin, and treatment of hypoglycemia (those campers with diabetes); minor first aid treatment, monitoring activities that may present risk for injury, and promoting positive health and hygiene habits in all activities.

The second camp for this summer is planned to reach elementary, middle and high school age youth with autism. This camp is scheduled July 5 – 7, also at Camp Pitt in Chatham, VA. The camp will be conducted in a similar manner as the special needs camp, also providing various outdoor activities, crafts, music, and socialization, along with Christian ministry. Camp staff and/or Camp Nurse assistants are both opportunities for this camp as well.

These are volunteer opportunities and are open to any Centra College of Nursing student (or faculty).  In addition to being fun and rewarding, this activity would be valuable to include in the student portfolio.

Individuals who are interested or would like additional information, are asked to contact Joyce Scott at joyce.scott@centrahealth.com or call office phone (434) 200-7041 at your earliest convenience. 

Completion of a camp application form, including references is required by the camp administrators.