Where and what is Camp Conrad-Chinnock?
Camp is an overnight (residential) camp nestled between the pine trees in the San Bernardino National Forest. It is located off of Highway 38, which connects Redlands and Big Bear City.During the summer, over 450 youth with Type,-1 insulin-dependent diabetes and their families learn about how to manage diabetes at home, in school, and with friends while participating in various recreational activities, such as mountain biking, swimming, arts and crafts, carnivals, and rock climbing.
What employment and volunteer opportunities are available?
There are essential teams of staff at camp: program, medical, and dietary.
The program staff consists of cabin counselors that supervise 9 to 11 children; aquatics director and lifeguards; outdoor adventurists for mountain biking, overnight camping, rock climbing, etc.; archery specialist; arts and crafts director and specialists; individuals over the age of 21 with a class B drivers license; program directors for programs occurring in camp and out of camp, such as mountain biking; cooks, prep cooks, and dishwashers; environmental education/nature director; maintenance; and other positions.
The medical team volunteers consists of resident physicians, nurses, certified diabetes educators (CDE), medical and nursing students, endocrine fellows, registered dieticians (RD), nutritionists, physicians in practice, and non-medical technical support staff.
There are many opportunities at Camp Conrad-Chinnock. For example, a person who is a cabin counselor for session 1 could be a lifeguard during session 2 and a program director during session 3 or a family camp. With various experiences and qualifications, there could be vast opportunities for you.
What is life like at camp?
There are seven diabetic camping sessions during the summer. Four sessions are six or seven days and divided into age-appropriate sessions for youth between 8 and 17 years of age. Another two, four-day family camps are designed for very young children through adult. During family camps, not all program, medical, and dietary staff positions are needed.
Sleeping accommodations are dormitory-style with a total of 12 same-gender people (there is a men's and women's dorm). The dorms have full bathrooms, are fully insulated, and private from campers. Cabin counselors sleep in new, winterized with nine to 11 campers. Meals and lodging are provided for no charge during the camping sessions.
Some staff chose to volunteer and not be paid for their services. For those who request a stipend, the daily rate ranges from $17 to $110, based upon qualifications/certifications, experience, and longevity.
All positions include room and board plus daily pay when camp is in session. Not all positions are used for each session.
All positions require staff and volunteers:
To display enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
Be of good character, integrity, and ability to a camp setting.
To have the ability to relate to one’s peer group, accept supervision and guidance from supervisors, and be an active participant in the camp program.
Be a role model for campers and their peers.
What is the role of the Medical Staff Volunteer at camp?
All medical staff members are supervised by the Session Medical Director, a physician with experience in childhood diabetes. The Director resides in camp during the entire session and authorizes all medical care rendered by the medical staff. See the next page for dates and general duties of: Residents, Endocrine Fellows, CDE's, Nurses, Medical Students, Nursing Students and non-medical support staff.
Physician Staff:Residents / Endocrine Fellows / Physicians in Practice: In Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowships, General Pediatric Fellowships, Family Practice Fellowships as well as Medical Resident Physicians and Physicians-In-Practice who have an interest in increasing their knowledge of diabetes in children.
Session Medical Directors:
We seek Physicians licensed in the state of California with significant clinical experience in childhood diabetes, preferably Pediatric Endocrinology specialists. Prior experience serving as camp physician at a camp for youth with diabetes is helpful.
Nurses and CDE's:
We seek nurses (RN, LVN ) Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE's) who have an interest in increasing their knowledge of diabetes and enjoy working with youth.
Medical Students/ Nursing Students / Dietary and Nutrition Students:
We seek students who are currently enrolled in an accredited medical school or are working toward their nursing degree in an accredited nursing program.
Non-Medical Technical Support Staff:
We seek individuals who are interested in assisting the medical staff with medically-related administrative tasks in the infirmary.
About Our Program:
All session medical staff are volunteers. Our Camper sessions are 6 or 7 days long. Family Camps are 4 days long. It is important, for good continuity of care, that our medical staff work full sessions. Leaving for one day to attend clinic or to take required test can be arranged through the Medical Director prior to camp. WE NEED YOU!!
Guide cabin group of 7 to 11 campers and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities. As a role model, supervise camper health and safety, instruct campers in emergency procedures, assist in planning and leading activities, recognize each camper’s unique personality, and other duties as assigned. Experience with Type 1 diabetes is preferred, but not required. Must be at least 18 years old. Reports to the Activity Program Director.
Activity Program Director:
Design and coordinate daily programming, maintain daily regimen, directly supervises 12 cabin counselors and area program directors, and other duties as assigned. Previous supervisory and program development experience is essential and previous camp experience is preferred. Reports to Camp Director.
Conduct rock climbing, rappelling, spelunking, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking trips along with overnight campouts. This position requires prior experiences in the mentioned activities. Should be first aid/CPR certified with experiences in trip planning and supervising participants. Ensures relevant documentation is complete for all activities and trains other staff. Reports to Camp Director.
Arts & Crafts Director:
Responsible for planning, directing, and supervising the program, which may include ceramics, crafts, arts, and jewelry, directly supervises staff and cabin counselors while involved with the program, and other duties as assigned. Reports to Activity Program Director.
Supervises staff, campers, and programs at lake and pool. Must possess same qualifications as a Lifeguard and must hold one of the following certifications: water safety instructor from the American Red Cross, aquatic instructor BSA, YMCA progressive swimming instructor, or equivalent certification. Additionally, must be at least 21 years old with verified experiences in aquatics supervision. CFO or CPO is preferred. Reports to Activity Program Director.
Sets-up and maintains nature center and outdoor skills areas; works with Adventure Program Director for excursions; provides environmental education and outdoor living skills to campers and staff; leads hikes and exploration, and other duties as assigned. Educational background in biology or related studies and OLS training through American Camp Association is preferred. Reports to Adventure Program Director.
Experience as cook and/or assistant cook, preferably at a camp. Training and experience in cooking for large groups. Ability to work well with others at camp, ability to prepare foods for special groups, knowledge of standards of food preparation, serving, and kitchen procedures, and other duties as assigned. Responsible for food preparation and supervision of kitchen staff. Knowledge of food exchange system is helpful. Reports to Food Service Manager.
Assists Camp Director in management of camp store, petty cash, camp payroll, general administrative tasks, and other duties as assigned. Ability to use a word processor, spreadsheet, and other software programs. Reports to Camp Director.
Activity Program Assistant:
With Activity Program Director, assist in designing and coordinating special events, maintaining daily regimen, supervising and providing feedback to cabin counselors, assuming the duties of the Activity Program Director in their absence, and other duties as assigned. Reports to Activity Program Director.
Adventure Program Assistant:
With Adventure Program Director, assist in conducting rock climbing, rappelling, spelunking, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking trips along with overnight campouts. This position requires prior experiences in the mentioned activities. Should be first aid/CPR certified with experiences in trip planning and supervising participants. Reports to Adventure Program Director.
Take daily digital photographs, edit, and upload to website on a daily basis. Using a digital camcorder, videotape camp events and activities and edit for an end-of-summer DVD and marketing purposes. Develop a video and audio presentation with music, videos, and photographs for each session along with set-up and break-down of equipment. Must be familiar with PowerPoint, digital medias, and software for PC and Mac. Reports to Chief Operating Officer with direction from area directors.
Camp driver for campers, supplies, and errands and other duties as assigned. Requires a Class B driver’s license (special commercial license) with a valid medical examiner’s certificate and passenger endorsement. DMV printout required. Must be at least 25 years old. Reports to Activity Program Director.
The maintenance assistant must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license. This person will be working directly with camp manager for the maintenance needs of the camp. The applicant should be enthusiastic, work well with children, and have good work habits. Reports to the Camp Manager.
Arts & Crafts Assistant:
With Arts and Crafts Director, assist in planning, directing, and supervising the program, which may include ceramics, crafts, arts, and jewelry, and other duties as assigned. Reports to Arts and Crafts Director.
Assists Aquatics Director in aquatics activities. Must possess same qualifications as a Lifeguard and must hold one of the following certifications: water safety instructor from the American Red Cross, aquatic instructor BSA, YMCA progressive swimming instructor, or equivalent certification. Must be at least 18 years old with verified experiences in aquatics supervision. Reports to Aquatics Director.
Assists Aquatics Director and Assistant in all waterfront activities. Must hold one of the following valid certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid), YMCA lifeguard, BSA lifeguard, royal lifesaving bronze medallion, or equivalent certification. Must be at least 16 years old. Reports to Aquatics Director.
Assists Head Cook in meal preparation, supervision of kitchen staff, and other duties as assigned. Experience in quantity food preparation. Reports to Head Cook.
Keeps dining hall equipment and surrounding areas clean and in good repair. Supervises campers during meals and assists in kitchen as needed and other duties as assigned. Reports to Head Cook.
Wash dishes, sweep and mop dining areas, take out trash, assist in meal preparation, ensures equipment and surrounding areas are clean & in good repair, and other duties as assigned. Reports to Head Cook.
Operates camp store and maintains record of camper store accounts. Must have good math and other duties as assigned. Reports to Chief Operating Officer.