Volunteer: we can't do it without you
*2019 Staff and Volunteer applications are available now!
Where and what is Camp Conrad-Chinnock?
It 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 volunteer opportunities are available?
There are essential teams of staff at camp: program, medical, and dietary.
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 eight 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 three, 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. 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.
What is life like at camp?
Sleeping accommodations are dormitory-style and separate from campers. Meals and lodging are provided for no charge during the camping sessions. Medical Staff volunteers help manage campers' diabetes by participating in Camp acitivities, supervising the infirmary, assiting at meal times, and serving on night rounds.
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.
POSITIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
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.
Successfully pass a criminal background check.
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 CDEs: 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.