Become a Program Volunteer

Come join our incredible team of volunteers that help make a positive impact on children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Whether you have a weekend, week or flexible schedule throughout the year, our programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Program volunteers are the key part of making Camp One Step programs happen .

Camp One Step began through the hard work of dedicated volunteers, and continues to be volunteer-driven as we have the support of more than 400 volunteers (including many former campers). In fact, approximately 30% of camp counselors are former campers themselves. Individuals from all professions and backgrounds volunteer in our programs. Many local nurses, doctors, research staff and social workers volunteer from organizations including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We require that all of our program volunteers be at least 21 years of age by the start of the program for which they are volunteering.

We have a variety of ways that you can volunteer, to help our vision of providing the simple joys of childhood to a kid diagnosed with cancer.

Here is a quick list ( Volunteer Role Descriptions ) of some of the different program volunteer roles that are offered.

Click the name of the program for which you are interested in volunteering for (program list under drop-down menu for “Programs”). If you are a first-time applicant, then you should click “Begin Staff Application”, and if you have completed a staff application prior, then click “Returning”. After you complete your application, you must then log back into Campminder, by following this link:

After you log in, click “Forms and Documents”, and complete the appropriate staff waiver(s) for the program(s) you are interested in.

After you submit your application and supportive materials, first-time program volunteers will receive an interview. In addition to an interview, applicants must be able to pass a background screening.

We do ask that our counselors stay for the entire duration of the program. There are exceptions to Summer Camp, whereas some volunteers will lead what are known as “mini-camps” for one or two days.

Each program volunteer will receive pertinent information and training, which will be relevant to their role and position for that program. In addition to this, you may receive information about mandatory online webinar training, as appropriate to your role.

Webinar training is a tool that we use to educate and prepare volunteers. It serves the dual purpose of both allowing us to present the same, consistent training and information to all applicants and volunteers, regardless of their location. You may complete the training in the comfort of your home.

The other purpose is that it allows us to have the documentation necessary to illustrate that we are training our staff with a regulated set of standards, to ensure that we are providing a safe environment for both our campers and volunteers.

Mandatory training webinars are required once per calendar year. This means that you must complete them once per calendar year, for every year that you choose to volunteer your time.

Yes, you will need a device that has FlashPlayerTM enabled; as it stands, they will not work on the iPad MiniTM platform, as it does not have FlashPlayerTM. You will also need access to the internet.

Ready to Volunteer?

To begin, click here to go to our “Programs” page, and see a list of Programs and dates.

If we are currently accepting applications, there will be an application link on the site.

For more information, contact one of the Directors of Programs Operations: Devin Ryan ([email protected]) or Jessica Hopper ([email protected])