The development of enrichment programs, such as traditional recreational summer camps, provides an innovative approach to help close the gap between social and emotional development for kids with autism and making friends, many that may last a lifetime. In our quest to support the autism community, we believe that providing leisure and recreational experiences, focused on unique interests in conjunction with peers, is vital.
This would not be possible without the dedication of wonderful volunteers and the generosity of our surrounding community. Why volunteer? The benefits for campers are numerous, but volunteers become beneficiaries as well. Volunteers may learn new skills, enjoy meeting new people, become part of a community, share a passion or special skill, and most importantly, make a real difference!
Thank you for your consideration of serving as a volunteer at Camp Idlewild. We welcome the opportunity to place you in a productive and fulfilling volunteer role. Many volunteers return annually and camp sessions run more smoothly because of their continued support. If you are interested in joining our team, please complete a Volunteer Application.
We are offering internships for students enrolled in an accredited college or university.
Interns must be 18 years of age. The internship is for 3-8 weeks including at least 2 full weeks at our summer camp. Interns will complete training and provide support the week prior to camp. You will learn and have fun at the same time!
Peer Mentor Program
We offer additional opportunities to support our Summer Camp. Peers MUST be 14-17 years of age. Peers support camp activities and are mentors to campers. You will learn, have fun, and gain experience at the same time that you are preparing to become a staff member if that's your goal!
Bright Futures Scholar Service Hours
Camp Idlewild, a non-profit organization, is a perfect setting for students to acquire community service hours. According to the Bright Futures Student Handbook, "Students must complete volunteer service hours during high school and by high school graduation. Service hours may include, but are not limited to, a business or governmental internship, work for a nonprofit community service organization, or activities on behalf of a candidate for public office."
Community partners are vital to the success of local organizations. Together we can provide much needed services, support, and education to families in need. We look forward to working with individuals and businesses in our hometown community.