Got Questions???

Who are the campers?

Camp Idlewild accepts children ages 6-17 that have been diagnosed with ASD. Summer Camp allows the camper to experience camp for one week in a safe environment, while Family Weekends allow the camper’s entire family the chance to enjoy camp for a weekend stay.

Who are the Volunteers?

We accept a very diverse group of volunteers both locally and internationally. Camp Idlewild will need high school, college age, and adult counselors, ages 14 years and older, are welcome to apply. We also encourage groups to volunteer with us. These camp sessions offer great opportunities for team-building, college credit, and service hours. NOTE: Medical volunteers are also needed for each session. Please click here for more information about becoming a medical volunteer.

How can I help?

Once Camp Idlewild is established we will conduct Family Weekends in the spring and fall… Once we begin planning our Family Weekends we will reach out to our local Volunteer Pool for those willing and able to participate. We will need many volunteers to assist with Family Weekends, either as a Family Pal, Activity Pal, Certified Lifeguard, Support Group Facilitator or Dining Hall Assistant. All volunteers will participate in a wide range of camp activities, assisting our campers and their families in reaching the main goal… having FUN! NOTE: Certified Lifeguards are always needed, so please help us spread the word. During the summer… We welcome the opportunity to place you in a productive and fulfilling volunteer role. Volunteers participate in the full range of camp activities, assisting our campers in reaching the main goal… having the week of their life! Ask your friends and family to join us this summer! NOTE: While we need both male and female volunteers during the summer, we have a great need for male volunteers. If a summer session fills, we do have waitlists and encourage applicants to be placed on the waitlist as we may have cancellations.

Where will I stay?

At this time, housing is available to staff only.

What time do I need to arrive on Volunteer Arrival Day and when do I leave on Departure Day? Do I have to attend the Orientation?

Yes! Each volunteer must take part in an intensive training session prior to camper arrival. Orientation is your toolbox for the week or weekend. You would be at a great disadvantage without it. We discuss the schedule of activities for the week or weekend, review camp policies and procedures and present a general overview of the session. You will also take a tour of camp and receive other important information regarding your volunteer role with our campers. You will be asked to attend a second orientation upon returning for another session.

What does it cost to volunteer?

Nothing! Volunteers only need to provide their own transportation to and from camp along with their personal belongings.

Do you provide transportation to camp?

You will need to provide your own transportation to camp.

What do I need to bring?

After you have completed the application process, you will receive an Acceptance Packet via email. There will be packing tips, a map to the camp, a mock schedule of the week’s or weekend’s activities, and during summer months a manual that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Camp Idlewild. We also strongly encourage you to bring a wrist watch, as you will be asked to leave your cell phones in the staff lodges/cabins while you are playing with kids.

May I volunteer for more than one session during the summer?

Yes! You may volunteer for up to two sessions with an evaluation made after the second session if additional sessions are desired.

How does the application process work?

You should complete the online application, ASAP. After we have received the completed application and you have been placed to volunteer, you will be emailed instructions to schedule and complete a level two fingerprint back-ground check at a location nearest you. This is a new Florida State Law requirement for all persons working with children for 10 or more hours a month. Camp Idlewild will incur this cost if our instructions are followed correctly.

You will then be contacted, closer to your scheduled session, to participate in a telephone interview. You will be accepted after your background check clears, your Medical Forms with TB test and immunizations has been turned in and three personal reference emails are contacted. An electronic Service Agreement must also be signed.

NOTE: An additional Summer Physical signed by a physician is required for summer camp volunteers only.

The volunteer process typically takes 4 to 5 weeks. If you are interested in a particular session, you should submit your application at least 6 weeks prior to the session to insure placement. Groups should contact the Volunteer Coordinator for special instructions.

Does Camp Idlewild hire counselors for the summer?

We do! Please see the Summer Camp page for more information.