Volunteer at Day Camp

Day Camp staff leading camp songs

We are always in need of Day Camp Volunteers!

Camp Fire relies on our amazing adult and teen volunteers to make the magic of Day Camp happen for kids each summer! Volunteering is easy and fun and the best part – making a difference in the life of a child!

Our Day Camp Locations

CIT (Counselors-in-Training)

  • 8th Grade: Spend the week as Counselors-in-Training (CITs) and gain valuable leadership experience. The CIT Program is available at all of our Day Camp locations. No prior experience is required. Not required to attend any training (offsite or onsite training) prior to the first day of camp. After successfully completing one session, 8th graders may register for additional weeks of camp as a CIT2 and join the other teen volunteers in supporting camper groups and activity areas.
  • 9th-12th Grade: If you are unable to attend the mandatory training sessions to participate as a LEAD or Teen Counselor, then you may register as a CIT. After completing one session as a CIT, 9th-12-grade participants may register for additional weeks of camp during the same season as Teen Volunteers.

Register for CIT

Teen Volunteers

  • 9th-10th Grade: Join our LEAD Program and learn new leadership skills, help out at different activity areas, and support camper groups.
  • 11th-12th Grade: Become a Teen Counselor and lead a group of campers! Or lead an activity area!

Register for Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Adult VolunteWoodlandPark-14ers

There is a need for many different skill sets at Day Camp! Adults can volunteer at any of our Day Camp sites except for Camp Sealth as counselors, activity specialists, purchasers, equipment managers or health care managers. Full-time (5 full days) adult volunteers get a $120 discount on day camp registration for their own campers. Children of full-time adult volunteers will automatically be taken off the waitlist.

Register for Adult Volunteer Positions

  • Camp Site Director: You’re a fearless Day Camp Leader! The Camp Site Director is responsible for total operation of Day Camp, assigns responsibilities and gives general supervision to all volunteer staff.
  • Assistant Camp Director: Works closely with the Camp Site Director both before and during the Day Camp session, and assumes responsibility in the absence of the Camp Site Director.
  • Health Care Provider: A medical professional or a certified first aid staff who is responsible for the dispensing of all first aid and medications, and for seeing that good health practices are followed, and for keeping the health records.
  • Purchaser: Are you ready for some tasty Day Camp favorites? The Purchaser plans and buys supplies for Day Camp including food. Commitment includes shopping prior to the start of camp, store runs during camp hours, storing and sorting food items.
  • Program Staff:  A Day Camp Utility Player! Assist with pre-camp training by teaching their skills to Unit Leaders and Counselors and by informing them of the program resources and equipment which can be made available to groups.  During Day Camp, they assist units and groups as requested.  They select and procure special program equipment after given authorization by the Camp Site Director.
  • Activity Specialist: Do you have hidden talents or favorite hobbies? Instruct, teach or lead activities to our Day Campers such as crafts, field games, science, nature hike, fire safety, outdoor cooking and more!

Training (Hans Jensen, Blyth Park, Gold Creek Park, and Woodland Park locations)

All LEAD (9-10th grade), Teen Counselor (11-12th grade), and Adult volunteers are required to attend two mandatory training sessions prior to camp.

OFFSITE training: Volunteers must attend one offsite training held at locations throughout the Puget Sound, there are a variety of days and times to choose from. These are typically held at local libraries, training times and exact locations are updated as library room reservations become available. During registration, you must indicate which of the announced training dates you will attend. If none of the training dates work with your schedule, you must contact the Day Camp Director, Kerrie Sampelayo. kerries@campfireseattle.org

ONSITE training: Each week of day camp has its own specific Onsite training at that camps location. If you volunteer at more than one week of day camp, you are required to attend the onsite training for each specific day camp location. Onsite training dates are listed on our council calendar and are also displayed during registration and on confirmation emails.

Day Camp Training Dates are posted to our calendar as they are made available.

Training Dates

Training – Carkeek Park location only

Teen Volunteer Mandatory training options:

OPTION 1: At Carkeek Park: Monday June 29, 2020 (9am – 2pm) and Tuesday June 30, 2020 (9am – 4pm). LEAD (9th-10th grader) and Teen Counselor (11th-12th grader) volunteers must attend the entire training of both days.

OPTION 2: Carkeek 1 (Mon July 6 – Fri July 10, 9:30am – 3:30pm) – Teen Volunteer training, spend the week learning/reviewing the ins and outs of day camp, hone your skills, and support camp in a variety of roles. During this full week training, teens will attend training workshops and rotate through the various volunteer positions earning service learning hours. No overnight for teens attending this training.


OPTION 3: Register as a CIT during one of the following sessions: Carkeek 2, Carkeek 3, or Carkeek 4. After completing one session as a CIT, 9th-12-grade participants may register for additional weeks of camp during the same season as Teen Volunteers.

There will be no other makeup trainings available for Full Week Teen Volunteers.

Unable to attend one of these trainings? You can still volunteer as a Special Guest for up to 24 hours per week. See Day Camp Special Guest Volunteers for more information.

Are you also volunteering at Woodland Park day camp? The mandatory training for the Carkeek day camps fulfills the Offsite Training requirement, but you are still required to attend the Woodland Park Onsite Training.

Adult Volunteer Mandatory training:

Adult volunteers are encouraged but are not required to attend the two day training at Carkeek Park June 29-30, 2020. Alternatively, all Full Time Adult Volunteers must attend training sessions arranged with the Site Director which will include an onsite at Carkeek Park.


Contact Kerrie Sampelayo, Day Camp Manager, at (206) 826-8941 or kerries@campfireseattle.org.