Join Our Team
Join Camp Kesem as a Camp Counselor or Committee Member!
Part of Camp Kesem’s mission is to allow college students to channel their passion for making a difference, while developing critical leadership skills for long term social impact. Every aspect of Camp Kesem GW — such as planning camp activities, finding eligible families, fundraising for camp, and being a counselor at camp — is coordinated by student volunteers at The George Washington University.
Our Executive Board (or EBoard) includes five committees, each headed by two co-coordinators, as well as the two Executive Co-Chairs. This elite team of students works throughout the school year to make Camp Kesem a reality.
You can be a part of CKGW and bring magic to a child’s life by joining one of our committees or applying to be a camp counselor.
Become a Counselor
Camp Kesem GW counselors are the foundation and backbone for the success of the week-long summer camp. CKGW maintains a 3:1 camper to counselor ratio at all times to make sure campers get the attention they deserve. Camp Counselors supervise the campers, participate in camp activities, and have the opportunity to become Activity Leaders and Unit Leaders
We generally pick counselors in the Spring semester (January – May), so look out for the application to be a counselor at CKGW 2013 in the beginning of 2013.
Join a Committee
Our motto at Camp Kesem GW is the more the merrier! We would love for you to join a committee and help us create the camp experience for deserving kids for August 2012. We have 5 committees, and each has a unique set of jobs throughout the year.
- Work with the camp site to create a schedule of events and activities for camp
– Manage all of the money going in and out of CKGW
– Create a budget for the week of camp
– Select, tour, and coordinate a camp facility
– Create a daily schedule for both Regular and Teen Camp
– Arrange transportation to and from camp for campers and counselors
– Coordinate with special guests at camp, such as media representatives
– Submit requests for in-kind donations for camp supplies
- Work with GW and local groups to raise awareness of CKGW
– Design promotional materials such as flyers, posters, palm cards, thank you cards, event invitations, and camp brochures
– Work on the CKGW website using WordPress
– Research and arrange media coverage on campus, local, and national levels
– Secure local and national media coverage for CKGW
– Manage CKGW’s social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter
– Write monthly newsletters and press releases
- Work with foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals to raise the funds to make Camp Kesem free for all families
– Research local and national grant opportunities, track grant deadlines, and submit grant applications
– Coordinate thank you efforts for public and private donors
– Plan and execute major fundraising initiatives such as dinners, auctions, and contests
– Plan and execute small, frequent fundraising initiatives such as letter writing and canning
- Work with camper families to bring them to CKGW and stay in touch throughout the year
– Work with community groups such as hospitals, churches, and support groups to find eligible families
– Arrange camper reunions during the school year
– Mediate post-camp communication between campers and counselors
- Work with GW students and student organizations to increase student involvement in CKGW and host on-campus events
– Recruit students to work on committees
– Recruit, select, and train camp counselors
– Oversee post-camp counselor debriefing
– Plan on-campus events such as info sessions and social events