“At camp everyone comes together as a family. It’s the best thing that could ever happen in my life.”

- Camp AmeriKids camper, Coyote Cabin


2019 Summer Session Dates:

Saturday, August 3rd — Saturday, August 10th


Please note that all camp volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and preferably one year out of high school.

Cabin Counselors

A team of counselors is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a 2:1 camper to counselor ratio. The cabin counselor’s enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp is crucial in creating a memorable experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models and sources of energy and ideas. They are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Doctors

If you are a medical professional interested in working with children in a medical setting, fill out an online application and reach out to Chloe Ettari, Executive Director, at cettari@elm-project.org.

*All applicants must have a New York medical license.

Operations Assistants

If you are interested in volunteering at camp without being directly responsible for campers' daily care, operations might be the place for you! This team handles the behind the scenes aspects of camp – including setting up and managing special events, facilitating golf cart transport for campers with medical needs and providing technical support as requested. AV technician experience preferred, but not required.

Wellness Team

An experienced team of social workers and psychologists help manage emotional and behavioral stress for campers and counselors during the camp session. Under the guidance of the Wellness Director, the Wellness Team is available 24/7 to both campers and counselors to discuss challenging situations and alleviate crises so everyone can have a positive, supported experience.

Program Staff

We are seeking volunteers who have personal or professional experience in at least one of the following areas: dance, drama, arts & crafts, music, spoken word, sports, nature, and film. Throughout the week, cabins will have the opportunity to participate in each program area. We rely on our Program Staff to facilitate learning and fun for campers, with some activities showcased on the final night at our Talent Show.


More info

Mandatory orientation for all volunteers, including returners, begins at 9:00am on Saturday, August 3rd. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive the evening prior — Friday, August 2nd. Volunteers are provided all meals and housing for the week. 

Given the responsibilities involved in caring for children and the unique nature of our program, we take every precaution and screen all applicants extensively to ensure a good match. 


  1. The summer 2019 application deadline is April 15th.

  2. Notifications for non-medical staff will be made on or around May 15th.

  3. All accepted volunteers must have a physical and submit a health form by June 30th.

New Staff Applicants

How to Apply

  1. Submit a 2019 Staff Application online here. After submitting your application, you will immediately receive a confirmation email that will include several short answer questions.

  2. Provide references: New staff applicants must provide three references — one personal reference and two professional/academic references. Completed forms must be returned to The ELM Project by the references.

  3. Interview: Once we have received your completed application and reference forms, you will be contacted to schedule a phone interview.

Returning Staff Applicants

How to Apply

  1. Submit a 2019 Staff Application online here. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email.

Staff Health Form

ALL accepted volunteers for Summer 2019 must complete a staff health form by June 30th.

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