College of Science & Mathematics
Summer Internship at Camp Bright Feathers: A life changing experience for college credit
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 12:00-2:00pm
If you're looking for something to do this summer or need more credits, volunteering at Camp Bright Feathers might be for you. The weeklong residential camp provides fun, outdoor activities to children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Camp Bright Feathers is not a therapy camp but just a place for kids to be kids. The camp focuses on team building, self esteem and empowerment through camp activities like arts & crafts, swimming, boating, field games, archery, ropes courses, a rock wall and sing-a-longs by the camp fire.
Volunteers should be eager, outgoing and excited to participate in activities.
To learn more about volunteering and how to earn credit, please attend the information center on Wednesday, March 9 from 12 to 2 p.m. at the tables on the ground floor of the Student Center.
Read two student testimonials below:
More than college credit
Sophomore Byron Grimsley interned at Camp Bright Feathers for the first time in summer 2010.
"Since I'm a secondary education major, I thought this would be a good opportunity to work with kids," said Grimsley. "I went in thinking I could also build my resume and get college credits, but I left camp with so much more."
During the weeklong camp, Grimsley enjoyed helping the campers participate in activities like climbing the rock wall, boating and messy art, where campers throw paint to create works of art.
"You build a connection with the kids and gain a new sense of respect for yourself," said Grimsley.
Grimsley enjoyed the experience so much that he is returning this summer as a volunteer. "It's something that I want to do not for myself but for the kids," said Grimsley. "Camp is the one time for them be kids and I want to be there to help them."
A lasting impact
For the past 17 years, Erica Schmid has volunteered at Camp Bright Feathers. The Rowan adjunct has experienced the tremendous impact the camp has on the campers and counselors.
"Many campers come from unstable environments, but the camp provides a sense of stability. They return year after year and so do the counselors," said Schmid.
Schmid loves the bond that forms between everyone at Camp Bright Feathers. "The campers get to meet other kids dealing with the same issues, but they all get to be kids having fun," said Schmid.
For Schmid and the other counselors, helping the campers is not the only benefit. "It's an awesome, super fun, enjoyable week. If it wasn't, I wouldn't go back," said Schmid.
Location: Student Center, Ground floor
Contact: Cathy Parrish