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From baiting hooks to making beds, there are tons of ways you can give campers and families a boost.
Here are a few ways you can get involved at Flying Horse Farms!
Family Sidekicks: Family Sidekicks are responsible for implementing camp programs as well as engaging and supporting camper families. As a whole, Family Sidekicks are generalists who play many different roles throughout the weekend... including welcoming them "home to camp" and helping the families to get situated and acquainted with their surroundings. Family Sidekicks at different times supervise groups of campers, lead activities and work behind the scenes to help us keep camp on the go.
Activity Team: Activity Team members are responsible for facilitating all activities at their assigned area. From the waterfront to arts & crafts, these team members keep camp running. Activity counselors also have the important job of making sure all campers can participate in all activities. They are responsible for setting up, leading the activity, and cleaning afterwards.
Cabin Counselors: Cabin counselors are responsible for the direct supervision of children in a cabin group of 6-12 campers. Counselors provide basic behavioral and psycho-social support to campers, program daily cabin activities, and support unit leaders in the execution of unit programming.
Lifeguards: Lifeguards will work lakeside or poolside any time water activities are open to campers and families. Lifeguards can choose to volunteer for an entire session, for a day, or for a shift during a family camp. Lifeguards must be at least 16 years old and must provide proof of current lifeguard certification and current CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED certification.
Help us spread the word about camp by volunteering to staff an event. These volunteers help us coordinate details and make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.
You’ll serve as a champion for our cause and help make magic at our community events. We host several events each year, and to make them happen, we need lots of volunteers to coordinate details ahead of time and work at the actual events too.
Parent Advocates help us connect and build trust with new camper families. You can provide comfort for fellow camper parents by sharing your personal camp experiences, answering questions, or simply listening.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved as a Parent Advocate to support our mission to provide magical, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses.
Become a parent speaker
(1 hour commitment throughout the year)
We have multiple opportunities for you to share your family’s experiences with other parents. You can participate by telling your story through the local media for an article or on-air segment, speak during a parent panel at camp, or share your camp experience at a Flying Horse Farms event.
Answer questions for new camper families
(15 minute phone and/or email conversations throughout the year)
We understand that sometimes the best way to be reassured is to talk with someone who has gone through the same process. Your camper has been to Flying Horse Farms, so now you’re a pro at how it all works. There are new camper families who aren’t so sure about the process and would love to talk with you about their questions and concerns. If you are willing to speak with other families about your experience, we will pass along your email or telephone number for them to contact you.
Join our arrival team to welcome new camper families
(1-5pm on check-in day during the summer)
For most parents, signing your camper up is the easy part, but arrival day can bring last minute anxiety and questions. You can help reassure new families by joining us on an arrival day of summer camp to speak with parents and campers as they check-in.
Spread the word about camp
We are always looking for new campers to welcome home. If you know a family who could benefit from camp, please have them , for more information. If you know of a larger group that could benefit from hearing about camp, Abby would love to come speak to your network of potential camper families.
The Flying Horse Farms Young Professionals Council exists to create a meaningful opportunity for young professionals to champion camp through fundraising, volunteering, outreach, and events. We aim to empower a committed and inclusive group of young professionals to engage their peers, spread awareness, and have a lasting impact.
The Young Professionals Council
Stef Streb, Co-President
Amy “Taz” Tahmizian, Co-President
If you’re a medical care provider, you have a critical resource we depend on to run camp: healthcare expertise. We hope you’ll share it with us.
Flying Horse Farms campers have serious medical conditions such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, bleeding disorders, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, and facial differences. With your help—and the support of all of Ohio’s children’s hospitals and Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and Indiana—we provide healing, transformative experiences for children who aren’t able to attend a traditional camp.
Although not an exclusive list, we are looking for volunteers in these professions and also for arrival day support:
- Physicians (Fellows/Attending)
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Respiratory Therapist (Pulmonary & Craniofacial Camp)
The medical team at Flying Horse Farms ensures that campers, volunteers, and staff are healthy and safe. Licensed medical volunteers (physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners) are needed for weekend family camps and weeklong summer programs to provide routine and/or specialized medical care within their scope of practice. Medical and nursing students are welcome to volunteer as a family sidekick, cabin counselor or activity counselor.
During family camp weekends, the families will bring their child’s own equipment, supplies and medication to camp. Medical volunteers are available as a resource to the family and for general medical care and any needs of campers, family members, staff and volunteers.
During summer weeklong (kids-only camps), the medical staff and volunteers at Flying Horse Farms provide full medical care of campers while they are onsite at camp.
Volunteer physicians provide medical care for campers, families, volunteers and staff. Doctors are available onsite during all camp sessions to triage, evaluate and provide treatment for all camp participants.
Volunteer nurses provide essential nursing care, administer medications and assist with preventative care for campers, families, volunteers and staff. Nurses are assigned to cabins of 8-10 campers and provide care to their designated group during the camp session.
Pharmacists assist with arrival day and help double check and prepare camper medications.. Pharmacists may also volunteer for camp sessions as family sidekicks during weekend sessions or cabin counselors, activity counselors or with our kitchen crew during summer sessions.
Medical volunteers serve under the scope of their professional practice. You will be interviewed by our medical staff and asked to provide proof of license and a current annual background check. Once your documentation has been reviewed, our medical team will determine your appropriate assignment.
Medical Volunteer Requirements
- Complete online application
- Minimum age: 21 years old
- Proof of a current license is required to serve in a medical capacity
- Completion of BCI and/or FBI background checks within the last calendar year
- Medical background/immunization documentation
- Medical volunteers will attend volunteer orientation one day prior to camper arrival at Flying Horse Farms and meet the camp team
Help our staff with making beds, cleaning cabins, laundry, and getting camp ready for the next group of campers.
We have openings available for 2021 Camp Creator days! Groups of 8-30 are welcome to sign up for Camp Creator days, with dates subject to change as availability allows. Reach out to if you are interested in signing up for a Camp Creator day.
Small Group (8-10 people) Camp Creator Day Openings:
June 2 and 16
July 7 and 21
Large Group (11-30 people) Camp Creator Day Openings:
June 11 and 25
July 16 and 30
We are always looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles. We need helpers to change lightbulbs, mow the lawn, tend to the garden, mop floors and countless other tasks. If you have a special talent and time you’d be willing to give, we’d love to have you.
Facilities and Maintenance
Keep camp looking gorgeous by mowing the lawn, tending the garden, painting, doing repairs and other tasks. Help keep the dining hall prepped and ready for meal times.
Office Support and Administrative
Assist office staff with daily administrative tasks.