With the end of summer on the horizon it’s always fun to look back on the past few months and reminisce about the fantastic volunteers that joined True Friends for weeks of great adventures.

On June 10, Camp Friendship welcomed its first week of volunteers. Summer staff are always excited for volunteers to arrive as they often become unsung heroes of camp. Volunteers are the helping hands that give campers new smiles, hugs, and friendships.

This particular group was coming without knowing each other. There is no doubt they were all wondering what the week would bring and who it would bring. Before they knew it, in just six fast-paced days, they became closer than ever. Through hanging out at the Volunteer House, going through orientation together, and challenging themselves in their Leaders in Training group sessions, this group left feeling like that had a new family. Often times leadership staff would hear remarks like “I’m closer to you guys than my friends at home”.

Walking into camp for the first time can be nerve wracking; these volunteers know exactly what that feels like. This new tight knit group was full of great advice for future volunteers who might be a feeling a few butterflies:

– Do it no matter what. Don’t miss out on an opportunity like this
– Remember: the only person holding you back is you.
– Enjoy the campers – it’s easy to be with campers, you’re just hanging out and becoming friends.

Volunteers don’t have to know everyone (or anyone) at camp or be an expert on disabilities, all a good volunteer needs is a willingness to serve others and an excitement for a week of fun.

Learn more about volunteering with True Friends here.