The application window for our 2022 summer camp program is now closed. Stay tuned for future opportunities to volunteer at Empower Camp!
Our volunteers are the cornerstone to everything we do. The commitment made by each staff member to lean into this experience and fully immerse themselves in the Empower Camp community is one of the many reasons our campers love Empower Camp so much! The energy, enthusiasm and passion of our team (while we may be biased) is truly unmatched!
Volunteer spots for camp are limited and are filled quickly! If you are interested in joining us at camp, the window to apply is typically open from November - February each calendar year. The window to apply for Empower Camp 2022 is now closed.
We ask that interested applicants only apply if you can meet the full commitment required to provide an excellent Empower Camp experience for our campers. As an Empower Camp volunteer staff member, you commit to...
• Be a professional, respectful and active member of the Empower Camp community and attend the Empower Camp program from start to finish
• Attend mandatory Staff Training
• Complete and return the required Registration Paperwork, including a Physical from your doctor with immunization records and COVID-19 vaccine.
Have a life-changing experience while inspiring young women! Our Camp Counselors are responsible for the overall supervision, general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the campers in her group. A rewarding experience, our Camp Counselors shape the camp experience for our campers.
Camp Counselors must be 18 years of age or older. Experience at summer camp and experience working with teens preferred.
Camp counselors should be comfortable leading games/activities, should be able to think quickly on their feet, be comfortable mediating conflicts, and be effective communicators.
Support staff will carry out duties as delegated by the Camp Director and is the glue that holds our camp program together!
A catch-all for ensuring a smooth program, our program staff can expect to "float" at camp to help with tasks such as activity set-up and clean-up, snack and water deliveries, starting campfires and other ad hoc on-site errands that pop up at camp.
The Unit Leads are the liaison between the Camp Director and the Camp Counselors and is responsible for overall supervision, general safety and positive camp experience of the Camp Counselors and Campers in her Unit Group.
Unit Leads must be at least 21 years of age and have experience in camping or supervising children or acceptable training.
Unit Leads must be comfortable leading and managing large groups, mediating conflict and have strong communication skills.
The kitchen staff is responsible for supporting the Food Manager in all meal preparing, serving food and cleaning up and ensuring safe food preparation, storage and disposal in accordance with accepted food handling practices and food safety regulations.
Our lifeguard will ensure a safe environment at the pool and lake. Copies of Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, AED and waterfront lifeguarding certifications required.
A stipend is offered for Lifeguards.
Capture the energy and magic of Empower Camp by volunteering as a Camp Photographer!
The Health Director is responsible for supervising health and sanitation at camp to ensure all camp occupants health needs are addressed and monitored.
The Camp Health Director may be a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or emergency medical technician. The Health Director must be on-site at all times.
The Camp Health Director must be certified in Responding to Emergencies First Aid (RTE) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Professional Rescuer (CPR Pro). Both the RTE and CPR Pro certifications must be renewed annually.
A stipend is offered for the Nurse role.
“I've been going to summer camp for 13 years, but Empower Camp was unlike any camp I've done before. After an hour of camp starting, I already felt like we had been together for a week.
From the puzzles, to yoga, to the creek walk, I was pleasantly surprised to see girls stepping out of their boundaries. I loved watching the girls open up and grow in the 3 days they were with us.
It was hard when camp was over but
I look forward to many camps to come!”
- Cate, AKA ‘Jelly’
“As a newbie to Buffalo, I was thrilled that my colleague thought to invite me to be a part of Empower Camp. While I did not have previous experience with working with young girls, and never gone camping, I was willing and ready to learn!
Throughout the camp, I observed what it means to be a young girl in today's world. I was delighted that we did not need to dig deep to prove to these girls that they were powerful. The moments at the camp fires crystallized friendships and everyone's inner power burned bright like the camp fire.
My overall experience at Empower Camp has enthralling! From new games, great food (s/o Mrs. Pam), friendships, songs, and the creek walk, it was all worth it because the experience showed me what it looks to be in service to others and be the voice of encouragement. I saw that the girls truly appreciated what the camp wanted to do for them and they fully leaned into the experience.”
“Being a camp counselor is such a blessing in disguise. I am at camp to support young women and their empowerment journey, however, it was the campers who taught me something.
They taught me another way of looking at empowerment. For a while, I used SELF empowerment as my tool because that’s all I had. Being with this group of young ladies and women truly outlined the POWER of empowering EACH OTHER, as females!
I love Empower Camp and can’t wait for this year! Especially with new campgrounds, there is going to be so much bonding!
I can’t wait!”