Counselor Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Being a counselor with Camp Rise Above is almost as magical as being a camper – we are so glad that you’re interested in working with us! Each summer takes hundreds of volunteers to make camp a success for the amazing kids we serve. We cannot do it without YOU!

In 2021, we will be hosting the following summer camp sessions. If you’d like to learn more, please email and follow us on social media. WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS FOR OUR OVERNIGHT CAMP SESSIONS! CLICK HERE TO APPLY. For more details about volunteering, see below!

2021 Overnight Sessions

July 11-16: Overnight camp at Camp Cole (campers arrive July 12)

July 18-23: Overnight camp at Camp Cole (campers arrive July 19)

Counselor FAQs: Summer 2021

What does a counselor do at camp?

Counselors are the backbone of our programming! As a counselor, you will be assigned to 1 or 2 (or possibly 3) campers and be part of a larger group. You will ensure the safety of your campers while participating in traditional camp activities, while encouraging campers to tray new things, grow in confidence, and connect with others. Your job is to have fun!


What are the requirements for counselors?

Counselors must be at least 18 years old, complete online Darkness to Light training, pass a background check, and attend the appropriate orientation/training for their sessions. Oh, they should also like working with kids and being outside. That’s it!


Can I volunteer at all the sessions?

Why yes! Thank you for asking. You can work at one session, all four sessions, or anything in between. We do ask that you commit to the entire session(s) for which you apply as you will be with the same camper that whole time.


What are the orientations and trainings for the different sessions?

For day camp sessions in June, volunteers will have a 3-4 hour training (time and date tbd) to go over programming, safety, and learn about their campers. Overnight session counselors will arrive the day before campers (Sundays July 11 and July 18) for training and setup.


But what about COVID?

We are working with the American Camp Association and CDC to ensure we follow the best practices and guidelines to keep our campers and volunteers safe. Right now, this plan includes distancing, cohorts, prescreening, mask wearing, and more. Visit to see our updates. All volunteers agree to follow and uphold safety guidelines throughout camp programs.


Can I volunteer for just one day?

We occasionally have the need for daily volunteers. Please reach out to Erin directly at for inquiries.


I am a medical professional and would like to volunteer on the medical team. Is there a way to do that?

You bet! We need many medical professionals to keep our campers safe. Medical volunteers may apply on the same page as counselors- simply choose the “Medical Team” option instead of counselors. If you’d like to discuss how you could best serve, please email Erin at


Do I need to pay for my background check?

We do not require current students to pay for their background checks. For all others, we ask that if you are able you pay the cost (usually $18.50). Also, the training with Darkness to Light costs Camp Rise Above $10/person. If you feel called and are able to support our mission with a donation, you can do so on our website or during your application process. Please note: if paying for either of these services is prohibitive, you can absolutely still apply! Thank you!