Volunteer for Camp Escapades!

After careful consideration, review of the new state guidelines for day camps, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel Camp Escapades 2020. The decision was made with the health and safety of our families, volunteers, and staff in mind. We appreciate your support and look forward to resuming Camp Escapades in the summer of 2021.

Camp Escapades, a summer day camp for children of all abilities, is considered one of the most popular youth volunteer activities in the South Bay. Many of our camp volunteers sign up year after year to participate in a rewarding and enjoyable opportunity to become a “white shirt" that serves as a camper’s buddy during camp. Volunteers are over the age of 13 and receive an orientation as to what they can expect during their time at Camp Escapades. Volunteers not only enjoy a meaningful experience that gives back to the community but they also enjoy opportunities to build better leadership and social skills. Many of our youth volunteers are from South Bay high schools, volunteer organizations and local colleges and universities.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be 13 years old by the start of camp and provide proof of a clear TB test
    • TB TEST: All volunteers must have a valid tuberculosis (TB) test on file. Please note, a TB test is valid for 4 years after the test date. All volunteers must submit proof of TB test prior to Camp starting.
    • ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK: Additional paperwork (liability,code of conduct and photo release form) will be sent to each volunteer in an e-mail that contains their group assignment. Volunteers will be expected to download the paperwork, sign it, and mail it to PTN before camp starts.
  • Eager to learn, energetic, and enjoy interacting with children
  • Must be available to attend an orientation prior to Camp Escapades
  • Must be able to commit to being at Camp Escapades for the duration of one week of camp, 9:00am – 4:30pm 
  • If you are a former camper and want to volunteer, please email natalieg@ptnmail.org

Hours are recorded based on attendance. A volunteer must be present at the time attendance is taken at the beginning, and end of each shift in order to receive full credit. Once camp has ended, all hours will be put into our system and we will generate a Verification of Hours letter which will be sent to each volunteer in the mail.

Questions? Contact Natalie Garcia at natalieg@ptnmail.org / 310-571-8091.

"It's a really fun experience and I'm planning on coming back next year. This year my buddy was shy in the beginning, but by the end of the week she was laughing, playing games, and she will hold my hand when we walk places. It's a really cool experience."
"This was a really good experience because it taught me how to interact with kids of all abilities and it was so much fun. It was so great to be so close to my camper and to see him go home each day so happy."
"This camp opened my eyes to a possible career in Occupational Therapy. I knew I loved working with kids and Camp Escapades showed me a path I am excited about."