Why Volunteer

Why Volunteer?
Increase your chances of getting into camp.
Sonoma Girl Scout Day Camp will fill up quickly, but the children of at-camp volunteers are guaranteed a slot. Children of at-home volunteers are given priority registration. Campers without a volunteer are automatically placed on a waitlist until enough at-camp positions have been staffed.

Get a bargain!
Volunteers receive a substantial discount on your campers’ fees. Earn up to $20 a day when you work on-site at camp for the week. The money earned towards your campers fee will be refunded back to you within 4-6 weeks after camp closes. If you are able to enlist a family friend, spouse, or friend to also work you can earn additional funds towards your campers fees. Please note that you will only be refunded up to the full amount your previously paid for your camper, not to exceed that camper fee.

Give your other children a summer at camp too!
It can be hard to find a summer camp for children under 7, and as a parent, it can be even harder to let them go! But when you volunteer at day camp, you can enroll your younger children and boys in special units just for them, comfortable in the knowledge that you’re nearby.

Bond with your kids and meet their leaders.
Every day, your campers will come home with stories about their day and new songs and skills they’ve learned. Volunteering at camp offers a fantastic opportunity to live in your children’s world and share their summer experience.

Build your confidence.
Sonoma Day Camp offers a variety of training classes that will walk you through every step of the way. And as a new volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to work with experienced mentors and experience first-hand how much fun it cam be to work with new adults and kids from all over Sonoma Valley.

Make New Friends
Many of our volunteers have so much fun at camp that they keep coming back for years after their kids graduate.

What’s the right job for me?
Sonoma Day Camp is an all-volunteer camp. You can volunteer in a variety of ways, to suit your availability and comfort level. At-camp volunteers are guaranteed admission to camp and can choose whether to be a Unit Leader (full time) or Unit Staff (full time OR part time). There are also a limited number of part-time at-home jobs (example Fundraising Organizer), which offer priority registration. Campers without a volunteer are automatically placed on a wait list until enough at-camp positions have been filled.

We’ll train you!
Sonoma day camp offers a variety of training classes for at-camp volunteers, PLUS on-the-job mentorship by experienced camp leaders.

Did you know…
…that when you volunteer as a full-time unit leader, you allow 8 campers to be removed from the waiting list?