Summer Camp

Christian Appalachian Project’s summer camps have provided a rewarding week of learning to children in Appalachia for more than 35 years. Our summer camps would not be possible without our extraordinary camp volunteers and AmeriCorps members. The kids love the activities, but what they remember most about camp are the volunteers who cared enough to spend their summer with them. 

Available Placements

CAP’s summer camps would not be possible without the service of the short-term volunteers who come each June and July. Available placements include:

  • AmeriCorps members 
    We are accepting applications for AmeriCorps members to serve in a variety of roles at our summer camps. Must serve a minimum of six weeks to be eligible. 
  • Camp Counselors
    If you are high energy and love the outdoors, we need you to be a hero for kids in need.
  • Lifeguards or Counselor/Lifeguards
    We do a lot of swimming and other water activities, so we need lifeguards to keep our campers safe. If you are not currently certified but are interested in becoming a lifeguard, training may be available.
  • Medical personnel
    We’re looking for RNs, LPNs, and EMTs.
  • Arts & crafts leaders
    Help inspire campers’ creativity by leading our arts & crafts activities.
  • Photography/Social Media Coordinators
    Help our camps' outreach to parents and the public by taking photos at camp and posting to social media.
  • Floaters and office help
    Volunteers are needed to answer phones and help process camper applications.


Volunteers and members are provided with room and board and may also be eligible for travel reimbursement up to $400. Volunteers serving for six weeks or more may be eligible for scholarship money and a bi-weekly living allowance. Please contact us for more information!

To be considered as a camp volunteer and/or AmeriCorps member, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Complete an application, including three personal references and a criminal background check.
  • Be 18 years old or older. We have no upper age limit.
  • Serve for a minimum of three weeks (minimum one week for medical personnel).
  • Pass a drug screening upon arrival at camp.
  • Nurses (RN and LPN) must have a Kentucky license or be licensed in a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact.


Summer Camp FAQ

When is summer camp? What activities do you have?
Camp typically begins in early June and runs through the end of July. Each week brings in a new group of campers for residential or day camp. Summer Camp activities include canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, swimming, hiking, camping, and field games. While all the activities are fun for the children, they also provide the opportunity to learn important life skills such as leadership, safety, team building, self-esteem, and respect for others.

How long is the commitment? When should I apply?
Medical personnel may serve for one week or longer and we ask that our other volunteers make a minimum commitment of three weeks.

Who qualifies to serve as medical personnel?
We need RNs and LPNs who are licensed in Kentucky or in a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact. We also welcome EMTs.

Do you offer any financial support for volunteers?
Yes! We provide travel assistance of up to $400. Individuals making a commitment of six weeks or longer are eligible for a bi-weekly AmeriCorps living allowance of $375, as well as an education award for student loans and qualified education expenses.

Where will I stay? What about food?
Volunteers stay in dormitories at camp. Meals are provided when camp is in session, and volunteers have access to the kitchen on weekends. 


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