Camp Mak-A-Dream attracts a certain kind of individual — one who is passionate, kind and sees the big sky as the limit. Often someone who has been touched by cancer in his or her own personal life is interested in joining our community. However, we welcome anyone with or without previous experience and knowledge of cancer and the effects of treatment.
We select our seasonal staff after an extensive application and interview process. Our full-time summer staff spends several days training on campus prior to the first session to come together as a team so that we can achieve our ultimate goal: To give campers a positive, life-changing Montana experience.
Our season typically runs from the beginning of June to mid-August. Full-time summer staff receive room, board and compensation. Available positions vary from year to year.
Our usual full summer staff comprises:
Activities & residential coordinators who help oversee and manage daily life at Camp, both in the cabins and around campus to foster a safe, fun and inclusive environment. One of their primary responsibilities is to provide support and guidance to other summer staff and weekly volunteers.
A health center assistant who helps to manage the day to day activities in the Health Center to ensure that everyone receives the care they need while at Camp. This includes assisting with the training of weekly medical volunteers and providing them with support and guidance throughout the session.
Kitchen assistant to assist in prepping for and preparing three healthy, appetizing meals each day (throughout the summer season) for all campers, volunteers and staff. This position works closely with the Camp Chef and weekly Dream Team kitchen/dining volunteers.
Cabin leaders who supervise and guide campers throughout the week. We hire two male and two female cabin leaders for the summer. Cabin leaders live and sleep in the cabins and assist in the training and supervision of weekly volunteer staff. Their primary responsibility is to foster a safe and supportive environment for the campers and volunteers in their cabin.
Program specialists who lead specific program activity areas and collaborate as a team to create and facilitate campus wide events. We hire five to seven program specialists. These positions require experience in a variety of areas, including arts & crafts, waterfront/swimming, team building, photography sports and adventure course leadership. Their primary responsibility is to create activities that are safe, fun and inclusive for all members of the community.
An office assistant who is responsible for general office duties during the day and joins program specialists in the evening to assist with larger group activities.
Our weekly volunteer positions include:
Cabin counselors who live and sleep in the cabins and help to guide campers throughout the week. We need male and female volunteers for all summer sessions; the number of staff depends on the ages and needs of the population. Counselors will have the most interaction with campers and should be prepared to jump in and be a part of the fun.
Medical volunteers who provide medical care at each Camp session. The medical staff distributes medication, tends to daily medical needs and makes sure that everyone receives the medical care they need during their stay. They work as a team and are an integral part of the community. The medical staff includes, physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Dream team who work in the kitchen to provide nutritious meals for every Camp session. The dream team will assist the Camp chef with meal preparation, serving and clean up. When they aren’t helping out in the kitchen, they are encouraged to join in the activities happening all around campus.
Program assistants who help in a variety of different areas around campus depending upon the needs of the session and the skills of the applicants. They may help in the art studio, office or with general program activities. Program assistants with special skills or talents may also be incorporated into the week’s programming.
Daily volunteer positions include:
Presenters who are interested in providing expertise on a wide variety of subjects – such as yoga, nutrition, or specialized art projects in a workshop setting. or bringing fun group activity to camp. Contact us for more information or if you feel you have a special skill or talent you’d like to share with our campers.
Medical check-in support volunteers to assist during camper check-in and medication organization upon arrival. This position is open to medical providers, pharmacists and select students in the medical field.