Volunteers Wanted for Healthy Eating and Living Camp!

July 3, 2012 · by Staff · PCRI

We need your help! PCRI is recruiting volunteers to help at Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Camp which will take place July 23-27 and July 30-August 3, from 12-4pm daily, in North Portland. Approximately 15 youth ages 6-15 will take part in HEAL Camp.

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HEAL Campers will start the day by preparing their own healthy lunch and then move outside to their own Learning Garden where they will learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables. After gardening, campers will hit the park for fun outdoor physical activities.

We need volunteers experienced in the following (click through for class descriptions):

This camp is coordinated and supervised by experienced staff.

Our goal is to give campers the tools and knowledge to make healthy lifestyle choices, from learning where their food comes from to preparing simple, healthy meals to participating in fun physical activities. We look forward to working with you!

Opportunity Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this opportunity.
  • Background check required
  • Contact lauren@pcrihome.org with a statement of interest and resume or qualifications to be considered.

For more information on specific classes, see below.


Healthy Cooking Classes:

We are looking for volunteers who have experience teaching cooking classes for youth and working with youth. 15 campers will be active participants and will, with your help, prepare their own lunches per your instruction. Basic reading, writing, and math skills should be worked into the recipes—for instance, measuring inventory, counting calories, or writing recipes in their journals. Food handler’s card is required. Food will be provided to work with. You do not have to sign up for the full 10 day camp period.

Gardening Classes:

With two raised beds (approximately 10×3.5) and supplies provided, gardening volunteers will have fun teaching youth and tending a garden.  Knowledge of working with seeds and starts is required, as well as basic care and harvesting, and how to involve youth in safe and engaging gardening practices. Basic reading, writing, and math skills will be worked into the lessons; for instance, tracking progress in a garden journal, or timing days until harvest. You do not have to sign up for the full 10 day camp period.

Sports Instruction:

Lead youth ages 6-15 in organized sport or game activities! Volunteers should be able instruct and involve a group of approximately 15. Great classes could be kickball, Frisbee, or hula hooping. Sport activities can break the group into teams for light competition. Some equipment will be available. Donations or lending of safe, sturdy equipment would be beneficial, but not required. You do not have to sign up for the full 10 day camp period.


Youth and/or Camp Operations Assisting:

If you have experience working with children in or out of a summer camp, we’d love to have you on board. Volunteers will help with the day-to-day operations of the camp and will assist the camp coordinator in monitoring approximately 15 youth aged 6-15. Volunteers may assist in gardening, food preparation, sports and outdoor activities, journal writing, education of youth, and supporting youth during a fun filled and action packed summer camp. You do not need to sign up for the full 10 day camp period.



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