Opportunity Details

Children & Youth
Other,Physical Activity,Intergenerational Engagment

Age Minimum (with Adult): 15+, Minimum Age:15+

Referral: Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation Camp Sheilah

Camp Sheilah serves youth ages 7-17 years old that have been impacted by the loss of someone in their life by homicide. Camp is overnight, 3 days long from Friday to Sunday afternoon. Anyone who is interested in volunteering must attend a 6 hour training that takes place where camp is held at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, IL.  The next date of training this year is July 27th 2019.
There are different roles volunteers can apply for at Camp Sheilah.

First, volunteer role is as an “Explorer” who is matched with one youth to act as a support and guide throughout the Jr. Explorer’s (Camper’s) journey at camp. Volunteers are with them in their small group settings, during team building activities and free time. Volunteers will eat meals with them and stay overnight in cabins on good ol’ fashion bunk beds. Volunteers are paired with Campers based on gender and similar interests, must be 18 years of age and a great listener!

Next is a “Journey Helper”, which is the behind the scenes team! Camp has many different transitions we must support and set up for while also cheering on the campers on as they go through their journeys. Must be at least 15 years old, expect the unexpected and be open to new tasks as they arrive in a team like atmosphere.

 “Scouts” are age 15-20 year old young people who would like to play a direct support role to our campers. You will be placed in a specific age group to support the Leader as well as the Jr. Explorers and Explorers during their entire journey through camp. We are looking for great listeners, enthusiastic and caring role models.

Lastly, Camp Sheilah is looking for 2-3 Nurses and 2-3 Photographers. Nurses will rotate, being on call for camp attendees for first aid as well as disbursement of any medications over the weekend. You must have a nursing degree and enjoy working with kids, medical supplies provided by Camp Sheilah. Photographers/Videographers will be catching the magic happening all weekend for a slide show at our culminating Memorial Service event. We also send everyone home with posed shots of each Jr. Explorer with their Explorer, as well as a small group photo. Photographers are asked to please bring their own equipment.
You can sign up here: http://www.sadfund.org/volunteers/
Camp Sheilah doesn’t exist without volunteers! Your ability to be present with Jr. Explorers as they go through their unique grief journey is an immensely important ability to share. Camp also wouldn’t be as fun without all of the support roles making things flow seamlessly (most of the time) as Campers transition to different areas of camp and activities. Camp Sheilah hopes volunteers will grow relationships with Campers as well as other volunteers creating a village or family like atmosphere. Camp is fun but not without amazing volunteers!
When & Where
The afternoon of September 6th to the afternoon of September 8th 2019, this is an overnight camp where you will stay in cabins with your Camper or in a cabin with other volunteers.
Camp Manitoqua and Retreat Center
8122 W. Sauk Trail, Frankfort, IL 60423
Volunteer Activity Type
Individuals (volunteers who come on their own)
New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)
Committed Volunteers (people who can come on a regular basis)
Skilled Volunteers (pro bono work, volunteers with a specific skill set, etc.)
Older Volunteers (volunteers aged 55 and older)
Youth Volunteers (volunteers aged 18 and under)
Other (Individuals who have experience working with youth ages 7-17 years old)
Great For

  • Individuals (volunteers who come on their own)
  • Groups ( volunteers who come in a group) 
  • New Volunteers (people who have never volunteered before)

Partner Information
The Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to children ages 7-17 whose parent, legal guardian, or sibling fell victim to homicide. Through our bereavement camp and our college scholarship program, we believe that we can transform a child’s tragedy into a bright future.
Requirements for Service
Training Meeting >2 hours
Background check (please explain type) simple $25.00 background check
Contact for more information or to serve:  Julie Weatherhead at 734-626-3873 or julie@sadfund.org.

***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago Cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program; however a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so. ***

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