2019 Camp Shriver

Apr 2nd, 2019 - Aug 9th, 2019

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the 2019 Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) Camp Shriver. Camp Shriver volunteers are active participants in the Camp experience, not supervisors. Volunteers are trained to participate alongside SONJ athletes for the duration of the Camp week. Being a volunteer is a not only a wonderful opportunity to make new friends while sharing a Camp experience with SONJ athletes, it is also a privilege and much more than “service hours.” Before completing this application, we ask that you think about why you want to volunteer at Camp Shriver. If your only motivation is to fulfill your school service requirement, Camp Shriver may not be the right fit for you.

If your interest reflects genuine enthusiasm about being active in a sport and fitness environment with Special Olympics New Jersey athletes, we encourage you to complete the application! The experiences of past volunteers have helped shape college and career paths. Many volunteers return each year and some even obtain paid Camp Shriver counselor positions after several years.

Camp Shriver spans five weeks and, each week, as many as 75 SONJ athletes participate. Volunteers are assigned to a group that rotates through different stations each day. The age and athletic ability level of each camper varies but they all look forward to Camp Shriver all year long. This is due, in large part, to volunteers’ commitment to making Camp Shriver inclusive, fun and engaging. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer - Requirements:

Applicant must be:
  • At least 16 years old
  • Complete the online volunteer registration in its entirety - This needs to be completed by the applicant ONLY
  • Willingness to adhere to the camp rules of conduct/dress code
  • Available and willing to commit to the entire week(s) applying for 
  • Willingness to enthusiastically participate in camp activities

Applicants must commit to Camp Shriver in full-week increments. Below you will find the possible session at which you may volunteer.

Day Session- SONJ Sports Complex, Lawrenceville
  • Special Olympics New Jersey athletes ages 12 and above
  • Monday* through Friday - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

     *Monday will start at 10:45 a.m. for a volunteer orientation.

Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 - Basketball Week - Stations emphasize basketball skills, basketball fitness activity and basketball game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 - Soccer Week - Stations emphasize soccer skills, soccer fitness activity and soccer game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

Monday, July 22- Friday, July 26 - Fitness Week - Stations emphasize general fitness, conditional and wellness activities with a focus on modification and fun.  There is no sport emphasized this week.  This week also includes wellness education.
 
Monday, July 29- Friday, Aug. 2 - Intro to Sport Week - Stations emphasize a variety of sports activities at the exploratory skill-building level, along with some game play.  This week also includes wellness activity.

Twilight Session - SONJ Sports Complex, Lawrenceville
  • Special Olympics New Jersey athletes ages 16 and above
  • Monday* through Thursday - 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

     *Monday will start at 4:15 p.m. for a volunteer orientation.

Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 11 - Basketball Week - Stations emphasize basketball skills, basketball fitness activity and basketball game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

Monday, July 15 - Thursday, July 18 - Soccer Week - Stations emphasize soccer skills, soccer fitness activity and soccer game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

Monday, July 22- Thursday, July 25 - Fitness Week - Stations emphasize general fitness, conditional and wellness activities with a focus on modification and fun.  There is no sport emphasized this week.  This week also includes wellness education.
 
Monday, July 29- Thursday, Aug. 1 -  Intro to Sport Week - Stations emphasize a variety of sports activities at the exploratory skill-building level, along with some game play.  This week also includes wellness activity.
 
Developmental Session - SONJ Sports Complex, Lawrenceville
  • Special Olympics New Jersey athletes between ages 6-12
  • Monday* through Friday - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

     *Monday will start at 10:45 a.m. for a volunteer orientation.

Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9 - Stations emphasize socialization, adaptive play, teamwork, sports skills and fitness.

PCTI Day Camp - Passiac County Technical Institute, Wayne 
  • Special Olympics New Jersey athletes ages 12 and above
  • Monday* through Friday - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
     *Monday will start at 10:45 a.m. for a volunteer orientation.
 

Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 19 - Soccer Week - Stations emphasize soccer skills, soccer fitness activity and soccer game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

RCGC Day Camp- 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell
  • Special Olympics New Jersey athletes ages 12 and above
  • Monday* through Thursday - 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

     *Monday will start at 10:45 a.m. for a volunteer orientation.

 

Monday, June 17 - Thursday, June 20 - Basketball Week - Stations emphasize basketball skills, basketball fitness activity and basketball game play.  This week also includes wellness education.

Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27 Soccer Week - Stations emphasize soccer skills, soccer fitness activity and soccer game play.  This week also includes wellness education.


Please recognize that by submitting your registration, you are committing to volunteer for the duration of the event(s) you selected. If you are unable to volunteer for the entire time slot, please do not register for that event. In the event you sign up and fail to fulfill obligations of staying for the duration, it will affect your status in volunteering for future Special Olympics New Jersey events.

Questions?? Please contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@sonj.org. 

Special Olympics New Jersey is supported by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Department of Recreation.