Sugar Hollow Day Camp is staffed entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for adults to volunteer their time as unit leaders or other camp helpers. Share with your daughter the experience of day camp. Campers of adult volunteers get to come to camp at a reduced price. Want to join the fun?
We begin reaching out to staff and making staff placements in early January. All staffing positions are assigned on a first come, first served basis. We have a limited number of volunteer staff positions available for both youth and adult so please let the camp director know of your intent to serve at camp as early as possible.
Volunteers are asked to please complete the following Staff Signup.
Volunteers must register themselves and their camper (s) during the staff registration window between February 1 and February 28.
Adult Unit Leader
Adults age 18 and above may co-lead a unit of approximately 12 to 24 girls at camp. Unit leaders must register with GSUSA, consent to a criminal background check and complete the online GSVSC volunteer application process prior to camp. Training for leaders is provided and all leaders are expected to attend the staff training in May. Adult unit leaders are expected to attend the overnight.
Adults who cannot commit their time as a unit leader may come to camp to assist in the various camp stations during the week, the Thursday all camp dinner preparations and dinner, camp set up and take down and other various jobs assigned by the camp director throughout the two sessions of camp. Please contact the camp director for more information.
Junior Assistant (JA)
JA's are girls entering the 8th grade in the fall. Girls may attend as a JA for a second year if they are of CIT age but unable to attend CIT training. JA's come to camp to assist the staff with all activities and to help campers practice skills. JA's may attend camp for only 1 session. JA's must attend the SHDC specific youth staff training prior to working at camp but are not required to attend the council-run CPA training. JA's are expected to attend the overnight.
Cadette Program Aide (CPA)
CPA's are girls entering the 8th grade in the fall. Girls may attend as a CPA for a second year if they are of CIT age but unable to attend CIT training. CPA's come to camp to assist the staff with all activities and to help campers practice skills. CPA's may attend camp for only 1 session. CPA's must attend the council-run CPA training session in addition to
SHDC specific youth staff training prior to working at camp. Please note that the Cadette Program Aide training is not camp specific and is intended to provide training with regard to working directly with younger girls in a troop setting. In addition this training will further the CPA’s understanding of a specialty such as science, art, outdoors or adapting activities for girls with disabilities. This level is recommended for those Girl Scouts who wish to earn their Cadette Program Aide Award. Refer to the Cadette program handbook for the complete set of requirements for this award. CPA's are expected to attend the overnight.
Counselor in Training (CIT) I
CIT I's are girls entering the 9th through 12th grade in the fall. They come to camp to develop leadership skills by working with staff and teaching skills to campers. CIT I's may attend camp for only 1 session. CIT I's must attend a council offered weekend long training session that focuses on outdoor skills in a camp setting in addition to SHDC specific youth staff training prior to working at camp. Contact the camp director prior to registering for CIT training to see if positions are available. CIT I's are expected to attend the overnight.
Counselor in Training (CIT) II
CIT II's are girls entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. They should have several years of camp experience and CIT leadership training. CIT II's must attend the SHDC specific youth staff training prior to working at camp. CIT II's are expected to attend the overnight.
Camp Fees for Volunteers
Adult: No fee. Campers of adult volunteers may attend at a reduced rate.
CIT I, CIT II: No fee.
CPA: No fee.
JA: 50% of camp fee. Second year JA’s pay no fee.
All youth volunteers must pay the $32 registration fee if they are not currently registered with GSUSA.
All adult volunteers must pay the $25 registration fee if they are not currently registered with GSUSA.
Please note that the GSUSA membership year goes from 10/1 to 9/30, so if you registered last year for camp, your membership has expired and it must be renewed.
Registration Forms for Volunteers
ALL volunteers must submit the online camp registration form and health history and payment if applicable as soon as possible. You must be registered with GSUSA.
Deadline is June 1.
Camp Training Sessions
All staff are expected to attend camp training and planning sessions prior to the start of camp. New staff training is typically scheduled in April and all camp planning and training is scheduled in late May.
New Leader Training Session: April 28, time TBD @ Camp Sugar Hollow
CPA and CIT Training: TBD. Check the GSVSC website for training dates.
All Camp Staff Training and Planning Session: May 11, time TBD, Location: AUMC Charlottesville
SHDC Specific Youth Staff Training: June 1, time TBD