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2022 MS Adventure Camp - VA Volunteer Application

 

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MS Adventure Camp - VA Overview

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at MS Adventure Camp - VA 2022. MS Adventure Camp will take place at Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville, VA. Volunteer counselors are expected to arrive at MS Adventure Camp the morning of August 7 and will be asked to stay through the afternoon on August 10. All room and board is included. Volunteers are responsible for getting to and from camp.

Before completing an application, please refer to the role descriptions for each individual position.
• Activity Facilitator Role Description
• Camp Counselor Role Description

Please note that submitting an application to volunteer at MS Adventure Camp does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants will be contacted by the MS Adventure Camp leadership team within one week of receiving your application. The application deadline is June 1.

Once your application has been received, a member of the leadership team will be in touch with you to schedule a phone call to get to know you better. If you have any questions about volunteering at MS Adventure Camp - VA, please contact Brittany McGarry at brittany.mcgarry@nmss.org.

MS Adventure Camp - VA COVID Policies

The health and safety of staff, volunteers, and our communities is a top priority as we move through the COVID pandemic together and we would like you to be aware of the following safety guidelines prior to camp. Changes in safety protocol may be required due to special circumstances or local mandates. Stay tuned to all communication about MS Adventure Camp so you can be prepared.

  • Vaccinations will be required for all campers, volunteers, and staff members.  
  • All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask indoors except while eating or drinking. Masks will also not be required in camper cabins. There may be some activities during which masks outdoors will be required. In all other instances, masks outdoors will be strongly encouraged.
  • Society events are planned to allow for physical distance between staff, volunteers and participants whenever possible.
  • We follow CDC guidelines for routine cleaning and sanitizing of restrooms, shared spaces, and high-touch surfaces, as well as ensure adequate handwashing supplies and/or hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms within 24 hours prior to MS Adventure Camp or are exposed to anyone who is positive for COVID within 14 days prior to MS Adventure Camp.
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History/Interest

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Question - Required - Please indicate what position(s) you are applying for.
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Accommodations

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Experience (No special experience is required)

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Question - Required - Please indicate which age groups you would be willing to work with. Please note that while MS Society staff will do their best to honor these preferences, this is not always possible. In addition, counselors must be a minimum of five years older than their assigned age group.
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  Counselors are paired into teams to supervise campers for the week. We strive to create strong volunteer teams by assigning people together who can balance one another's skillsets. To help us do so, please respond to the following questions. Please note your responses will not impact the volunteer selection and acceptance process.  
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Question - Required - On a scale 1 to 5, with one being extremely uncomfortable, 3 being neutral, and 5 being extremely comfortable, how comfortable are you addressing conflict with your peers?





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First-Time MS Adventure Camp Volunteers

If this will be your first time volunteering at MS Adventure Camp, we ask that you turn in a minimum of two references.  References must be non-family members and at least one must be a present or former teacher, employer, pastor or other person of authority.  Please send this survey to your references and ask them to submit a copy within one week of your application submission.  If your references require a paper copy, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brittany McGarry at brittany.mcgarry@nmss.org.

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OVERNIGHT PROGRAM RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

For consideration of attendance at MS Adventure Camp at Camp Holiday Trails to be held from August 7-10, 2022 I waive and release the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (“Society”) and Camp Holiday Trails ("CHT"), its chapters, directors, officers, administrators, representatives and executors, past and present employees, volunteers, agents, supervisors, participants, all state and local governments, assigns, all sponsors, their representatives and successors(collectively, the “Releasees”), from any and all claims, liabilities, or cause of actions arising out of an injury to me and from any and all claims, liabilities, or cause of actions arising from my attendance in and transportation to and from this Event.

Inherent and Potential Risks

I understand that attending MS Adventure Camp may involve strenuous physical activity, exposure to the outdoors, animals, wildlife, and natural hazards. I understand that these activities, by their very nature, carry with it certain inherent risks. I assume all risks associated with attending MS Adventure Camp including all risks relating to strenuous physical activity, exposure to the outdoors, animals, wildlife, and natural hazards. I acknowledge that I may incur minor injuries, major injuries, and catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death. I assume risks from contact with other participants, negligent or wanton acts of other participants, failure of other participants and non-participants from observing the guidelines of the Event, any defects of conditions of premises, and the effects of weather including high heat, thunderstorms, lightning, precipitation, cold temperatures, high winds, and/or humidity.

I assume all risks associated with consuming any food or drink available at the event. I am solely responsible for any adverse health effects from food or beverage consumption, regardless of any allergy, known or unknown, that I may have.

I agree to follow the Society's Event Guidelines and will follow the specific rules, regulations and guidelines established by MS Adventure Camp.

I agree to dress myself appropriately as to mitigate risk of physical injury to myself including, but not limited to: wearing shoes appropriate for strenuous physical activity involved in MS Adventure Camp; and dressing in conjunction with the weather.

I agree that the Releasees are not responsible for any personal items or property lost or stolen before, during, or after MS Adventure Camp.

Weapons are strictly prohibited at Society events. I agree not to bring a weapon of any kind to the event, including all Society sponsored pre and post event activities.

Medical Evaluation

I attest that I am medically and physically able to participate in MS Adventure Camp. If I experience any doubt as to my ability to successfully and safely participate in and/or complete MS Adventure Camp, I take full responsibility for consulting a physician. I attest that, if I am pregnant, disabled in any way, or have recently suffered an illness, injury, or impairment, I should have or did consult a physician prior to participating in MS Adventure Camp.

I consent to emergency medical care and transportation in order to obtain treatment in the event of injury to me as medical professionals may deem appropriate. This Release extends to any liability arising out of or in any way connected with the medical treatment and transportation provided in the event of an emergency, including, but not limited to, negligence emergency rescue operations.

Voluntary Participation

I am fully aware of the risks connected with participation in MS Adventure Camp, whether specifically listed in this Release or not, and I voluntarily elect to participate in MS Adventure Camp knowing that this participation involves these risks.

Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, Release, and Covenant Not To Sue

In consideration for being permitted to participate in MS Adventure Camp, I voluntarily agree for myself, my family, heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators to the following:

1. TO ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY RISKS OF LOSS, OR PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH that may be sustained by me, or any loss or damage to property owned by me, as a result of participating in MS Adventure Camp.

2. TO RELEASE, WAIVE, HOLD HARMLESS, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the Releasees from any and all liability, claims, actions, demands, expenses, attorney fees, breach of contract actions, breach of statutory duty or other duty of care, warranty, strict liability actions, and causes of action whatsoever, that I might have or may acquire in the future, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me, or to any property belonging to me, while participating in MS Adventure Camp including, but not limited to, any claim that the act or omission complained of was caused in whole or in part by the negligence or carelessness of the Releasees.

COVID-19 Acknowledgement

I hereby acknowledge and understand that the 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) is extremely contagious and easily spread through air, person-to-person contact, and contact with contaminated objects. People can be infected and show no symptoms yet still spread the disease, which can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

Further, I knowingly and voluntarily agree to follow all required and relevant federal, state, local, and Society guidelines and recommendations to maintain the health and safety of event attendees. I acknowledge that failure to comply with these practices may result in exposure to, or contraction of, COVID-19 and may put others at risk. Prior to the event, I acknowledge and agree that I will fully and truthfully fill out and sign any waivers, releases, and/or questionnaires that may be required of me by the Society as a condition to participate in the event.

Acknowledgment and Compliance with Rules

I agree to observe and obey all rules and safety procedures that accompany MS Adventure Camp and to abide by any decision of an event official relative to my ability to safely compete in the event. I agree to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times and to obey all laws. Society and event officials may dismiss me, without refund, should my behavior endanger the safety of or negatively affect an event, person, facility, or property of any kind.

Activities and Equipment

I understand, acknowledge, and agree that there may be hazards associated with specific activities and activity sites which include but are not limited to: accidents while traveling around the grounds or to and from an activity site, bodily injury or illness or property damage, exposure to temperature extremes, inclement weather and all manner of natural hazards. I understand that as a result of these dangers and other hazards, there is a potential for injury or even fatal injury to other participants or myself. Nonetheless, I VOLUNTARILY DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH ACTIVITIES BEING FULLY AWARE OF THE DANGER AND VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISKS OF LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY.

I further acknowledge that there are no warranties applicable to the equipment provided by CAMP HOLIDAY TRAILS whether expressed or implied. I am accepting all equipment AS IS after having examined the same.

Severability

I agree that if any portion of this Release is deemed to be invalid, the remainder of the Release will still be binding and enforceable.

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Question - Required - I acknowledge and represent that I have carefully read, accept, and agree to the terms on this Release and Waiver of Liability stated above, and know and understand their contents and I sign the same on my own free act and deed.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY AND WEBSITE RELEASE: I hereby grant full permission to Society to use, reuse, reproduce, publish, or republish any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of my participation in this event, including all Society sponsored pre and post event activities, in any medium now known or hereafter developed, alone or in conjunction with other material, without restriction as to changes or alterations, as well as to use my name, voice, likeness, and/or other indicia of identity, for editorial, educational, promotional, advertising, and commercial purposes, including without limitation in connection with the solicitation of contributions and the furtherance of the corporate objectives of Society. Further, I relinquish all rights, title, and interest in any and all photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or other records of MS Adventure Camp at YMCA Camp Icaghowan I may take or capture to Society.

I grant permission for the Society to publish and recognize my participation in Camp on its website and have reviewed and consented to the Society’s Online Privacy Policy found at www.nationalmssociety.org/HelpfulLinks/Legal-Notice-Privacy-Policy/Privacy-Policy.

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