The Laurel Foundation: Who We Are

The Laurel Foundation’s educational and support programs impact the lives of over 540 children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth and other at-risk youth populations each year. Our programs are a powerful antidote to the challenges of living with an illness or facing social isolation issues, bringing a sense of healing, hope and joy to those we serve.


Location & dates:

Big Bear, CA

June 29th 2019 – July 6th 2019


***Food & Housing Provided


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work with children in the outdoors (prior experience working with children is beneficial)
  • Have no hesitations about working with children or adults with HIV/AIDS
  • Ability to relate to one’s peer group and work well with people from diverse backgrounds
  • The capacity to work hard for sustained periods of time
  • Ability to put the needs of others ahead of your own
  • Ability to accept supervision, guidance, and constructive feedback
  • Ability to assist in teaching an activity
  • A positive role model for children and peers (exemplary character, good judgment, approachable, etc.)
  • Possess enthusiasm, patience and high degree of self-control
  • At least a high school graduate or equivalent and no less than 18 years of age
  • Emotional stability to endure stressful situations, think critically and calmly resolve conflict
  • Ability to identify one’s strengths and limitations and the motivation to seek resources for self-improvement


Essential Functions:

  • Ability to work with and communicate with children and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to provide necessary guidance and support to campers and peers
  • Ability to observe camper behavior and assess appropriateness, implement suitable behavior management techniques, and enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures
  • Ability to be flexible and to respond and adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and immediately respond to environmental and other hazards
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds without assistance
  • Physical endurance to run . mile
  • Possess strength and endurance, physical and mental, to maintain constant supervision of campers for seven days around the clock while at resident camp
  • Capacity to deal with highly stressful (physically and emotionally) situations with composure
  • Ability to abstain from all phone usage including cell phones and text messaging (except in the event of an emergency) for the duration of camp session


Major Responsibilities:

  • Maintain health and safety of all campers
  • Work closely with a co-counselor to identify and meet camper needs
  • Create group unity and provide opportunities for each camper to experience success
  • Help each camper meet the camp goals, including increased self-esteem
  • Provide guidance and encouragement for camper participation in activities
  • Aid in the supervision of activity areas
  • Communicate openly with staff to ensure effective resolution of conflicts
  • Participate actively in staff meetings, trainings, and supervisory conferences
  • Adhere to all of Camp Laurel’s policies and regulations
  • Be a positive role model who sets a good example for campers and peers



  • Personal growth and satisfaction
  • Developing sustained friendships with people from diverse backgrounds who share a common goal of wanting to make a positive impact on the lives of children living with HIV/AIDS
  • Receive consistent direction, support, supervision and training from professional staff
  • Opportunity to enhance interpersonal communication and leadership skills