Nurses Portal: Camp Goodtimes

Each year, we need to recruit approximately 12-15 nurses (dependent on their availability) to staff our camp’s MedShed. We look to confirm volunteer commitments as early as possible, around the February/March time frame, to get the opportunity on your calendar and our schedule. Please read more about the possibility and see if you’d be a good fit.

ideal candidates

Love caring for kids? Do what you love and get a new perspective of what being sick can look like. Camp Goodtimes, a week-long sleep-over camp on Vashon Island for pediatric oncology patients and their siblings, is looking for licensed RNs and PAs to join in the fun.

Ideal candidates:

  • Will volunteer 2-9 days of their time to help us provide continuity of care, as well as set-up and tear-down of the MedShed

  • Are energetic and can embrace the planned chaos that is camp

  • Can live in shared accommodation in a camp environment, and work well with others they've just met

  • Want to help create a safe and hopeful atmosphere for campers

  • Have availability during either of our camp sessions: click to see camp session dates

  • Are a licensed RN or PA

volunteer commitment

Camper health and safety is our number one concern. Therefore, in addition to the provider we have onsite, we hire a group of nurses for daytime rounding, administering meds, and general cuts and bruises.

Each camper cabin is assigned a nurse who cares for the 7-10 campers in that cabin; generally, each nurse is assigned to between 2-3 cabins. Ideally each nurse is able to stay for more than two days to add continuity to camper care. The minimum time commitment however is two 24-hour shifts. NOTE: all other non-medical camp volunteers are required to be present for the duration of nine days. We’re happy to have nurses apply for the entire week of camp if available!

Nurses are on shift from approximately 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., while the provider takes the on-call overnight shift from 10:00 p.m.-8:00 a.m. During the day, nurses are welcome and encouraged to attend the camp activities and join in the fun!

If you believe that you’d make a great candidate, and can make a 2-9 day volunteer commitment, submit an application! All new applicants will be interviewed by either the Camp Director and/or the Medical Lead.

Visit our online staff application system and complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of the application. Also visit our camp staff web page for more information.

how to apply

Camp Goodtimes is held on Vashon Island, WA and utilizes the facilities of Camp Burton. Because camp is on an island, volunteers will need to ferry over (from Fauntleroy, Pt. Defiance, or Southworth). On-island drive-time from the north-end ferry dock is about 25 minutes, and from the southern ferry dock about 15. Ferry lines can be long during the summer, so plan ahead.

Address: 9326 SW Bayview Dr, Vashon, WA 98070

Parking: once on site, please park in a vacant spot in Camp Burton’s primary parking lot or alongside the road, or as directed by the camp staff

location information

If you will not be volunteering for the entire camp week, we’ll want to ensure you have a conversation with the Medical Lead to plan when you’re leaving and your replacement is arriving so we can ensure coverage and continuity of care.

If you’re volunteering for a partial week:

  • Park alongside the road or in the main parking lot and follow the visitor signs to our Concierge tent to check in, sign a visitor form, and make a name tag (creating a camp name is required!). The Concierge will alert the Medical Lead for that week of camp that you’ve arrived and they will come and greet you, help you get settled, and put you to work. If you are running late, please contact the Medical Lead by phone or text.

shift change

For overnight stays, please come prepared with your own toiletries, bedding (sheets/sleeping bag and pillow), and towels. All staff accommodations are in communal sleeping spaces in somewhat rustic, though clean and comfortable, cabins.

We will supply the medical supplies you might need (bandaids, gloves, medicines, etc.), but you’ll want to bring a backpack or fanny pack to tote around with you.

what to pack

This is camp, so keep it casual. T-shirts, jeans, and shorts are all good choices. Shoes don’t need to be closed-toed unless you will be on the Boata cruise, in which case you do need them (generally on the Tuesday of camp). Costumes, funny hats/head gear, and theme-related items are all welcomed. The evenings can get cool so we recommend a sweatshirt or light jacket to keep the chill away.

what to wear

Though you’re volunteering to help keep campers safe and healthy, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun while you’re there! We appreciate goofiness, smiles, and laughter. Also feel free to join in on the camp theme for the year.

infusing fun