Provider Portal: Camp Goodtimes
Each year, we need to recruit between 2-15 providers (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.
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 MDs and NPs to join in the fun.
Will volunteer for a minimum of one 24-hour shift
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: June 21-29 and/or July 12-20, 2019
Are a licensed MD or NP
Camper health and safety is our number one concern. Therefore, in addition to the nursing staff we have onsite, we hire a volunteer provider for overnight emergencies, script writing (if necessary), and consults.
We need one provider for each 24-hour shift, and ideally this person is able to stay for more than one shift to add continuity to camper care. The minimum time commitment however is one 24-hour shift (from 7:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.).
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, providers 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 1-9 day volunteer commitment, submit an application! All new applicants will speak with either the Camp Director and/or the Medical Lead.
Two steps to apply:
Fill in your availability in the real-time Provider Coverage form.
Once your and other provider’s volunteer schedules are confirmed by camp staff, visit our online staff application system and complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of the application.
Also feel free to 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, providers 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
Each provider’s 24-hour shift runs from 7:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., unless communicated and cleared with camp’s Medical Lead. We need a provider onsite to operate camp, so have an official process for checking in and shifting between one provider to the next.
Once parked, 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 encouraged). 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.
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 we recommend you bring your own stethoscope.
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; the 2019 theme is, “Super Human,” think superheros, secret identities, and comic books.