Volunteers with a passion for mentoring youth are the backbone of the Power of Hope Camp experience.

Our camps have a 1:2 staff to youth ratio thanks to our dedicated corps of volunteers. This special experience for youth would not be possible without you. If you would like to volunteer at Power of Hope Camp, please complete the online application.

Please note that becoming a Power of Hope volunteer is becoming increasingly competitive. This camp is unique in that is it based on the Creative Empowerment Model. It is advised that volunteers take Creative Facilitation training and gain experience with the Creative Empowerment Model prior to applying. Creative Facilitation training schedules can be found on the Partners for Youth Empowerment website. 

Volunteer roles at Power of Hope Camp:

  • Youth Mentor / Camp Counselor
  • Arts Educator
  • Nature Educator
  • Lifeguard
  • Cook/Assistant Cook/General Kitchen Help

Power of Hope Camp has a small paid staff of highly skilled lead facilitators, teaching artists, camp managers and chefs. Everyone else comes as a volunteer. As a volunteer you’ll have the benefit of expanding your skills and receiving experiential training in using arts with communities.

Volunteers help create a fun, supportive atmosphere where everyone’s voice is heard and respected. Many volunteers have testified to the transformative experience of working at Power of Hope Camp.



Staff are required to be onsite for the duration of camp starting with the mandatory staff day two days before the youth arrive. All staff are to arrive by 6pm on Friday July 24th. A light dinner will be available that evening. After dinner, leads will start community building with the staff team. July 25th will be a full staff training day, starting around 9-10am and lasting all day.


To start planning and to develop community among our staff, our lead staff will coordinate a video call approximately 1-month prior to camp. All staff is encouraged to attend. We will also set up a closed Facebook page for staff to coordinate transportation, workshops, etc. prior to the staff day.


POH runs background checks on all WA resident staff. If you are coming from outside of Washington state, you will be required to submit a copy of your Criminal Background Check to: PYE Power of Hope, PO Box 316, Bolinas, CA 94924, USA prior to the camp start date.


Our volunteer positions fill early so get your application in today. We make decisions about volunteers by April 30th. If you need to know earlier for your summer planning, please let us know.