Helping Hands Position Descriptions

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest E. Witcraft

These "Helping Hands" positions are part-time, mostly off-site and essential to the operations of Camp Crossroads. Without volunteers, camp doesn't happen! If you are selected as a Helping Hands volunteer via our Helping Hands Lottery, your daughter is guaranteed placement at Camp Crossroads. All Helping Hands Volunteers will sign a Volunteer Appointment Agreement which is a contract between Camp Crossroads and the volunteer. If a volunteer fails to meet their obligation, their daughter will be involuntarily withdrawn from Camp Crossroads without refund. This position does NOT allow boys to be enrolled.

Instructions for all of these positions are sent out via email, about five days before camp begins.

Morning Bus Stop Monitors arrive at the bus stop at least 15 minutes before the bus’ scheduled pickup time, supervise the campers until the bus arrives, then notifies camp headquarters as soon as the bus departs. The monitor must stay at the stop until the bus arrives and departs. The monitor must perform this duty every day, even if their own camper does not ride the bus on a given day. Bus pickup times range from 7:25am to 8:20am depending upon the bus stop location. A cell phone with a local phone number is required. Children of these volunteers may use different bus stops in the morning and afternoon. Volunteers will apply for specific bus stops -- we have 12-13 different stops.

Afternoon Bus Stop Monitors arrive at the bus stop at least 15 minutes before the bus’ scheduled drop off time, supervise the campers until their parents’ arrive to pick them up, and then notifies the camp headquarters as soon as the last camper is picked up. The monitor must stay at the stop until all campers are picked up. The monitor must perform this duty every day, even if their own camper does not ride the bus on a given day. Bus drop off times range from 3:45pm to 4:40pm depending upon the bus stop location. A cell phone is required. On rare occasions a parent will be stuck in traffic or have other difficulties picking up their camper in the afternoon. The afternoon bus stop monitor must be prepared to remain with the camper until the camper is picked up. This volunteer position may not be appropriate for parents who have other obligations in the afternoon. Children of these volunteers may use different bus stops in the morning and afternoon. Volunteers will apply for specific bus stops -- we have 12-13 different stops.

The Set Up Crew helps the Saturday before camp begins. We meet at COSTCO in Fairfax, VA in the morning at 9:15am before COSTCO opens. COSTCO membership is not required. The set up crew assists the directors selecting items for camp, pushing shopping carts, and then loading them into the crew members' vans/trucks. The crew then follows the directors to camp and helps unload and store the items at camp. Then the crew helps move all the equipment from the storage locker to camp HQS. The crew is finished by 2:00pm. Instructions and maps are provided via e-mail 5 days before camp begins. The ideal candidate is physically fit and capable of carrying boxes weighing up to 40 pounds up and down stairs and owns a vehicle capable of carrying large amounts of gear. The Set Up Crew may not be accompanied by children while performing their duties.

The Tear Down Crew meets at camp on Saturday afternoon after camp is over. The crew meets at 7:00am and begins cleaning chores in the lodges. Chores include mopping, sweeping, mopping, washing windows, mopping, trash removal, mopping, etc. The crew moves all the camp equipment from camp HQS back to the storage locker using the crew member's vans/trucks. The crew visits each camp site and conducts an inspections, retrieves forgotten gear, etc. using a check list provided by the camp directors. The crew is finished by 2:00pm. The ideal candidate is physically fit and capable of carrying boxes weighing up to 40 pounds up and down stairs and owns a vehicle capable of carrying large amounts of gear. Instructions and maps are provided via e-mail or letter 5 days before camp begins. The Tear Down Crew may not be accompanied by children while performing their duties. Note: We've combined last year's cleaning crew and tear down crew into one group.

The Paymaster comes to camp on Friday at 12:00pm and reimburses staff members for their expenses until 4:30pm. While on duty, the paymaster may not leave camp HQS (sorry, no, you can't watch your daughter in the talent show) because she is responsible for the camp's petty cash. This volunteer must be a registered Girl Scout Adult and have completed GSCNC's background screening. This positions extends after the end of the normal camp day. The volunteer's daughter(s) may "hang out" in the flag circle with the other staff kids until the Paymaster has finished.

The Morning Transportation Coordinators arrive at camp each morning by 8:30am and work with a partner to unload the buses and supervise the car pool traffic on Justin Knoll Road ensuring that car poolers are “good neighbors” when traveling through the residential neighborhood. The coordinators will finish each day no later than 9:30am and may not be accompanied by “non-camper” children.

The Afternoon Transportation Coordinators arrive at camp each afternoon by 3:15pm and work with a partner to load the buses and supervise the car pool traffic on Justin Knoll Road ensuring that car poolers are “good neighbors” when traveling through the residential neighborhood. The coordinator will finish each day no later than 4:15pm and may not be accompanied by “non-camper” children.