Counselor and 2 campers look at experiment

Summer Camp Volunteers

Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Program

Youth volunteers age 14 – 17 work with our Summer Camps, supporting the informal science education led by paid staff. They prepare the classroom for the day, help the Educator and Assistant with classroom management and work directly with the kids on a wide variety of experiments, projects, and activities. Volunteers help provide a fun and safe environment while assisting campers in their exploration of science!

Camps run June 5 – August 18 at the Museum in Durham. We will also offer camp at the Montessori Community School of Chapel Hill from June 19 – August 4. Volunteers must work 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, although they may arrive by 8 am. In addition, every Monday morning, there will be a team meeting at 8 am for all volunteers assigned that week.


  • Be at least 14 years old by June 5, 2023
  • Have experience working with young children and in positions of responsibility
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team
  • Have an interest in science
  • Volunteers attending school on a traditional calendar must be able to work two weeks of camp. The weeks do not need to be consecutive. Volunteers attending school on a year-round calendar must be able to work one week of camp.

How to Apply

In order to be considered, applicants must complete the online application and submit two teacher/mentor recommendations no later than midnight on April 1, 2023. Returning volunteers do not need to submit any teacher/mentor recommendations. Application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

Teacher/mentor recommendations can be from any adult who can speak to the applicant’s maturity, reliability, ability to work in teams, and communication skills and who is not related to the applicant.

Selection process

A list of candidates will be chosen from the completed applications for an interview in April with all decisions made by early May. We usually have about 75 spots available so unfortunately, not every applicant will be chosen. All volunteers accepted into the program must complete an orientation.

Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Application

Please complete the form below. Unless you are a returning volunteer, you must also have two Teacher/Mentor Recommendations submitted on your behalf in order for your application to be considered. All materials must be submitted by midnight on April 1, 2023.

Thank you! If you have any questions, feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator.

Summer Camp Volunteer Application

Summer Camp Volunteer Application

Primary Phone Type *
Have you ever volunteered with the Museum Summer Camp before? *
Are you fluent in any other languages besides English?
Site Preference *
Availability Volunteers work 2 weeks during the summer. The schedule is made based on this submitted availability, so please make every effort to submit reliable information. Volunteers are required to work 8:30am — 3:30pm. *