Volunteer Opportunities at Camp

Better Impact: Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Application

Our Summer Camp program welcomes Youth Volunteers, ages  14-17 to support the informal science education led by Camp Staff. Camp Volunteers 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!

Camp Schedule for 2024:

Camps run June 3 – August 16 at the Museum in Durham. We will also offer camp at the Montessori Community School of Chapel Hill from June 17 – August 2. Volunteers must work 8:15am – 3:30 pm each camp day but can arrive earlier at 8am.

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.


  • Be at least 14 years old by June 3, 2024
  • 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
  • Must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and pass a Background Check
  • All application materials must be submitted online by April 1, 2024 by midnight

How to Apply:

If you are interested in joining our Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Program, you must complete the application linked below. Upon completion, you will also receive an Availability Form where you can elect which Camp you would like to volunteer with and what weeks you are available to volunteer.

If this is your first time applying, you must submit two (2) Teacher/Mentor Recommendations using a form that will be given to you when the application is submitted. Returning volunteers do not need to submit Teacher/Mentor Recommendations.

All volunteers who apply must complete their Availability Form to be considered. All application materials must be submitted online by April 1, 2024 at midnight.

Selection Process:

After reviewing completed applications, new candidates will be scheduled to interview at the Museum of Life and Science. Volunteer interviews will occur at the Museum with the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteer applicant, and the volunteer’s caretaker.Final decisions will be made early May. We have limited spots available so unfortunately, not every applicant will be chosen. Returning volunteers will be given priority. All who are selected to join our program must attend Summer Camp Youth Volunteer Orientation.

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Hours and Pricing


Camp Hours: 9:00am – 3pm

Morning Dropoff: 8:30am- 8:50am

AM Care: 8am – 8:30am

Afternoon Pickup: 3pm– 3:30pm

PM Care: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Camp Prices

Members: $325/week
General Public: $355/week

AM care: $25/week
PM care: $45/week
Lunch*: $50/week (Not available at Camp Curiosity)

* Lunch is only available at the Durham Museum Camp

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