Jacoby’s Shield accomplishes its mission primarily through hosting family bereavement camps. The camps combine traditional fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. These camps will be an opportunity for the entire family to remember and honor their loved one, to grieve together outside of the funeral in a relaxed, safe and supportive setting. Families will be allowed to express emotions, share their grief, connect with others and learn positive coping skills.
The application process for our inaugural family retreat is currently not open. If you would like to attend the inaugural Family Bereavement Retreat hosted by Jacoby’s Shield, please contact us at 803-400-3299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are the life blood of Jacoby’s Shield. Camp - our family camps could not happen without a large community of volunteers. And, as our services grow, so does our need for volunteers at camp, and outside of camp.
We do not exclude staff or volunteers with disabilities. However, because the role of a volunteer can sometimes be emotionally and physically strenuous, we expect that any person volunteering at Jacoby’s Shield will have the ability to supervise and provide safety for our campers.
We require that all camp volunteers attend a training prior to volunteering to gain a better understanding of family child bereavement and volunteer expectations.
For camp weekends, volunteers need to be available from 2:30 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Sunday, unless they are assigned a Floater role.
Camp Volunteer Roles
Healing Circle Leader (7-10 needed per camp)
Licensed mental health professionals with experience facilitating support groups, working with children and addressing grief issues are needed to lead our Healing Circles. Our Healing Circles are age-based grief support groups that meet multiple times over the weekend. Healing Circle Leaders will have the same Healing Circle group all weekend, and will be asked to participate in the challenge course with their group.
Camp Nurse (2 needed per camp)
Two registered nurses are needed onsite for the entire camp weekend (including overnight), to assist with any medical needs and to administer prescription medications to the campers. Camp Nurses must be available during camper registration to review and collect camper medications and dosages.
Floaters assist behind the scenes at camp, helping with volunteer and camper registration, setting up certain camp activities and more. Floaters assist with supervising the campers during Big Buddy break and evening staff meetings. Floaters may be assigned for a day, an entire weekend or certain hours, based on our needs.
Camp Photographer (1 needed per camp)
The Camp Photographer takes professional quality, candid pictures throughout the weekend as well as posed Big and Little Buddy photos for each camper to take home on Sunday. The Camp Photographer is responsible for bringing their own equipment, and creating a slideshow for the final day of camp. Note: all photos remain the property of Jacoby’s Shield, not the photographer.
Outside of Camp Volunteer Roles
Jacoby’s Shield also relies on volunteer assistance outside of camp, including:
• Screeners - Screeners assist the local intake coordinator with phone interviews with parents and guardians of campers. These phone interviews determines if Jacoby’s Shield Camp is a good fit for the children at the time. A mental health background is required for all screeners.
• Office assistance -Help organize files, prepare mailings and assist with other general office work.
• Camp preparation -Preparing for camp by helping organize camper name tags, making grocery store runs, packing and counting inventory for the Camp Store.
• Board members or Advisors - Serve on Jacoby’s Shield Board or as an Advisor.
• Event support- Help with event planning, preparation, set up and execution (Superhero 5K, CJS Family Retreat, etc).
• Advocates - Share Jacoby’s Shield in your community by distributing Jacoby’s Shield information, or speaking about Jacoby’s Shield in front of organizations for which you are a member.
If you have any questions about a specific role, contact Jacoby’s Shield at email@example.com.