Volunteers, counselors needed for Camp Can Do

Johnson County Autism Support Group will host a summer program for teens on the autism spectrum.

Camp Can Do is a four-week summer day camp conducted at the Whiteland Community High School. The camp blends traditional camp activities with life skills in a fun environment.

Organizers are seeking college students majoring in education, exercise science, occupation therapy, recreational therapy or physical therapy who enjoy working with individuals with special needs to become counselors.

Counselors must be available from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the weeks of June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18. A mandatory training session will be from 9 a.m. to  4 p.m. June 17.

Pay is $10 per hour.

Counselors will spend their days alongside campers participating in activities like sports, games and fun science projects. Volunteers are expected to be mentors and friends to campers.

Organizers also are seeking junior volunteers. They must be high school students ages 14 or older and enjoy working with kids with special needs. Prior experience is not necessary; all that is required is a desire to help children with autism learn new things and have fun.

Volunteers are needed 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the weeks of June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18. All volunteers must attend a mandatory training session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 17.

Those interested should contact Amanda Cooper at 317-409-8372 or Sheila Benham at 317-691-1196.