CulinaryCorps is excited to announce that we will be returning to Camp Sunshine for our 2014 outreach trip. A year-round facility on Maine’s Lake Sebago, Camp Sunshine has been supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for over 30 years. We feel so lucky to have been a part of the magic that happened there last summer; and we are honored to be invited to return.
The selected 10 person chef-volunteer team will once again launch our World of Flavors cooking program during the camp’s July 5th-11th oncology/hematology session. This CulinaryCorps designed curriculum includes healthful hands-on cooking classes for all ages and delicious family-oriented activities throughout the week.
To gain an even better understanding of what this trip will entail, please read our day-by-day description of last year’s amazing visit. We will be replicating the itinerary this year. And for those of you who are more visual, take a peek at all the incredible camp moments captured here.
Doing good never tasted better. Apply today! Trip details and application below:
Location: Camp Sunshine,Casco, ME
Trip Dates: July 5th (arrive by 2pm in Portland) – July 11th, 2014 (depart by 3pm)
Trip Fee: $275 per person (Includes housing, meals and ground transport. Does not include transportation to/from Portland, ME)
Trip Fundraising Requirement: $575 per person
Trip Leader: Aimee Bariteau
Trip Senior Co-Leaders: Jessica Botta and Thomas Medrow
Assistant Co-Leader: Christine Ranieri
For general trip FAQs, please click HERE
Application: Click HERE
Note: If accepted, Camp Sunshine requires a secondary application and background check.
# of Available Volunteer Slots: 5
Application Deadline: Monday, May 5th 2014 at 5pm EST
Selection Notification: On or Before May 12th, 2014
- 21 years of age
- Minimum 1 year of professional culinary experience and/or culinary degree (Currently enrolled culinary students are also encouraged to apply)
- References and background check
- Personal health insurance
- Hands-on experience in teaching others how to cook healthy meals.
- Previous experience working with children of all ages.
- Flexibility and adaptability both in the kitchen and outside of it.
- Willingness to get goofy, get dancin’ and get into the camp spirit!
OUR MISSION AT CAMP SUNSHINE
Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose goal is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 40,500 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Our CulinaryCorps trip mission is to enhance the camp’s daily programming with cooking classes geared for campers of all ages including parents. Each class will be designed to teach culinary basics as well as healthful alternatives to unhealthy foods. And as always, we aim for every class to be a lot of fun! In addition, we will be hosting evening programming for families that will focus on fostering health and family-bonding through cooking. Finally, our lessons will be put to good use as each age group competes separately in their very own “Top Chef Sunshine” challenge.
It is our hope that cooking with these campers and their families will provide educational entertainment throughout the week, culinary knowledge to bring home to their own kitchens and a whole lot of long-lasting joy.
Throughout the week of service, our chef-volunteers will be tasked with the following:
- Introduce the flavors and culinary concepts that will be covered in the curriculum on the day of camper arrival through our “Test Your Tastebuds” event.
- Teach daily hands-on cooking classes for campers as well as the parents around a country’s culinary heritage incorporating not only food but music, books and history.
- The five 45-minute sessions per day will encompass the nuts and bolts of cooking including knife skills, palate expansion, sautéing, grilling, dough making, and healthy shortcuts as well as highlighting a country of origin.
- Each class will be slightly modified to fit the skill set of the age group (2-4, 5-7, 8-12, teens and adult) as well as adjust the lessons for allergies and/or disabilities.
- Work behind-the-scenes in the camp’s kitchen creating an intimate dinner-party “date night” for the parents on Wednesday night.
- Facilitate an afternoon of crazy fun with our second annual “Foodie Family Olympics!”
- Host a “Top Chef Sunshine” competition on the final day of camp where chefs and campers in each age group team up to create a stellar dish using a secret ingredient.
- High-five, hug, laugh, dance, tell jokes, sing on stage, smile, giggle, act goofy, get silly…all in the name of CAMP!
For a more in-depth description of the daily responsibilities of the CulinaryCorps volunteers, please read our 2013 overview HERE.