Help CHH Grow by Owning Your Own Camp

If you love working with children in a fun and educational setting, and are a hardworking, focused individual with a lot of energy, owning and operating your own Camp Helping Hands Summer Program may be just the thing for you. As a Camp Helping Hands licensee, you are your own boss. You’ll have a blast at work while owning and operating a summer program that is extremely rewarding. Grow one location to two or three. We are here to help you get started and grow.

Getting Started:

The Camp Helping Hands Summer Program was designed to be successfully replicated. Success of the program depends on the collaboration and excitement of a group comprised of hard-working, determined individuals or organizations who commit to working together (and with us) to plan, run, and sustain the program. The ideal team would consist of people having both formal and informal teaching experience with children ages 6-14, an expertise or a compassionate interest in community service, and a desire to work collaboratively with service organizations.

An organization or team that purchases a license to operate the program receives significant support and guidance from the Camp Helping Hands founder. The support is most intensive in the first year and includes:

  • technical support and guidance to help you plan and run your Camp Helping Hands Summer Program.

  • the Camp Helping Hands Summer Program curriculum, which includes lesson plans and schedules for each age group.

  • a compilation of nuts-and-bolts materials used in program administration, such as training manuals, daily feedback forms, online forms, website portal, marketing materials, and more.

  • evaluation tools (surveys) used to provide quantitative information about a participant’s experience in the program.

  • the ability to communicate with other Camp Helping Hands Summer Program providers.

  • onsite training for the program and camp director, administrative support staff, and summer staff counselors and trainees.

Camp Helping Hands maintains an ongoing commitment to support all Camp Helping Hands Summer Program sites in subsequent years through:

  • ongoing (but more limited) technical assistance.

  • communication, strategizing, and information sharing among all Camp Helping Hands sites.

  • providing updates to the Camp Helping Hands Summer Program materials, including training manuals, online forms, website, and the Camp Helping Hands summer camp program curriculum.

  • camp director training once per year, with summer staff training available for a fee.

First Steps:

Assemble a team of interested individuals, and think about all the skills it will take to bring the program to fruition (organizational, marketing, recruitment, fundraising, program design, program delivery, etc.). Assess your team’s strengths and determine how you can assemble the broad range of talents needed to run a Camp Helping Hands Summer Program. If your expertise is in planning, you will need to consider who can fulfill the educator role. This individual must know how to make learning fun as we believe safety and fun come first at Camp Helping Hands! Conversely, if you are an educational organization and have educators as part of your team, you will need to consider how you can involve people who have the skills necessary to coordinate service activities. We will provide guidance and feedback as you assemble your team.

Once your team is committed to the project, you will need to sign a licensing agreement with and pay a licensing fee to Women Work Smart, Inc., the corporation under which Camp Helping Hands operates. The licensing agreement sets out the formal relationship between your team and Camp Helping Hands. It also gives you access to a wealth of administrative and curricular materials you will need to put the program together.

Contact us if you need more information about the licensing process.