Summer Camp Volunteers

*Smile-A-Mile will not be accepting new 2021 summer camp volunteers at this time. Please see our camp information for more details. If you are interested in volunteering in other ways, please contact us here.

Smile-A-Mile has six camp sessions throughout the months of April-August:

We strive to provide the best camping experience for the children we serve, therefore we seek to choose the ‘best of the best’ volunteers for camp. Our volunteers are the ones who help make the ‘magic’ of camp happen. The applications become available in December and are due in March.

Volunteer Positions

  • Cabin Counselor – Depending on campers needs, each counselor will be assigned to two to four campers for the duration of the camp session. You will sleep in the same cabin, provide guidance, safety, friendship and supervision.
  • Activity Counselor – Instruct or assist in one of the many program activities offered during a session. You do not have to be an expert for this position. This position allows you to meet all campers and volunteers throughout the week.
  • Medical Staff – Volunteer nurses and doctors that provide 24-hour health care to our campers and staff. Their job includes distributing medications and monitoring the health of all campers and staff. The doctors and nurses who attend camp are employees from Children’s of Alabama Hematology/Oncology Department.


  • Must be 19 years of age or older
  • Applicants must be 21 or older for Jr/Sr weekend and Teen weeklong camp sessions
  • Read, understand, and abide by the rules, policies and procedures found in the Camp Manual
  • Attend the mandatory training at Smile-A-Mile Place

Application Process

  • Create an account
  • Complete the entire application accessible through Campsite by the deadline
  • Upload all the additional documentation that is required
  • Attend an in-person group interview at Smile-A-Mile Place
  • Complete any other counselor development resources you are asked to do

Guest Activities

Interested in volunteering at camp but can’t commit to the whole weekend? We always welcome individuals and groups to come and volunteer for a day during camp sessions. Individuals typically come to speak about a topic or lead an activity.

  • Meals: Providing, preparing and serving breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Activities: We’ve had groups come and teach campers about basketball, baseball, cheerleading, swing dancing, and a variety of other skills
  • Speakers and Demonstrations: Whether you’re a motivational speaker or have something neat you want to show our campers, we’d love to hear your ideas!


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