Volunteering with Bend Park & Recreation District is a great way to build some skills and experience, satisfy school requirements, do good things in your community – and have lots of fun!
We say “Volunteers Make Fun Happen”, but volunteers do much more! Volunteers help provide safe, enriching experiences for children who participate in BPRD’s recreation, childcare, fitness and swimming programs. Teen volunteers are mentors, buddies and role models that help make the programs great!
If you are ready to make a difference, be responsible, lend a hand – and have fun… we need you!
Steps to Being a Great Volunteer
Complete the BPRD volunteer application
If you are under 18, your parent/guardian will need to complete a portion of the application – giving their approval for you to volunteer and agreeing on the participation waiver.
If you are 18 or over, you complete a section on the application that authorizes a criminal history background check. For safety’s sake, we process background checks annually for volunteers age 18 and over who are helping in programs.
Orientation or training is required before volunteering
We want to set you up for success! You will need to attend an orientation or training before you volunteer. Training dates and requirements vary by program. If you are offering to volunteer with more than one program, please plan to attend training/orientation for each program.
If you are scheduled to volunteer, we are counting on you! If your plans change and you can’t volunteer or need to miss a shift, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can cover that spot.
Decide which opportunity is right for you
We have many options for volunteering. Age requirement for volunteers and time commitment varies by program. Click on the opportunities below for more information. Click here to go to our online registration to add your name on the list for the opportunities that are right for you.
Summer 2016 Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers age 12 to 15
Learn the skills used by professional lifeguards and put those skills into practice under supervision of lifeguard staff by volunteering during Rec. Swim & Family Swim sessions throughout the summer.
Volunteers must attend all training dates of the group that they register for. Summer volunteer schedules are selected at the end of training.
Training Group 1: Wednesdays – May 25 & June 1 – 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Training Group 2: Wednesdays – June 22 & June 29 – 3:30 to 6:30 pm
Swim Instructor Aide
Learn the skills used by professional swim instructors and put those skills into practice by volunteering under supervision of aquatics staff during youth swim lessons throughout the summer.
Volunteers must attend both training dates of the group that they register for. Summer volunteer schedules are selected at the end of training.
Training Group 1: Tuesday/Thursday – May 31, June 2, June 7 & Jun 9 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Training Group 2: Tuesday/Thursday – June 28, June 30, July 5 & July 7 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Summer Buddies – preschool age recreation & swimming program at JSFC
Volunteers help staff with games, crafts, activities and swimming/water play for preschool age children. Volunteers must bring a swim suit and be prepared to get in the pool each day to help with water play.
Volunteer shifts are 2 days per week for the 3 week session. Volunteers choose to help with the Monday/Wednesday class or the Tuesday/Thursday class (or both) for each session – 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Session 1: June 27 to July 14
Session 2: July 18 to August 4
Session 3: August 8 to August 25
Training – Wednesday, June 1 – 5:15 to 6:30 pm, JSFC
Volunteers age 14 to 16
Days of Play
Free 8 week summer recreation program for children ages 4 to 10, held at multiple park locations. Volunteers help with games, crafts, sports and water play. Interested volunteers sign up for sessions – one day per week for 4 weeks. Volunteers can help with more than one session or location.
Volunteer sessions – June 27 to August 19
9:15 am to 12:15 pm (morning programs) or 12:45 to 3:45 pm (afternoon programs)
Training – volunteers will be contacted to select training date. Wednesday, May 25th – 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Wednesday, June 1 – 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Friday, June 17 – 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
Fit Kids – fitness and movement program for young children at JSFC
Volunteers help with sign in, room set up, snack and assist the instructor with the class.
Orientation will be held early June. Registered volunteers will be contacted with date & information.
Cougar Camp 1
Outdoor day camp program at Shevlin Park. Cougar Camp 1 participants are students entering grades 3 & 4. Volunteers commit to participating for the full week to help staff with games, crafts and activities including bike riding and water play. Volunteers may be invited by staff to attend the family BBQ on Wednesday evening, but do not stay overnight with camp participants.
Monday- Wednesday – 8:45 am to 4:15 pm
Thursday – 8:45 am to noon
Volunteers will be contacted to schedule training date.
Volunteers age 16+
All of the above opportunities plus:
Cougar Camp 2
Similar program and weekly schedule as Cougar Camp 1 but different dates. Cougar Camp 2 participants are students entering grades 5 & 6.
Girls & Guys Get Fit
Older teen volunteers assist instructors with fitness and healthy lifestyle program for middle school age participants. Volunteers help with activities and supplies and are involved as workout buddies and mentors. Rec swim follows the program and volunteers are invited to participate.
Volunteers will be contacted to schedule orientation date.
Experience is a Plus
Bend Park & Recreation District hires many seasonal and part time employees for youth recreation and aquatics programs each year. Volunteering is not a guarantee for employment, but it’s a great way to build some skills and experience so that you know if you might want to apply for job openings in the future.