Counselors, Nurses, and Counselors in Training
2012 Counselor And Nurse Application
July 15 - 20, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Arrive July 13th for orientation and set-up)
|The fillable 2013 Counselor/CIT Application is now available. Please download, fill out, and send in as soon as possible|
Who Can Be a Counselor?
Counselors are adults, over 20 years old, who have typically had the similar bowel or bladder dysfunctions as the campers. Because of their common ground, campers have positive adult role models to look up to who have persevered through feeling different and dealing with adverse medical issues. From their similar experiences with medical and health issues, counselors can use their knowledge and understanding to help problem solve with solutions and ideas, as well as provide much needed support. In addition, many of the counselors are past campers, which improves the connections and bonds that counselors develop with campers. Counselors volunteer their time to emphasize to the Rally campers that the only thing limiting them is their attitude, not their medical challenges.
Counselors facilitate peer discussion groups and other activities, which give each camper the opportunity to observe the counselors and seek advice from them, relating to their similar experiences. Discussions range from dealing with medical conditions, social issues, and making wise choices as a teen.
Youth Rally counselors ensure that the Youth Rally remains a safe, friendly atmosphere where campers feel comfortable and welcome. Counselors also plan, organize, and supervise the many camp activities campers enjoy, such as swimming, softball, basketball, arts and crafts, shopping, karaoke, field trips to amusement parks, and beaches.
Who Are WOC Nurses And How Are They Involved With the Rally?
Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurses (WOCNs) are RNs who specialize in wound, ostomy and continence care. In the past they were known as Enterostomal Therapist nurses (or ET nurses). These nurses are very special people, as they recognize the importance of proper skin, ostomy and continence management and volunteer their time and knowledge toward helping the Rally's campers manage their bowel and bladder dysfunction in a healthy manner. They know they can make a difference in the lives of the campers, and they are at the Rally to support and assist all campers both psychologically and physically. The WOC Nurse Team usually consists of 10 nurses, and this team works together to solve almost any problem that may arise.
Proper bowel and bladder care and management are necessary parts of staying happy and healthy as an ostomate or a person with a diversion. The Youth Rally incorporates learning about proper bowel and bladder care, as well as successful methods and products, into its program, and the Rally's team of WOCNs provide the knowledge and resources necessary for this essential side of camp.
For more information about becoming a Youth Rally WOC Nurse, please contact Elizabeth Hiltabidel, YRC Medical Chair.
Counselor in Training Program
Rally graduates and others aged 18 and 19 can apply for the Counselor-in-Training program. You can learn more about the Youth Rally's Counselor in Training Program by reading Paul Hastings' letter.