Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp is the community partner Capstone students will work with. The two-week Capstone portion of this course enables PSU students to strengthen their personal and professional development through extensive opportunities to interact with campers, camp staff, and other counselor trainees. Students become counselors who teach recreation and life skills to children, youth, and adults with varying disabilities during the summer at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp.

Counselors work one-on-one with campers to ensure that they get the most out of their camp experience. This can include assisting some participants in meeting their basic everyday needs, such as toileting, bathing, and feeding. As a Kiwanis Camp counselor, students will practice new skills while stretching their vision of who they are and what they can do.

Students expand their awareness, knowledge, and skills for interacting with and supporting persons with a variety of disabilities. Working in smaller groups and under the supervision of qualified staff, students use teamwork and communication skills to support each other and campers in a range of outdoor recreation activities. Students are never required to work alone.