Volunteer applications are open for the July 17-24 camp session!

You can apply here. Please review our current Covid-19 plans to ensure you're comfortable and prepared to volunteer at this year's session. If you have questions before applying, please reach out to the Camp Director at cqsmokymountains@gmail.com. 

Camp Quest Smoky Mountains is staffed and run entirely by adult volunteers (ages 18 and up) who take a week off of work or school to guide, challenge, listen to, chase after, and play outside with a big group of energetic, freethinking kids (and adults!). Most Camp Quest volunteers love the experience so much that they keep coming back year after year.

Counselors are responsible for the safety, well-being, and education of the campers. They sleep in the dorms with the campers and participate in programs and activities with the campers. In addition to this, counselors are strongly encouraged to run one or more programs throughout the week.

Please note that all staff positions are unpaid, one-week volunteer positions. Staff must also arrive at camp a day early for orientation and additional training. Staff members are responsible for getting themselves to and from camp. Meals and housing are provided. Background checks are performed on all staff members.


Senior camp staff review the applications on a rolling basis and accept new staff based on applicants’ qualifications and the expected number of campers.

Applications are typically released in January or February for the following summer. Prospective staff can apply via our registration site, Configio-- from the main page, click "Apply to Volunteer" in the top menu. Following your application, senior staff may reach out about an interview to get to know you. If selected as a volunteer, we will complete a background check. You will be required to complete virtual training before arriving at camp and to participate in orientation/additional training upon arrival. 

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