Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer junior camp counselor for the Potter League for Animals' Camp Happy Tails. Camp counselors work under the supervision of the Potter League for Animals' Humane Educator. Duties will include daily set-up and clean-up, assisting campers with craft projects, distributing materials, assisting with supervision of animal encounters, and taking out adorable pets for campers to socialize.

Your time as a camp counselor will count towards fulfilling required community service hours needed for school, church, etc...

To apply, please complete this application form and hit the submit button. You will receive an email confirmation. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Volunteer Counselor Qualifications and Information

- Applicants must be at least 14 years old. Applicants under the age of 18 MUST include contact information for a parent/guardian on their application.

- Applicants should have a positive attitude and enjoy working with children and animals. Experience with child care (such as babysitting) and animals (this could include your own pets or volunteering at the Potter League) is a plus.

- Applicants must be available for the entire week of camp they are assigned to. For Potter camp weeks, the hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. For YMCA camp weeks, the hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.

- Camp counselors work hard. There may be opportunities to participate in some camp activities, but only after all the campers have been taken care of, all other duties have been completed, and with the permission of the Humane Educator.

- All applicants must sign up for an in-person interview ( time slots below) at the Potter League prior to counselor training at the end of June.

-Not all candidates will be selected to participate. If you are not chosen as a counselor, you will be notified by June 20th.

- Successful applicants must attend a mandatory training, held at the end of June, prior to the start of camp in July.

Emergency Contact Information

This information is required in order to submit an application.

Personal Information

Please fill out the following information to help us learn more about you.


Please let us know when you would be able to volunteer if chosen as a counselor for this summer. Mark ALL sessions you are available for. You must be available each day (Monday through Friday) for the required time, to volunteer for a week. Once counselors are chosen, a schedule will be created based on availability and preference.

Mandatory In-Person Interview

Before submitting your application, you must select one of the following mandatory, one-on-one interview sessions to attend. This interview allows us to get to know you and to discuss the role and responsibilities of a camp counselor with you. It is required for both new and previous camp counselors and will only take about a half hour.

Schedule yourself by clicking on ONLY ONE of the interview times below. You will automatically be scheduled for that time slot when you submit your application. Please write down the date and time you choose for your own records. If none of these dates and times work for you, please call our Humane Educator, Eleanor Hanson, at 401-846-0592, ext. 120 to schedule an interview directly with her.

Keep a list of all the scheduled dates and time slots, (print out your application) should you need to change dates. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, please call to reschedule. To reschedule an interview, call the Humane Educator, Eleanor Hanson at 401-846-0592, ext. 120, and leave a detailed message with an alternative interview date that you can attend.

Applicants who miss their interview time without calling within 48 hours will have their application deleted from the database and will need to reapply.

Contact Preferences

Over the course of the application process (if you are selected) and during the summer, we may need to contact you for various reasons, including scheduling training sessions and setting up the summer schedule. Some of these messages may require a prompt response. Generally, email is easier for us, but we're happy to call if you prefer. Use the check boxes below to select one or two of the best ways to contact you.

Equal Opportunity Statement

We consider all volunteer applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of job-related medical condition or disability, status with regard to public assistance or any other legally protected status.

By checking below, you acknowledge that submitting an application to be a counselor does not guarantee that you will be selected for the position. You also understand that, if selected, you must abide by the policies and guidelines given to you by the Humane Educator, and that failure to do so may result in the termination of your volunteer position.