Become a Buddy

What is a Camp Buddy?

Picture of Camp Lloyd Buddy and campersIndividuals who would like to be buddies should be people who truly care about children and want to support them in the grieving process. We are looking for individuals who are seriously committed and will complete the internship for start to finish. 

Buddies must understand that they will be role models for the campers and need to be positive and set good examples. Although we expect our Buddies to be well versed in their understanding of grief and common reactions children may experience, they are not allowed, nor are expected to function as therapists. Camp Lloyd Buddies must work well with others and be flexible. They should have lots of energy and be willing to participate in “camp activities” such as crafts, swimming, hiking, and games. They need to be comfortable leading these types of camp activities with children ranging in grades 2 through 9.

Benefits of Being an Intern (Buddy)

  • A chance to be a part of a life changing experience for both campers and students
  • 3 Psychology Credits (not necessary to be a Psychology Major)

By participating in this field experience students will receive 3 Psychology credits and be a part of something that has the potential to be a life changing experience for campers and students alike. Please seriously consider this if this field experience is for you and contact Dr. Illene Cupit ( if you have any questions.

Requirements - Prior to becoming a counselor all applicants must:

  • GPA of 2.7 is required.
  • Agree to a criminal background search.
  • Agree to read all required material for the internship.
  • Agree to keep a journal, complete a paper, and the 100 hours necessary to fulfill credit requirements.
  • Agree to enroll in and complete the following courses prior to the start of camp in June:
    • Psych 471:  Field Experience 1 (2 credits); online for the spring semester.
    • Psych 472: Field Experience 2 (1 credit); second summer session. This is an in-person class that meets for camp:  June 17th - June 24, 2022.
    • Psych 344 (Dying, Death & Loss) anytime just before camp meets--you do not need to have this course in order to apply.
  • Agree to provide prior to the start of camp in June, either proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination OR show proof of one of the following:
    • Tested negative within three days (72 hours) of first day of camp, or;
    • Tested negative upon arrival to camp with the Abbott Binax NOW test, or;
    • Documentation of a positive PCR test within 90 days of the first day of camp and past completion of the isolation period.
  • Attend any training sessions as well as participate in the camp. The times that the camp would run would be from 8:30 a.m. through about 6:00 p.m. Times would include debriefing/orientation sessions.

Additional Information

  • You will receive a syllabus and instructions to enroll in the field experience courses (two courses, Pysch 471) when you are accepted into the program.
  • In addition to Camp participation, you will be required to keep a journal, write a paper about children’s grief, and write an extensive evaluation at the end of camp.  
  • Grades will not be assigned until July. If you are planning a May graduation you may walk in graduation but your diploma will not be sent to you until August.
  • If you have not taken Dying, Death & Loss (Psych 344) and cannot get into the course, I will waive you in if you are accepted into the program.  It will be offered online during the first summer session in May.
  • We will contact you by the end of the end of the month about your acceptance into the program.