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Refer a camper

Every child must be referred by his/her dermatologist. Download the camper referral form (PDF) to begin the process of referring a child.

The success of AAD's Camp Discovery depends on dedicated medical staff and counselors who volunteer their time to ensure that the campers are safe, their medical needs are attended to, and that they have fun!

  • Volunteers can select the week that is most convenient for them.

  • For those that need to fly, airfare is paid for by the American Academy of Dermatology.

  • Each location accepts a number of medical staff.

  • All volunteers are expected to volunteer for the entire camp week, unless previously arranged.

    • The week will be very high energy, with little down-time. Be prepared to work very long hours, and be exhausted by the end of the week.

For more information, call the AAD office at (847) 240-1737 or email jmueller@aad.org.

Frequently asked questions for volunteers

Q: How do I apply to volunteer?
Applications are available beginning in mid-January of each year and can be completed directly online. Three references and one letter of recommendation are also required. The application deadline is April 8.

Q: Do I need experience working with children?
Experience is helpful, but is not mandatory. Applications are reviewed carefully and selection is based on experience with children as well as other general experiences such as school and work, expectations for the volunteer positions, reasons why you chose to apply, etc. You need to be comfortable and enthusiastic about entertaining and supervising children.

Q: Do I need to volunteer for the entire week?
Yes. Volunteering for part of the week is challenging as it disrupts the continuity of the cabin group as well as presents an issue regarding adequate supervision.