Service Learning Opportunities

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Earn Student Service Learning Hours

Student service learning (SSL) is a high school graduation requirement in the state of Maryland. Montgomery County Recreation offers students the opportunity to earn their mandated Student Service Learning (SSL) hours and learn new skills while having fun during the summer months. Focusing on leadership skills, each of these volunteer opportunities requires some training prior to earning SSL hours. The Junior Counselor Orientation and/or the TR Junior Leader Orientation are mandatory training workshops providing an overview of our expectations. Hours can be earned throughout middle and high school.

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kids with disabilities at summer camp

Junior Counselor

Assist summer camp staff in planning and leading games, sports and crafts for campers. Learn leadership, planning and communication skills.

Summer Leadership Challenge

SLC helps develop leadership skills and gives teens an opportunity to practice independent problem-solving skills. The program includes a capstone project that participants coordinate and implement for the benefit of the local community. Participants earn up to 35 SSL hours and receive individual evaluations.

Summer Leadership Challenge - Lifeguarding

Designed to introduce participants to what it takes to become a certified lifeguard. Participants must have basic swimming ability, be comfortable in deep water and submerging underwater. Instruction focuses on water skills needed for successful completion of the American Red Cross pre-course skills test for lifeguard training. Participants earn up to 35 SSL hours.

Therapeutic Recreation Junior Leader

Help campers who have intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities. Develop communication and planning skills.

Therapeutic Recreation Mainstream/Inclusion Companion

You’ll work one-on-one to help integrate children who have disabilities into a summer program for children without disabilities. Volunteers are never alone with their camper, and they do not provide personal care.