Middle School Summer Volunteer Program

Volunteers at Florida Children’s Musuem help uphold our mission and serve our community—curating the world for all children to explore. This summer extension is curated just for middle school students.

Program Objectives:

  • Providing middle school students with a valuable learning experience.
  • Supporting the museum’s educational initiatives.
  • Encouraging community involvement among youth.
  • Creating a pipeline for future museum volunteers or staff.

Program Structure: 

Time Commitment: Middle School volunteers are expected to fulfill at least 80 volunteer hours over the duration of the program. More hours are available but fewer is strongly discouraged.

Duration: Our Middle School Volunteer Program runs parallel to the Musuem’s summer camp. Drop off and pick-up routines are the same. Volunteers should arrive between 8 and 9 am. Summer Camp curriculum runs until 3 pm. Pick up ends at 5 pm.

Volunteer Activities:

Specific volunteer activities will include a mix of summer camp support and overall Museum support. Examples of potential activities are listed below:

Summer Camp Support 

  • Assisting with camp breakfast and lunch (1 hour daily)
  • Traveling with camp class during Bonnet Springs Park exploration time (1 hour daily)
  • Staff support while camp class explores Museum (1 hour daily)

Museum Support

  • Exhibit reset (30 min, 2x daily)
  • Cleaning exhibit toys (30 min, 2x daily)
  • Assist with Art Lab in morning or afternoon (1 hour, daily)


Each Middle School Summer Volunteer will attend a 2-hour orientation training. This is a mandatory meeting and students may be dropped off or parents can attend. The training will include:

  1. General overview of Florida Children’s Museum
  2. Expectations for all volunteers
  3.  How to follow a daily schedule
  4. Check-in and Check-out procedures
  5. Introduction to key FCM staff


Available volunteer shifts are on the Museum’s volunteer portal through Galaxy Digital. Each volunteer has their own account. Once they complete orientation, they will be able to select shifts that fit their availability.