STAAR buddy application process

Please send your resume and session availabilty to Erin Bettinger,


What is a STAAR Buddy?

A STAAR Buddy acts as a one-on-one or one-on-two speech-language facilitator for campers. You are trained by a speech pathologist and special educator whose specialty area is in AAC to target speech and language goals through recreational and therapeutic activities.

Do I have to be a speech-language pathology major?

Yes, you must be formally accepted into your school's program.

Why apply?

If selected, you would have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in:

    • Observe and participate in individual and small group therapy sessions.
    • Learn the ins and outs of effective social skills trainings. 
    • Work with SLP’s, Special Educators, and Therapeutic Riding Instructors.

How likely am I to be selected?

Approximately 1/3 of all applicants are offered a position. Priority is given to returning buddies and applicants who can participate in all sessions. The more you volunteer, the more you learn.

What are the daily hours?

Hours vary depending on the day and camp. Most days you are expected to arrive 30 minutes before camp begins and can leave when your camper does. Please see the individual camp pages for daily times.

Do you offer on-site housing?

No, we don't. We will, however, provide you with contact information for other buddies so that carpools can be arranged.

Do I need to have horse experience?

No. We will train you for all equine-based activities.