Summer break is ending, but the mark left on the Community Services Department by our volunteers will stay forever.

Our mission is to create world-class experiences, and our volunteers help reach this goal every time they come and serve our community. From the Senior Activity Center to Champions Club, our summer is busy with various camps and events. Some of the tasks performed by our volunteers include cleaning the equipment at Champions Club, helping staff prepare for Stars and Stripes, leading camps for Camp Mania, and coordinating programs for the Senior Center.

We had the chance to ask one of our volunteers about her experience at the Marq, and here is what she had to say.

“Volunteering at the senior center is a truly special time in my day. I genuinely look forward to the smiles that light up the faces of my senior friends, and the jokes I share with Andrew and Tammie. The interactions and sweet conversations with them resonate deeply in my heart. These precious short hours of serving at the center bring back beautiful memories of my late grandparents whom I miss dearly.” —Jillian Lim.

We had a great volunteer turnout this summer. Our Community Services Volunteers worked over 1,982 hours, estimated at a value of $63,000 of service. Thank you for the work you did running our Summer Camps, taking ownership of our Champions Club facility, and putting smiles on our seniors’ faces. This year we also added more volunteer opportunities with the Great American Cleanup and TAAF Region 4 Swim Meet!

Thank you to our amazing volunteers for pouring your heart and time into making a difference in our community. Your selfless service is truly changing lives and inspiring us all! Together, we created a world-class experience this summer. Even though summer is wrapping up, we have volunteer opportunities year-round!

Are you interested in volunteering with the Community Services Department as well? Visit to learn how to get started!

The kids are back in school, but it wasn’t long ago that they were living their best lives at Summer Camp Mania!

Summer Camp Mania 2022 is officially in the books, but we wanted to take the time to showcase some of the highlights from the summer. With nine weeks of structured programming, Camp Mania returned with a bang this year.

Throughout the summer, we had 873 enthusiastic campers enrolled. These campers enjoyed a fantastic summer filled with incredible field trips, fun guest performances, friendly competitions, and much more!

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s highlights:

  • 9 Field trips including Medieval Times, Hawaiian Falls, Crayola Experience, and Alley Cats Hurst
  • Movie Mondays featuring beloved Disney films
  • Swim days every Friday at Champions Club with pizza and a shaved ice treat!
  • Weekly inflatables
  • Flag Football and Dodgeball competitions
  • Moana Hula performance
  • Petting Zoo!
  • Creature Teacher
  • A magician who made a kid float in mid-air!
  • Craft time to make magic potions, homemade play dough, slime, tie-dye shirts, and dot painting
  • Epic water gun and balloon fights with the staff
  • Over 900 hours of volunteer service from Junior Camp Counselors

Putting together a structured day camp that is both fun, educational, and unique is no easy feat; however, our Programs team rose to the challenge. Take a look at what some satisfied parents had to say:

“Very happy, my kids loved this camp! We’re new to the area so tried several out and they want to do this most of the summer next year. Convenient, reasonably priced and so fun. Thank you!”

“Staff was great and kids had a lot of fun. Much needed time during the day.”

Kids are happy. Variety of activities is nice, and excellent value for the money.”

“Amazing staff and such awesome activities and field trips!!!! I wish I had signed up for more than just one week this year!!!”

“My son had so much fun! Thanks for making his experience amazing!”

“My girls always have a blast!! Fun activities and really cool field trips!”

This summer will be one to remember. Not only did participants make friendships and life-long memories, but our staff developed professionally with each passing week. We can’t wait to go back to the drawing board and start planning an even better summer experience for next year.

If you can’t wait another year to return to Camp Mania, sign up for one of our upcoming Day Break or Holiday Break Camp Mania opportunities!


The Marq Southlake opened its doors to volunteers once again on June 1, 2021, and service-minded individuals heeded the call!

The Community Services Department had exceptional youth volunteerism this summer. Our volunteers play a vital role in our mission to create life-long memories. From assisting seniors at the Senior Activity Center, keeping Champions Club in tip-top shape, to ensuring Nature Camp and Camp Mania campers had a summer to remember, our volunteers stepped up to the plate!

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community while learning crucial life skills. Marq volunteers experienced what it takes to keep facilities like the Senior Center and Champions Club operating at the highest level to ensure world-class service and member satisfaction. From facilitating weekly luncheons at the Senior Center to helping with birthday parties and member appreciation events at Champions Club, our youth volunteers gained valuable customer service skills.

The Marq was not the only place where volunteers made a difference this summer. Outstanding Camp Mania and Nature Camp volunteers worked an average of 40 hours each to ensure our summer camps were safe and fun for all camp participants. Gaining important programing and childcare experience, our volunteers were vital to our camps’ success every year!
The impact our volunteers had cannot be overstated. This summer, our volunteers served more than 200 hours at the Senior Activity Center, more than 280 hours at Champions Club, and over 1,300 hours at summer camp!

Here’s what some of our volunteer liaisons had to say:

"Through the dedication, willingness, and care of our volunteers, the Senior Activity Center was able to continue its exceptional programming without interruptions. We depend on our volunteers' creativity and helping hands to enhance the experience of our seniors at the Senior Center." —Soheila Phelps, Senior Services Coordinator.

"Volunteering for any program is a privilege. Each camp volunteer made an impact and positive connection to all of our campers, counselors and parents. I appreciate all the hard work. They enjoyed swimming, ice cream, snow cones, and bounce houses. But the most important thing is they enjoyed the service and gave back to their community. This community is special thanks to our camp volunteers." —Gretchen Morgan, Programs Coordinator.

Thank you so much to our wonderful volunteers! We can’t wait to see you again! Learn how to volunteer with us here!

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