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Info for Personal Support Workers

Are you looking for a fantastic experience this summer? Then BC Easter Seals may be the place for you…

This section of our website is to provide Personal Support Workers with an opportunity to gain some information about our programs and what the role of the PSW is. We want to make you feel as comfortable as possible so that together we can work towards creating a marvellous camping experience for all campers.

Is our camp right for you?

The focus of the BC Easter Seals Camping Program is to provide a camping experience that facilitates growth in independence, self-esteem, and peer interaction through nature based outdoor activities. Our staff establishes a safe, warm, fun, supportive and encouraging environment which allows campers to focus on their abilities.
The role of a PSW at camp is to strike a balance between providing the necessary personal care and support required by your camper and promoting your camper to get involved in new and challenging ways. Camp is a high-paced environment. Days are usually fairly long and there is only a one-hour rest break. While you will receive support from the two counsellors working with the buddy group you and your camper have been assigned to, as a PSW you will be required continuously throughout the week and this may include evening/night work.
Camp is not a remote wilderness experience, but it is not luxurious either. Staff all share rooms, with between one and six others.  The priority of all staff, including PSWs is to do whatever possible to provide campers with the best week of their summer!

We try to help and support the PSW when and where possible, but much of the energy and drive must come from the PSW. Remember: the PSW plays a large part in determining the camper’s experience. 

Compensation

The PSW and the family/guardian enter into a private contract for remuneration. The BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and BC Easter Seals Camps have no financial obligation to the PSW. The PSW must meet with minimum staff requirements – criminal record check with vulnerable sector search, completed application form, minimum of 17 years old.

The Application Process

PSWs must complete an online, or paper, application before the camper can be confirmed for camp.  2018 applications will be available on April 1st, 2018.  With the application, the PSW needs to send in an original, current criminal record check including a vulnerable sector search.  Online applications will also be available on April 1st, 2018.
We are able to accommodate a maximum of 6 PSWs in each camp session, and these spots fill quickly.

Do not hesitate to contact our Camp Registrar or our Director of Camping, at (604) 873-1865 or toll free 1-800-818-4483

Alumni Staff

If you are interested in possibly being a PSW for a camper this summer, please fill out the form here. Once you have signed up, we will send emails with information from families looking for a support worker. It is then up to you to contact the family and make arrangements. Thanks for helping get kids to camp!