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Volunteer FAQ's

What role does a volunteer play at camp?

Volunteers play a wide variety of different roles at camp.  These roles will often depend on the needs of the camp session since each camp session is unique. Volunteers are sure to get a lot of ‘hands on experience’ with campers since their main tasks will involve providing extra help with campers such as giving extra support in a buddy group, providing extra support for a lake trip or just hanging out with a camper that might need more care.

Volunteers will also spend some time helping out ‘behind the scenes.’  For example, volunteers may be asks to help set-up/take-down all camp activities with the programmers, take photos of camp for the coordinators, help set-up/take-down for special events, dress up and play a character for the campers etc. It is important to communicate what you would like to get out of camp to the coordinators so that we can meet your needs as well.

What kind of training does a volunteer go through?

Volunteers go through a few different kinds of training.  Volunteers will be given an orientation on the first morning of camp. This training is a great way to learn more about camp, learn techniques in behaviour support in order to better prepare yourself for scenarios at camp, and to receive your Volunteer Handbook. Volunteers will continue to learn throughout the week with feedback from the coordinators.

When should volunteers arrive at camp?

Volunteers should arrive the night before camp starts in order to get settled in and meet other staff members. When you arrive, head to the Camp Office and the coordinators will help you settle in.

What is the room and board situation at camp?

As a volunteer, all your meals and delicious snacks (which are always available in the staff lounge) are covered.  There is also wireless internet at all the camps and at least one staff computer that everyone is allowed to use.  There is cell phone reception and a phone.  There are laundry machines in case you need to wash clothes, though camper laundry has first priority (you might find you don’t even have time to do laundry because you are too busy having fun!) 

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Volunteers will sleep in staff rooms – usually there are between 2 and 3 people per room. You can also opt to sleep outside under the stars in the designated sleeping area. Either way, make sure to bring your own sleeping bag, sheet, and pillow.

Where do I keep my medication?

ALL medication is kept by the nurse in the Nurses' Nest. At the start of the week you must hand in your medication to the nurse with instructions on when you take it. The Health Care Team will then deliver your medication to you (ie. at meals) or you can make arrangements to get it at the Nurses' Nest. 

Are volunteers expected to be involved in bathing and toileting of campers?

No, personal care is only carried out by staff. Furthermore, volunteers are never permitted to be in a room alone with a camper. 

Do volunteers require a Criminal Record Check?

Yes, volunteers are responsible for obtaining a valid criminal record check before arriving at camp. You can either get one through your local police office OR use an organization called Backcheck if you are under the age of 23 while at camp. Backcheck costs $25 and is a very fast service (usually one day to process). Your camp coordinators can send you am invitation for Backcheck if this an option for you.

How long are the days?

The days start at 7:20am and go until bed-time which varies between 8:30 and 10:30pm. Each volunteer gets an hour break each day. Though the days are long, staff often find that the weeks pass in the blink of an eye!

Still have some questions? Please contact James at 604-873-1865 or camp@eastersealsbcy.ca or if already accepted to volunteer, reach out to your coordinators (they're the ones who interviewed you).