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Volunteers are a crucial part of Edmund Rice Camps, we welcome applications from anyone interested in our work. 

How Can I Become a Volunteer? (For New Volunteers)

The majority of our volunteers are young (between 17 and 30 years of age) or young at heart.  We actively recruit volunteers from secondary schools and universities in Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat!  

 To volunteer on a camp you are required to:  

  • Be aged 17 years or older
  • Complete 2018 New Volunteers Expression of Interest Form
    • This includes your registration to attend a New Leader Training Day
    • When this is received you will be sent a Volunteer Application Form to complete 
  • Attend an Edmund Rice Camps New Leader Training Day
    • Our Upcoming New Leader Training Days are as Follows:
    • Saturday 25th November 2017, 10am - 5pm, Lower Plenty
    • Sunday 4th March 2018, 10am - 5pm, Amberley
    • Sunday 27th May 2018, 10am - 5pm, Ballarat
    • Sunday 26th August 2018, 10am - 5pm, Essendon
    • Saturday 24th November 2018, 10am - 5pm, Lower Plenty
  • Complete Child Protection Foundational Training as part of your New Leader Training Day
  • If you are over 18 years old, complete a Working With Children Check
  • Sign up for your first camp via the 2018 New Volunteers Expression of Interest Form (above)

What does a Volunteer do?

There are lots of ways to volunteer on camp.  The single biggest volunteer role is Camp Leader.  

In addition we are always in need of volunteers who can:

  • Drive a bus for a day or two on camp.
  • Help out in the kitchen with cooking or dish washing during camp
  • Help out on a sub committee. Leader Formation, Marketing and Fundraising, Publicity and Publications and Equipment support.
  • Assist in the office with some administration.
  • Join our Board of Management.

A 1:1 ratio of volunteers to participants is provided on each camp to ensure an opportunity is created for great relationships to be built.  Being a leader is mostly about having fun with a camp participant, bringing energy and becoming a role model by demonstrating positive behaviour.

Our camps are residential which means that volunteers and camp participants stay over night and share all meals together.

As a leader you will arrive the afternoon before a camp starts to meet the other leaders and prepare for camp.

Each day on camp you will be "buddied" up with a camp participant.  You will hang out with your buddy, play, have fun and assist them in joining all of the planned activities.  Several times a day a buddy swap will take place to give leaders and buddies a chance to meet new people.

Our leaders on camp are supported by an "Executive Team" of experienced leaders.  This team's role is to take care of logistics and to support leaders and camp participants in having the best time possible.

Upcoming Camp Details for Volunteers - 2018 Camps

For Volunteers who have previously completed a camp with ERC VIC or Completed a New Volunteer Training Day with ERC Vic:

You can sign up for a 2018 Camp here: 2018 Volunteer Camp Registration - Click Here (for registered volunteers)

If you would like to get involved and become a Volunteer, please complete the 2018 Volunteers Expression of Interest Form 

2018 Summer Camps:

Please note: Volunteer Christmas Lunch / Combined Summer Pre-Camp Day for all Volunteers for Summer Camps: Saturday 9th December 2017 10am - 3pm, Amberley

  • Summer Kids Camp: Thurs 4th – Mon 8th Jan 2018
  • Summer Family Camp: Sun 7th – Fri 12th Jan 2018
  • Summer Older Girls Camp: Sun 14th – Fri 19th Jan 2018
  • Summer Older Boys Camp: Sun 21st – Fri 26th Jan 2018

Summer Applications Close Mon 27th Nov 2017

2018 Autumn Camps:

  • Labour Day Weekend Camp: Fri 9th – Mon 12th March  (Pre-Camp Day Sun 4th March)

Labour Day Vol Apps Close Tues 13th Feb 2018

  • Easter Kids Camp: Fri 30th March – Tues 3rd April
  • Indigenous Kids Camp: Mon 2nd – Fri 6th April

Autumn Camps Vol Apps Close Friday 2nd March 2018

2018 Winter Camps:

  • Queen's Birthday Weekend Camp: Fri 8th – Mon 11th June (Pre-Camp Day: Sun 3rd June)

Queen's Birthday Vol Apps Close Mon 14th May

  • Winter Kids Camp: Mon 2nd – Fri 6th July
  • Winter Family Camp: Sun 8th – Fri 13th July

Winter Vol Apps Close Fri 1st June

Pre & Post camp exec Meetings

The Exec team is made up of Senior leaders who have done extra training. They take on roles including Pastoral Facilitator, Coach, Captain & Group Leader. All exec members must attend a meeting prior to the start of camp (pre-camp exec meeting) and a meeting after the end of camp (post camp exec meeting). The dates of these meetings are listed below:

Camp Pre camp exec meeting Post camp exec meeting
Summer Camps Saturday 9th December 2017, 3.30pm - 5.30pm Thursday, 8th Februrary 2018
 Labour Day Weekend Camp  Thursday 1st March 2018, 6.30- 9pm  Thursday 22nd March 2018
 Autumn Camps (Easter KIds & Indigenous Kids)  Thursday 22nd March 2018  Thursday 12th April 2018
 Queens Birthday Weekend Camp  Thursday 31st May 2018  Thursday 14th June 2018
 Winter Camps (Winter Kids and Winter Family)  Thursday 21st June 2018  Thursday 19th July 2018
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