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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?

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:  


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 - 2017 Camps 

Queens Birthday Weekend Camp: Fri 9th June - Mon 12th June (Pre-Camp Day Sun 4th June)
Winter Kids Camp: Mon 3rd July - Fri 7th July
Winter Family Camp: Sun 9th July - Fri 14th July
Spring Journey Camp: Sun 24th Sept - Fri 29th Sept
Spring Family Camp: Sun 24th Sept - Fri 29th Sept

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
Queens Birthday Weekend Camp Thursday, 1 June 2017 Thursday, 22 June 2017
Winter Kids & Winter Family Camps Thursday, 22 June 2017 Thursday, 20 July 2017
Spring Journey & Spring Family Camps Thursday, 14 September 2017 Thursday, 5 October 2017
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