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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:
    • 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 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

2018 Spring Camps:

  • Spring Journey Camp: Sun 23rd – Fri 28th September
  • Spring Family Camp: Sun 23rd – Fri 28th September
Spring Vol Apps Close Mon 27th August

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
Autumn Camps (Easter Kids and 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
Spring Camps (Spring Journey and Spring Family)  Thursday 13th September 2018  Thursday 11th October 2018
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