Volunteers at Licola Lions Sponsored Camps
Licolas aim is to run fun & safe camps for children aged between 8-11 years old, that have been deemed as “needing a break”, disadvantaged, disabled, disengaged and/or deserving children from across Victoria & Southern NSW. Each camp can accommodate between 70-150 campers. Campers are sponsored by local Lions Clubs and other organizations. These children are then supported by at least 20-40 volunteers and 10-15 qualified staff members. All adults on site must have a valid WWCC or equivalent.
Each camp session runs for a week. There are 3 camps in the January school holidays, one in the first week of the April school holidays and another in the first week of the September school holidays.
The camp week looks very similar to that of a school camp where children travel in their group with their leader to activities. Campers are encouraged to try new activities to build skills and character, such as problem solving and resilience. Like any good camp, between each activity we eat!! The days are full of adventure and excitement so it can be tiring though leaders consistently say it is an extremely rewarding experience.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Licola; they play a variety of vital roles;
Cabin Leaders: play the most amazing role for the campers, they are the “go-to” humans and role models of camp. They supervise and engage with campers throughout the day & night , going to activities & meals together, encouraging positive behaviors such as being SunSmart and using cutlery! As the day draws to an end, once campers are all ready for bed, Cabin Leaders often enjoy reading or telling a bedtime story to help the children settle in for the night. Camp then wakes up, rinses and repeats; and before you know it the week is at an end! Cabin Leaders often reap the reward of the strongest connections and impact on campers; it’s a much-loved position.
General Helpers: are the glue that keeps camp on time and running smoothly. There are multiple different roles that general helpers fill. This can include taking epic photos of the magic of camp, being a master of the scullery, using discretion to protect a child’s dignity after an accident, town trips, general cleaning, and stepping in during activities when Cabin Leaders require a short break. Some say, this role is bit like being a grandparent figure. General helpers are generally very flexible and very helpful.
First Aiders: must have a minimum of a first aid qualification and often work alongside nurses and other medical professionals. They are responsible for administering medications to campers and volunteers as required, consoling campers who may be struggling with homesickness, issuing band aids and creating a welcoming safe space. First Aiders fix the booboos & ouchies, they help campers reset and get back into their day.
2021 LSC Dates
Camp 300: Monday 4th to Friday 8th January, 2021 (Geelong and V2 Country Clubs)
Camp 301: Sunday 10th to Friday 15th January, 2021 (V6 and Country Clubs V1-4)
Camp 302: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd January, 2021 (Metropolitan & V3 Clubs)
Camp 303: TUESDAY 6th to SATURDAY 10th April, 2021 (All Clubs)
Camp 304: Monday 20th to Friday 24th September, 2021 (All Clubs)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATES FOR THESE CAMPS ARE CORRECT, HOWEVER, THE CAMP NUMBERS ON SOME OF THE FORMS ARE INCORRECT. THE FIRST CAMP OF 2021 WILL BE CAMP 300.
Are you interested in volunteering?
You’ll need to complete a Working with Children Check Application form (available free of charge from your Post Office) and a Volunteer Application Form (can be downloaded from the website but if you can’t do this you can contact us and we will send you one in the post).
For more information please contact Brooke on (03)5148 8791 or firstname.lastname@example.org