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, disengaged and/or deserving children from across Victoria & Southern NSW. Campers are sponsored by Lions Clubs and other philanthropic avenues. Once children arrive at camp, our amazing volunteers step into their roles and support children throughout the camp along side our trained and qualified staff team. 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 April school holidays and another in the September school holidays.

The camp week looks very similar to that of a school camp where children move around camp in their group with their leader to activities. Campers are encouraged to try new activities that build new skills, such as problem solving and resilience and exceeding expectations of themselves. Like any good camp, between each activity we eat!! The days are full of adventure and excitement. 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 behaviours 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 Level 2 First Aid qualification and often work alongside nurses and other medical professionals. They are responsible for administering medications to campers, consoling campers who may be struggling with homesickness, issuing band aids and creating a welcoming safe space. First Aiders nurture those campers that may be struggling and tend to minor first aid requirements. 

Are you interested in volunteering?

Apply now using the link below to fill in an application form, or download one and send it back, using the link at the top of this page.

You will also need a Working with Children Check, or your State/Territory equivalent.

For more information please contact Licola on (03)5148 8791 or volunteerslicola@hotmail.com