Volunteer Application form for summer camp

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Staff Application

Dear Applicant

Thank you for applying for a position at our residential camp.

Before submitting your application, we would like to make you aware of a few points ensuring you appreciate your role at a Step by Step residential stay and understand what we would be expecting of you during your stay at camp.

Our primary concern is that the children are kept SAFE at all times. We appreciate that you would want to give the child in your care the best time possible, however SAFETY always comes first.

All applicants must be aware that caring for disabled children is a huge responsibility, especially so during an extended period of time. This special needs child has been entrusted in your care and the responsibility is yours to ensure that they are well cared for and kept safe during the whole duration of their stay.

We appreciate that the children are given 1:1 care, but at our camp it is imperative that everyone takes responsibility as part of a team. So although every carer is allotted a child, Step by Step is one organisation and we expect our carers to care about the other children and the space around as though it was their family and home, ensuring the smooth running of the whole camp.

We are here for the children! Looking after special children can be very demanding and exhausting- our goal is to give the children a most special camp experience and the carers must make that possible.

Please do not put any pressure on parents to request the child you would like to care for. Please put your preference on the application form and it is the job of the Step by Step team to determine if you are best suited to that child. Please remember that we are here for the children and we only want to do what is in their best children.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Step by Step team.

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Job Descriptions:

Counsellor:

Spend two weeks with a wonderful team of professionals and experienced volunteers who will guide you and support you to look after one camper. Full training will be provided and no previous experience necessary. A life-altering and rewarding experience!

- Counsellors are responsible for ensuring that their assigned child’s safety, health and wellbeing are well maintained for the entire duration of camp as well as being responsible for giving the campers an incredible time- this can be either 1:1 or 2:1.
- Counsellors are expected to get to know the child in advance by familiarising themselves with the child’s profile, speaking to parents and visiting the child where possible.
- Counsellors will be liaising with the child’s parents before and during camp to establish the child’s needs and ensure they are well cared for and have a great camp experience, counsellors would also have to reassure the parents that their child is well cared for.
- Being a counsellor requires patience, sensitivity, high levels of energy, going down to your campers level and trying to anticipate and understand their needs/wants/likes/dislikes.
- Counsellors are expected to work as part of a team and to support other counsellors/campers when needed. Counsellors are also expected to respect their surroundings and to ensure their room and communal areas are kept clean and tidy.

Rotator:

The chance to get to know each camper individually by caring for a new child every day. You will benefit from the stimulation and excitement each day will bring whilst being part of a close-knit team.

- A rotator shares many of the same roles and responsibilities as a counsellor, except you will not be assigned to one specific child but will be given a schedule of different children that you will be looking after throughout camp. It is vital that counsellors have some time off during camp to renew their strength to enable them to care for their camper in the best way possible and therefore rotators are a truly valued role!
- Rotators are not required to get to know the children in advance but would receive a handover from the child’s counsellor before caring for the child.
- Being a rotator requires you to be extremely flexible, proactive and happy to work with children across a wide range of disabilities.

Medical staff:

The overall responsibility of our medical staff is to support the health and safety of our campers and staff as well.

- You will work as part of a team to deliver the highest level of health and safety for campers and staff
- You will be given full induction and training to support you in your role.

Photographer/Media Director:

The media director needs to work on their own initiative in assisting with the daily office needs of camp operations. You will also be responsible for capturing images of all the campers, activities and special events and creating a memory book for each camper to take home.

- You will need to be a responsible person with the ability to work in a fast-paced, active environment.
- You will need to be creative with a good level of computer proficiency.

Kitchen staff/Catering team:

The catering team will work well together in a fun environment to meet the dietary needs of all campers and staff.

- You will need to be responsible, hardworking and able to carry out the tasks assigned by the chef and kitchen manager.
- You will need to be able to work as part of a team and be able to work closely with other kitchen staff members.

Section 1: Personal Details
Section 2: Position in Camp
Section 3: References

We require two references from people unrelated to you:
1. Someone who knows you in a professional capacity e.g. boss, teacher, Rosh Yeshiva, Mashgiach etc.
2. Someone who knows you in relation to interacting with children/with special needs.

Section 4a: Medical Information

Please indicate if there is something you would like to discuss in private with the head of services in the notes section.

Section 4B: Medical Declaration:

I agree to my receiving medication as instructed and to my emergency dental, medical or surgical treatment, including anaesthesia or blood transfusion, as considered necessary by the medical authorities present. I understand the extent and limitations of the insurance cover provided.

I attest to the accuracy of all information in Section 4a.