Heads Together Camp builds a families strengths by creating a community of understanding. Volunteers are an integral part of this community, with 93% of families and volunteers returning to the next camp. Each camp hosts around 20 families and around 40 volunteers. Every volunteer is a Family Volunteer, meaning they join with a family for the weekend and participate with them. The family gets the support they need with the kids, camp information and the friendship, and the volunteer gets to share in the family connections and gain insight to further their understanding of ABI. Through this model of sharing resources, the community is expanded and strengthened. It is not the volunteers role to teach or use therapy, but to model the core values of camp: Acceptance, Courage, Honesty and Respect.
Once the expression of interests, from families and volunteers, have been received for each camp, volunteers and roles are assigned and confirmations sent out. The other on camp roles are assigned by the Camp Manager and individually offered. If expressing interest for any role/s, please take note of the commitment required and the role itself to make sure it suits you.
Family Volunteer Role (All volunteers)
Support one family at camp. Relay all necessary information to families re-logistics and overall understanding of camp program, values and guidelines. Relay any family feedback to Group Coordinator and/or Camp Manager. Provide 1:1 support to family members as required. Connect with and get to know the family and support them to have a great camp experience.
Commitment: Attend Orientation meeting (3 weeks prior to camp), and whole weekend camp.
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OTHER VOLUNTEER ROLES ON CAMP
Group Activity Leaders x9
Plan all Saturday activities for camp and lead activities at camp. This will be done at the second planning meeting. Prepare small group volunteers at orientation and at camp. Will also be assigned to a family as secondary family volunteer.
Commitment: Attend 2nd Planning Meeting, Orientation, and whole weekend
Saturday Visit Only Group Activity Leaders x4
Plan all Saturday activities for camp and lead activities at camp. This will be done at the second planning meeting. Prepare small group volunteers at orientation. This is the only role where you will not be a family volunteer also.
Commitment: Attend 2nd Planning Meeting, Orientation, and Saturday 8:30am-5pm,both camps
Group Coordinators x6
Support a small group of volunteers (approx. 6) prior to and all throughout camp. Manage any family/volunteer/program concerns within that group and relay necessary information to Camp Directors and Camp Manager. Lead GC group meetings, facilitate volunteer-family connections and volunteers in their role. Assist with program logistics and small group management. Will also be assigned to a family as secondary family volunteer.
Commitment: Attend 3rd Planning Meeting, Orientation, and whole weekend camp
Activities Coordinator x1
Assist in planning and managing activities and manage the Group Activity Leaders (GALs) prior to and at camp. Lead some activities at camp. Prepare the GALs at camp and assist with resource distribution and activity set up. May be assigned to a family as secondary family volunteer.
Commitment: Attend all Meetings, Orientation, and whole weekend, both camps.
ABI Team x8
Role models and resource for families and volunteers with real life experience of growing up and living with an ABI.
Must have ABI. Role includes being a family volunteer.
Commitment: Attend Orientation, and whole weekend of camp.
Camp Directors x2
Spokespeople of camp, support volunteers via Group Coordinators, run volunteer meetings, relay feedback to Camp Manager, support camp program and logistics
Commitment: All meetings, whole weekend of camp, brief 1 week before camp, debrief meeting 1 week after camp.
1st Planning Meeting – 10-12 weeks prior to camp
2nd Planning Meeting – 7-8 weeks prior to camp
3rd Planning Meeting – 4 weeks prior to camp
Orientation Meeting – 3 weeks prior to camp