Thank you for your interest in offering leadership with and for the youth of CampOUT! If you are interested in making magic happen, and gaining insight and skills along the way, being a CampOUT! Cabin Leader may be for you! We are looking for up to 13 Cabin Leaders! Online applications open February 1, apply by March 15th!
Please read the 2017 CampOUT! Cabin Leader Position Summary thoroughly before applying! If it helps, you may draft your responses first using this linked PDF or Word version of the form. You can get more information about what goes on at camp from the 2016 CampOut! Program Guide.
2017 CampOUT! Volunteer Cabin Leader Position Summary
Term: Training Weekend May 19-22, CampOUT! July 4-9, 2017
Locations: Pre and post-camp meetings held in Vancouver, Leader Training & CampOUT! held on Gambier Island (unceded Coast Salish land)
Renumeration: A $500.00 token of appreciation will be mailed out upon completion of the term
CampOUT! is a social justice summer camp for queer, trans, Two-Spirit, questioning, and allied youth ages 14-21 from across BC & the Yukon. The camp is held on Gambier Island, unceded Coast Salish territories. In affiliation with the University of British Columbia, the camp provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, foster hope and resilience, and connect with resources to support health and well-being (physical, mental, social, sexual, educational, and spiritual). Participants return to their home communities with new skills, resources, and friendships. CampOUT! provides a supportive space for LGBTQ2S+ youth to celebrate and be celebrated for who they are. For more info, visit http://campout.ubc.ca/
Cabin Leaders will be responsible for assisting with the planning, preparation, execution, wrap up, and evaluation of CampOUT! related initiatives throughout summer 2017. Cabin Leaders participate in a four day leadership training program as well as developing workshops for camp. Cabin Leaders are responsible for the constant care and supervision of campers at Campout!. Two Cabin Leaders sleep in a cabin with 8-12 campers. Cabin Leaders help, talk, laugh, support, and guide campers. Cabin Leaders notice when camper needs are not being met and bring that to the attention of Community Mentors, Care Team, Camp Director and UBC staff. Compassion, flexibility, enthusiasm, self-awareness, patience, and a willingness to seek guidance from supervisors are essential.
- Ability to stay on Gambier Island for Leadership Training Camp May 19-22 (water taxi transport, accommodation, and food provided).
- Ability to stay on Gambier Island for CampOUT! operation dates July 4-9, 2017
- Provide information for CampOUT! to obtain a Criminal Record Check and sign a confidentiality agreement, as sensitive information will be engaged with
- Comply with the Camp Community Agreement which includes that there will be no sex, alcohol, or drug use permitted during your time at CampOUT!
- Available for a 1 day Leadership Team orientation in Vancouver on June 10
- Must live in BC or the Yukon
- Must be at least 19 years of age
- Respect the confidentiality of all participants
CampOUT! strives to be accessible to community members who may be facing multiple barriers to participation. If anything listed in this description is a barrier to your participation, please do not hesitate to contact the Camp Director so that accommodations can be made
Note: All your personal information will be confidential. Media release is optional, and the short biography you provide will only be shared with youth and adult camp participants and staff.
- Care for the safety and well-being of designated campers, as well as all campers.
- Act as a role model through positive behaviour, specifically by complying with all University of British Columbia rules, camp safety policies, and our CampOUT! Community Agreement
- Assist the Camp Director, Program Committee, and Community Mentors in delivering camp programming and related outreach activities
- Be available to campers as needed
- Be available to support campers in critical transition times (wake-ups, meal times, program transitions, free time, evening programs, cabin time, and bedtime)
- Discern clear boundaries, and practice mentorship through role-modelling maintaining positive and appropriate relationships (in person and online) with camp youth before, during, and after camp
- Demonstrate an approachable, empathetic, and patient demeanour in order to facilitate effective communication and to establish meaningful personal relationships with the campers in your cabin and small group
- Immediately report any injuries or illnesses of campers or themselves to Care Team and Camp Director
- Inform Camp Director of any difficulties or unusual situations that occur
- Encourage campers, in words and actions, to participate as fully as possible in all parts of camp
- Support the program by ensuring the smooth running of activities and meal times
- Ensure the campers’ safety by making sure they are accounted for at all times
- Monitor campers’ behaviour; guide them away from harmful or disruptive behaviour and towards respectful and safe behaviour
- Assist in coordinating pre- and post- camp meetings to finalize Cabin Leader led workshops
- Role model in the community post-camp
- Be able to explain the intent and reasons for CampOUT! and University of British Columbia policies, and when appropriate obtain necessary clarification of these policies from the camp administrators
- Must be available for the entire leader training and camp.
- Must have a valid SIN number and live in BC or the Yukon
- Must be between 19 and 25 years of age
- Strong interest in social justice and intersectionality
- Knowledge of issues facing queer and trans youth
- Strong interest in being an ally to all marginalized communities.
- Excellent organizational and planning skills
- Strong communication skills
- Good listening skills and sound judgement
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work well with others and to work independently, taking initiative when necessary
CampOUT! is housed in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ), under the Faculty of Arts of the University of British Columbia. GRSJ provides CampOUT! with a supportive institutional infrastructure, operational resources and numerous opportunities to collaborate and build new relationships across communities. By supporting CampOUT! GRSJ is helping to fulfil the University’s commitment to foster safer learning spaces and strengthen community outreach both at the Institute and on campus. CampOUT! is also supported by the Jane Rule Endowment for the Study of Human Relationship.
Cabin Leaders report to the Camp Director. Cabin leaders work in collaboration with Co-Cabin Leader, Volunteer Community Mentors, Care Team, Camp Director, and other Cabin Leaders. Cabin Leaders act as one of the primary point persons for the 8-12 campers in their assigned cabin. Cabin Leaders receive mentorship from Volunteer Community Mentors, Care Team, Camp Director, and returning Cabin Leaders.
Works with and under the supervision and general direction of the CampOUT! Camp Director. Receives guidance, training, encouragement, and feedback from Camp Director, UBC Staff, returning leaders, Care Team, and Volunteer Community Mentors. Works independently and collaboratively. Consults with supervisor on matters which depart from established policy or procedures.
Rustic summer camp environment during May 19-22 and July 4-9. Accommodation has beds and electricity; bathrooms have hot water, showers, electricity. There is a full kitchen and common area available to the whole leadership team. Cabin Leaders share a cabin with another Cabin Leader and 8-12 campers. Meals are served in a large dining hall and workshops are delivered in a range of indoor and outdoor locations.
Consequence of Error/Judgment
The Cabin Leader plays a key role in maintaining the safety of CampOUT! and has a direct impact on the experiences of youth attending the camp as well as the Leadership Team. The consequences of error are high, and neglectful or inattentive actions could place the safety of camp participants in jeopardy and negatively impact the reputation of the camp, the GRSJ Department, community partners and the University. Cabin Leaders may deal with unique situations requiring sound judgment, strong boundaries, and discretion.
Token of Appreciation
A $500.00 token of appreciation will be mailed out upon completion of the term. To support this role UBC will provide a comprehensive leadership training workshop prior to camp to help build leadership, facilitation, listening and social justice skills.
To apply, complete these steps by March 15:
- Fill out an online application form here
- Email any supplementary certifications and/or your resume to the Camp Director at campout(dot)director(at)ubc.ca
UBC is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Please submit the online application and email your relevant documents to:
Camp Director, CampOUT! | Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
034 – 2080 West Mall Vancouver, BC, unceded Coast Salish land, Canada V6T 1Z2
Phone 604 822 8298 | Toll Free 1 877 678 CAMP