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! Volunteer may be for you! We are looking for 10 Community Mentors. Online applications open February 1, apply by March 15!
Community Mentors are queer, trans, Two-Spirit, and allied individuals who can offer and share their experiences and skills with campers. They will act as role models and mentors and contribute to a culture of learning and community building in the Leadership Team. We are looking for a diverse group of adults between the ages of 19 and 90 to collaborate on camper-centered program development. Please help us encourage a diverse group of adults to apply for this amazing volunteer leadership experience!
This position requires self-reflection and creativity in thinking about what strengths and skills you have to offer. How might those skills be used to offer camper-centered programming and what role would be appropriate for you to play at camp? What are your skills? Lifeguarding, teaching yoga, being a grandparent, making people laugh? Be creative in creating your role!
Please read the 2018 CampOUT! Community Mentor Volunteer Position Summary thoroughly before applying! If it helps, you may draft your responses first using the linked PDF or Word versions of the online form below. You can get an idea about what goes on at camp from the 2017 CampOUT! Program Guide.
2018 CampOUT! Volunteer Community Mentor Position Summary
Term: Orientation June 9-10, CampOUT! July 4-9, 2018
Location: Pre-camp meeting/s held in Vancouver, CampOUT! held on Gambier Island (unceded Coast Salish land)
Remuneration: This is an unpaid volunteer position.
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/
Volunteer Community Mentors will be responsible for assisting with the planning, preparation, execution, wrap up, and evaluation of CampOUT! programming based on the duties outlined below. Volunteers facilitate workshops and/or activities that connect to the annual theme of CampOUT!. Volunteers support Cabin Leaders in the care and supervision of campers, and are required to inform appropriate staff when camper needs are not being met. Volunteers live and sleep in shared rooms separate from campers. Volunteers also participate fully in the intergenerational camp experience as program support, role models, liaisons, and resources to the camp community.
- Ability to stay on Gambier Island for camp operation dates July 4-9, 2018
- Provide information for CampOUT! to obtain a Criminal Record Check and sign a confidentiality waiver as sensitive information may be dealt with
- Comply with the CampOUT! Community Agreement which includes no sex, alcohol, violence, or drug use permitted during your time at CampOUT!
- Available for a 2 day Leadership Team orientation in Vancouver on June 9-10, 2018
- 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 the position summary 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.
- Act as a role model for both Cabin Leaders and campers by modelling positive behaviour, specifically by complying with all University of British Columbia rules, camp safety policies, and our CampOUT! Community Agreement
- Assist CampOUT! in delivering camp programming and related outreach activities
- Act as a resource to Cabin Leaders and campers
- Support and mentor Cabin Leaders in delivering excellent leadership in all areas of camp life
- Support Campers and Cabin Leaders during critical transition periods (wake-ups, meal times, program transitions, free time, evening programs, cabin time, and bedtime)
- Discern clear boundaries and maintain positive and appropriate relationships (in person and online) with all camp participants before, during, and after camp
- Participate fully in the experience of CampOUT! by joining us punctually for all meals and attending the daily programming at camp
- Encourage campers, in words and actions, to participate as fully as possible in all parts of camp
- Create and fulfil a volunteer role that fills the needs of the camp based on personal strengths, skills, and interest
- Facilitate 1-2 workshops or activities and contribute to the overall CampOUT! curriculum
- Participate in the youth centred CampOUT! experience by facilitating connections outside of scheduled programming. For example: A meal or free time period is a great opportunity to initiate an impromptu game, group conversation, or making yourself approachable to campers by reading/relaxing/sitting in a public space
- Act creatively and with initiative to respond to camper’s social and emotional support needs
- Immediately report any incidents, injuries, or illnesses of camp participants to Camp Director & Care Team
- Inform Camp Director of any difficulties or unusual situations that occur
CampOUT! is housed in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ), under the Faculty of Arts. 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.
Volunteer Community Mentors report to Camp Director, CampOUT! and work in collaboration with Camp Director, Cabin Leaders, Care Team, other Volunteer Community Mentors, and UBC Staff. Volunteer Community Mentors act as one of the primary point persons for the campers and Cabin Leaders for the cabin they are assigned to. Refers and accompanies campers and Cabin Leaders to Care Team and/or supervisors regarding any issues outside of their area of expertise.
Works with and under the supervision and general direction of the CampOUT! Camp Director. Receives guidance, training, encouragement and feedback from Camp Director and UBC Staff. Works independently and collaboratively with all leaders. Consults with supervisor on matters which depart from established policy or procedures.
Rustic summer camp environment during July 4-9. Accommodation has beds, bathrooms, hot water, electricity, and a full kitchen and common area available to the whole leadership team. Volunteers typically share a room another volunteer in a 10 bedroom lodge. Meals are served in a large dining hall and workshops are delivered in a range of indoor and outdoor locations.
Consequence of Error/Judgment
Volunteer Community Mentors play a key role in maintaining the safety of CampOUT! and have a direct impact on the experiences of youth attending the camp as well as the Leadership Team. Volunteers may deal with unique situations requiring sound judgment, strong boundaries and discretion. The consequence of error is high and incorrect actions at and post camp could negatively impact the safety of camp participants and negatively impact the reputation of the camp, the GRSJ Department, community partners and the University.
- Strong interest in intersectional social justice
- Ability to work well with others
- 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
- Previous summer camp leadership experience is an asset
- Previous youth leadership or mentoring experience is an asset
To apply, complete these steps by March 15:
- Fill out an online application form
- Fill out a copy of the Request For Proposals form here: (http://campout_arts.sites.olt.ubc.ca/volunteer-at-camp/request-for-proposals/)
- Email the Request for Proposals form and any applicable accompanying documents to the campout(dot)director(at)ubc.ca
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal 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: