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Volunteer FAQ

 

These FAQs provide answers to the most commonly asked questions we receive from volunteers throughout the year.

 

We’ve compiled the questions in three sections for ease of use: Pre-Camp, During Camp, and Post-Camp.

 

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, contact our office via email or phone. We will be happy to assist you.

 

Pre-Camp

 

How many participants attend each program session?

On average, Camp Goodtimes Kids Camp serves 65 campers per week, the Teen Program serves 70 teens, and the Family Program hosts approximately 15-20 families per week.

 

How many people volunteer for the BC/Yukon Canadian Cancer Society?

17,000!

 

How many years has Camp Goodtimes been in operation?

Camp Goodtimes was founded in 1985 by Lois Youngson. Twenty five children attended the first year.

 

Are visitors allowed on-site?

Generally no, however Canadian Cancer Society staff, VIPs, and major donors sometimes make site visits on pre-set dates and times. 

 

How do we get to/from camp?

Bus transportation is provided for volunteers on the first and last day of each Camp session from the Burnaby area.

 

Your application states that volunteers must be 19 years of age to apply to volunteer for camp.  I will be a couple of months shy of my 19th birthday when camp starts -- can I still apply?

Yes, there are age requirements for each program and the cut-off date is the first day of camp.  You must be 19 years old on the first day of the Kids Camp or Family Program session you are offered.  If applying to volunteer at Teen Program, you must be 25 years old on the first day of Teen Program to be a counselor (Skip) or 22 years old for all other roles during Teen Program.

 

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow and air mattress/foamy to camp?

You need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag, but NOT an air mattress or foamy. The volunteer acceptance package contains an itemized list of what to pack and what not to bring. This suggested packing list is also available on the volunteer training and development page.

 

What is the theme this year and what costumes do I need to bring to camp?

The theme for Camp Goodtimes 2016 is ABRACADABRA: Imagine the Impossible!  We'll be celebrating all things impossible and much more. Be creative and pack accordingly!

 

What if I haven’t heard from Camp Goodtimes in a while?

The majority of our correspondence is via email.  Please ensure our email address gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca is not on your “blocked sender” or SPAM list.  The months leading up to camp are an extremely busy time for the camp office.  At times, our ability to respond immediately may be delayed by the amount of communcation from volunteers and campers.  Please be patient and carefully read your acceptance package, which should include all the information you need.

 

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, but DO NOT share pictures of campers or any camper’s personal information (including names) on the internet.

 

What if I have dietary concerns and who do I tell?

This information is requested on the volunteer application form and will be forwarded to the camp kitchen prior to your week at camp. If you have specific questions, however, please contact Laurel Plewes, Clinical Coordinator at lplewes@bc.cancer.ca.

 

Will I know in advance what age group I will be assigned?

No.  Unfortunately, because of unexpected last-minute changes, it’s impossible for us to confirm what campers you will be placed with.

 

If I attend more than one Canadian Cancer Society overnight residential program (Kids Camp, Teen Program, Family Program) do I need to submit my documents (criminal record check, first aid, CPR-C) each time?

No.  You only have to submit these documents (or provide updated information) once per year. 

 

I have been accepted to a specific camp session.  If something comes up preventing me from attending that session will I be able to switch weeks?

Yes. If you must cancel, you can be placed on a waiting list for a session you are newly available for. We will contact you directly if there is an opening.

  

I’ve been accepted as a volunteer but I can’t make the training weekend, can I still come to camp?

Volunteers who attend training weekend greatly enhance their ability to provide our campers with the best week possible. Also, according to the BC Camping Association, volunteers are required to complete 32 hours of training prior to the camp session each year.  In order to comply with these standards, we can make necessary arrangements to accommodate those who cannot attend training, within reason.

  

If I am volunteering as a Week One Warrior (Set-up) AND the first session of camp, can I remain onsite overnight?  

Yes. There may be an opportunity for you to remain onsite overnight. Please contact Sandy Arseneault, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at sarseneault@bc.cancer.ca in order to make these special arrangements.

 

I forgot to get my criminal record check.  Can I still come to camp?

No.  Please note: it may take up to eight weeks for a criminal record check to get processed. 

 

I had a criminal record check done through work within the last year, is it valid for camp?  

Yes. However, we must receive the ORIGINAL criminal record check, including a Vulnerable Sector Search. 

 

I faxed/emailed in a copy of my criminal record check, do I still need to send in the original copy?

Yes. We must receive your ORIGINAL criminal record check.

 

I don’t have a valid First Aid or CPR-C certificate, can I still come to camp as a Skip?

No.  All volunteers who work directly with campers (Skips) are required to have valid First Aid and CPR-C certificates.  

 

I’ve misplaced my criminal record check letter that came in my acceptance package, how can I get another one?

Criminal Record Check Letters (page 2 of the corresponding information sheet) are available on our applications page under Step 3.

 

If I have a slight runny nose and cough, can I still come to camp?  

It depends. Please contact our Clinical Coordinator, Laurel Plewes at lplewes@bc.cancer.ca BEFORE coming to camp. If you have ANY signs or symptoms of an illness, we will assess your suitability for Camp. Also, we will do our best to accommodate you into another week if you are too ill to come to your originally scheduled week.   

 

In case of a question that’s not covered here, who do I contact?

Please contact the camp office at gotcamp@bc.cancer.ca.

 

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