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.
Interested in applying to volunteer, please click here to apply. We look forward to receiving your application!
How many participants attend each program session?
On average, Camp Goodtimes Kids Camp and Teen Program serve 65 campers per week, and the Family Program hosts between15-20 families per week.
How many people volunteer for the BC/Yukon Canadian Cancer Society?
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. Pick up is in the Burnaby area for Loon Lake Camps, and at Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal for Shawnigan Lake camps.
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 is listed each year on the activities page. Everyone at camp is encouraged to dress up or bring some pieces that are related to the theme. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the Clinical Coordinator or email@example.com.
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. While volunteers and participants can't typically stay overnight between sessions, this is the one exception where you may be able to remain onsite overnight. Please contact the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator 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. You may take on a different role at camp.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I leave site during the session I volunteered for?
No. In fairness to your fellow volunteers and campers we ask that you remain onsite at all times other than in the case of an emergency.
If I can’t attend camp this year can I come for a day and visit with my campers/teens from last year?
No. There are no visitors allowed onsite as it is disruptive to campers and may compromise camper safety.
In the event of an emergency how can I be contacted while at camp?
Camp contact information is included in your acceptance email package.
Can I bring my cell phone to camp?
Because cell phones and other personal communication devices can be a barrier to children participating fully in a camp experience, we kindly hold a "no cell phone" policy. Also, there is no cell reception at Loon Lake. If you do choose to bring your cell phone to camp, please leave it in your room or have it locked away in the camp office. There is a phone in the on-site health care centre (Med Shed) and the staff and volunteer sleeping quarters (Koerner) that volunteers may use if needed.
Can I access the internet while I’m at camp?
While wifi is available, we do not share the password with volunteers or campers at camp. We encourage volunteers to disconnect from technology and connect with campers during their time at CGT. There will be a computer made available to volunteers for use during scheduled breaks.
What are Camp Goodtimes Journey Beads and what does each bead mean?
Camp Goodtimes, like BC Children’s Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cops for Cancer, has a bead program that represents the journey of each participant and volunteer. At every Camp Goodtimes event, at least one bead is given – one representing the event (Family Program, Kids Camp, etc.) or one representing the person’s role (lifeguard, nurse, skip etc.). Beads also mark major milestones such as a camper’s first year, a volunteer’s third year of service, and Camp Goodtimes’ major anniversaries. A one-page colour reference guide to these beads is available here
Can you provide me with another volunteer’s contact information?
No. But with your permission we can send them your contact information.
Can I keep in contact with participants after camp?
No. If you would like to communicate with participants, you can send your message to email@example.com and we will send it to the participant on your behalf.
How do I send pictures to my campers/teens?
Please send your pictures to the Camp Goodtimes office. We will address your envelopes and happily send them off.
If I want to volunteer with projects throughout the year, who do I contact?
Please visit your MyVolunteerPage to search and apply for a volunteer position within the Society or Camp Goodtimes. Alternatively, you may contact the, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.675.7328 or toll free 1.800.663.2524 ext. 7328.