Become a Leader
If you love hanging out with youth and sharing your faith, becoming a leader at El Shaddai is an excellent opportunity! The campers that attend always have fun and so will you!
Every school holiday period we run outreach camps for young people and we are always looking for new people to join us as volunteers. There are no financial costs to be a volunteer, we only ask you to give up your time to serve God. All training, accommodation, and food are covered by CYC.
We strongly believe that equipping young people with the tools, knowledge, and values needed to navigate life with Christ’s teachings is essential. Our vision is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to create opportunities for all to personally encounter Christian life and values, through a unique camping experience. We aim to do this in a safe and nurturing environment where young people can learn about Christ and grow in their faith.
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Benefits of Volunteering at El Shaddai
- Sharing your faith: Volunteering at El Shaddai provides an opportunity to share your faith with others and make an impact in their lives.
- Learning and growing spiritually: Volunteering at El Shaddai offers a chance for you to learn more about God, the Bible, and deepen your relationship with Him.
- Having fun and creating memories: we offer a fun, exciting environment filled with engaging activities and games that will create lifelong memories.
- Learning new skills: Volunteering at a camp can expose you to new activities and teach you new skills.
- Making new connections: Campers and fellow volunteers come from different backgrounds and places, providing a unique opportunity to create new friendships and connections.
- Being part of a community: As a volunteer, you are part of a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for faith and serving others.
- Giving back: We rely heavily on volunteers for our camps to function smoothly, meaning volunteering is a way to give back to our Christian community.
- Developing leadership skills: Volunteering helps develop leadership skills by giving you opportunities to manage groups and motivate others.
- Opening up career opportunities: Volunteering at El Shaddai can be a stepping stone to a career in leadership or working with children, many of our staff started as volunteers.
We have four different volunteer roles for the camps that we run. To look at the role descriptions, tasks, and deadlines of these roles click on the below links. To see the minimum requirements of being a volunteer check out the next section of this page ‘What you need to be confirmed as a volunteer’.
Our standard role and one that we need the most help filling is the cabin leader role, the minimum age to do this role is 16 or older however, to lead on teen camps cabin leaders need to be 19 or older.
You Co-lead with another Christian assigned to a dorm of 6-8 campers for the duration of the camp. Spend time getting to know the campers and participate in site activities.
Key Leading Roles
Ideally, we’d like someone to do cabin leading before they step up to a key leading role so that they know how one of our CYC Camps operates. There is no minimum age per se to be a key leader however it is best that they are older than their peers which they are in charge of e.g. the cabin leaders.
What you need to be confirmed as a volunteer
- An in-date Working With Children’s Check (WWCC). If you don’t have one as a volunteer, we can get you started on a free application. Once you have one it lasts for 5 years.
- An in-date Child Safe Certificate. If you do not have one CYC will pay for your online training. Once you have one it lasts for 3 years.
- A completed Leaders Application Form with two Christian references, this form lasts for 12 months.
- A signed copy of the Volunteers Commitment Agreement for every camp you volunteer at. This states what we require from you and expect you to do, and this can change from camp to camp.
All of these need to be sent 2 weeks before the start of camp to our CYC Camps Coordinator by email at CYCCoordinator@cycsa.org.au.
Getting a Working With Children’s Check (WWCC)
If you do not have a current WWCC, we will need to start you on an application. For this, please send us the following details in an email to CYCCoordinator@cycsa.org.au:
- Your Full Name
- Email Address
- Date of Birth
PLEASE NOTE that it is a requirement of ALL employees and volunteers involved at CYC in any capacity to provide a WWCC (or equivalent) to CYC before the commencement of the camp they wish to be involved in.
The WWCC Application must be completed as soon as possible to ensure we have your WWCC before camp. Once an application is completed, it can take 3-6 weeks to finalise.
Getting a Child Safe Certificate
If you do not have a current Child Safe Certificate, we will need to start you on a short online course with Safer Communities. To get this done, please contact the CYC Camps Coordinator at CYCCoordinator@cycsa.org.au.
Forms for our Volunteers
If you want to become a leader for one of our school holiday camps, below are some forms to complete.
Documents for our Volunteers
If you want to become a leader for one of our school holiday camps, below are some documents for you to look over.
- Leadership Training Manual
- CYC Code of Conduct 2022
- Children and Young People Safety Policy 2022
- Expectations of CYC Volunteers
The Training Manual is a great resource to explain the structure of a CYC holiday camp, the role requirements and expectations involved and helpful tips that will assist you in leading at one of our camps.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at 8572 7262 or email the CYC Camps Coordinator at CYCCoordinator@cycsa.org.au.