Volunteering on Junior CE Camp gives you the chance to encourage, equip and empower 9-13 year olds by helping them understand that they are loved by a big God, who wants them to love others in a big way. Find out about previous camps.
As part of the team, you will serve with volunteers from heaps of churches from around South Australia. Together you will help young people enjoy camp through games, craft, sport, worship, teaching and small group discussions.
Camp is held during the first week of January each year at Cornerstone College, Mount Barker.
Join a team of young adults who are passionate about seeing South Australian young people know Jesus in a way that changes their lives. You can volunteer on Junior Camp if you follow Jesus, are active in a Church community, are over 18 years of age, complete a volunteer application form (including a request for referee checks), clear a Working with Children Check, and complete Safe Environments training. Find out more about the process in our FAQ section.
Arrive – afternoon, 4th January
Leave – 6pm, 9th January (open dinner invitation for all volunteers)
Safe Environments Training
All leaders are to be trained in Safe Environments. We will accept certificates showing you have completed this within the last three years. Please forward us a copy.
Volunteers will also need to provide a current Working with Children Check.
Pre-Camp training for leaders will be on Thursday November 25th, location TBA.
Further details regarding training will be communicated upon registration.
Country volunteers (more than 150km from Mount Barker): $150
Don’t miss out – we don’t want anyone to miss out on camp because of money. Contact us for further discounts if costs are genuinely prohibitive.
Payment options include credit card, direct debit and cheque.
To pay by direct debit:
BSB 325 185
Account Number 0354 8557
Account Name: Christian Endeavour Camps 1
Want to share camp with others?
Here are the promo materials for this year’s camp!
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Answers to common questions for leaders at Junior Camp.
How do I become a volunteer?
If you have a relationship with Jesus and are actively involved in a Church community you can become a volunteer if you:
- Complete a leadership application form.
- Provide contact details for 2 references.
- Provide a current (within 2 years) and clear Criminal History Check.
- Provide evidence of completing and approved Child Safe Environments Training (within 3 years).
- If it’s the first time you’ve volunteered with CE, or you haven’t been involved for 2 years, you’ll be asked to meet with the Volunteer Manager.
- The Volunteer Manager will let you know if you have been accepted.
What experience do I need?
- Show active involvement in a local Church community.
- Experience in working with young people, whether this is voluntary or paid, is useful but not essential. CE exists to equip young people, so if you’re an emerging leader we are happy to support you develop your skills.
When does camp start and end for volunteers?
For volunteers, camp starts the day before campers arrive. This gives time for volunteers to get to know each other and set up the site.
Camp ends a few hours after the campers leave. It’s helpful for everyone stick around to help tidy up the site so a few don’t get stuck there on their own. It’s also a great chance to hear stories from others.
Why does camp cost me money when I’m volunteering?
We ask volunteers to contribute to camp to help keep fees down for campers.
If money is an issue, please consider asking your church to sponsor you.
What do I need to do before camp?
Get to know other leaders by coming along the Team Day.
- Meet with your co-leader
- Get to know each other
- Talk about the dynamics of your small group
- Go through the small group questions
- Choose some get to know you games and activities to break up small group time
- Materials and resources for any games or activities you plan
- Spare Bibles(s) for campers who don’t have one
- Treats for morning tea (eg lollies, super doopers for hot days)
What would I be doing on camp?
That depends on your role. You might be – a small group leader, working behind the scenes organising games, setting up, doing a/v, running security, being trained first aid, in the kitchen, admin. You will find out more about your specific role during training.
Is it ok to contact campers after camp?
If parents have given permission, you can help campers follow Jesus throughout the year. You will hear more about this at Team Training, but if you have any doubts please check with your Community Liaison before contacting a camper.
Oh dear! Have we missed something?
If we haven’t answered all your questions let us know.
Why do I need a Working With Children’s Check?
CE is serious about caring for and protecting children and young people, which is why any volunteer who has regular contact with children or young people is checked. We want to reassure parents / guardians of their child’s safety, and stop a person with a record of child abuse having access to children.
Is a Working With Children’s Check still needed if I only spend a short time, on an irregular basis, with children or young people?
Yes. Any volunteer who has any contact with children or young people through CE programs needs to have a National Police Check.
I have a Working With Children’s Check with another organisation. Can I use that?
If you want to use one an old one you need to check that the other organisation is ok with this too. You need to show both organisations the original, and provide a photocopy. Different organisations have different limits on the age of the record. CE asks that your police check be in the last 2 years.
What if CE finds a record in my WWCC?
The Camp Director will discuss the nature of the record with the CE Chair and they will decide if it ok for the applicant to work with child or young people. If the record is of a sexual or abusive nature, or involves drugs or alcohol, the applicant will be ruled out. The applicant will be spoken to about the record, and the content of the discussion noted.
How do I get a WWCC?
Once you apply for leadership on camp, you will get all the information you need about how to get a Working With Children’s Check.
Preparing for Small Groups
As you work through the studies in preparation for camp, this reflective approach might give you deeper understanding. You may find it useful in partnership with the speaker’s notes and study questions.
The Basics of Small Groups
Why we believe small groups work, together with ideas on how to prepare and lead.
Small Group Teaching Tools
Often we end up teaching or presenting material in the way that we most like to learn, which means some you people might switch off or be disengaged. Using a mix of these activities may help break up small group time and engage campers who learn in different ways.
Get to Know You Games
A variety of games to us which may help campers get to know each other during small group time.
Ice breakers or Filler Games
A collection of short activities to help campers connect with each other, that can also be used to refocus a group which has become distracted or needs a break.
Different approaches to prayer that may help young people connect afresh with their God.
Practice what Jesus Preached
We hope you encourage young people to put what Jesus preached into practice. Find out about organisations which you could recommend to campers to help them grow and put their faith into action. There’s some there for you too!