So your child has shown interest in being a Leader on an Edmund Rice Camp…
Edmund Rice Camps SA (ERCSA) is a non-profit organisation that runs residential camps and activity days for children and families experiencing a multitude of stresses in their lives. These children and families often present with difficulties in the form of financial disadvantage, social isolation, complex health issues or significant family disruption.
We aim to give children and young people a chance to enjoy positive relationships and respite with wonderful young adults, undertaking activities that provide fun and hope. Over the 25 years of our journey we have seen the extraordinary joy that this experience gives to those who come on an Edmund Rice Camp.
Camps are planned and run by volunteers aged 17-26 who come from a wide range of backgrounds, all of whom bring different skills to the organisation. Here at ERCSA we aim to equip these young adults with the skills needed to interact with children and families, and guide their leadership potential.
The Role of a volunteer Leader on Camp
Volunteer leaders are required to participate in activities and develop relationships with the children attending camps. The camps and activity days are co-ordinated by other young adults and overseen by employed personnel whose primary task is to ensure everyone’s safety and deal with any crises or emergencies that may arise.
The experiences of volunteers on camps are as important to ERCSA as that of the children we care for. Leaders are supported by volunteers called Pastoral Care Facilitators (PCs). Their primary role is to ensure the health and well being of all leaders on camp. They do this by debriefing with the group each day and ensuring that all leaders have a break and some down time across the camp. They are also available as someone for leaders to talk to about their experiences if needed.
Each volunteer will have the opportunity to attend extra training if they are selected for a position of responsibility. These positions of responsibility include Camp Coordinator, Group Leader, First Aid Officer, Reporting Officer and Pastoral Care Facilitator.
Requirments to become a volunteer leader
All potential volunteer leaders will need to fill in a volunteer application form. If your child’s application is accepted they will then undertake the following preparation prior to their first camp or activity day:
Induction session (2 hours)
Foundations of child safety and protection – ERCSA training that covers our processes for reporting suspected child abuse under mandatory notification requirements by the State Government (3 hours). If your child is under 18, we will pass on a letter at the Induction session with a consent slip for them to complete this internal training.
Pre-camp/activity day workshop – run just prior to the camp or activity day before the children arrive.
If they are over 18 they are also required to obtain or present a DSCI certificate. Cost for the DSCI certificate is required to be covered by the Leader. This cost is approximately $60 and gives the Leader clearance to work and volunteer in other organisations as well as ERCSA for a period of 3 years. Costs for training and preparation workshops are covered by ERCSA.
If your child is under 18 they are NOT required to have a DCSI Clearance