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Camp Organizing Committee

The Camp Organizing Committee (COC) works diligently year-round to make camp week happen. In addition to organizing the summer programs, these dedicated volunteers plan family fun days, virtual programs and reunions. 

COC Volunteers

Think this might be a great opportunity? Here's a checklist to get started! Are you:

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Able to provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • Able to provide 2 character references

  • Available for an interview 

  • Able to be a positive member of a volunteer team

  • Able to complete mandatory training sessions

  • Available year-round to support and lead programs

Check out why you really need to volunteer year-round on the COC…

  • Real Human Connection: ​​We’re grateful that Zoom allowed us to bring Camp-at-Home to life! But we’re ready to sign-off in 2022 and get back to the essence of CQ - making new friends, mentoring children affected by cancer and learning new skills ourselves!

  • Get Back to Nature: The last two years, we’ve been inside, doing our part to keep our communities safe. Now, we’re ready for the outdoors, where camp truly exists. It’s beautiful and fills our soul with happiness. 

 

  • Learn Leadership Skills: Ready to up your leadership game? The kind of leadership that’s not taught in books, classrooms, or TedTalks, but real, hands-on leadership that you can only learn through a COC position. Camp provides leadership experience that will elevate your game for the rest of your life — at home, in school, and in your career!

 

  • Impact the Future: That’s right, as a COC member you immediately become an integral part in the next generation of CQ. Playing a critical role in the development of our programs and well-being of our campers.

Reasons to Volunteer at Camp adapted from the ACA Article: Working at Camp: An Essential Experience and the Ultimate Summer Job by Andy Pritikin. 

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Are you ready to change lives?

Check out our open positions around Canada:

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No positions available

  • COVID-19 & Camp
    Camp Quality relies on the guidance of our Medical Advisory Committee to keep everyone safe and healthy at camp. They have recently evaluated our COVID-19 policies for this upcoming summer. For Summer 2023, Camp Quality will: Strongly encourage all participants to have an up-to-date series of a COVID-19 vaccine; Require all participants to complete an online health screening before arrival to camp; Continue to encourage frequent hand washing and respiratory etiquette. Camp Quality will no longer require: Masking indoors; Physical Distancing; Cohorts; Testing at check-in. Camp Quality's COVID-19 policies are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact us at medical@campquality.org.
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    New Volunteer Qualifications: At least 18 years of age. Complete volunteer application Able to provide 3 references (New Volunteers). Available for an interview (New Volunteers). Accepted Volunteer Requirements : Able to provide a clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. Provide proof of immunization status. Mandatory attendance and completion of Volunteer Training Additional Medical Requirements for in-person programs: All Volunteers must have the following full immunizations as per provincial vaccination schedule, or are beginning immunizations as part of a catch-up schedule: MMR OR Proof of Antibodies to MMR Varicella OR Previous History of Chickenpox OR Proof of Antibodies to Varicella Pertussis containing vaccine; ex. DTaP (one dose at minimum based on eligibility) Each volunteer will need to complete a TB questionnaire in the application once confirmed for camp. The following immunizations are strongly recommended: COVID-19 Hepatitis B (Two dose series) Tetanus boosters every 10 years Yearly influenza For more information on Volunteer Qualifications, reach out to us at volunteer@campquality.org.
  • Camp Dates and Availability
    Alberta July 9-14, 2024 Manitoba July 20-26, 2024 Eastern Ontario August 10-16, 2024 Northern Ontario June 29-July 5, 2024 Southern Ontario August 17-23, 3034 Northwestern Ontario July 14-19, 2024 Each volunteer will also attend training prior to the start of camp. During this training you will meet the team and learn how to create a safe and engaging environment for everyone to enjoy their week at Camp Quality!
  • Volunteer Roles at Camp
    Companion: These volunteers are matched 1:1 with a camper. Campers and Companions are matched based on interests and compatibility. They will spend the week doing the camp activities together and building a connection. Companions are their campers support for the week and ensure the camper is taken care of and is having fun. Super Companion: These volunteers support the Companions by providing breaks and being extra adults in the cabin and during activities. They get to interact with multiple campers when providing breaks and when supporting their cabin. They also help support the programming team with set up, facilitation, and taking down activities. Lifeguard: These volunteers are certified lifeguards who are responsible for keeping everyone safe at the waterfront (lake). There are designated swim and boating times and the lifeguards are responsible for ensuring everyone knows the water safety rules and are following them. When there are no waterfront activities lifeguards will be support volunteers, helping out wherever is needed. Nurse: These volunteers help to keep everyone safe and healthy at camp. Working with the on-site Medical Coordinator they help with general first aid, medication administration and more! Virtual CQ Pals: These volunteers assist with leading and participating in the virtual camp week activities.
  • How to Apply
    Camp Quality uses an online application system called CampDoc. To get started with your application visit www.campquality.org/apply. Check out our CampDoc guide to learn more about completing your application. Volunteers must successfully complete all screening steps to be confirmed for camp. 2024 volunteer applications will be opened in early January 2024.
  • Find Your Camp
    To find your regional camp in Alberta, Manitoba or Ontario, click here!
  • Volunteer Immunization FAQ
    Immunizations FAQ What immunizations are mandatory? In order to volunteer at camp, you will need the following immunizations: TWO doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) ONE dose of varicella (chickenpox vaccine) ONE dose of a pertussis containing vaccine (ie. TDap) What if I had chicken pox as a child? If you have had chicken pox in the past, please indicate the date of illness, as best you can remember. The year of chickenpox is sufficient. Do I need to upload picture proofs? All volunteers and staff need to upload picture proofs of their immunizations onto CampDoc. You can help us move through your application faster by additionally writing in the dates of your immunizations into CampDoc. How do I find my immunizations? You may be able to find your immunizations in the following places: Your immunization card Your family doctor, or office where you were likely to be vaccinated Your local Public Health unit Any local provincial online portals, or apps (ie. Immunization connect) Any post secondary schools, camps, jobs, or organizations where you were required to submit your records in the past I can’t find my immunization records. What do I do now? If you can not find your immunization records, please make an appointment with a physician and ask for blood titres for: MMR, pertussis and varicella. I wasn’t fully immunized as a kid, how can I catch up? Please connect with your family doctor to book any catch up immunizations you may require. My oncologist has told me I can’t get immunized. What should I do? Please connect with your Medical Coordinator where we can look at getting you safely to camp. Why measles? Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles can cause runny nose, cough, fever and a widespread rash. Measles may lead to complications such as pneumonia, blindness, and encephalitis. Those with a weak immune system are at highest risk of death from measles. Why mumps? Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or by touching a contaminated surface. Measles can cause headache, muscle aches and swelling of their salivary glands, causing puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. Complications of mumps may include pneumonia, and encephalitis. Those with a weak immune system are at highest risk of further complications. Why rubella? Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Rubella spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Someone with rubella may have fever, headache, pink eye, a widespread rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Complications of rubella can cause internal bleeds, encephalitis and further neurological problems. Those with a weak immune system are at high risk of rubella. Why varicella? Chickenpox is an illness caused by the varicella virus which spreads through direct contact with the rash, or when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Someone with chickenpox may have fever, headache, feel tired, and have an itchy rash with small fluid filled blisters. Complications of chickenpox can lead to pneumonia, encephalitis, and other infections. Those with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of chickenpox and its complications. Why pertussis? Pertussis, also called whooping cough, is an infection of the lungs and airways caused by a virus. An infected person can spread pertussis through coughing and sneezing. Someone with pertussis may have fever, runny nose, and is characterized by serious coughing fits with a distinct “whooping” cough. Pertussis may lead to pneumonia. Those with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of pertussis.
  • Contact Us
    For more questions about the volunteer experience or how to apply, email us at volunteer@campquality.org !
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