Volunteering for Camp Avalon 12-14 & 19-21 July 2019

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Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

Youth Worker at nature camp for teenagers from disadvantaged, VME or rural backgrounds.

We desperately need volunteers from 11-15 and 18-22 July 2019 at Paddington Farm, Glastonbury.

Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
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Camp Avalon 2011
Photography copyright young environmentalist Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
Volunteer tasks
By 8 July 2019 – split between volunteers
  • to prepare an Eventbrite report with contacts for children/volunteers;
  • to finalise the camp programme and e-mail to parents/volunteers;
  • to finalise a breakdown of tasks with who is responsible for what.
Camp Avalon 2017
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On 11 & 18 July 2019 Campsite 10 am and 6 pm

  • to help move camping equipment from storage to the campsite;
  • to help put up 6 large tents;
  • to help set up all equipment needed for the campsite; and
  • to help do food shopping.
12 & 19 July 2019 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm
  • to finish setting up at the campsite.
12 & 19 July 2019 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm
  • to travel back to Bristol with our driver;
  • to pick up the minibus before picking up children;
  • to remind parents that they need to pick up their teenagers at 4 pm on Sunday.
Camp Avalon 2017
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12 & 19 July 5.00 pm to 14 & 21 July 4.00 pm
  • to be nature volunteers engaging teens in nature activities; or
  • to work as a youth worker engaging with VME children age 12-18-year-olds at our nature camp;
  • to talk to teens about nature;
  • to talk to teens about how going outside helps with mental health;
  • to talk to teens about the need to protect the environment
  • to talk to teens about what they can do to help the environment and wildlife
  • to support nature volunteers who are providing the expertise; to supervise football games
  • to help with camp cooking, supervising toasting marshmallows, washing up and tidying up, serving meals;
  • to ensure children have the equipment needed for sessions;
  • to ensure teens pack up all their belonging;
Working on our camps will leave you feeling incredibly positive about the future.
Media – to take photographs and video footage, interviewing the children about their experiences at the camp, how they have benefited and about how it made them feel from a wellbeing/mental health point of view.
14 & 21 July – 4 pm to 6.30 pm
  • to travel back in the minibus with the teens;
  • to talk to teens about the camp, how the children enjoyed getting outside, how it was good for their mental health and academic achievement, what the teens can do to carry on with that in terms of continuing to go outside and enjoy nature.
  • to if possible, video the parents/teens about what they feel the benefits have been.
15 & 22 July 10 am to 5 pm
to taking down tents, pack up campsite and put into storage
Bioblitzing
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By 17 & 24 July
  • to prepare two 700-word blog posts about the camps with images.
Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig
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Philosophy
We believe that teens learn best when they are leading and when outdoors. We do not organise play for them throughout. We are looking for volunteers who encourage children to take part without telling them off or leading them. We can pay travel expenses and provide lifts, but volunteers need to lift share as part of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact. We aim to have zero waste, zero plastic and so volunteers will need to collect plastic, sort rubbish, sort it into recycling and discuss it with children.
Qualifications needed
We do not need any specific qualifications although having a DBS Certificate would be very useful. We are ideally looking for VME volunteers who can act as role models to the VME children attending otherwise knowledge of VME communities would be useful. However, we are happy to consider applicants who are not VME especially if they have experience of any of the following, but this is not essential and we would encourage anybody interested to apply;
The experience that is helpful:
  • Experience and knowledge of nature activities
  • Camping eg putting up/taking down tents or camp cooking
  • Nature or conservation
  • Nature education, forest school, outdoor play or working with children
  • Photography or film-making especially in nature or wildlife
  • Mental health
Camp Avalon 2017
Copyright Mya-Rose Birdgirl Craig

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