A day of laughter and learning for VIC volunteers
June 17th 2017 saw 48 new and existing Camp Quality volunteers attend our first training day of the year at the City of Melbourne Bowls Club. The day taught them about safety, child protection, camps, and positive practices, and was a chance to form new friendships whilst strengthening existing ones.
After getting the 18 new volunteers up to date with what Camp Quality does and the types of programs and support we provide, the team was joined by 30 existing volunteers including some of our brilliant Camp Leaders. It was especially impressive to see the results of our recent 'Time to Bro Up' campaign, with plenty of new male volunteers joining as part of an effort to level the gender playing field.
The first Camp Leader to present was David Clingin. To get everyone involved, he hosted a Game Show to review some of the knowledge in the online learning modules and tested the memories of some of our more experienced volunteers! After recapping some of the basics about camps, one of our other Camp Leaders, Adrian Ferris, took the reins and explained all about our fundraising arm and how volunteers can get involved. Ideas included holding trivia nights, having a casual clothes day at work, and volunteering at our fundraising events like Off the Menu and Convoy.
Naomi Fox, a Camp Leader and new Child Life Therapist (a program Camp Quality funds at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Hospital, in Victoria) was next in line to present about Positive Practices. This taught volunteers about our connection with positive psychology, and spurred some emotion in the room as everyone wrote a letter of gratitude to someone special to them. Naomi also taught volunteers about Random Acts of Kindness and how they can be used on camps to build positivity for campers.
One of the most moving parts of the day was hearing from Jill, a Camp Quality parent, who spoke about the cancer experience of her son, Louis, and the family. Jill also spoke beautifully about what Camp Quality has meant to her family, and was a perfect reminder of why volunteers on our recreational programs are so important.
After lunch, there was an opportunity for some more collaboration and teamwork, as groups of volunteers got together to troubleshoot responses to scenarios that could arise on camp. Our volunteers were awesome and it was great to see new and experienced volunteers coming together to share knowledge and work together to solve problems. The day ended with each group presenting a 'Rap Up' of the day, each covering a different topic from the day’s learnings.
We wanted to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers who came along on the day, we can’t wait to see you again on one of our programs! Especially the three new volunteers who signed up for our upcoming Junior Camp. We couldn’t run our programs without you so keep up the awesome work!
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