Applying to Attend Camp fYrefly as a Youth Leader
To be a Youth Leader at Camp fYrefly you must be between the ages of 14-24 prior to the beginning of Camp. Youth Leaders are the group leaders at Camp fYrefly and the primary point of contact for campers. There are two youth leaders per pod. Youth Leaders guide the pod through pod time activities, workshops, free-time and transition times and help make decisions for their pod. They build skills in mentorship, communications and working with youth.
We invite our Youth Leader applicants to reflect on their readiness to be part of the camp environment and the experience of mentoring LGBTQ2S+ youth. Camp is a space of fun and excitement, of curiosity and introspection. It is also a space for emotional reflection, processing and exploration of identity. Sometimes Youth Leaders will find themselves in a quiet sharing circle, and other times in a loud and boisterous lodge. It is a rustic natural site, with dorm room style accommodations and bunk beds. Youth Leader roles may involve guiding conversations in workshops, or singing around a campfire. You may find yourself supporting a camper through a challenging conversation about family rejection, or a celebration of the new pronoun they chose.
The role of a volunteer is to allow campers to grow and learn in this space, to build community and have their physical, social and emotional needs met. In the past, volunteers have shared with us that they experience both joy and exhaustion during the 4 days of camp. Due to the diverse responsibilities of this role, an ideal candidate will be able to multi-task, prioritize their own needs as well as the needs of others and have the supports and skills available to process their own feelings as they arise at camp. Camp fYrefly youth leaders create space for youth voices and opportunities for youth to excel.
To help you become successful in this youth leadership role, we will provide you with comprehensive pre-camp training opportunities to help build your leadership, facilitation experience, and mentoring skills. This pre-camp training is mandatory.
Southern Alberta Training will be:
Northern Alberta Training will be:
Applicants selected to be Youth Leaders at Camp fYrefly will receive a detailed registration package containing a pre-Camp checklist and information on travel, meals, accommodation, as well as required health, dietary, legal, media consent, and Criminal Record/Child Welfare Intervention Record Check forms. If chosen as a Youth Leader, instructions will be sent on how to complete this process.
Youth Leaders will receive an honorarium of up to $500.00 to compensate them for their volunteer time and any time they took off work. There are three levels that Youth Leaders may choose from to better reflect their budget:
Level One: $150.00
Level Two: $300.00Level Three: $500.00
Youth Leaders who request the honorarium will receive it after Camp is over.
Youth Leader Team Mentor
The role of the Youth Leader Team Mentor will be focussed on mentoring and guiding the Adult Volunteer team, offering support with activities and debriefs, helping lead meetings and organizing the pre-camp training for Adult Volunteers. Pre-camp duties include liaising with the Camp Coordinator to plan and provide the pre-camp training and providing mentorship to the Youth Leader team leading up to camp. Youth Leader Team Leads provide approximately 12 hours of work prior to camp and camp training and will be compensated with an $800.00 honorarium. To apply to be the Youth Leader Team Lead, please select “Youth Leader Team Lead as a role in your application forms, you will also be asked an additional question about what motivates you to apply for the role of Team Lead.
How do I apply to be a Youth Leader?
You will be asked to answer the following questions in your application. Please complete these questions in advance, and copy and paste your answers into the form:
- Tell us about yourself and why you want to volunteer at Camp fYrefly? How would this role fit into specific goals you have?
- Please list any life/volunteer/work experience that applies to this role (consider certifications, training, youth engagement, activism, artistic experience, involvement with groups, etc.).
- Describe two or three practices that are important when mentoring LGBTQ2S+ youth who have diverse, intersecting identities at Camp fYrefly.
- At Camp fYrefly we are committed to working towards social justice as a community of campers and volunteers. How does volunteering at camp fit within your values about social justice?
- If you volunteered at camp before, please tell us how coming back to camp will help you reach your goals. What skills and support can you offer to new volunteers? If not, please skip this question.
Camp fYrefly is committed to diversity and representation within our camper and volunteer teams. We especially welcome applications from queer individuals of colour, two-spirit and/or indigenous people, people with disabilities and trans-feminine people.
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Applications Now Open!
Please use the following links to access the applications. The deadline for Applications will be April 28, 2019.
Camp fYrefly Calgary (Southern Alberta)
Southern AB Youth Leader Application Form
Camp fYrefly Edmonton (Northern Alberta)
Northern AB Youth Leader Application Form