We're so excited that you want to be a part of HBBC this summer. We're not scary people, and are committed to work with you throughout the whole application and hiring process.
To ensure that we have the best leaders for those in our care, every applicant goes through the following recruitment process:
- Complete the appropriate volunteer application form, and submit it to HBBC.
- Distribute the appropriate Reference Forms to your adult, non-family references.
- Have your RCMP Criminal Record Check completed at your local detachment.
- Our Leadership will contact you to have an interview with you (by phone or in-person).
- After reviewing everything, our Leadership will contact you if you are accepted, and give you the next steps as you prepare for service this summer.
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Preparation & Training
Summer volunteers join the team in late June, and spend more than a week training and learning the ropes of this unique ministry at Hope Bay. You learn valuable skills and techniques related to your field of ministry here at Camp while enjoying team challenges, awesome games, out-trips around Pender Island, and in-depth Bible study. Most importantly, you are prepared for the summer, embraced into the family, and share your own creativity and journey.
'In Safe Hands' is the youth and child protection policy set out by One Hope Canada. All volunteers are required to learn and stay current with this policy. Most receive this training during the Team Training week; those who cannot attend must complete the online training course.
Throughout your time of service we seek to enable and encourage you in all of your duties. We are committed to helping you do the best job you possibly can. As a community that encourages and empowers one another it is our joy and our conviction to invest in our volunteers through sincere mentorship and genuine relationship.
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All summer positions are considered volunteer (non-paid) roles. We are so grateful for the time and energy that each invests, and we really couldn't do it without them. We typically offer a small honorarium to volunteers each week. The Volunteer Bursary Fund is a small pool of finances to which anyone can donate. It is managed by HBBC, and at the end of the summer it is divided up and given as a bursary to each qualifying summer volunteer.
We encourage community members and friends all across the country to give generously to this fund, because we know the value of your service here.
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Duration of Service
Hiring preference is given to those who can commit to all/most of the summer.
Often volunteers ask how long they can (or need to) serve in the summer.
The short answer is "as long as you can!"
The longer answer is that we have some volunteers who serve for the entire summer, and we have some volunteers who can only serve for one week. Both are incredibly valuable to this ministry, and we're so thankful for any amount of time that you're willing to serve Christ in this capacity. The more weeks you can serve, the more experience and training you'll gain to do your role better, and the greater your impact on children and youth. Therefore, it is our preference to hire individuals who will be here for the entire summer, and we choose our volunteers with this preference in the forefront of our minds.
We ask that all summer volunteers who will be here for two or more weeks to please make a strong effort to attend our Training Week in late June.
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Weekends & Time-Off
Each week and day of Camp is very full. Most of our camp weeks run from Sunday to Friday, and volunteers are required to invest fully during the entire time that campers are on-site. Weekends are short, but are so important for rejuvenating and being ready for the following week. As we are situated on an island, going 'home' between camp-weeks is pretty tricky. Most of our volunteers choose to stay on-island over the weekends to enjoy some peace and quiet, as well as the lovely offerings of Pender: the weekly farmer's market, the local thrift store, and the many beautiful beaches. We also encourage you to connect with off-site families who can provide a change of scenery on some weekends. This gives you the chance to rest up and be ready for another intense week of serving kids and teens.
Those who do need to leave Pender Island for a specific weekend can make prior arrangements with the Camp Director.
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Contact us to learn more about what it looks like to serve here at HBBC!