Application Approval Status (ADMIN)

Application Status

Your Details (User Profile)

Your Details (User Profile)

Gender *
Residential Address *
Residential Address

I am (or want to be) a:

Volunteer on Camp

Camp Details

Volunteer Application Form

‘Life Gets Better’® Camps were founded in 1999 by Captain Eric Wieckmann (2005 Casey Citizen of the Year) for primary aged children who have experienced trauma, grief or loss in their lives and are now run by C.H.I.P.S® (Christians Helping In Primary Schools).

These are not counselling camps, but encouragement camps where children get to see they are not alone in their troubles and that others who have gone through similar things have found a way for ‘Life to Get Better’.


The children make new friends and are entertained during session times with tricks, games and puppets! The campsites we use are fully catered and have fantastic facilities.

Life Gets Better® camps are a time of joy and refreshment in a caring, Christian environment, where children are paired with a trained, adult Buddy. All work is done in groups and children are at no time left by themselves. All volunteers are required to have a current Working With Children Check, attend CHIPS’ training sessions and adhere to our Child Safe Policies.

C.H.I.P.S® needs other volunteers to assist prior to and on the camp, in areas such as: camp admin.; craft preparation; Saturday activity helpers, etc. If you are interested in being a Buddy or helping in another area of camp, please fill in this application form. We’d love to have you join us!

Camp Details

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September 2021

Phillip Island Adventure Resort
1775 Phillip Island Rd, Cowes

Friday 10th September  @ Hillcrest Christian College
500 Soldiers Rd, Clyde North

4.15 - 4.30pm registration/dinner. 6.00pm departure.

Camp Ends:
Sunday 12th September @ 5.00pm @ Hillcrest Christian College
(after your camper has been picked up).

Camp Training Dates

New Volunteer Training


C.H.I.P.S® Office
27 Ashfield Drive Berwick

Saturday 14th August @ 9.00-11.30am OR
Wednesday 18th August @ 7.00-9.30pm

Return Volunteer Training


C.H.I.P.S® Office
27 Ashfield Drive Berwick

Wednesday 25th August @ 7.00-9.30pm OR
Saturday 28th August @ 9.00-11.30am

Tribe Meeting


To be confirmed

Thursday 2nd September @ 7.00-9.00pm

SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE - $150 (if form is returned by Tuesday 27th July)
EARLY BIRD PRICE - $168 (if form is returned by Thursday 12th August)
REGULAR PRICE - $183 (if form is returned after Thursday 12th August)


Email: enquiries@chips.org.au or Post: PO BOX 291, Narre Warren 3805.

Any enquiries please call C.H.I.P.S® on 9702 5528 or 0435 024 477 (04350 CHIPS)

What You Need To Bring:

As you know Melbourne’s weather can vary so a variety of clothes and summer beachwear will be needed. Please ensure all items are named.

You will need:

Comfortable Clothing (for warm & cold weather)

Sleeping Bag or Bed Linen

Bath Towel


A Smile!

Swimmers and a Towel

Toiletries (toothbrush, sunscreen etc)

Hat (to keep the sun off)

What You Can’t Bring:

Matches or Lighters

Granny’s Underwear!

Alcohol / Non-prescription drugs

A few weeks after camp we will meet together for a reunion (Camp Link). This is a great time full of fun activities where the children can catch up with their Buddies and friends they have made on the camp.

Please keep this date free - it would be great to see you there!


Camp Link

To be confirmed

Date: Saturday 9th October

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm



The following is a checklist of information and documents you will need to complete this form:

Copy of drivers licence, passport or birth certificate/extract

Personal and emergency contact details

Contact details for two personal referees not related to you

Working With Children Check details or receipt of application

Allergy, dietary and medication needs

Medicare, health fund, health care or pension card, doctor and ambulance membership details

Child Safe Policy Statement

At C.H.I.P.S®, we are committed to providing a safe environment for all children and protecting them from any form of harm, including abuse. Our Child Safe Policy provides an outline of the policies and practices we have developed to keep everyone safe.

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. Our programs are based on Christian values and are run in a culturally and religiously sensitive manner. We apply thorough and rigorous standards in the recruitment and screening of all staff and volunteers, who we train and equip to safely support and encourage the children attending our programs. We have developed Codes of Conduct to guide our staff and volunteers.

Anyone, including parents, children, schools, volunteers and staff should report any child safety concerns to the C.H.I.P.S® Child Safety Officer or any C.H.I.P.S® leader. Anyone may also contact the police, DHHS Child Protection or Child First at any time if they believe on reasonable grounds, that a child is in need of protection.

C.H.I.P.S®’ Child Safe Policies and Code of Conduct for staff and volunteers are available at www.chips.org.au or by request to C.H.I.P.S®.

Please read C.H.I.P.S®’ Child Safe Policy now and you will be asked to sign your agreement after we have processed your application.


Privacy - Notification Statement
This application form, once completed, will contain personal, sensitive and health information about you. The information sought is reasonably necessary for your role as a volunteer with C.H.I.P.S®.

C.H.I.P.S®’ Privacy Policy details why we collect this information, who we may disclose it to, and the main consequences of not collecting it. C.H.I.P.S®’ Privacy Policy also contains information about how you may seek access to, or correction of, the information held about you, and C.H.I.P.S®’ complaint resolution procedures. C.H.I.P.S®’ Privacy Policy is available at www.chips.org.au or by request to C.H.I.P.S®.

Please read C.H.I.P.S®’ Privacy Policy now and you will be asked to sign your agreement after we have processed your application.

Volunteer Details

Camp Details - scroll down to check over your profile and submit your application

Please provide a copy of your Driver’s Licence, Passport or Birth Extract/Certificate
Maximum upload size: 16.78MB

Emergency Contact (whilst on camp)

Emergency Contact (whilst on camp)

More about you

More about you

Do you need transport to and from camp? *
Do you have certification in any of the following?
Do you have previous training or background in dealing with children? *
Have you ever attended another children’s camp? *
Briefly describe your personality: *

If you are applying to be a Friday night or Saturday helper

If you are applying to be a Friday night or Saturday helper

Friday Night Helper:
Saturday Helper (times of availability):

Volunteer Preference

Volunteer Preference

Which of the following areas are you looking to be involved in on camp: *
If you are applying to be a child’s Buddy, what age child would you like to be with (if possible):

Personal References

Personal References:

(Please do not include relatives)

Residential Address
Residential Address
Post Code
Residential Address
Residential Address
Post Code



We respect all beliefs and values.

Do you have a faith? *
Are you affiliated with a church or faith organisation? *
Are you involved in any other church or para-church ministries? *

Personal Background

Personal Background

Open and honest relationships are important to C.H.I.P.S®. All information is strictly confidential and we will need to discuss any of the experiences shown below with you before determining your suitability to attend camp.

If you do not wish to disclose this information here, please tick the box below and we will contact you:
Please tick anything below which you have experienced:

Please note:
All information is strictly confidential and any information given will not automatically rule out any applicant.

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This is compulsory for all Life Gets Better® Camp helpers aged 16 years and above. It lasts for 5 years and is free for volunteers.
See http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Please add C.H.I.P.S® as one of your nominated WWCC organisations before you hand this form in by logging into your WWCC account. Use these details: CHIPS, PO BOX 291, Narre Warren, VIC 3805 Ph: 03 9702 5528.
If you do not have a WWCC, before you hand this form in, please apply for it online, include C.H.I.P.S® as one of your organisations with the details shown above, then print the form and take it to your local post office with the required ID.

Please attach the following to this form:
- a photocopy of your WWCC and (if you are a New Volunteer) a screen shot showing C.H.I.P.S® as one of your WWCC organisations OR
- a copy of the receipt you will be given at the post office upon applying for a WWCC
Maximum upload size: 4MB

Payment Details

Payment Details

Your tax deductible donation will cover the cost for a child to attend the Life Gets Better® Camp.

Our preferred method of payment is via Give Now, see https://www.givenow.com.au/chips
Follow the prompts and you will automatically receive a tax deductible receipt. Alternatively you can transfer payment to the C.H.I.P.S® bank account.

BANK: Bendigo Bank
BANK ACCOUNT NAME: Christians Helping in Primary Schools
BSB: 633 000
ACCOUNT No: 1300 52194
REF: Use your full name

Returning Volunteer? *
Payment is not required until your application has been approved
Our preference is for payment to be made when submitting this form.

Otherwise, please finalise payment by: Thursday 19th August

Your tax deductible donation:

Medical History

Medical History

(this section is required to ensure that C.H.I.P.S® is aware of any medical condition/injury you have which may affect you whilst on camp.)

Do you have any medical problems? *
(Please Note: No medication/s can be left in cabins. For safety reasons they are either to be given to the camp nurse, or locked in a vehicle)
Do you smoke? *
Have you had any serious injuries over the past three years? *
Are you allergic to any medication? *
Are you allergic to anything? *
Do you have special dietary requirements? *

By submitting this form, I hereby certify the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and I agree to the conditions of the application process.

Note: This form is an application only. Suitable applicants will be informed of their acceptance when all application criteria have been met. The Director and / or Board of C.H.I.P.S® reserves the right to decline an application at any stage of the application process, if an applicant is considered to be unsuitable. Acceptance will also be determined by the gender and ages of the children booked to attend the camp.

Consent and Authorisation

Consent and Authorisation

In the case of an emergency, I am aware that the C.H.I.P.S® leaders or designated helpers will:

  • Advise the emergency contact listed above
  • Seek medical attention or assistance for me, at the nearest or most convenient medical/emergency facility
  • Arrange transport for me if required (this may require transport by ambulance)

Whilst C.H.I.P.S and its leaders will take all reasonable care to secure my safety, I understand that neither C.H.I.P.S®, ‘Life Gets Better’® leaders, nor designated helpers, will be held responsible for any injuries incurred to me, as a result of camp activities. C.H.I.P.S® and ‘Life Gets Better’® leaders and helpers will not be held responsible for any costs incurred in securing medical treatment for me; including medical assistance, treatment, ambulance, etc.

I hereby state that I wish to attend the ‘Life Gets Better’® Camp, and agree that all C.H.I.P.S® staff and volunteers cannot be held liable for any accident or injuries that may occur during the duration of the camp; which includes travel to and returning from the camp. I consent to C.H.I.P.S® collecting, using and disclosing the personal, sensitive and health information on this form for the purpose of my participation in the ‘Life Get Better’® Camp, and in accordance with C.H.I.P.S’ Privacy Policy.

I agree to C.H.I.P.S® using any photos or videos taken of me on the ‘Life Gets Better’® camp for promotional purposes.

I, the undersigned, have read the consent and authorisation and understand all its terms. I execute it voluntarily and with full knowledge of its significance.

The information on this form will be held by the C.H.I.P.S® leaders. This information may be disclosed to private medical or para-medical staff or other relevant officers, in the event of an accident or emergency.

Please note: All buddies/volunteers will be checked and treated (if necessary) for head lice.

Do you consent? *
I am applying to Volunteer on the following camp: *

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