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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!
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.
Sunday 12th September @ 5.00pm @ Hillcrest Christian College
(after your camper has been picked up).
Camp Training Dates
27 Ashfield Drive Berwick
Saturday 14th August @ 9.00-11.30am OR
Wednesday 18th August @ 7.00-9.30pm
Wednesday 25th August @ 7.00-9.30pm OR
Saturday 28th August @ 9.00-11.30am
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)
ALL FORMS TO BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN THURSDAY 19th AUGUST
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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
Swimmers and a Towel
Toiletries (toothbrush, sunscreen etc)
Hat (to keep the sun off)
Matches or Lighters
Alcohol / Non-prescription drugs
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®.
(Please do not include relatives)
We respect all beliefs and values.
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.
Please note: All information is strictly confidential and any information given will not automatically rule out any applicant.
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.
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.
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
Otherwise, please finalise payment by: Thursday 19th August
(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.)
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.
In the case of an emergency, I am aware that the C.H.I.P.S® leaders or designated helpers will:
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 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.