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.