We are so excited to be hosting winter camp, March 7 & 8, at Evans Lake! This is a free program for youth from ages 6 to 17 years old who are living with, or impacted by HIV, in British Columbia!! We hope to see many familiar faces and welcome new folks over the weekend.
We’ll be spending the weekend at Evans Lake in Squamish, BC. During the weekend, we are planning to pack in as much fun as possible!! Campers will have choices around different indoor and outdoor activities throughout the weekend and lots of "friends together having fun!" To make this come to life, we have community agreements in place that everyone at camp, includilng staff and volunteers, follow. Click here to check them out!
Camper registrations are due on January 31, 2020! This will help us ensure we can put together a strong volunteer team. Please let us know on or before Janury 31st if you would like to come to Camp Moomba!
RETURNING CAMPERS: complete this one page permission form, and give the office (604-688-1441) a call to ensure all health and emergency information is up-to-date!
NEW CAMPRES: complete this registration form (give us a call if you'd like some help!) and return it to the office by January 31st, 2020.
We have community agreements in place that everyone at camp, includilng staff and volunteers, follow. Click here to check them out!
To contact a camper during camp, please call 604-684-1701.
We believe that youth are best positioned to connect with our peers on topics related to HIV stigma. Many of the youth at Camp Moomba are Black or Indigenous, and we strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous youth, as well as youth living with HIV, or youth who are impacted by HIV. We strongly encourage youth who are under the age of 25, living with HIV or Hep C, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Two-Spirit, queer, trans, non-binary, and/or living with disabilities to apply.
Camp Moomba volunteers are people who are connected to the Camp Moomba or YouthCO, through shared experiences or our Core Training program, and are excited to work with youth from ages 6 to 17! All volunteers must complete a criminal record check at YouthCO's expense.
Volunteers must also be available for training on February 22 (9:30-3pm for new folks!; 9:30-12pm for returning volunteers!), committed to a weekend with very little cell coverage and no WIFI, and a phone-free space for campers, and are able to follow our community agreements. Click here to check them out!
At camp, most of our volunteers are Group Leaders, who do the following:
- Actively participate in camp life and camp activities – early mornings, chilly swims, and clean up included!
- Attend to campers’ wellbeing needs in ability-appropriate ways to ensure campers’ physical, emotional, social, medical and nutritional needs are being met:
- Supporting campers in getting adequate nutrition and sleep (e.g. facilitating bed time and meal time at appropriate energy levels)
- Support positive camper group dynamics to ensure a positive experience for all campers
- Using active supervision to create a fun and safe environment, including role modelling and encouraging positive relationships, and addressing concerning behaviours such as bullying
- Manage camper behaviour, including role modelling camp appropriate behaviour and addressing concerns with the Camp Director
- Assist with camp-wide programming
- Provide leadership and role modeling to all staff and campers
- Attend and participate in Camp Moomba trainings, including YouthCO Core Training (if not already completed) and Camp Moomba training (February 22)
Do you have questions about the upcoming program, or becoming a volunteer? Contact Jessica and Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 604-684-1701.
We are very excited to announce Camp Moomba is taking place from July 15 -20 at YMCA Camp Elphinstone on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, traditional and unceded land and waters of the Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples.
- Being a Group Leader means supporting camper groups, sleeping in camper accommodations, and making sure campers’ wellness is looked after.
- We are also looking for an LD Program Facilitator, One-to-One Leaders, and an Arts & Crafts Coordinator. Descriptions are below, and application instructions are the same as the Group Leader posting above.
- Coming to Moomba as the Camp Nurse Coordinator, or as the Volunteer Nurse or Nursing Student.
We are really excited about welcoming many of you to our team this summer, and look forward to continuing the traditions of happy Moomba camping days! All applications are due May 22.
We strongly encourage Camp Moomba alumni to apply to these positions. Youth, as well as people living with HIV, from First Nations/Aboriginal communities, from newcomer and immigrant communities, people of colour, LGBTQ/2S+ people, people living with disabilities, and members of communities that experience discrimination are encouraged to apply.
Please let us know if you have any questions by getting in touch with Sarah at email@example.com or calling 604-688-1441.
Leadership (LD) Program Youth Facilitator
The Leadership (LD) Youth Facilitator will work with the oldest campers, who may be 15-17 years old. Campers in the Leadership Group are offered an enriched camp experience focused on developing leadership skills that can be applied in camp settings and their wider communities. The Leadership Youth Facilitator will create opportunities at camp for campers to build and practice leadership while at camp, whether by leading within younger camper groups or planning "The Greatest Show On Earth," campfire, or many other options. We are looking for someone who has previous experience facilitating leadership programming in camp or youth settings.
One-to-One Workers are a resource that we provide to campers who will benefit from individualized attention and support at camp. Camper families let us know if they want a one-to-one worker for their child, whether because of behavioural, medical, or social needs. These leaders work closely with other Group Leaders and the Camp Director to maximize camper participation in group activities, while respecting confidentiality. Decisions about One-to-One Workers are made by campers and/or their families in conjunction with the Camp Director.
Arts & Crafts Coordinator
The Arts & Crafts Coordinator is responsible for arts and crafts programming offered each day during Camp Moomba. This position requires pre-camp planning and coordination. During the week of Camp Moomba, the Arts & Craft Coordinator(s) will deliver age-appropriate arts and crafts programming aligned with the mandate of Camp Moomba and YouthCO, drop-in arts and crafts projects at designated times, and maintain regular communication with the Camp Director.
In December 2015, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, Canadian Positive People Network Youth Caucus, and the HIV Disclosure Project collaborated in a survey for youth under 30 years old which focused on experiences of HIV disclosure. Hopefully, many of you were able to participate in this survey, which was designed by Muluba Habanyama and our team here at YouthCO, in collaboration with CPPN-RCPS and HIV Disclosure Project.Read more
In September, 2012 we conducted a focus group with young people who have grown up living with HIV.Read more