Camp Moomba (winter version!!)

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 Information

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.

Volunteer Information

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)

The full position description is here! If this sounds like you, please complete our application form!

If you are interested in coming to Camp Moomba as a nurse, check out the position description here, and please complete our application form!

Do you have questions about the upcoming program, or becoming a volunteer? Contact Jessica and Sarah at moomba@youthco.org, or call 604-684-1701.

WHEN
March 07, 2020 at 8am - March 08, 2020
WHERE
Evans Lake Camp
CONTACT
Sarah Chown · · 604-688-1441

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!