Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Are there accommodations for volunteers?
A: Yes! There are a few options for this.
- Volunteers can bring their own holiday trailer. We have hook ups for power only (no water or sewer).
- There is room for tenting although rain and changeable weather make this option unreliable. We do have some volunteers who enjoy brining their tent and have done this so you are certainly welcome to!
- We do have rooms will single beds, a few with double beds and some with more than one bed in the room to accommodate parents with small children not in the program. Rooms are heated.
All volunteers have access to indoor bathrooms with showers. We will contact you in advance of your week to determine what you might need (or be bringing) with regards to accommodations. We will do our best to make sure that you are comfortable during your week.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Suggested Things to Bring:
· Sleeping bag, warm blanket, pillow
· Comfortable camping clothes
· Warm jacket/ sweater
· Extra footwear (in case of rain)
· Swimwear in the summer(one piece please)/ towels
· Hat/ sunscreen
· Mosquito Repellent
· Unflavored Bottled Water (optional)
Things not to Bring:
· Valuables/ expensive clothing
· Drugs or alcohol. Obviously non-prescription drugs are not permitted, but as we are a children’s camp we would ask that you do not bring or consume any alcohol during your time at camp.
· OLVC is smoke free. Smoking is not permitted in any of our rooms, buildings or anywhere near the children. If you smoke please discuss this with the director upon arrival and we can arrange a suitable location for you to smoke.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: Check in for campers is between 2-4pm on the Sunday of each week and varies for weekend events but is noted on the information page for that event.
Nurses: If at all possible Nurses are asked to arrive one hour before camper registration begins to settle into their rooms and be ready for camper registration. This gives nurses the opportunity to take in medications, ask health questions and talk first hand to parents in order to clarify things regarding medication, allergies and medical conditions.
Cooks and Maintenance volunteers: Summer - It would be helpful if volunteers could arrive between 2:00pm-4:00pm to check in their participant (if applicable) and settle into their rooms. A camp and kitchen tour for new volunteers will happen within the first two days. For weekend events please arrive at the same time as your participant, we will help you get settled into your room and will begin your camp/kitchen orientation when the participants begin their program.
If you will be late please let us know when you register so that we know when to expect you.
Q: Can I bring my children who are not old enough to be in the program with me?
A: Yes, many friends or couples come to volunteer together at the same week and bring along their other children who are not in the program. In order to ensure the safety of these future campers it is essential that they are supervised by an adult at all times. As it would not be safe to have children in the kitchen or to leave them unattended friends or parents can switch off volunteering and caring for the little ones not in the program. If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact our camp office.
Q: Do I need to pay anything to come and volunteer?
A: No, there is no fee to volunteer. We appreciate your willingness to support our programs by volunteering!
Q: If I can’t come for a whole week is it possible to volunteer for part of the week?
A: Yes. All help is gratefully accepted. Please let us know in advance if you are only able to come for part of the week. Please note that all volunteers must register and complete all screening requirements in advance of volunteering regardless of how long they are able to stay.
Q: Can I volunteer for more than one week?
A: Yes. Some volunteers have more than one child attending in a summer and would like to be there for both weeks. For those travelling a long distance, especially for weekend events, in addition to being a blessing for camp it also saves an extra trip to camp and back!