To be a Youth Leader at Camp fYrefly, you must be between the ages of 17 and 24 before the start of camp.
Youth Leaders are the group leaders at Camp fYrefly and the primary point of contact for campers. There will be one Youth Leader and one Adult Leader for each pod. As a Youth Leader, you will guide the pod through pod time activities, workshops, free time, and transition times. You’ll also help make decisions for their pod. Youth Leaders build skills in mentorship, communications, and working with youth.
We invite our Youth Leader applicants to reflect on their readiness to be part of the camp environment and the experience of mentoring 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
Camp is a space of fun, excitement, curiosity, and introspection. It is also a space for emotional reflection, processing, and exploration of identity. Sometimes Youth Leaders will find themselves in a quiet sharing circle, and other times in a loud and boisterous lodge. It is a rustic natural site with dorm-style accommodations and bunk beds. Youth Leader roles may involve guiding conversations in workshops or singing around a campfire. You may find yourself supporting a camper through a challenging conversation about family rejection or a celebration of the new pronoun they chose.
The role of a volunteer is to allow campers to grow and learn in this space, build community, and have their physical, social, and emotional needs met. Past volunteers have shared with us that they experience both joy and exhaustion during the five days of camp.
Due to the diverse responsibilities of this role, an ideal candidate will be able to multi-task, prioritize their own needs and the needs of others and have supports and skills available to process their own feelings as they arise at camp. Camp fYrefly youth leaders create space for youth voices and opportunities for youth to excel.
To help you become successful in this youth leadership role, we will provide you with comprehensive pre-camp training to help build your leadership, facilitation experience, and mentoring skills. This pre-camp training is mandatory and will take place in July.
There will be two evening training sessions on July 13 and 14 and a full-day training on Saturday, July 16. Applicants selected to be Youth Leaders at Camp fYrefly will receive a detailed registration package containing a pre-camp checklist and information on travel, meals, accommodation, and required health, dietary, legal, media consent, and Criminal Record/Child Welfare Intervention Record Check forms. If chosen as a Youth Leader, we’ll send you instructions on how to complete this process.
Youth Leaders will receive an honorarium of up to $500.00 to compensate them for their volunteer time and any time they take off work.
There are three levels that Youth Leaders may choose from to better reflect their budget:
- Level One: $150.00
- Level Two: $300.00
- Level Three: $500.00
Youth Leaders who request the honorarium will receive it after camp is over.