Environmental Adventure Leader FAQ's
Environmental adventure leader FAQ’s
What dates do I need to be available?
We are seeking people who can commit to a 1 month period between the 24th July and 23rd August. If you have been a volunteer here at camp in the previous two years it is possible to do a two week placement.
What experience do I need?
You don’t need to have experience working with children but you do need to enjoy their company and feel comfortable being around them! What we value most in team members is a positive attitude, enthusiasm and the ability to work well with and inspire others. You need to be able to strike the right balance between being responsible in a pastoral care role and reinforcing rules when required while cultivating a positive and empowering atmosphere in which children can thrive. Ideally you will have camped before and be happy to give up some home comforts - we do have electricity but not enough for hair dryers! You do also need to be at ease with sharing your tent with the odd spider which might stray in!
Will I receive training?
A three day residential training programme is provided here at camp. This training programme is an essential element of the placement and will tool you up with the skills, knowledge and experience you require to safely deliver and support children in their activities and provide outstanding pastoral care.
What kind of responsibilities will I have?
The role is varied and is designed to give you a good grounding in all aspects of camp life. You could find yourself accompanying children to the food garden to harvest ingredients for breakfast, helping children with their cooking in the field kitchen, heading down to the forest to support children on a technical tree climbing mission or assisting our Blacksmith with a forging workshop.
Maintaining our high level of pastoral care is paramount. You will be responsible for ensuring your group of children feel supported, safe and able to come to you with any questions or concerns they might have during their stay. To ensure your suitability to work with children we will commission an enhanced DBS check and take up references with two referees.
That all sounds great - surely there must be some not so fun tasks to do?!
Well there is the small matter of cleaning the compost toilets, but you will only be required to carry out this task once each week and it’s really not as bad as it sounds!
What hours will I work?
We ask for 8 hours work each day. Everyone has Saturdays off together and you then get another day off in the week. We always ensure you are off at the same time as others so you can head off together to explore. Work usually start at either 6.30am or 2.30pm. If you want to get involved with particular activities or camp events outside of your scheduled hours you are very welcome to.
What kit will I need and is there a uniform?
We will provide you with a suggested kit-list to help you pack and prepare. You will also receive two Camp Kernow t-shirt’s and have the opportunity to work with a silk screen printer during training to print your own design onto these!
Will I be able to charge my phone, use my laptop and have access to wifi?
We have a lovely timber frame office building which becomes the crew common room in the summer! It’s solar powered and has wifi so you can have some chill time here, charge equipment, Skype family & friends, watch a movie or catch up on coursework!
Is food included?
You can enjoy three delicious meals a day Sun-Fri. On Saturday’s which are a free day for all you can help yourself to breakfast and lunch and we provide an allowance to purchase ingredients for dinner so you can cook in the field kitchen, fire up the BBQ or put your allowance towards a meal out.
I have food intolerances/allergies - can you cater for this?
Yes, of course. We can cater for all dietary and medical requirements and you will have an opportunity to share these with us so we can make provision prior to your arrival.
Where will I sleep?
Tented accommodation is provided usually in the yurt, tipi or uni-dome structures.
What access to facilities such as showers will I have?
We have four showers which use treated water from the borehole and are heated using solar thermal energy. We request that you use the showers a maximum of every three days.
Do you pay travel expenses?
Absolutely. We don’t want you to be out of pocket from this experience and are happy to reimburse travel expenses up to £100 provided you keep the receipts!
I don’t have a car - will I still be able to get around on my time off?
Despite being in the middle of nature on a two hundred acre wooded estate we are surprisingly within walking distance of Truro city centre! A 30-40 min walk will take you to the centre of town where you can hop on a bus or jump on a train and be at the beach/Eden Project/Falmouth/St Michaels Mount in no time. There’s usually a team member or two with a car who are happy to give a lift also.
There is also the possibility to travel to London as part of the train escorting team who accompany children to and from camp on the train. This gives you free accommodation for two nights and Friday evening and a full day on Saturday to enjoy the city.