Cooks Info & Application
Camp cooks are highly motivated, servant-hearted and love working as part of a team. Being a cook at camp means a lot of early mornings and late nights, as well as working well under the pressure of feeding a lot of hungry campers (and leaders)!
Cooks are hugely appreciated – without cooks, there would be no camps! All cooks must have a Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate, and must be able to keep records of spending, temperatures and hygiene control.
New applications are welcome at any time, and cooks will be allocated to a camp dependent on their availability and on space at the camp. All new cooks must fill in the online application form by the end of February to be considered for this summer’s camps, and must be able to attend the FCYC Training Day.
There are three categories of cook:
- Chief Cooks are experienced in leading a team and cooking for large numbers of young people, have undergone the required training and have demonstrated their ability to plan and manage budgets and menus for camp
- Cooks are willing to undergo the required training, including food hygiene certificate. There is no requirement for them to have cooked at FCYC previously
- Assistant Cooks are aged 18-21 and are willing to undergo the required training. There is no requirement for them to have cooked at FCYC previously
As well as the requirement for all cooks to hold a Level 2 (or equivalent) Food Hygiene certificate, FCYC aims to ensure that its cooks have been trained in two main areas – safeguarding and cooking for those with dietary requirements. For those who have not already undergone training in these areas in the past three years, either through FCYC or through another organisation, FCYC can provide this training prior to camp. FCYC also provides training on being a good leader, working with young people who have Additional Support Needs, giving Bible talks to young people, and leading discussion groups. This training is recommended for cooks, but is not mandatory.
Camp cooks should:
- Have a personal faith in Jesus Christ
- Be an active communicant member of a Bible-believing church
- Be able to obtain satisfactory references
- Be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scotland (PVG) Scheme for working with children
- Have up-to-date Safeguarding training
- Have a desire to work with young people and to share the Gospel with them, evidenced by recent, relevant experience
- Be willing to commit the necessary time to undertake this work
You will also need to commit to:
- Being at camp for a week over the summer
- Meeting with your team prior to camp
- Being willing to take on any planning and preparation responsibilities delegated to you by your team leader
- Attending the FCYC Training Day annually where possible, and at least once every three years
- Completing all the necessary paperwork, for example the application form, before the deadline
- Ensuring you are familiar with (and will abide by) Free Church of Scotland Safeguarding and Social Media policies and procedures
- Trying to arrange for a financial contribution to be made towards your costs at camp (this could be a personal donation, a donation raised through fund-raising activities, or a donation from another source such as your Deacons’ Court)