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!

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, which will take place on Saturday 25th April 2020.

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 a communicating member of a Bible-believing church
  • Be able to obtain satisfactory references and PVG clearance
  • Have a desire to work with young people and to share the Gospel with them
  • Be willing to give up the necessary time to undertake this work

You will also need to commit to:

  • Being at camp for a whole week over the summer
  • Meeting with your team prior to camp
  • Attending Cook Training Days at least once every three years
  • Completing all the necessary training and paperwork before the deadline
  • Attaining the appropriate PVG membership
  • Ensuring you are familiar with Free Church of Scotland Child Protection & Safeguarding policies and procedures and attending Free Church Safeguarding training as necessary
  • Making a donation towards your costs at camp. If you find it difficult to pay the amount required to cover costs, think about fund-raising activities and approaching your church for help

Ready to Apply?

Please ensure that you have read all the cooks’ information before completing this form.

Any Questions?

Please get in touch if you have any questions about being a cook at camp.