Leaders Info & Application
Camp leaders are highly motivated, servant-hearted and love working as part of a team. Leaders have the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus throughout the various activities and time spent together during camp, as well as through informal Bible talks and discussion.
Leaders benefit from working together as part of a team, spending time together in prayer and Bible study as well as serving in community with other Christians from a range of backgrounds. Being a leader at camp is a lot of hard work but is a fun and rewarding way to spend a week of your summer.
Although there are already a number of regular leaders in the FCYC leadership team, new applications are welcome at any time, and leaders will be allocated to a camp dependent on their availability and on space at the camp. All new leaders must fill in the Online Application Form by the end of February in order to be considered for this summer’s camps and must be able to attend the FCYC Training Day.
There are three categories of leader:
- Team Leaders are appointed by FCYC following service as a leader at camp
- Leaders must be committed Christians who meet the criteria below. Leaders do not have to have served at FCYC previously
- Junior Leaders are usually aged 18-21, and have not served as a leader at FCYC previously. Junior Leaders are appointed a mentor at camp who will support the Junior Leader throughout the week. They will not be expected to lead Bible talks or dorm discussions, but will be expected to take on some responsibilities as determined by their mentor.
FCYC aims to ensure that its leaders have been trained in five main areas – Safeguarding, being a good leader, working with young people who have Additional Support Needs, giving Bible talks to young people, and leading discussion groups. 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.
To be involved in Camp Leadership you 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)