|Some of our campers enjoying a lunch-time game of tag led by the volunteers.|
Lindsay: It has been my pleasure to work with Guelph Dance as the Volunteer Coordinator. I get to witness the incredible impact that our programming has on both participants and volunteers. Watching the personal development of the campers and the counsellors over the course of the week is not only inspiring, but it also reaffirms my belief in what we do as a community organization.
The role of the counsellors is to first and foremost look out for the safety of the campers, and to help create a positive environment where the campers can engage in arts activities without the fear of judgment or competition. The counsellors do not have to be trained dancers, skilled singers, or poised actors—they just have to be willing to try. Our counsellors are great at getting a bit goofy to help the campers feel confident in their abilities.
The counsellors keep busy by participating in the arts activities and helping campers with their own creations, but a lot of magic also happens on breaks, at lunch time, and at pre- or post-camp care. The unstructured time really lets counsellors get imaginative and resourceful, as they lead games, read stories, or swing a skipping rope to encourage the campers to stay active and make new friends.
|Bernadette is seen here entertaining some campers on their snack break.|
I also thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of being a volunteer, such as festival tickets, camp shirts, and the best recommendation letter around! I also had the opportunity to work with incredible artists and meet other volunteers who have become lifelong friends. I highly recommend volunteering with Guelph Dance at their fabulous camps!
Bernadette helps to demonstrate the dance moves with the Red Group as part of the Arts Celebration that takes place at the end of the camp week.
Please visit our website for more details on registering for the camp or volunteering at the camp.