The Runner’s Camp coaches are men and women with track and field experience and knowledge who can teach and demonstrate one of the eight track and field events taught to campers at the Runner’s Camp. Those events are: distance running, sprinting, hurdling, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, and high jump. Coaches are recruited and selected by the camp director.
Prerequisites: Coaches must have expertise and experience in some area of track and field.
Time commitment: Two hours of orientation prior to camp. Three hours of teaching and instruction each day during the camp.
Age Group Leaders
These volunteers are the heart and soul of Runner’s Camp experience. We have an adult age group recruiter who works with the camp director to find volunteers. They work together to place the leaders with the right group. We do allow the age group leaders to request which group they would like to work with (some do and some don’t want to work with their own children’s groups). Age Group Leaders work with one specific age and sex during the whole week. They will teach curriculum to the kids during the morning and lead and manage the group through each day’s rotation.
Prerequisites: Must have a personal relationship with Christ, and a desire to mentor children between the ages of 6-12. No track experience is necessary.
Time commitment: Two hours of training prior to camp. Five hours of teaching and managing kids each day during the camp.
All Age Group Leaders will be required to submit information for a background check.
Mini Camp and Childcare
This year we will have three age groups.
- 0-2 years olds – basic childcare, feeding snacks, playground with the older ones (this class may be divided depending on number and ages)
- 2-3 year olds – many activities planned including crafts, story, and outside play
- 4-5 year olds – full VBS type experience and Track & Field activities just like the big kids
These are the jobs needed for each age group.
- Teachers (1 per class) – Help develop the activities and schedules and implement it during the week. Most of it is already planned. We just have to fill in the blanks with the specifics.
- Class helpers (2-3 per class) ˆ Help the lead teacher implement the daily activities.
- Youth helpers (2 per class) ˆ set-up, tear down outside activities, play with kids, help in general
- Snack Prep (1) ˆ buy & prep the daily snack, nothing complicated
- Drop-Off Workers (2) – help with sign-up and get kids settled, (7-8:30) Easy way to volunteer before work.
Other Adult Volunteers
We are also in need of adult volunteers. These jobs are filled by men and women who are usually unable to attend the entire camp but would like to contribute.
- Set up team (assisted by youth volunteers)- This is a good job for men (and women) who have to work but can come early and help with the camp set up.
- Tear down crew- Same as above but they arrive at 11:30 am to begin taking down the camp and storing away equipment.
- Videographer- Someone to shoot video of the kids and for promotional purposes.
- Photographer- Pictures are taken to put on the website at a later day.
- Food Court Helpers – Aid with preparation and serving of snacks during the camp hours.
The Youth Volunteers are recruited and managed by the Youth Volunteer Coordinator. We have had a coordinator since the first year. These youth do a number of assorted jobs.
Prerequisites: Willingness to serve the kids and staff.
Time commitment: Youth volunteers attend a one-hour training session the week before the camp. Youth Volunteers work four hours each day of camp
•Helper for the Age Group Leader– Youth will be assigned to a specific age group and assist adult age group leader with their specific age group through the course of the week. We attempt to have one youth volunteer working with each age group.
•Camper Buddies – Camper buddies are assigned to serve with specific special needs campers at the Runner’s Camp each day of camp. Buddies help campers have a meaningful camp experience. Camper Buddy pre-camp training is required.
•Game Station management- Some youth are assigned to manage the games stations and to help some of the coaches at their stations.
•Hydration Team – Provide water to number hydration stations through the campsite.
•Event Set up– All youth volunteers are asked to help out in the setting up and dismantling of each day’s camp.
Volunteer applications are collected by the Youth Volunteer Coordinator. Some volunteers are allowed to specify where they would like to work. Youth volunteers receive a special color t-shirt (color determined by job).