Frequently Asked Questions

Use this page to answer some of the most common questions we receive. If you have additional questions, please send us an email.

General Questions

What are the benefits of volunteering with SFU Camps?

  • Gain practical experience in a fun, safe and welcoming environment
  • Acquire valuable leadership skills
  • Receive reflective evaluations and confirmation letter 
  • Attend Leadership and Career Workshops 
  • Good starting point if you're interested in becoming a camp instructor
  • Receive volunteer hours for future career and school applications

What are the requirements to volunteer with SFU Camps?

Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age upon application. 

To apply: complete the online application form and submit a resume including: 

  • Contact information (full name, address, phone, email)
  • Education Level
  • Work & Volunteer Experience
  • Achievements (eg. honour roll, awards, etc)
  • Interests/Activities (eg. sports, subjects, interests, etc.)
  • Skills (eg. computer, languages, special training, etc) 

What is the committment level of a volunteer?

The minimum commitment is 2 weeks. If accepted, volunteers receive a minimum of 80 hours* (2 weeks of volunteering) and may be eligible for additional weeks.

Select availability carefully as schedule changes may not be accommodated or result in reduced hours.

*Hours are not guaranteed and are based on volunteer assignment and camp enrollment.

Is the application process competitive?

Each year the application process becomes increasingly competitive. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a position to every applicant.

How many volunteer do you accept each year?

Here is a summary of our numbers from 2018:

# of Applicants 450
# Interviewed 375
# Hired 247
For 2019 we hope to hire approximately 300 volunteers.

How do I apply?

To apply, click HERE. You will need a computer that has access to internet as well as your completed resume. You MUST submit your resume on this application form.

What is the timeline that you follow?

This is the number one question we receive. The general timeline for 2019 is:

Applications System Opens February 4, 2019
Deadline to Submit Application April 28, 2019 @ 11:59PM
Interview Invites Sent by Email April 30, 2019
Interviews May 6, 7, 8, 9, 2019
Offer/Regrets Sent by Email May 13, 2019
Individual Schedule Sent by Email June 10, 2019
Training June 18, 19, 2019
First Day of Camps July 2, 2019

Are you able to extend the deadline for me?

Due to the large volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to extend our application deadline.

Can I use SFU Camps for my service hours or my schools work experience course?

Absolutely! Many volunteers in the past have used SFU camps for work experience and/or service hours. We are more than happy to fill out any necessary paperwork. Please make sure to check with you teacher to make sure they will allow you to use SFU Camps.

Please note that SFU Camps is not a registered non-profit.

Do I need to submit a Criminal Record Check (CRC)?

Yes you do! We require all volunteers to submit a completed CRC to us. If successfully hired, we will provide you with specific instructions on how to complete a CRC. We recommend that you complete your CRC as soon as possible after we hire you. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Interview Questions

What can I expect at the interview?

Interviews are held on a weekday evening during the second week of May. The interview will last approximately 2-hours and is group based meaning that you will be working in a pre-assigned group for the majority of the evening. You can expect that there will be approximately 75 other applicants present at you interview.

As a group you will move around 4 stations that will assess various different qualities that we are looking for in our volunteers. Each group will be led by a few of our staff for the upcoming summer. Each station will also be led by a few of our staff for the upcoming summer.

These staff are here to help you so if you have any questions during the evening, please feel free to ask either the staff or anyone on the administrative team. We want you to succeed!

Do I have to attend an in-person interview?

Yes. All applicants must attend one in-person interview on the SFU Burnaby Campus. Please see the job description for exact dates.

Do you conduct Skype/phone interviews?

No we do not. We only conduct in-person interviews on the SFU Burnaby Campus.

When are your interviews held?

Interviews are typically held on the Monday to Thursday of the second week of May. Please see the job description for exact dates.

What are you looking for during the interview?

During the interview the staff and administrative team will be looking at four qualities. There qualities are: leadershipprofessionalismcommunication, and teamwork skills. We want to make sure that we can trust you to work closely with campers, parents, and staff. Please make sure to dress appropriately and also use appropriate language.

Don't forget, your interview begins as soon as you sign in!

How can I prepare for the interview?

Here are some helpful hints:

  • wear athletic clothes and shoes that are appropriate
  • be prepared to work in a group
  • practice some typical interview questions
  • practice working in a group
  • if you have never been to the SFU Burnaby Campus, look at a map ahead of time so that you are on time
  • enroll in our Leadership Camp

What should I wear to the interview?

We recommend that you wear athletic clothing and shoes to your interview. Examples include a t-shirt with shorts or track pants. We also ask that your choice of clothing be appropriate (ie. would you wear this outfit to your first day of camp).

What are the exact activities or stations that I will experience during my interview?

We do not disclose what exact activities or questions we ask during the interview. What we can say is that the interview is made up of four stations that will assess your leadership, professionalism, communication, and teamwork skills. Many of the stations require you to work in a team. There will also be a station where you will meet one on one with a member of the SFU Camps Administrative Team.

Reference Questions

Can I request a reference from SFU Camps?

Absolutely! I am more than happy to provide you with any form of reference that you need. Please read below for additional information on requesting a reference.

Criteria for Receiving a Letter of Reference:

  • The letter must have been requested a minimum of 3 weeks in advance
  • Volunteer must have completed a minimum of 50 total hours of volunteer work with SFU Camps
  • Volunteer must be in good standing with SFU Camps
  • Requests must have been requested by the individual wanting the reference (ie. requests will not be accepted by parents, teachers, or friends)

What are the requirements to receive a letter of reference?

Criteria for receiving a letter of reference:

  • The letter must have been requested a minimum of 3 weeks in advance
  • Volunteer must have completed a minimum of 50 total hours of volunteer work with SFU Camps
  • Volunteer must be in good standing with SFU Camps
  • Requests must have been requested by the individual wanting the reference (ie. requests will not be accepted by parents, teachers, or friends)

How do I request for you to write me a letter of reference/letter of reccomendation?

Please send an email to admin_camps@sfu.ca with the subject line "Volunteer Reference Letter - Your Name". Please include:

  • Your full name
  • Year(s) you volunteered
  • Purpose of the letter (eg. scholarship, job application, university application)
  • Name of scholarship, employer, university, etc.
  • Copy of scholarship requirements, job posting, application or program requirements, etc.
  • Date of when you need the letter / reference
  • Where to send or submit the letter (eg. email address, mailing address) or how we may be contacted to provide the reference (eg. email, phone, online)
  • You may also submit your resume, and/or CV to aid us in developing a thoughtful reference

Can you be a referee/verifier for my participation with SFU Camps?

Absolutely! If you wish to have your participation verified, please send an email to admin_camps@sfu.ca with the subject line "Volunteer Activity Verifier - Your Name". Please include:

  • Your full name
  • Year(s) you volunteered
  • Purpose of verification (eg. scholarship, university application, etc.)
  • Name of scholarship, university, etc.
  • How to provide the verification (eg. online, paper form)

Please note the following:

  • To have your activity verified, you must be in good standing with SFU Camps
  • You must have satisfactorily completed your full SFU Camps placement

Training Questions

Is there volunteer training?

Yes there is. If selected, there will be a mandatory training session in late June. Please see the job description for exact dates.

Something has come up and I am not able to attend volunteer training. Can I schedule a make-up training session?

As mentioned above, in-person volunteer training on the SFU Burnaby Campus is mandatory for all volunteers. We will not be holding any additional training sessions.

I am no longer able to attend my scheduled training session. Can you move me to the other night?

We scheduled you for your training session based upon the availability that you provided us. If your availability has changed, please email us immediately and let us know what the situation is. Please note that volunteer training is mandatory.

A last minute emergency has come up or I am running late, what should I do?

Immediately email us at admin_camps@sfu.ca AND leave us a voicemail at 778-782-4307. We will respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that volunteer training is mandatory.

QUESTIONS?

For all inquiries, please contact:

Justin Theiss

Head Programmer of Volunteers

admin_camps@sfu.ca 
778-782-4307

We try to respond to all inquiries within 2 business days.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) click HERE.