Volunteering at Totara Springs

We love growing young people at Totara Springs. As part of being a volunteer at Totara Springs we invest in you too. 

As a volunteer, you will be a big part of kids' lives while they are at camp by helping kids become more confident in themselves, relating to others and their knowledge and relationship with God. We have a number of different volunteer roles each camp to help you pick the role you would like to apply for here is a handy description of what we expect for each of them.

Leader in Training (LiT)

New to leading at Totara? Want to give it a go with support? The LiT program is the place for you. Each LiT will be encouraged to grow in their leadership abilities by being part of a cabin, walking alongside more experienced leaders, as well as being mentored by Totara Springs Staff. As an LiT, you will get to help behind the scenes and become an integral part of making camp run smoothly, while they have time to build their relationship with God through the fun of Christian Camping.


As a leader you will arrive at camp the afternoon before campers get here and stay through until the end of camp.

The first day consists of getting to know the other leaders and staff, some useful training to help manage your kids whilst at camp and dinner together. 

During camp, you and another leader will be given a cabin of 6-10 amazing kids to look after. Your job is to get to know them, hang out with them, be their friend, ensure they have a great time, share God with them and know where they are at all times! We’ll take care of the programme, the food and everything else, all you need to do is focus on the kids in your cabin and help give them the best week of their lives!

Leaders are required to be Christians who are regular church/youth group attendees. They must show the ability to lead and complete all paperwork.
The minimum age is 15 years old.

Support Leader

Have you been a leader for a while? Do you know camp like the back of your hand and want to help support other leaders around camp? Then let us know you are interested in support leading. 

Each camp we are looking for 2 people who have shown they have excellent leadership skills and have a passion for camp to be support leaders. 

You might spend the morning looking after Girls 1, lunch with Girls 9 and the afternoon filling in for an area head. This role is flexible and ever changing. If you can roll with the changes and make great choices all day long this role is for you. 

Area Heads

The Area Head role is an intense but hugely rewarding role where you are looking after of a group of leaders and their cabins. You support your leaders with advice and encouragementas, ensure your area is ready for what's next, and help with the  behavioural management of campers.


To become an Area Head, Totara Springs Staff will need to see a display of top leadership skills, initiative and a passion for camping while volunteering as a leader. These people are expected to be excellent role models and support to leaders both in and out of camp.

Camp Parent

Each camp we need adults who can help us care for our campers medical and emotional needs. For more information get in touch with the camp coordinator.

Application Process

So how do you apply to be a volunteer? What forms do you need to fill in? 
Well there is some information we need each time you come to camp and some information we can keep on file for up to two years.

Every Camp:
Register Use the coupon VOL
(This lets our kitchen order food for you and means we have a bed for you at camp)

Every 2 years:
LiT Application Form (ONLY if you are applying to be an LiT)
Leader Application Form(Are you the right sort of person to look after children at camp, dont do this if you are applying to be an LiT)
Written Reference(by a mentor of yours, such as a church or youth leader)
Police Check Form(if you are over 17)

Once paperwork has been received and processed you will receive an email regarding your position at camp. 

Spaces are limited and no one is a guaranteed a position on any camp.

"Hanging out with kids at camp is the highlight of my life"

"Hanging out with kids at camp is the highlight of my life"
"The kids always make me smile"

"The kids always make me smile"
"I come for the kids, but I stay for the lullaby"

"I come for the kids, but I stay for the lullaby"

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