Okizu JVC Program Minimum Qualifications, Essential Functions, and General Responsibilities

POSITION: JVC (Junior Volunteer Camper)


  • Must be 17-years-old.
  • Must be eligible to be an Okizu camper. Oncology campers can only apply for Oncology JVC sessions. SIBS campers can only apply for SIBS JVC sessions.
  • Must be able to present a certificate of good health. A form will be provided upon acceptance.
  • Must be able to put the kids first and uphold the Okizu philosophy at all times.
  • Must understand and demonstrate the values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect.
  • Must be dependable and reliable.
  • Must be flexible and willing to help where needed.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Must have the ability to problem-solve.
  • Must be able to focus on duties and tasks.
  • Must possess strong communication skills, oral and listening.
  • Must have the ability to accept supervision, guidance, and feedback.
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in a recreational setting and to put their needs first.
  • Must be a positive member of a staff team and a positive role model for youth.
  • Ability to communicate and work with groups and provide necessary guidance to campers.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Visual, auditory, cognitive, and physical ability to assist campers in an emergency situation.
  • Must possess strength and endurance. For example, must be able to lift and carry up to 25 pounds, and able to walk a minimum of three miles daily on uneven terrain.
  • Must be able to meet physical and cognitive requirements of being responsible for minors in an outdoor living situation and in an emergency.


  • Nine-day commitment; includes two days of staff training.
  • Help in different program areas (fishing, archery, waterfront, arts & crafts, etc.) during Special Interest classes and during Cabin Time. The program areas will rotate.
  • Help with cabin groups.
  • Help serve meals.
  • Assist the program staff and unit leaders as needed, includes moving luggage, working with cabin groups, assisting in program areas, etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Application; a Brag Sheet with questions that applicants need to answer about themselves; reference forms that need to be filled out by a boss, teacher, etc.; and a phone interview.

TRANSPORTATION: The JVCs participate in staff training so they need to find their own transportation to camp but may ride the bus home from camp.

FYI: Being a JVC is not like being a camper. JVCs have certain freedoms that campers do not have. With these freedoms come greater responsibilities and certain limitations in camper activities.

Oncology campers can only apply for Oncology TLC sessions. SIBS campers can only apply for SIBS TLC sessions.

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