Volunteering at Gander Brook
Each year Gander Brook Camp relies on over a hundred volunteers to cook in the kitchen, do canteen and laundry, teach Bible classes, serve as camp nurse, and offer merit badges. Our volunteers create a warm welcoming environment through their Christlike and joyful service. They also bless our campers through encouraging words, compliments, and their unselfish examples. Those who volunteer grow spiritually through their bonding with other staff, worshiping in God’s beautiful nature, and by offering up their talents in God’s service. If you would like to serve, learn more by reading about the work of each kind of volunteer and whom to contact. Then, click here to register an application as a volunteer, fill out a health form, and complete a background check. You must receive a confirmation from the board member in charge of your area for your registration to be complete.
Bible Class Teaching
This is one of the most important volunteer areas. Gander Brook is associated with the churches of Christ and so we require that all of our Bible class teachers be faithful members of a church of Christ. We generally use no more than 4 teachers per week, and we provide the material to be taught. We use either men or women for younger classes, but only men for older campers. Each teacher can expect to teach a couple of hours in Monday through Friday, but their duties don’t stop there. On Monday nights they’re asked to help oversee the cabin areas, while the counselors gather for a short period of fellowship. Thursday evening they’re also asked to sweep and mop the kitchen area. and The teacher should make every effort to be present for the period promised. Lastly, they should be ready to be available for anything else needed of them, because Gander Brook is a team effort. John Repecko (firstname.lastname@example.org) is our head of the Bible classes.
Canteen and Laundry
The counselors and campers who stay more than a week can have their laundry done for them by these volunteers. Their laundry duties also include doing quite a bit of laundry for the kitchen staff, who often use a number of towels and other cloths in their cooking work. Obviously there will be many loads and most of the laundry will be hung on clothes lines. In the mid-afternoon you’ll also be asked to work in the canteen, handing our soda and other snacks (per the instructions of our director) to our active campers. Occasionally, you’ll even be asked to open canteen in the evening for special reasons. These positions are open to faithful members of the churches of Christ. Rob Bissonette is currently in charge of these volunteers. His phone number is (978) 632-0099.
We don’t usually have too many serious injuries or illnesses at Gander Brook, mostly sprained ankles; but many children are on medications of various sorts. The nurse at Gander Brook needs to have his/her RN degree and licensing. We prefer that this position be filled by faithful members of the churches of Christ, though sometimes because of necessity, we’ll fill this position with others. Julie Baither is in charge of scheduling nurses for the camping season; he can be reached at (207) 400-2470.
The kitchen is considerable work. Starting early in the morning, Saturday through Saturday, the kitchen staff feeds from 60 to 150 children and adults three nutritious meals each day, keeping health and safety state requirements and standards for food preparations. The kitchen staff are housed in their own cabin, so that they can get undisturbed rest each night in anticipation of the next day’s work. Each Friday evening is cooks’ evening off, while the camp does a cook-out. Charlie Harrison is our head of the kitchen, (207) 522-3751.
This volunteer position would include working with campers daily regarding a special skill that you can teach. Not only would there be teaching times, but evaluations, and preparation for each teaching opportunity. Joe McGrail (603) 345-2677) organizes our merit badge volunteers.
There is also occasional need for maintenance work around the camp grounds. This volunteer position could include everything from grass mowing, painting, light carpentry, plumbing, and repair work. Since this is occasional and dependent on circumstances, need for such could be scheduled through contacting the camp office.