The Runner’s Camp coaches are men and women with track and field experience and knowledge who can teach and demonstrate the different track and field events to the kids. They will be recruited and selected by the camp director.
Prerequisites: Coaches must have expertise in some area of track and field.
Time commitment: Two hours of orientation prior to camp. Three hours of teaching and instruction each evening during the camp.
Age Group Leaders
These volunteers are the heart and soul of the Runner’s Camp experience. Age Group Leaders work with one specific age and gender throughout the week. They will lead the kids through a devotional time at the beginning of each evening and manage the group as they travel through each event station every night and through the events of the track meet on Friday night. 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).
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. Three hours of serving our kids each evening during the camp.
Other Adult Volunteers
There are other ways to volunteer at the Runner’s Camp besides coaching and serving as an Age Group Leader. Some of these roles are good for men and women who are unable to attend the entire camp but would still like to contribute.
- Registration team – We need volunteers to receive campers and parents and assist in getting kids checked in on the first evening of camp.
- Set up crew – We set up at least 14 pop-up canopy tents and ground tarps in various places throughout camp before kids arrive at 5:30 each evening. Many hands make light work here, but help needs to be available at about 4 PM.
- Tear down crew – the age group tents go down after 6 PM. The snack and first aid tents and tables go down about 8 PM each evening.
- Videographer – Kids love to see themselves on the big screen. We need someone to record clips for our our video editor.
- Photographer – We take pictures each night and create a quick slideshow that kids view in the closing group time each evening.
- Food Court Helpers – Aid with preparation and serving of snacks during the camp hours.
- First Aid tent – Health care professionals can use their skills tending boo-boos or providing immediate assistance in case of emergency.
- Track meet help – Those who are unavailable during the week but can help on Friday night’s track meet can serve with timing events, hurdle set up, assisting coaches at the jumping and throwing events, concessions, recording times, and awarding ribbons.
Youth volunteers are a key part of our camp staff. There are several important ways that youth (primarily high school students) can serve throughout the Runner’s Camp and have a blast doing it.
Prerequisites: Willingness to serve the kids and staff. Enthusiastic attitude. Track event staff need to have experience in track and field.
Time commitment: Youth volunteers will need to attend a two hour training session the week before the camp. Youth Volunteers serve three hours each evening of camp.
•Assistant Age Group Leader– Youth will be assigned to a specific age group of kids and help the adult age group leader manage the group as they travel through the event stations each night throughout the week. We attempt to have one youth volunteer working with each age group.
•Assistant track event coach– Youth with track and field experience will be assigned to one of 8 different track and field events to assist the head coach for that event. These volunteers are especially helpful in making our track meet on Friday night run smoothly.
•Game Station management – Some youth will assist the Game Station Director in setting up and running the games to help the kids have fun.
•Hydration Team – Provide water to campers and staff through a number of hydration stations throughout the camp site.
All youth volunteers receive a camp t-shirt (color determined by role) to be worn throughout the camp.