BASECAMP Traineeship

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BASECAMP in mountaineering terms is a place where climbers set up a temporary community for shelter, preparation and planning, equipping and acclimatisation, and the start of an exciting adventure. It is a place to come alongside other climbers and adventurers who are embarking on a similar expedition. It is at BASECAMP where climbers engage the skills and insights of others more experienced in what is ahead to help guide them safely to the summit and back.

Baptist Camping Victoria’s BASECAMP has a similar purpose. It is a place designed for young people to come and establish a temporary community to develop, challenge and ultimately explore their God-given futures with other likeminded people. It is a place of safety, of equipping and preparation, and definitely the start of an exciting adventure.

BASECAMP is a traineeship with BCV that has partnered with Box Hill Institute and Whitley College (a college of the University of Divinity). Over the course of the year the trainees will work on camp with our team, as well as study and attain a Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation and complete four of eight units towards a Diploma of Theology – awarding an Undergraduate Certificate. A second year traineeship will be available to those who show they have what it takes, where you will be able to complete the remaining units for the Diploma of Theology.

The traineeship has been running since 2007 with many young people completing the program. Armed with a greater sense of self and gained qualification, these graduates have gone on to successful careers in education, youth work, social work, outdoor recreation and full-time ministry roles in the Church.

The Traineeship includes studying the following two courses:

Diploma in Theology

Whitley College

The Diploma in Theology is for people who have completed their secondary VCE education or equivalent. Over the year the trainees will complete four units towards a Diploma in Ministry through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity. This is delivered as two intensives and two regular classes.

Year 1

February Intensive – Theological Foundations
June Intensive – Christological Foundations
Semester 1 – Growing as Disciples 1
Semester 2 – Growing as Disciples B

Year 2

Two elective streams, which are weekend intensives followed by one class per month for 10 months.
Semester 1 – Interpreting the New Testament
Semester 2 – Interpreting the Old Testament

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Box Hill Institute

This course has been developed with industry assistance to provide skills and knowledge in outdoor recreation specific activity fields. The activities students will be immersed in have direct employ-ability outcomes.


What Our Trainees Say . . .

I’m keen to grow in my maturity, character and relationship with Jesus, whilst being involved in camp activities. Experiencing living out of home and working with lots of different people. The 12 WATTS program just sounded perfect for me.

After coming to Camp Wilkin for a week for year 12 retreat last year, I couldn’t wait to come back and saw this as the perfect opportunity. I’m looking forward to a rewarding and challenging year to grow in myself and in Christ.

I’ve been looking forward to doing this internship since I visited for work experience in 2012. I’m excited by the prospect of developing myself spiritually and in my leadership capabilities. I would also like to assist campers and peers in understanding who they truly are in Christ whilst enjoying and rejuvenating themselves at camp.

My decision to come to Camp Wilkin was largely based on a desire to learn, grow and mature in my faith and character. I look forward to having the opportunity to speak into different people’s lives as they come through the camps, as well as journeying with other interns, camp staff and Anglesea locals. This year will be as challenging and as rewarding, but I’m confident that I will come out of it knowing that I’ve just lived one of the most worthwhile years of my life.

Our Location

The Site is just 1.2 km from the Anglesea shopping centre, and a similar distance from the main surf beach; a safer beach for the younger children is 3km at Point Roadknight.

Anglesea is located 112 km from Melbourne via Geelong, and is located along the Great Ocean Road.