Briar sparkle was our fabulous Joybligations Witch for 2017 and we are so grateful for 3 years of amazing service and contribution to camp culture and magic!
With the change in location and site staffing for many of the historical joybligations, there will be changes in the web of this work. We breathe into the possibility of supported community and ease of access. We breathe in to the discovery of new joyful obligations, new graces we can provide to each other as a community.
For 2018, weavers will fold the role of joybligations witch back into the weaving team so that we can discover together what is needed and how much.
Joybligations Witch Role Description:
The primary responsibility of the Joybligations Witch is to ensure that joyful obligations are fulfilled as needed (these are shifts that all campers sign up for in order to contribute to our Camp community by doing things like washing dishes, prepping for meals, chopping vegetables, busing dirty dishes, sweeping or vacuuming, and more). At the start of camp, the Joybligations Witch will help with registration and make sure that campers have signed up for their shifts, working with campers to ensure that the joyful obligations meet their abilities and schedule needs.
Over the course of camp, the Joybligations Witch will check to ensure that campers show up to perform their joyful obligations as needed. If someone who signed up doesn’t show up and cannot be found, or we have open shifts, the Joybligations Witch will seek out volunteers to fill vacancies as needed. If there are no volunteers, then the Joybligations Witch will perform that task.
Additional responsibilities for the Joybligations Witch include working with the Weavers to coordinate announcements at mealtimes, and assisting with the raffle that takes place after dinner each evening of camp. In the course of doing these things and working closely with the Weavers, the Joybligations Witch will get a sense of the behind-the-scenes work of Winter Witchcamp.
Even with being “on call” much of the time, the Joybligations Witch will still be able to participate in the morning path of their choosing, as well as attend and participate in rituals. Pay as you can registration for this role is handled as all other registrations for those with roles – there is not an expectation of the Joybligations Witch to pay registration, but each camper with a role will make a decision about any contribution to the expenses of camp as they see fit.
Candidates for the Joybligations Witch work trade position will need to arrive at camp on the afternoon of the day before the other campers arrive in order to help prepare the joyful obligations schedule and assist with Camp setup as needed. They would leave camp after the closing ritual on Monday, along with the other campers.
Those who would like to apply for this position are asked to email a letter of interest (further application details are shared during a summer call for applicants).
In this letter, we invite applicants to include relevant experience in this kind of work (witch camp organizing or support roles, volunteer coordination, event coordination or management, facilities work, etc). In addition, we invite each applicant to describe how they would contribute to the magic of camp by fulfilling these responsibilities.
Those who fill these roles still need to register for camp. If you are applying, please register for Camp as soon as possible and be sure to indicate that you’re applying for joybligations witch position. If your registration amount would change if you did not get the role, please indicate that in comments on your registration.