Camp Counsellor

Foothills Academy Society - Calgary, AB (30+ days ago)

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Job Description:

Our camp counsellors work within our camp team to create impactful, creative and exciting programs for our campers, in social skill lessons, camp wide games, choice activities and hard skill development areas (archery, paddling, climbing, etc.).

As a camp counsellor, you are on the front line with our campers during all of their camp experience (living in cabins with campers during overnight camp, supporting challenges with emotional regulation, supporting them to take on new challenges, creating completing camper reports at the end of each session, etc.), and demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity, responsibility and affability at all times.

Potential Candidates:

As an Amicus camp counsellor you are almost like a walking tool box, or swiss army knife. We say this, because there are so many facets of camp, our campers, and the magic of camp. Some of the personal characteristics, skills and physical capabilities we would expect potential candidates to demonstrate are:

  • Easy to work with - from the perspective of peers, managers and campers.
  • Problem Solver - both alone and with other staff. Can manage most challenges in their staff team.
  • Adaptable - able to shift their approach, programming or ideas based on the situation, weather, etc.
  • Communication skills - both written and verbal, due to the nature of our program and participants, those who can communicate well will excel.
  • Perceptive - able to see when they should be doing a cannonball into the lake, combine dodgeball and paint, versus when they need to be empathetic, relaxed and professional.

Physical Demands of the role:

  • Candidate must be able to lift and transport 20 – 40 pounds regularly.
  • Candidate must be able to see and respond to situations.
  • Candidate must be able to work in a consistently mobile fashion – walking up to 6 hours for day long field trips, running for games/activities, or in pursuit of a camper and consistently interact with campers and staff at both day and overnight camp.
  • Candidate must be able to sustain attention to the program participants without significant impairment.
  • Candidate will not have access to their cell phone during work hours at day camp, and only limited access during overnight camp - except during special circumstances and emergencies.


Role and Responsibilities:

Camper Support (40%)

  • Engage with campers to create meaningful connections, and supportive relationships
  • Support campers to engage actively in programming, adapting the program and your strategies to fit the need of the child
  • Participate in activities as a role model with appropriate enthusiasm and social skills
  • Assist, as necessary, each assigned camper to meet his/her daily physical and emotional health, hygiene and nutritional needs
  • Assist and organize campers to complete camp chores
  • Support campers and staff to follow safety procedures in all program areas
  • Administer behaviour management strategies in accordance with the camp policies

Program Support (40%)

  • Prepare and implement camp programs to teach and reinforce positive social skills and develop self-esteem and self-confidence in campers.
  • Check areas and equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair and report any unsafe conditions
  • Actively participate with campers in programs and activities
  • Provide direct leadership during activities and encourage and motivate campers and staff to participate in activities
  • Provide extra supervision at mealtimes, bedtimes, and any unstructured choice times

Documentation and Communication (20%)

  • Maintain accurate records in the form of progress notes and reports on an on-going basis
  • Ensure all forms and reports are accurately completed within the guidelines of the camp. This includes incident reports, camper reports, program and training evaluations


Minimum age of 18 years (maximum age of 30 years).

  • First Aid and CPR certification – provided for staff who do not have certification
  • NLS (National Lifeguard Service) certification an asset.
  • Previous experience working with children and youth, particularly those with Learning Disabilities or ADHD is preferred.
  • Good health, enthusiasm, and willingness to actively participate in activities with campers.
  • Previous camp experience is preferred.
  • The successful candidate must submit a Police Record Check before commencement of work at Camp Amicus.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary, Contract